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About Code Palm Beach

Our Mission is to Provide a launchpad to success in computer programming for students ages 6-14 in Palm Beach County.

Code Palm Beach is a 501c3 nonprofit organization introducing K-12 Students to computer coding technology in the Palm Beaches. Through monthly events, we create a positive environment that promotes tech, coding, engineering, and robotics education for school age children. We leverage readily available curriculum from and freeCodeCamp.

Our instructors are volunteers from successful tech companies in the Palm Beaches. They include developers from entry level positions to experienced Chief Technology Officers.



Code Palm Beach started with the work of George Whitaker, Sean Biganski, Gisella Biganski, and their team with CoderDojo. Attending one of their first events, I saw their passion for coding come alive for students of all ages.

In 2018, that series of events would lead to the establishment of Code Palm Beach, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing our next generation to computer coding and technology.


Jeremy Lawson

Platform Manager @ Cognizant Softvision

Vice Chair

Michelle Bakels

Developer @ Nextera Energy

Secretary / Treasurer

George Whitaker

Director of Engineering @ PGA

Board Members

Chris Pait

Asst. Education Director @ South Florida Science Center

Shane Stebner

Software Architect @ Office Depot

Sylke Lopez

UX / UI Designer @ Dycom

Shelly Hall

Teacher @ Palm Beach County School District

Sean Biganski

CTO @ Hello Labs

Ali Kaufman

Founder @ Space of Mind School

Executive Director

Joe Russo

President & CEO @ Palm Beach Tech


Madison Cuellar

Administrator @ Code Palm Beach


freeCodeCamp is a nonprofit organization that consists of an interactive learning web platform, an online community forum, chat rooms, Medium publications, and local organizations that intend to make learning web development accessible to anyone.

Beginning with tutorials that introduce students to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, students progress to project assignments that they must complete either alone or in pairs. Upon completion of all project tasks, students are partnered with other nonprofits to build web applications, giving the students practical development experience. is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. They provide the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 15% of all students in the world. is supported by generous donors including Amazon, Facebook, Google, the Infosys Foundation, Microsoft, and many more.