2012: It all starts with a hackathon
Our founder and retired U.S. Army Captain David Molina attends his first hackathon in New York City.
After a weekend learning at AngelHack he is inspired to pursue software
craftsmanship as a post-military occupation. He submits his application to The Flatiron School while on
active-duty only to discover that the program does not accept the New GI Bill as payment.
Molina exits military serve in early 2013 and begins to self-learn Ruby on Rails, a full-stack web
development platform for building comprehensive web applications attending
Bmore on Rails meetups and taking
One Month Rails online.
2013: The vision becomes clearer
Molina attends RailsConf as a scholarship fellow and is introduced to
the Portland ruby group and rubyists from around the world.
Molina is selected and attends Techstars Patriot Boot Camp (PBC)
at George Washington University. There he raises the problem to guest speaker and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine of the
inability of using the New GI Bill to go to code school and prepare for the modern workforce. Before departing D.C.,
Molina takes an Uber to the U.S. Capitol and meets with U.S. Army Congressional Fellow Ben Culver. Culver recommends
gathering the following data:
Molina purchases opcod3.us and begins working on a first draft of this website with fellow Army veteran and software
developer Don Livanec.
- Number of veterans who are interested in coding as a post-military occupation.
- Assessing the interest among all code schools nationally.
- Determining the overall associated costs with implementing a broad reaching program.
2014: Operation Code is a go
At Cascadia Ruby, Molina is encouraged by fellow rubyist, Whitney Rose,
to launch Operation Code's petition using Launchrock, and seperate the main application using Ruby on Rails for first iteration.
After lengthy discussions with Kristin Smith (Code Fellows) and Adam Enbar (The Flatiron School), the first line of code is
committed to GitHub on August 21st, 2014.
Louisiana native, Army veteran and software developer Dr. James Davis joins Operation Code and supplies substantial incremental software functionality
integrating the petition into the rails application.
Molina begins pairing software developers and veterans to get coding faster. The 1-on-1 Software Mentor Protégé Program kicks off with HTML/CSS,
Web developer, teacher, entrepreneur and co-founder of Code Fellows, Ivan Storck, purchases operationcode.org
for Operation Code. Becomes our first in-kind donor.
DNSimple joins Operation Code as our domain management service provider ensuring this site is operational 24/7.
Army veteran and aspiring software developer, Charles Sipe, contributes guest post,
"Why veterans will make excellent programs,"
at switchup.org published on Veteran's Day and goes viral.
New York City-based, HackHands co-founders, Forest Good & Geraldo Ramos, join Operation Code. Good & Ramos design our logo and provide
our veterans access to hack.summit(), a virtual conference to learn from the world's most renowned programmers.
2015: Scaling to new heights
Software developer Chris Hough joins Operation Code and provides software architecture advice that improves application functionality and speed.
The open source code is moved from Molina's personal repo to an organizational repo
and half a dozen contributors join the team.
Former President/CEO of United Way of Columbia-Willamette Jay Bloom and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs John Garcia join the
Operation Code advisory team.
Bend, Oregon-based, Ruby on Ales becomes first software developer industry conference to support veterans
with ruby programming education. Four scholarships are awarded to two Army vets, one Marine vet, and one Navy vet.
Columbia Journalism School grad and former Mint reporter Teresa Mahoney joins Operation Code to interview veterans from across the country, and craft our story using video to drive more public awareness.
Operation Code changes it's Twitter handle to @operation_code for more effective branding, as well as Instagram and Facebook.
Formal launch of Operation Code. The April 16th launch party brings veteran coders, software developers, media and officials from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Blumenauer's office.
Software developers, Fernando Paredes, Nell Shamrell, and Eric McKenna help make Operation Code more open and developer user-friendly by creating a contributing guide.
Global hospitality provider, Airbnb sponsors Operation Code veterans lodging requirements while visiting San Francisco for Signal. HQ tour is provided and Airbnb becomes official lodging sponsor for veterans doing job interviews going forward.
San Francisco-based, SignalConf becomes 2nd software developer industry conference to support Operation Code veterans to keep coding and building software. Three scholarships are awarded to two Army vets, and one Navy vet. Operation Code veterans tour Twilio.
While in San Francisco, Operation Code Founder David Molina hosts a meetup at 21st Amendment that is attended by Elmer Thomas (SendGrid), Laura Gómez (Atipica), Nick Frost (Navy Veteran) and Pete Runyon (Marine Veteran). The following day Pete accompanies David on meetings throughout San Francisco.
To meet growth demands, Operation Code separates from its fiscal sponsor/agent, The Cogostar Foundation, recruits new founding governing board of directors comprised of Army, Marine, and Navy veterans, an Army spouse, software developers and technology entrepreneurs, to include: Josh Carter, Aimee Knight, Nick Frost, Pete Runyon, Laura Gómez, Fernando Paredes, and Elmer Thomas. Operation Code incorporates as an Oregon nonprofit.
Powered by Stripe, Operation Code incorporates SSL for the domain and begins accepting online donations.
Sticker Mule sponsors stickers and we begin covering laptops everywhere.
Founder of one of the first and largest high school hackathons, hackBCA, Jared Zoneraich joins the Operation Code advisory team.
Attorney, entrepreneur and ex-Army Captain, Mark Kerr
joins the Operation Code board of directors. He is elected chair of the board, and the board begins having regular conference calls
focusing on infrastructure, processes & procedures, and fundraising strategy.
2016: Filing and growth
hack.summit() adds Operation Code to its list of coding nonprofits, and more military veterans attend.
Speakeasy joins as the Operation Code conference sponsor. The Operation Code Battle Rhythym pencils in the
first Tuesday of the month for its governing Board of Director calls.
Operation Code prepares 501(c)(3) application. Marine Veteran and Board Secretary/Treasurer Pete Runyon drops
$850 for the fee and its shipped.
~41 business days later, Operation Code is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.