MONTGOMERY, ALA. – On August 28, a team of competitively-selected coders and industry experts presented their Smart Base application at the AFITC Closing Ceremony. The application was the result of a 3-day project called the Smart Community-Coding Sprint. The Sprint, hosted by MGMWERX August 25-28, attracted and leveraged specific coding expertise to Montgomery to produce the application, a mission-relevant application to be used by the Air Force mission set and the city of Montgomery.
“This Coding Sprint [was] intended to mobilize a select group of trailblazing developers from both inside and outside the military to rapidly generate a software product that answers the mission challenge,” explained Steve Werner, Director of MGMWERX.
The application created by the team utilizes tech tools to scrape event sites and channel the information into one central location. By harvesting the data that already exists, the community and the military now have one hub to keep them aware of what’s going on all around them.
“I met many knowledgeable people who were team-oriented and willing to share their experience,” explained Zachary Lewis, a Coding Sprint team member. “I know this is something anyone who wants to learn more and do something with a purpose would enjoy.”
The team of individuals came from various backgrounds, such as developers, designers, and copywriters, in addition to techies. Team members were able to leave with experience in an Agile software development environment, an open source minimum viable product, and credit in developers’ programming portfolio.