The mission of CODE is to bring technologists together at HBS. Some of us are
former engineers who want to keep our technical skills sharp; others are enthusiasts who want to learn how to better communicate with engineers in future positions. We are here to enhance our technical skills and create accountability to learn and build while getting our MBAs.
We’re currently one of the newest clubs on campus. We started back in the Fall of 2015, and over 230 students signed up when we launched. Our members have many reasons for joining CODE. Predominantly, all of our members are builders and they are looking to find other technically-inclined students on campus. Some are early coders and want to build their baseline skills. Other are more advanced, many were working as software engineers before school, and they are looking to meet other students on campus and learn more about what they are working on.
Every week, we host a “Lightning Talk” where a current gives a demo of something they’ve been working on and then also shows a piece of code that they are particularly proud of. Afterwards we break into “Hour of Code” where early coders can learn more about the technology demo’ed that day, and advanced coders can talk with the presenter on how they builtd the technology.
Additionally, we host space each week above Harvard’s Innovation Lab for students to work on side projects. Over the semester, many of our members participate in Hackathons across Boston (e.g., HackHarvard and HackMIT), and we help coordinate teams. We’ve also partnered with the Tech Club to put on “Training the Valley,” and we taught courses at the Entrepreneurship Club’s SPARK conference.
David Malan, the famous professor of Computer Science 50, the largest course at Harvard College, has created a special CS50 course for HBS MBAs. It’s a popular class. Second year students also have the option to cross-register for Professor Malan's undergraduate CS50 course at the college. The Digital Initiative also has curated 15+ digital courses at HBS.
Boston is one of the leading academic centers for computer and software innovation. Students at HBS have a wide range of Harvard affiliates to work with, including the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Harvard Innovation Lab, the Digital Initiative, and a strong computer science department at Harvard College.
Of course, MIT is also a leader in computer science, and students have many opportunities to cross-register in their EC year and get involved with clubs and organizations like the MIT Media Lab. Boston and Cambridge have a rich history of software and computer innovation. There are so many opportunities to get involved in with incubators, research, companies, hackathons, and more.
We believe future leaders of big organizations, non-profits, and governments will need to be technically literate. As Marc Andreesen wrote in his 2011 WSJ op-ed, “Software Is Eating the World,” many traditional companies are either transitioning into software-enabled companies or are getting squeezed out of the market by more nimble software companies. Even today’s largest taxi company (Uber) is considered “tech”.
Aileen Lee, the founding partner at Cowboy Ventures, published a now famous piece on start-up “unicorns,” companies valued at $1 billion by private or public markets. In her report, she found that an overwhelming majority (92%) of “unicorns” started with a technical founder. Harvard prides itself on being one of the top business schools in the world for entrepreneurs, and we want to make sure our peers are ready to take on that that challenge.
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