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Node.js Foundation

March 23, 2016 11:00 ET

Node.js Foundation Announces New Education Community Manager

Tracy Hinds to Create and Execute Educational Initiatives for Node.js Developers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - March 23, 2016) - The Node.js Foundation, a community-led and industry-backed consortium to advance the development of the Node.js platform, today announced Tracy Hinds will join the Node.js Foundation as its education community manager. Hinds comes to the Node.js Foundation with many years of experience working directly with the Node.js community and innovative companies like IBM and Urban Airship.

The Node.js platform has grown tremendously in the last few years with more than 3.5 million users and 100 percent year-over-year growth. This growth is expected to continue as the platform becomes more commonly used in the enterprise, with startups looking to accelerate growth and with IoT projects that rely on Node.js for their API strategies. To best meet this market potential, the Node.js Foundation hired Hinds to develop educational initiatives and resources for individual and enterprise developers to help guide the next phase of Node.js growth.

Hinds started getting involved with the Node.js community early into its development. She helped grow the Node.js community in Portland through meetups, an early NodeSchool, and NodeBots from the inception of PDXNode. She has organized or founded up to three conferences annually -- CascadiaFest, EmpireJS, and EmpireNode. She is also founder and president of GatherScript, a non-profit that provides educational and financial advisement support for technical events. Prior to joining Node.js Foundation, Hinds was a front end engineer for IBM Watson Health and a JavaScript engineer for Urban Airship.

"In the time that I've been involved with Node.js, I've seen it grow tremendously. This isn't slowing down. In order to keep that trajectory, we need to improve onboarding for new and existing developers crossing over to Node.js," said Hinds. "I believe that learning software development is a new common languages that is becoming essential across all sectors of the economy and a strong skill for those seeking advancement. An improvement in education is an investment to the future of Node.js."

Often first-time Node.js developers have used other programming languages for years and participated in intensive training and certification processes. One of Hinds' key initiatives is establishing a certificate program for Node.js users with input from the community, the Node.js Foundation board, and the Linux Foundation. For Hinds, nurturing an environment that welcomes as much developer diversity as possible is equally as important. She plans to partner closely with the Node.js Foundation Inclusivity Working Group and others to achieve this.

"The next phase of Node.js growth is upon us and education will be essential for current and future users of this platform. With an eye to creating a healthy and supportive environment for learning Node.js, we believe Tracy will be instrumental in creating experiences to help users advance their skills and knowledge," said Danese Cooper, chairperson of the Node.js Foundation board. "Tracy's deep community expertise and track record organizing Node.js events will be a big asset as we launch into development and execution of our educational and training programs, and grow the Node.js community towards the future."

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Node.js is used by tens of thousands of organizations in more than 200 countries and amasses more than 3.5 million active users per month. It is the runtime of choice for high-performance, low latency applications, powering everything from enterprise applications, robots, API engines, cloud stacks and mobile websites.

The Foundation is made up of a diverse group of companies including Platinum members Famous, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Microsoft, PayPal and Red Hat. Gold members include GoDaddy, NodeSource and Modulus/Progress Software, and Silver members include Apigee, AppDynamics, Codefresh, DigitalOcean, Fidelity, Groupon, nearForm, New Relic, npm, Opbeat, RisingStack, Sauce Labs, SAP, StrongLoop (an IBM company), Sphinx, YLD!, and Yahoo!. Get involved here:

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