To participate in a Collab Lab cohort means buying into a growth mindset, opening yourself to learning, and taking risks in a relatively low-stakes setting. Seasoned technologists guide these early-career developers as they pair program, review each others’ code, and submit & merge pull requests. They are also coached on how to be effective on a fully distributed (remote) team by people who do it every day for a living .
Alums of The Collab Lab report being better equipped to talk about how they work on a team as well as the thought processes behind their work, helping them perform better in job interviews for technical roles. Hire them!
TCL 20 (Advanced Project) | January – February 2021
TCL 19 | January – February 2021
TCL 18 | January – February 2021
TCL 17 | January – February 2021
TCL 16 | January – February 2021
TCL 15 | October – November 2020
TCL 14 | October – November 2020
TCL 13 | October – November 2020
TCL 12 | October – November 2020
TCL 11 | August – September 2020
TCL 10 | August – September 2020
TCL 9 | August – September 2020
TCL 8 | May – July 2020
TCL Pilot | May – June 2020
TCL 7 | May – June 2020
TCL 6 | April – May 2020
TCL 5 | March – May 2020
TCL 4 | January – March 2020
TCL 3 | December 2019 – February 2020
TCL 2 | November 2019 – January 2020
TCL 1 | August – October 2019
Collab Lab’s mentors are the lifeblood of the program. All of our mentors are working software developers and engineering leaders. They volunteer their time because they believe in leaving tech better than they found it.
Adrienne Lowe is an experienced engineering manager and leader of distributed development and ops teams. She’s given keynotes and technical talks at PyCon, PyTexas, SoutheastPHP, DjangoCon Europe, The Lead Dev, and GOTO Berlin, among others.
Adrienne is a former chef turned coder who loves dreaming up new recipes with her partner, Alan, in “Music City”—Nashville, Tennessee.
Alejandro lives in Medellín, Colombia, with his fiancé, dog, and 4 cats.
Alex Morton is a self-taught web developer and host of The Ladies Code Collective Podcast!
When not coding, it's quite likely she's curled up with a book, working on an embroidery project, or snuggling with her dachshund pup, Nelson.
Ali Lynne Thompson is a Frontend Engineer and a proud participant of The Collab Lab’s 8th cohort.
Ali is a former substitute teacher with patience for miles and a desire to teach anyone. In her spare time she crochets and sews. She lives in California with her husband and three cats.
Chris Dopuch is a Senior Fullstack Engineer working at Zapier, located out of Portland, Oregon.
Chris grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to Oregon after graduating college. He loves to play games and paint miniatures, as well as go hiking and running and doing yoga.
Dani Gómez is a Software Engineer at Huge.
Dani loves languages and speaks German, English and Spanish. She was also a nurse at the ICU (intensive care unit), now working and living in Medellín with her doggie Gretel and her love.
David Lluna is a Site Reliability Engineer Manager at Flywire.
He lives and works remotely in Valencia, Spain. He is also a mentor in a local free code academy, Devscola.
Eddie Solar is the VP…Actually, he doesn’t like titles that much so he is a Developer at Health Karma living in South Florida.
Eddie enjoys video games, sports, movies, anime and spending time with his family.
EJ Mason is a Senior Software Engineer at Webflow. They are a fierce advocate for web accessibility both at Webflow and on the open web.
EJ lives in sunny Los Angeles, California.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and sharing career and interviewing tips in her Instagram.
Jayson J. Phillips is a Senior Engineering Manager for the Core Learner Platform team at Coursera.
In his spare time, Jayson also teaches a Web Development bootcamp (currently at UCLA Extensions) and devotes time at places like CODE 2040. He also streams software development and bad gameplay at https://twitch.tv/its_jay_phillz. Come say hi!
Jennifer Batara is currently a Software Architect at Tura Labs in Portland, Oregon.
Jen watches way too many PC build Youtube videos and loves playing video games, especially on her Switch!
Jill Kuchman is a Quality Assurance Engineer at Vacasa in Portland, OR. She’s a tech education enthusiast who has written curriculum and taught at bootcamps in both Portland and Nairobi.
Jill enjoys creating in all forms and can usually be found knitting, drawing, out enjoying the sun, or trying out extravagant recipes.
Joey Laguna is a Software Engineer at Skyslope.
Joey is a former musician in various hardcore bands and lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancée. He loves to think about and play D&D!
Juan Andrade is a Senior Software Engineer at Khan Academy, working on frontend infrastructure. Juan is passionate about design systems, tooling and web performance.
