Shoeboxed Shenanigans is a weekly feature that gives you a glimpse into our lives here at Shoeboxed HQ. Each installment will share a story about our office, the people in it, or something fun we did to take a break from keeping the world organized. Even organized superheroes like us deserve a break every once in a while, right? Anyway, we’re not the most serious group of individuals so read on and enjoy!

Coding is Cool

Shoeboxed is built on a variety of complicated technologies that most people wouldn’t be able to decipher if their lives depended on it. For the most part, the marketing and sales teams here at Shoeboxed are included in that group as well. We didn’t study computer science in college or get our Bachelors degrees in engineering, after all. Most of us studied business or humanities or journalism. We may be relatively tech savvy, but the whole coding thing and making computers talk to one another is way over our heads.

That was the case at least until Shoeboxed Code Camp started two weeks ago.

The goal of Code Camp is to teach those of us who speak English for a living to essentially speak computer. That’s not to say that we need to be able to create the next Google or complete the next round of Shoeboxed web upgrades, but since we work at a tech startup, we should be able to walk the walk and talk the talk.

Enter Code Camp. Our first session involved an introduction by our very own CEO & CTO Taylor Mingos. He laid the groundwork for what we’d be learning in the class, as well as giving us a general overview to coding. After that we started learning at full speed!

From downloading coding programs like Git and typing lines into Terminal (a program that looks like my 90’s computer games came back to life), our brains are getting filled to the brim with new knowledge. Every Tuesday and Thursday our office is converted into a classroom, and developers sit side-by-side with the whole team to guide the way. We work together to expand our skillsets. It’s a win-win on both sides: our sales and marketing teams learn how to code, and the development team learns patience by teaching us newbies without flipping desks over in fits of frustration.

It’s also a welcome change from our normal day to day duties, a chance to step outside of talking to customers or tweeting. But the best part might be that the departmental lines are blurred when it comes to Code Camp. Twice a week we get to hang out with people we don’t get to on a daily basis and learn a thing or two about coding while we’re at it. Maybe one day we’ll be able to build a new product or even just handle technical customer issues without having to ask a developer. Well, a girl can dream.