Wednesday, October 22, 2014 · 11:47 p.m.
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Engage 3D, The Company Lab and The 4th Floor recently held a Maker Day event that provided education about new technologies. (Photo: Contributed)

A free summer camp—organized partially by leaders of Engage 3D, a nonprofit that developed during last September's Hackanooga event—aims to arm teenagers with tech skills they can use when they join the workforce. 

"Every single person that I talk to that runs a tech business in Chattanooga is hiring right now," Bill Brock, managing director of Engage 3D, said. "Anybody that has revenue coming in is looking to grow. There's a huge need for developers." 

How to apply 

Students can apply online by clicking here.   

The application window closes June 14.

The camp will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from July 8 to Aug. 2.

The Benwood Foundation gave about $40,000 for the "dev dev summer of code camp," which is a collaboration between Engage 3D, AIGA Chattanooga and The 4th Floor.

"Dev dev" means "developing developers." 

During the four-week day camp, 50 teens will learn about HTML, CSS, Python, robotics and the importance of computing in the community. 

Experts in the fields of design, programming and engineering will lead the participants in activities such as designing websites, teaching robots to dance and creating computer games. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs using these skills are in high demand and will be through 2020. 

One Web developer recently wrote about how in-demand his skills are and how well-paid he is.

And Kevin Green with Chattanooga's Robert Half Finance & Accounting, a division of staffing agency Robert Half International, said recently that technology-related jobs continue to be available to people with the needed skills. 

"We really see this as a valuable skill set," Brock said. "We want to get people to become more computer literate and to quit being so afraid [of technology]."

The camp will also encourage and teach students to use information that is free on the Internet. 

And what happens at the camp will help Engage 3D leaders hash out their mission and function, Brock said.

"It's a prototype of educational content that Engage 3D would aim to offer in the future," he said. 

Engage 3D developed out Hackanooga, which was a 48-hour technology-centric event that connected experienced Web developers with the city’s 1-gigabit-per-second Internet speed and brought together some people from similar backgrounds who hadn’t otherwise connected, according to archives. 

The event was a collaboration between several organizations—such as US Ignite and Mozilla—and was sponsored by EPBChattanooga Area Chamber of CommerceNational Science FoundationCO.LABLamp Post Group and Easy Designs.

After that, Mozilla funded Engage 3D three different times, for a total of about $50,000.

And Brock said that Engage 3D will continue to develop its mission of providing tech education and that leaders eventually want to be able to develop software and make profits from that. 

And, ideally, the students that Engage 3D leaders teach will come back and help support the organization, Brock said. 

"Hopefully, we'll have the first crack at this new talent," he said. 

Disclaimer: Nooga.com is affiliated with the Lamp Post Group, but editorial decisions for this publication are made independently of the Lamp Post Group. 

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