“Success is a journey, not a destination”
This expression suits our high school advanced “EntreDev” team best. 👈
Let’s just say Albert was not super thrilled about the idea of learning how to code first time when he was an extremely busy sophomore (serious debater and volleyball player). To make things little worse, the other cofounder (Nathan) was not super excited about coming to Palo Alto on the weekend evening for the coding class either. Nathan had equal amount of gigantic “to do list” as a sophomore. 😅 However, the other two remaining members (Grant and Amanda) had a serious interest in coding for the sake of saving the team birth. (The team was not formed yet in 2017)
The very 2nd course we opened in 2018 spring was the Server class (aka “backend”). And it was brutal for the beginners who just barely finished relatively easy and fun front end course. 😱Yeah, Wisen surely was super ambitious with this first group of Wisen students back then. 😂 And by this time, EntreDev team decided to try their first competition with prototype app (which meant literally the app doesn’t has to be so perfect so as the idea and business goal has to). Wisen helped their app project during the class if their project got stuck but they pretty much handled on their own with extensive research and promotional video. 🎥
The first app project title for Launch X and ME competition in 2018 was also “EntreDev”. And above promotion video highlighted their own dilemma succinctly they encountered while learning how to code and building an app for the first time. That’s right! Their very first project was about helping people with various backgrounds in order to complement their diverse skills for the single project. 🔄
While every member got insanely busy with demanding high school life (Debate 🗣, Pingpong 🏓, Valleyball 🏐and getting a decent GPA 📝), they doggedly pursued their coding journey with Wisen founder (Mr. Lera) throughout 2018. At times, when they showed up with exhausted look on their faces on Wednesday evening for 3hour lesson, Wisen almost compelled to cancel the lesson. 😓Looking back, it was a truly those moments that deserve our attention and admiration not the winning moments at the competition. It was a journey; a journey of “blood, sweat, and debugging their broken codes line by line”.
In essence, Wisen has been so privileged to mentor this phenomenal team for the last 2 years who exemplified why Wisen started its mission (Coding Portfolio = Coding with your passionate topic). EntreDev team accomplished that mission perfectly. Indeed they aced it. (Coding Portfolio 📝 = Coding with their debate & presentation skills). Their presentation skills were impeccable and simply electrifying ⚡️when they went up the stage and presented it so confidently and flawlessly. The judges felt it and so did the audience! They not only performed well but also knew the technical contents too as they wrote the code line by line for themselves countless nights with our head teacher.
Now, after conquering major milestones this year already, they are back to their grinding routine just like any teenagers here in Bay Area fighting with sleep deprivation. Honestly, Wisen did not bug them so they can rest and recharge their ambitious spirit. 🙃 However, they are going to return to our Silicon Valley Teen Tech Talk series 2 (theme: Coding with Finance) in June 9th as a opening speaker. So don’t miss this golden opportunity to hear their opening speech in the beginning of the event. 🔝
Registration to SVTTT ➡️ https://school.wisen.space/svttt.html