ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - You might have heard about Square, the device that turns your smartphone into a credit card machine. Two of the co-founders are St. Louisans, and one of them realized how tough it is to find qualified programmers outside of Silicon Valley.
That's something Jim McKelvey wants to change. He says young programmers aren't getting jobs because business want a few years of experience. So, he and a few others came up with a concept to bridge that cap: LaunchCode.
LaunchCode is pairing 100 aspiring programmers with an experienced developer at an established company. The new "pair" works together until the newbie is up to speed and receives a full-time job.
"You already know how to program," McKelvey said. "You don't necessarily have to have a degree from a four year institution. So, if you know how to code you go to our website, answer a couple of questions and we will match you up with a couple of companies."
To sign head, head to the LaunchCode website at http://launchcodestl.com/.
Winners will be announced on 23rd.