The F.E.T.C.H. Annual Code Talkers Conference

The F.E.T.C.H. Program’s 1st Annual Code Talkers Conference

The F.E.T.C.H. Program’s 1st Annual Code Talkers Conference was designed with the expressed purpose of facilitating the birth and further development of career mentorship and academic motivational opportunities as a result of the interaction of F.E.T.C.H. Program participants, teachers and trainers with members of the faculty and staff of our local university sponsors; University of Miami and Florida International University.

F.E.T.C.H. Annual Code Talkers Competitors
The Annual Code Talkers Conference will provide opportunities for F.E.T.C.H. Program participants to show-case their class-work projects as well as their newly acquired skill-set as software developers, writers and code talkers by hosting individual booths where they may display their electronic projects by utilizing poster boards and other creative ideas to give presentations to folks who visit their booths asking to be enlightened. These types of interaction will provide the much needed, and required, media for our F.E.T.C.H. Program participants to build their self-confidence, improve their project presentation skills and strengthen their public speaking abilities while further solidify the depth and extent of their knowledge-base.

Furthermore, the program design of the Annual Code Talkers Conference deliberately places each F.E.T.C.H. Program participants in an environment where she/he now becomes the teacher and trainer, having been given the awesome responsibility to impart knowledge about their individual project/s to the visitors and attendees showing interest in their booth’s presentations.

This single outcome would be more than enough of a positive result for us to consider the Annual Code-Talkers Conference a success. However the underlying caveat here is the fact that this conference provides myriad opportunities for interaction between our F.E.T.C.H. Program participants and the present students, faculty and staff members of the local university’s colleges of Arts and Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering and Medicine.

Each of the above listed colleges will be making presentations in the main auditorium as well as hosting tables, booths and informal discussions aimed at encouraging F.E.T.C.H. Program participants to make the leap to consider themselves as college students, as well as demystifying the whole college application, admissions and financial aid processes. Special consideration will be given to issues related to student-life and the graduation experience by each of the named departments, and colleges with the expressed interest of increasing the numbers of youth and families living in under-served communities, first generation college students, high-school drop-outs who make the decision to trade in their dead-end lives on the streets for a chance to matriculate into a degree-seeking collegelife experience, having been exposed to the mentorship and training offered by the F.E.T.C.H. Program.

We see this as the biggest gain for our youth participants; giving them opportunities to interact with members of the Higher-Learning community, hopefully realizing through these interactions that they too could become college students, graduates, and eventually faculty and staff members. These outcomes, added all together, makes it worth-while for us to consider the Annual Code-Talkers Conference a corner-stone event for the F.E.T.C.H. Program, thus qualifying it for continued priority status in our line-up of projects vying for funding as we endeavor to make crucial investments in the lives and futures of our program participants.

The F.E.T.C.H. Program Code Talkers Quiz Competition

The F.E.T.C.H. Program Code Talkers Quiz Competition will be the signature event at the Annual F.E.T.C.H. Code Talkers Conference, hosted on the campus of our local university sponsor; Florida International University. The F.E.T.C.H. Program Code Talkers Tournament will provide $1,500 prize-money to the winning group of deserving current F.E.T.C.H. Program participants.

To be eligible to compete, participants must belong to a team of at least 3 persons.
Each member of this team must be versed in at least one subject areas from the list below:
  • Advanced Placement Computer Science (Java)
  • HTML
  • ColdFusion
  • PHP
  • C#
  • AngularJS 

FETCH Annual Code Talkers Trophy

The F.E.T.C.H. Program Code Talkers Quiz Competition continued

The wining team will also receive the prestigious “F.E.T.C.H. Code Talkers Quiz Trophy” which will be engraved with team-members names and showcased in a prominent location for a year, until the next “Annual F.E.T.C.H. Code-Talkers Quiz Competition” gets on the way.

The overall objectives of this program are listed as follows:
  1. To increase the number of youth living in underserved communities entering a four year degree granting institution and pursuing a science based education.
  2. Increase the number of females, first-generation college students and/ or minorities pursuing four-year college degrees, particularly in, but not exclusively, Information Technology-Related fields of study and careers.
  3. Foster cross-discipline learning opportunities within the Information Technology field, while encouraging positive interpersonal interactions amongst our program participants