Pittsburgh Technical Institute Hosts Global Day of Coderetreat

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PTI will host Pittsburgh’s only Coderetreat – joining 94 cities worldwide on Saturday, December 8.

It's a perfect match for PTI’s Computer Programming and IT students because our programs emphasize experiential learning.

Chas Feller, PTI

On Saturday, December 8, 2012, Pittsburgh Technical Institute will represent Pittsburgh joining 3000 software developers from Milan, Tokyo, Brisbane, New Delhi, Durban, Buenos Aires and over 160 other cities in a worldwide exercise of technological fitness during the 2th Annual Global Day of Coderetreat.

Jim Hurne, a software developer for IBM, coordinates the event for the Pittsburgh region. “Coderetreat is a day dedicated to hands-on development exercise,” said Hurne. “Practice is essential for musicians, athletes, artists and all other types of craftspeople to remain on the cutting edge of their game, Global Day of Coderetreat is a way to set aside time to practice and evolve as software developers.” Hurne says that while the Global Day of Coderetreat is an annual event, Pittsburgh hosts a Coderetreat at least once a quarter.

The event began in 2008 and its steady expansion led Hurne to PTI for help with hosting the 2012 event. At PTI, Hurne met Chas Feller, who quickly embraced the project as an opportunity for students enrolled in Computer Programming and Information Technology.

Students will participate in problem solving, networking and collaborative exercises. “Coderetreat is a perfect match for PTI’s Computer Programming and IT students because our programs emphasize experiential learning and workplace skills such as communications, planning, delegating and project management,” said Feller. A unique feature of Coderetreat is that all code is deleted at the end of every 45 minute session. “This gives us a lot of freedom to experiment with our code in ways that are not possible while learning on the job,” said Hurne.

Students will also have the opportunity to network with experienced professionals. “Developers from companies like IBM, Highmark and FedEx attend Coderetreat and they tend to be some of the best in the industry, so we hope that students will make the type of connections that will expedite great employment opportunities,” said Hurne.

Opening the event to qualified students and PTI alumni, and spreading the word through PTI’s social media communities, has helped propel Pittsburgh’s Coderetreat to one of the world’s largest events. The PTI event is at 45 and growing.

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Offering career-focused education since 1946, Pittsburgh Technical Institute is a two-year college with a 180-acre campus in North Fayette, west of Pittsburgh. PTI offers degree and certificate programs in areas such as Building Technology, Business, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Design, Healthcare, Nursing, and Information Technology. PTI students can take advantage of online course offerings, on-campus residence halls, student activities, intramural programs and community service programs. PTI is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. PTI was recognized by its employees as one of the region’s Top Places to Work in a 2012 study commissioned by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and is designed a Military Friendly School for the third consecutive year.

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