June of 2019, Andrew Hedges grabbed a 🍺 before that month’s PDX Jr Developer Meetup with PDX Code Guild graduate Scott Stine. They were talking about the difficulties in making the leap from bootcamp to 1st job as a pro web dev when Andrew came up with the idea for The Collab Lab.
At the Meetup, Andrew recruited Caitlyn Greffly—who at the time was attempting to make the transition into her 1st dev job—to participate and it was clear the idea had merit.
Collab Lab kicked off our first cohort that August. Since we launched, the response to Collab Lab has been overwhelmingly positive, confirming the need for what we’re doing.