Here at Message Systems, we’re always looking for opportunities to give back to the local community. We donate to Feeding America every year in support of the cause to alleviate poverty and our employees are regular participants in Oxfam Trailwalker Japan, a challenging endurance fundraising event that supports worldwide economic empowerment programs.
So of course, when the opportunity came up to get involved in a way that would positively impact our local community and industry, it was hard to say no. Especially since we were being called upon for our technical expertise – finally a chance to do some social good while sharing our coding skills!
And that’s the story of how Message Systems became an official sponsor of the Baltimore NodeSchool.
What is the NodeSchool?
“Node.js is a software platform for scalable server-side and networking applications. Node.js applications are designed to maximize throughput and efficiency, using non-blocking I/O and asynchronous events.”
The Baltimore NodeSchool was inspired by and follows in the fine tradition of NodeSchool. Think of it as the local chapter in Baltimore. For this first event, the Baltimore NodeSchool decided to focus on the introductory lessons in the Learn You Node workshop by NodeSchool.
Aside from keeping participants fed and watered, Message Systems also provided mentors for the event: our very own Bob Evans, Software Engineering Manager and Jessica Martin, Software Engineer!
In the words of Jessica, “I really enjoyed mentoring at this event, it was really interesting to see the wide range of abilities in the students, and their enthusiasm for not only learning, but sharing their knowledge with their peers. I was sad to see the end of the event, but am definitely enthusiastic for an even better one in July!”