When not coding, he likes biking, playing soccer and hanging out with his family.
She lives and works remotely in Portland, OR with her husband Dave, and her dog Luna.
LaQuita Gollman is a Frontend Engineer in Seattle, WA.
LaQuita considers herself a maker in every way and enjoys crocheting, sewing, pattern making and listening to reality-show podcasts.
Lars Brekken is a Principal Engineer at Olo in New York City.
Originally from Norway, Lars lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and 2 parrots.
Lauren Beatty is a Senior Frontend Engineer and Team Lead at Treasure Data.
A former opera singer, Lauren lives and works remotely in Minnesota with her husband and two sons.
Luka Baramishvili is a Frontend Engineer and a proud participant of The Collab Lab’s 8th cohort.
Originally from country of Georgia, Luka is currently based between New York and Berlin. In his spare time, he builds speaker systems and participates in live coding sessions.
A world traveler, dual citizen and overall nomad by nature, Matthew currently resides in Windsor, California with his fiancée, RaeLynn.
Melina Mejía Bedoya is a Software Engineer at Bunny Studio.
Melina is passionate about web accessibility, volunteering, languages, drawing, anime and Korean culture.
Michael Sholty is Frontend Engineer at Zapier living in Gainesville, FL.
Mike Lambert is a Full Stack Engineer and UI Lead at CDK Global. He found his passion for software development after prior careers in education and insurance.
Mike lives in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, where he enjoys traveling, languages, snowboarding, and programming with his wife (a fellow developer) and their two lovebirds, Raymi and Condor.
Phoebe Voong-Fadel is a Frontend Developer at Blue Fox Technology.
Phoebe used to work in university administration before being a stay-at-home mum, where she learned to code. Phoebe is a writer for freeCodeCamp and enjoys writing about tech and parenting. She lives in England with her husband and two children.
Radhika lives in Oakland, California and checks Twitter way too much.
Muhammad Salman is a Software Consultant providing full-stack solutions. He works for Houston-Inc and is currently residing in Helsinki, Finland.
Salman loves Finnish long summer days and white winters. He likes outdoor activities and likes to be out in nature.
Scott Bergler is currently a freelance software developer.
Scott is a Golang enthusiast and cat whisperer. He enjoys travel, mixed martial arts, and reading magical realism and mid-to-late-century science fiction. He is extremely envious of Steve Gardner’s nomadism.
Skyler Shaw is a Software Engineer at Zapier.
He's a world nomad, professional skydiver, and loves to learn both human and computer languages.
Steve Gardner is a Frontend Engineer at Zapier.
Steve takes advantage of Zapier’s remote work culture to travel the world with his wife and 2 young kids. We’re pretty sure he’s currently living on an island in the Caribbean. No, we’re not kidding.
Tito Agudelo is a Frontend & Mobile Engineer at Toptal.
Tito lives and works as digital nomad in Bogotá, Colombia with his wife and his 2 young kids.
Yves Gurcan is the founder of Parallel45. Born in France, Yves moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2014. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
From Nike to small startups, Yves has worked for companies of all sizes. He’s a senior software engineer who enjoys helping others. For him, being a mentor at Collab Lab is the best way to give back to the community. He’s always looking forward to meeting new people.
Board & Advisors
Craig John Alimo is a Trainer/Educator for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at San Jose State University. He serves as an advisor to The Collab Lab’s Board on diversity issues and survey design and lives in sunny Richmond, California, with his partner Nancy and their dog, Tessa.
Kelly de Vries is a Software Engineer at Clarity Innovations, Inc. and organizes the Portland Jr Dev Meetup. She serves as an advisor to the Board on community issues and lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon with her husband Jason and their spunky pup, Otto.
Andrew Hedges, Founder of The Collab Lab, is a longtime web developer, engineering manager, and educator. He leads remote teams at Zapier and is an advisor to and former instructor for PDX Code Guild, a coding bootcamp located in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He also serves on the technology committee for Pueblo Unido PDX.
Andrew holds an MEd in counseling and human development from the University of Maryland College Park. He spent 7 years designing and conducting training programs for university staff before making the leap to web development in 1998.
Stacie Taylor, Co-Founder of The Collab Lab, resides in Sacramento, California with her two kids and works as a Frontend Engineer at Zapier. The career-changing journey that took her from product management to engineering sparked a fierce passion for advocating for early-career developers — especially fellow moms in tech.
Get in touch!
The Collab Lab is on Twitter @_collab_lab. We post periodic updates about the program on our dev.to channel. Press inquiries may be directed via email to Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.