Mendix and Major League Hacking want to tool students up with low code app building skills

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Low- and no-code application technologies are helping lower barriers to software development – and thanks to a new partnership, this change is going as far back as the classroom.

App development platform provider Mendix is teaming up with Major League Hacking (MLH) to provide resources for students to build working apps in only two hours at MLH’s on-campus hackathons.

The partnership, which is part of the Mendix University Program alongside MLH Localhost, aims to ‘provide free hands-on learning opportunities to professors and students across the globe to gain the skills needed to succeed in a software-driven world’, according to the press materials.

Students are given the use case of putting an app together to organise extracurricular campus events, such as fundraisers, with participants being able to post events, see a list of upcoming events, as well as register for and rate events.

“Using low-code made it possible for students who didn’t have any coding background, as well as those who are proficient with traditional coding, to actually build a functioning application in a matter of hours,” said Dominic Thomas, professor at Suffolk University. “It helped to break down a perceived barrier of the level of know-how needed to build custom applications, and excite students of all skills and backgrounds about developing applications to solve specific problems.”

For those in the industry, low-code can be seen as a viable solution to solve the ‘app gap’ – fuelling digital transformation by creating functional applications and leaving already overworked developers to solve more creative problems. Writing for this publication last week, Simon Shepherd, regional director at fellow low-code platform provider OutSystems, noted the potential of the technology in the public sector – and the importance of utilising the platforms with long-term goals.

“To move public sector digital transformation forward, agencies should empower in-house teams to take on and deliver transformational projects from start to finish,” Shepherd wrote. “The result is a feeling of achievement as they roll out their own solutions to citizens and colleagues. This is crucial to effecting culture change and reducing the fear of failure that holds organisations back.”

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