Right to Left: Vanessa Calás, Rebecca Bakels, Michelle Bakels, Beth Wagmeister, Shana Ostrovitz, and Nikki Cabus showing the ASL letters B and C for Boca Code.

Ok, I am going to come right out and say it: women and men are not equal. On average, men tend to be physically stronger than women. We also tend to have more rods in our eyes, so we are able to see better at night. Women, on the other-hand, tend to have more cones in their eyes, so they often are able to discern colors better than men. They also tend to have a higher tolerance for pain.

Men and women also tend to think a bit differently. Women are typically better at keeping many things in their mind…


Companies are moving to South Florida in droves. We all see it. We’ve all read about it. And a few months ago it reached a tipping point when national media began reporting on it.

According to our latest tech talent report, there are approximately 5.1 times as many new tech jobs annually as there are new candidates.

For local software engineers, this is awesome – the last time I applied for a job, I got 6 serious offers within 4 days – one to lead a division of a FAANG company in California that I didn’t even apply to or…


Hurricane Isabel as seen from the International Space Station.
Hurricane Isabel as seen from the International Space Station.
Hurricane Isabel as seen from the International Space Station. Image courtesy Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences & Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=12140

We’ve all been there. Maybe you took on a client or project you didn’t want to because you needed the work or the money at the time. Or maybe you thought a project would be much simpler, but it turned out to be a giant can of worms. Or maybe a client you thought would be a breeze to work with turned out to be a Category 5 Hurricane.

They say that 20% of clients and projects will require 80% of your time. It’s known as the 80/20 Rule. Recognizing those “high-touch” clients before signing with them is key. You…


Ever get caught in a loop – something so aggravating that you have to stop? Whether a symptom of intentional dark patterns (now banned in California), or unintentional terrible user experience design (UX), these patterns can make the most patient among us want to scream.

Young woman of color presses a finger to the bridge of her nose in clear frustration as she sits in front of a laptop.
Young woman of color presses a finger to the bridge of her nose in clear frustration as she sits in front of a laptop.

These don’t always occur online – one of my first experiences with this was when I was a student at Florida State.

Every semester, without fail, I would have to go in to the Registrar’s office to register in person (taking time off my full-time job to do so). There I was told that I…


I once read that 73% of US adults will change their careers at least once. I also once read that 73% of US adults are unhappy in their careers. I’m not sure that both of these statistics are accurate. It turns out that Bureau of Labor and Statistics doesn’t track career changes because these are too difficult to define, but the average adult will have between 10–15 jobs in their lifetime, with the average being 11.7.

In 2010, on my 35th birthday, a good friend suggested that my skills as a software engineer are much more valuable (financially-speaking, at least…


Today was amazing. At several points today, Michelle Bakels, one of our Lead Instructors, turned to me and asked “Is this real?” Much of today seemed like a dream.

Todd Albert leans over a pool table at MediaOps headquarters to sign a giant scholarship check.
Todd Albert leans over a pool table at MediaOps headquarters to sign a giant scholarship check.
Signing the giant scholarship checks. Photo courtesy Vanessa Calás.

So many things aligned today to make the magic happen. What magic? Well, you’ll have to keep reading to find out all of the details. I’ll let them unfold as I write.

Several weeks ago, Alan Shimel, the CEO of MediaOps personally reached out to me because he heard about Boca Code and wanted to know how he could help. …


Scholarship checks stacked and ready for the Award Ceremony.

As I reflect on what to write today for my 10x10 challenge, only one thought dominates my mind – tomorrow, Boca Code, MediaOps, and City Furniture will be awarding 5 students, all of whom come from underserved communities, full or partial scholarships to attend Boca Code’s flagship Software Engineering Career Course.

These students will attend Boca Code for 10 weeks to learn all of the hard and soft skills needed to be successful software engineers, a career that is not only in high demand, but also has an average salary over $108,000.

While coding bootcamps are incredible opportunities for almost…


A group of 10 adults, students, instructors, and family, stand in a circle, glasses raised together, toasting to success.
A group of 10 adults, students, instructors, and family, stand in a circle, glasses raised together, toasting to success.
Boca Code students and staff celebrate their graduation. Photo courtesy Jiho Sohn.

When we set out to launch Boca Code over a year ago, we had a vision of what it could become and where it might be by this time.

Now that we’ve graduated our first cohort (see above), I wanted to take a moment to reflect on where we are, where we’ve come from, and where we are heading.

Last year, the largest struggle was obtaining our license from the state. It turns out that legally becoming a school is a different process in each state. California and New York are not without their challenges, I am told, but Florida…


I love to teach. I love to code. It took me decades to realize how satisfying it would be to teach coding. For someone considered smart, I can be slow to make connections sometimes.

So here I am, a Software Engineer, former Professor and NASA Research Fellow, Entrepreneur, combining my skills and passions to launch a code school in South Florida’s burgeoning tech market – a market, which I have witnessed first-hand, is ravenously hungry for software engineers!

For those not in the know, Florida has the #1-ranked startup ecosystem and because of our welcoming climate and business-friendly tax laws…


Smart speaker sits on a coffee table while a dog stares at it from the couch in the background.
Smart speaker sits on a coffee table while a dog stares at it from the couch in the background.

Not a week goes by that I don’t speak with someone understandably suspicious of the proliferation of smart speakers in our homes and office. Clearly these devices are able to respond to our voice commands and have an immediate connection to the Internet. So being dubious is completely natural. But are these speakers compromising our privacy?

In short, no. I know that the skeptical among you may discard my answer, and that is fine, but I will now present some hard and soft evidence to support this truth. …

Todd H. Albert, Ph.D.

Founder and Lead Instructor at Boca Code

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