Independence, Ohio-based Proforma Group, a global distributor to the printing and promotional products industry, recently sponsored its first Code Kata event at its Technology Innovation Lab in the Worldwide Support Center in Tampa, Florida. This event was open to developers and data scientists of all skill levels in the Tampa area to practice structured coding challenges with professionals from Proforma’s elite 75-member technology team.
According to the company, Code Katas are monthly meetups for developers to practice coding exercises with peers and mentors, bringing the practice of “kata” to software development. The term “kata” refers to an exercise that is repeated many times, making minor improvements by increasing the level of difficulty or introducing new challenges.
“It gives me great pride to invest in the next generation of technology leaders,” says Proforma CEO, Vera Muzzillo. “We are honored to be a community leader in creating a collaborative workplace that empowers productivity and encourages education. At Proforma, we are just as committed to the investment of our community and our employees as we are to our investment in developing technology solutions.”
Attendees at this month’s event received complimentary food, refreshments, beverages and giveaway prizes. Proforma’s next sponsored Code Kata event will be held on Wednesday, September 25th, once again at its Tampa facility.
Says Proforma developer Charles Bayley, “I am proud to work for a company that fosters this culture of innovation. Because each exercise can be coded in different ways and in different languages, these events have challenged me to find new approaches to problems we may already have solutions for.”