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Resource  1, Apr 2014

The Toad @ JFDI Day 8: Rapid fire with CodeToki

The Toad chats up with CodeToki Co-founders about their venture and its aim to help programmers learn coding, along with connecting them to SMEs

The Toad At JFDI leaps across a week before he knows it. Events have just happened so fast that I still need time to process it all. Especially since there are 13 startups, and more than one has changed its name over the week. Of course, this is only for me, the startups are probably all scrambling to meet their objectives for the week.

The teams are working in silent concentration to improve their product. JFDI attempts to engineer the startups for success through its in-depth discussion meetings, which usually lasts about an hour or more. These sessions help the teams to develop key objectives for themselves, introduce them to potential partners and expand on the full potential of their business concept. I will write about the results of these talks after the check-in meetings tomorrow, a sort of a weekly review where teams submit their reports to JFDI.

Now is the time to introduce the third startup to you. For my interview with CodeToki, I made it a snappy, speedy question and answer session. CodeToki is a platform that connects programmers with small and medium enterprises, with an added benefit of making it fun through gaming. Players can collect badges and prove their worth in using JavaScript, Ruby, or PHP to potential employers.

Here are excerpts from our quick-fire chat with Co-founders Ademar Tutor and Honeylyn Balingcasag:

How did the idea for CodeToki come about?
It started when we realised there was a demand for quality programmers, as only one out of 10 graduates is considered viable by employers.

How have your previous experiences helped with this venture?
Working for startups previously, we’ve learned that interns are able to pick up the tools of the trade within a week. This inspired us to develop programmes to help entry-level programmers improve their skills.

What languages do you currently teach in your courses?
Ruby, PHP and Javascript

How strong is your traction?
All we can say right now is that our consumers are slowly and steadily increasing, and investors are interested.

What is the motivation behind Codetoki?
We have a desire to solve real-world problems that people face.

Codetoki received top honors in AppBridge, an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL) in 2012, and won first place in Apps For Asia, a competition sponsored by Microsoft and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

That’s it for today. Do sign up for Codetoki’s Beta here.

Theon Leong

Theon Leong

Theon is a skeptic who believes in possibilities after learning that three thirds of a pie does not add up to one and that cats can be dead and alive at the same time. He writes about business and technology, and is particularly interested in deconstructing complex ideas into bite-sized chunks. His favorite novel is The Little Prince, and spends his free time on chess and video games.

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