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December 21, 2015 15:00 ET

Daxko's Tech Teams Give Back to Community Through "Hour of Code"

BIRMINGHAM, AL--(Marketwired - December 21, 2015) - Five of Daxko's developers and engineers volunteered for Hour of Code during the month of December, teaching over 150 elementary and high school students about software development and helping them improve problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity.

Code.org®'s Hour of Code initiative reaches students in more than 180 countries, and anyone can organize an Hour of Code event at any time. Organizers are encouraged to host an Hour of Code event during the week of December 7-13 to coincide with Computer Science Education Week. Daxko team members self-organized to lead events at Brookwood Forest Elementary, Shades Mountain Elementary, and Hoover High School.

Mathew Davis, one of Daxko's Software Development Team Leads, said, "The Hour of Code is a very cool movement. Many Daxko team members are interested in mentoring and giving back to the community, and the Hour of Code is a great way for us to do that."

The Daxko team members used several tools to help students understand coding. Students saw how a robot could be controlled with the iPhone app called Tickle and an easy-to-follow programming language called Scratch. The Daxko team also used code to create a modification for the popular game Minecraft, resulting in a massive in-game explosion and boisterous cheers from the students. Judy Kehr, a Career Technical Education teacher at Hoover High School, was impressed with the Daxko team members' rapport with her students. "My senior programming students loved having real programmers mentor them during the Hour of Code Day. They particularly enjoyed the challenge of adding new levels of sophistication to a game they had previously designed."

Hour of Code is one of many outreach efforts made by the Daxko Team. Daxko has a long history of working to create software for nonprofits, so giving back to the community is encouraged and embraced by team members.

About Daxko
Birmingham-based Daxko provides mission-critical software and services to member-based organizations to help them do more with less, engage their members, drive involvement, and remain relevant in their community. Daxko is a multi-year award winner for Great Places to Work and employs over 200 team members across the Southeast. To learn more, visit daxko.com.

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