When I joined Lush Digital, I had a bunch of ideas that I wanted to bring to life. One of those ideas was to form stronger relationships between Lush Digital and universities across the country. The university would benefit from making a new industry connection and from Lush’s perspective, it could help to bring in new talent to the development teams. The reason I singled out the development teams is that Lush Digital doesn’t really have any Junior Developer roles, which means if you don’t have any industry experience and no previous knowledge in development, it’s hard to get a job in this area.

My thinking was that if you have studied a STEM subject and had a passion for development, you would probably hit the ground running! This might then allow Junior Developer positions to open up and from there, we could start to evolve a training syllabus to start supporting those that want to move into the industry that might not have a computing background. Therefore, I decided to set out to see if there was already these sort of relationships in place between Lush Digital and any universities and if so, who is responsible and how did the relationship work.

I soon found out that Lush Digital had done talks at Bournemouth University (BU) in the past, but hadn’t really formed any strong meaningful relationships. As I am a BU Alumni I thought I could try and arrange a formal meeting to discuss what a stronger relationship between BU and Lush Digital would look like.

I spoke to Lush’s Talent Manager (Billy Brickell) who was behind the idea and gave me the go ahead to arrange the meeting. I fired off an email to Dr Gernot Liebchen and Dr Shahin Rostami who confirmed that they would be happy to attend a meeting at Lush Digital.

We had a great meeting that lead to many ideas, one of those was the Code Jam! After the meeting, I spoke to Billy who told me that this could be something that I envolved and took responsibility for – which I was excited to do!

So far I have written a brief which I have sent to BU for approval, things are still in motion, but we are hoping to run Lush’s first ever hosted Code Jam at the end of April.

The code Jam has been described as follows:

“Settled into your own space at Lush’s head office, you’ll be split into teams to experiment and collaborate in order to solve a problem based on our chosen theme. The Code Jam will run over 2 days in the week; so get the chance to see what a typical day at Lush Digital is like! Oh and don’t worry, we’ll make sure you’re watered, fed and having lots of fun!”

I will update this post once I have more details, I don’t want to give too much away just yet as things might change, but I am excited to share more details when I have them.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check back soon for more details!

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