ORLANDO—Aug 10, 2016—Codecraft Lab, a Melbourne-based company that teaches youth to code and apply technology within their communities, today announced a strategic partnership with female celebrity cyber engineer, Hahna Kane Latonick who ranked sixth worldwide at the 2014 DEFCON Capture the Flag (CTF) competition finals, also known as the “Olympics of hacking.”
Since 2014, Codecraft Lab has graduated [more than 1,000] Florida-based students as part of its program presence in Tallahassee, Melbourne, and Orlando. The program and its curriculum have been recognized by Orlando Campus Director of Iron Yard, Susanna Miller, as “an excellent community resource, and important part of the pipeline for an introduction to coding, tech knowledge and developing young STEM talent.”
Codecraft Lab Founder and CEO, Shannon Landin, says the program nurtures an expert-to-peer mentoring methodology that is successfully breaking down barriers to STEM and cyber education for all students. She believes the year round program differentiates the lab from other competitors on the market.
“It’s never been more important than right now to provide critical, 21st-century computer programming skills for all young people,” Landin said. “To solve for the high-tech talent gap in our workforce, we aim to supplement the traditional education system with early computer programming and engineering curriculum coupled with easy access to mentorship through school clubs or Codecraft Lab community locations.”
Landin says Hahna Kane Latonick, who will be serving as Chief Technology Officer, was a natural fit to spearhead further development of competitive curriculum and online platform. Both women technologists will lead the national expansion of the Codecraft products and services this year. While Codecraft club curriculum is available for schools and home educators already, Landin says expanding the reach of the team’s online platform product to supplement in-person mentoring locations is the main focus.
“The need for STEM and cyber talent has never been more urgent, but the reality is that it is difficult to find, attract, and retain such talent. This skill gap has serious implications for our economic and national security. To help tackle this challenge, Codecraft is grooming the next generation of STEM and cybersecurity professionals by engaging the youth in these subjects at an earlier age,” Latonick said.
High tech incubators Groundswell Startups, Inc. (Melbourne, FL) and Domi Station (Tallahassee, FL) have supported in the expansion of Codecraft Lab. Notable business partners include Rockwell Collins, IBM, GE Transportation, Satcom Direct, Privicee, PowerDMS, Rapid Prototyping Services, Mosley Ventures as well as generous in-kind support from Google, Harris, Raytheon and Concepts Beyond.