thinkspace’s reKode: Rakel Sölvadóttir Teaches Kids to Code!

rekode-277x165The subject of teaching kids to code is one that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve got three kids that are between the age of six and nine. My oldest son has a strong interest to learn how to code. I’ve searched around the Internet looking at various things like Scratch, a project by MIT, which provides a framework on how to get kids to start coding. I started my son out with that but I’ve been searching for something better and I don’t think I could be any luckier than to not only find something that is better but the startup reKode that is doing it moved into thinkspace here in Redmond!

rekode-rakel-teaching-kids-to-codeThe company’s founder Rakel Sölvadóttir has a mission of teaching young people from the age of six how to code and spark interest in technology through the reKode Methodology so that students have the opportunity to become innovators rather than consumers of technology.

reKode was just covered by BBC with a video post: Smiling ‘helps children in the classroom’ The video interviews Rakel who has been running this startup in Iceland over the last few years. Hundreds of children are learning to code and now Rakel is bringing her framework to the United States. In the the interview Rakel also explains not only do children learn to code, it also has been helping children with ADHD or other difficulties can learn to code, teach their peers and learn, importantly, to smile.

I’m very excited about having reKode kick off it’s classes in Redmond and I’ve already told Rakel that my children will definitely be first in line so they can learn how to code in 2014!

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I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.

Yes NoI’ve tried my hand at time management.
Which I’m okay at.
But at times, I still busy myself and over commit to things.
Part of me really likes being busy.
And another part of me has a hard time saying “no.”
And I know, I know…saying “yes” to one thing means saying “no” to something else….so I should say “no” to good things so I can say “yes” to better things.

But at times, those “better” things add up.  So I renegotiate my priorities, in hopes to lessen my busy schedule.  And start the cycle of time management all over again.

Lately, I’ve been reading this book that completely changed the way I think about time management.
The author states the following:
“I use to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”
This was an ah-ha moment for me, and I completely resonate with what the author is getting at.
I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.
Time management isn’t as much about what I’m saying yes and no to as it is about what I’m putting my energy towards to succeed at.

So this week, I’m looking at my schedule differently.
I’m focusing on the things that do matter – like my speaking engagement on Tuesday night, a soft launch for a mentoring program, cooking dinner for my fiancé, and watching Veggie Tales with my nephews on Friday morning.
And I’m setting aside the things that, when it comes down to it, don’t really matter – like the petty differences between my top three choices of charcoal tile for my kitchen remodel, the dirty dishes in the sink after cooking my fiancé dinner, checking my email every few minutes (thus distracting me from my super-cute nephews), and Dexter (which I absolutely love…but I’d rather be successful at life rather than watching television).

Join me, in fearing success at insignificant things.

Erin Burchfield, CEO of NQuiry to speak at thinkspace Seattle | Hackers and Founders

loop-erin-burchfield-hf-posterErin Burchfield (CEO) and Teagen Densmore, will demo Loop, their Social polling app which recently raised $450K. Erin and Teagen’s app that gives you feedback on questions, whether it’s to an entire network of people or just a few friends. I’ve been using this app regularly for about three weeks now and when ever I want to get a pulse on something I ask the question on Loop. My last question was “What’s your favorite red (wine)”. I personally like a nice glass of syrah but apparently I need to try out a zinfandel or malbec sometime!

Come join us to hear their entrepreneurial story, how they became cofounders, and raised $450K to jump start their startup. We’re holding it at our new Seattle location in Fremont on September 26 at 6pm. RSVP here on our Hackers and Founders page.