CodeDay Labs Student Helpdesk

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Do students get a choice in what project they work on?

Students have the chance to express their preferences for projects as part of our matching process. Here's how that works:
  1. During the application, students provide information about their interests and career goals.
  2. After all acceptances are sent out, we use student preferences to generate a list of ~20 recommendations for projects for each student.
  3. Students rank these recommendations by order of preference.
  4. We use a matching algorithm to generate final project assignments. (In the past, about 90% of students got one of their top three choices.)
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When will applications open for CodeDay Labs?

We only run CodeDay Labs in the summer. Applications for each summer session will not open until January-February, and will be due at the beginning of June.
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Can students propose a project?

No, unlike at our CodeDay and Virtual CodeDay events, students do not propose projects at CodeDay Labs. (When we've tried this in past years, we've found that students don't know enough about industry technologies to come up with a project that challenges them.)
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Is this all online? Can I meet with my team in person?

CodeDay Labs is designed to be an online experience, and it's unlikely you'll be geographically close to your entire team.
In the case that you are close to team members, you're welcome to meet them if you'd like, after consulting public health and safety protocols.
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Do the projects have to be CS-related?

No, we encourage projects that aren't specifically CS-related! In past years, mentors have had teams working on hardware projects and a variety of data science-related projects. We will work with you to ensure there are students interested in your projects. In some cases, CodeDay can support the hardware purchases.
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When will I know who my team is? Do I need to do anything before I start?

Teams will be introduced the Friday before the bootcamp week starts. No team meetings will start until a week later, after bootcamp week is complete and everyone has some experience in their tech stack.
There's no pre-CodeDay Labs work required!
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What's the difference between the intermediate and advanced tracks?

Students in the advanced track have more experience building projects outside of classwork, and more technical knowledge. We expect these students to be better able to have a conversation about the relative benefits of technical choices and to debug their own problems without guidance. These students tend to be close to graduation (although they don't need to be).
Students in the intermediate track require more guidance when making technical or architecture choices, and need more help with debugging new problems. They tend to be college sophomores or juniors.
Both tracks have the same mentors, however we assign projects with a more clear-cut structure, and more online resources, to the intermediate track.
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How are timezones factored into team formation in CodeDay Labs?

Except in special cases which are cleared with a team's mentor, your entire team will be within 3 hours of each other. So for example, your team might have a member in California and New York, but it would not also have a member in Shanghai.
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