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Code Platoon is a Chicago nonprofit organization that seeks to turn military veterans into professional software developers. The program helps veterans transitioning to the workforce find new careers, and creates an opportunity for local companies to source new development talent. Code Platoon provides an intensive 14-week coding bootcamp and pairs graduates with companies for internships. The program has 24 graduates, 18 of whom have full-time roles, and six students enrolled.
Reshma Saujani is not a coder. But she’s passionate about building a world where one million women and girls are computer scientists in 2020. She joined us in our Chicago office to tell us her story, how she is working to close the gender gap in technology - and how we can support and champion this important initiative.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. This year, the DRW team was there, and we came back energized by meeting so many talented women. We also sponsored two students from the University of Chicago and Carleton College to attend, and spoke with them about their experiences:
In 2012, DRW partnered with the Noble Network of Charter Schools to support a high school in the Homan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Since then, two classes of scholars have graduated from DRW College Prep, the majority of whom are continuing their education at colleges and universities across the U.S. We spoke with an alumna currently attending Washington University in St. Louis on a full scholarship about her experience at DRW College Prep.
Many of us can relate to the weight of questioning what we should do with our lives. Po Bronson, who for years had been working as a bond salesman, found one day that he wanted to explore another path and endeavored to write a book based on that very question. The result has been years of study into passion, risk taking and resilience.
In many ways, 25 years is a long time…a quarter of a century, two and a half decades, half of my lifetime. And in other ways – the pace of change in our industry, watching my children grow up, the expansion of our firm – it feels more like the blink of an eye. Either way, it’s a good point at which to pause and reflect on how far we’ve come since I founded DRW in 1992 while trading in the Eurodollar options pit at the CME.
Seth Thomson, Chief Information Officer
David Nelson, Partner - Head of Global Investments & Real Estate