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Arkansas Coding Academy to Open New Campus in Northwest Arkansas // Metova Wins 2019 IoT Breakthrough Award // RevUnit Named in 360 List of Best Entrepreneurial Companies // Bucket Technologies to Launch Early 2019


Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs and the demand for them across Northwest Arkansas increases by the day. Through an intensive 3-month boot camp, the Arkansas Coding Academy aims to provide individuals with the skills and mentorship they need to succeed in IT and IT-related industries throughout region.

The Arkansas Coding Academy, which currently operates coding programs in Conway and Little Rock, is partnering with the City of Fayetteville & Startup Junkie to offer classes in Fayetteville, Arkansas starting May 13th, 2019! The full-time track will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for 13 weeks with a maximum of 15 people. There are no special prerequisites or educational background required for the program, only a desire and willingness to learn, as well as a natural curiosity and passion for technology and development. You can find out more about tuition, curriculum, and learn how to apply below.

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One of the local companies with a vested interest in this talent pipeline is Metova. Metova is a world-leading provider of mobile, connected car, connected home and Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions.

Metova was recently named by IoT Breakthrough as one of the top companies, technologies and products in the global Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. The mission of the IoT Breakthrough Awards program is to recognize the innovators, leaders and visionaries from around the globe in a range of IoT categories. This year’s program attracted more than 3,500 nominations from companies all over the world. All nominations were evaluated by an independent panel of experts within the IoT industry, with the winning products and companies selected based on a variety of criteria, including most innovative and technologically advanced products and services.

Metova was also accepted into Forbes Communications Council. The Forbes Communications Council is an invitation-only community for executives in communications, marketing and PR.

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A second local tech company actively recruiting developers, made national waves just prior to the holidays. RevUnit was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s exclusive listing of the 360 “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” for the second year in a row.

RevUnit was ranked 34 out of the 360 businesses listed! Honorees were selected for recognition through a comprehensive study of independent businesses, using advanced analytics to measure five major pillars of entrepreneurship: innovation, growth, leadership, impact, and business valuation.

RevUnit has continued its momentum since first appearing on the Entrepreneur 360 listing in 2017. Since that time, the company has been named a Top Company Culture by Entrepreneur, earned its second consecutive ranking on the Inc 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing businesses, and has been named in consecutive years as a Best Place to Work in Arkansas.

2018 Entrepreneur 360™ List

Lastly, a local fintech startup, Bucket Technologies, will pilot their blockchain-based digital piggybank software throughout the region early this year. The technology aims to reduce the waste and costs associated with handling coin currency. DYK the penny costs about 1.6 cents to mint, and the nickel costs more than 8 cents to put into circulation!?

According to Talk Business and Politics, Bucket Technologies, which relocated from California to Northwest Arkansas in 2017 and has raised $3 million in funding since inception, will launch their digital coins saving program with over 50 businesses throughout the region early this year! Learn more about their mission to reduce the wastes and costs associated with handling coin currency and how you can be one of the first in the country to “bucket the change.”

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