#5Things on Friday 2 – FreeCodeCamp, DIY Apps, GeoBeards and more Geo Tech Tips

Welcome to another fun 5Things on Friday – In this interesting edition we share some useful coding tips for those looking to code for good. Enjoy a little developer history, consider an Esri MOOC that will help anyone build an app, we share details of a popular UAS event,  and for kicks we wish all those GeoBeards good luck in a national competition.

GeoTech Event Tip – The 10th Annual UAS Summit & Expo is taking place August 22-24 in Grand Forks, ND. This event is conveniently located in the hub of North Dakota’s thriving UAS industry. The region boasts unencumbered air space, leading research enterprises, dedicated training programs, and the Grand Sky UAS aviation & business park. Definitely a must consider for any tech company looking to add UAS services to their offerings. The event agenda has plenty of interesting sessions that will be delivered by UAS professionals from government, industry, and academia. FYI, UAS student access day is August 22, a great opportunity for young professionals.

uas summit

Luminary Video – Who better to teach about nanoseconds than Grace Hopper, navy admiral and inventor of the first compiler? Oh, and get this, she was the first person to find a “bug” in a computer system and you have a chance to hear from her directly in this interesting video.

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National Beard Competition – Beards are all the rage it seems, particularly in parts of the country filled with hipsters, geo-hipsters, and other furry faced clicks. There’s even a bit of a GeoBeard community developing, we’re pleased to share that we’ve got a couple of GeoBeards right here at GEO Jobe HQ! Heck, one of our very own is even going as far as showing off his impressive growth in a National Competition! Are any of you taking part? If so be sure to drop us a line or a tweet @GEOjobeGIS so we can admire your furry face and maybe connect with you since the event is being hosted right here in our Corp. backyard in Nashville, TN.

national beard competition

ESRI MOOC, DIY Geo Apps – Do it yourself apps is the latest online EDU offering from Esri. You may have missed the cut-off for the summer course, however, don’t worry as there will be another session early in 2017. You don’t have to be a software developer to build valuable geo-enabled apps that make your communities smarter and businesses more successful. This course will show you how to combine location and narrative in one application to better communicate and broadcast your story, create custom web applications that solve problems in your community, and build powerful native applications for iOS and Android devices without touching a piece of code.

esri mooc


FreeCodeCamp – Learn to code and build projects for nonprofits with this impressive organization. Build your full stack web development portfolio today and tackle a coding challenge. FreeCodeCamp boasts an impressive 17,000+ coding challenges solved to date! This is a great opportunity for the young professional, student, or seasoned professional to take on a mission, solve a problem, learn valuable skills, and help others. Participating geeks and hackers can expect to learn valuable skills like HTML5, JavaScript, Python, D3.js and more.



We hope you found something new, cool and of interest here. Do you have an awesome, geeky, techie, or educational resource to share? If so please tell us and drop a tweet to @GEOjobeGIS or to @gletham – oh, and if you haven’t already tried our popular, free, #1 app in the ArcGIS Marketplace yet, be sure to grab AdminTools and take it for a spin – we’d love to hear your feedback!

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GEOspatial Evangelist & CMO

Geographer, GIS professional, writer, and fan of all things mobile.

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  1. Hi Glenn
    I am a Gis consultant. I live and work in Houston and I am actively seeking employment. How do I apply my Gis skills to the UAS industry? Can you advice?


    Ravi Nigudkat

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