Codexplosion, made up of team members from Davis, emerged as the first-place winner of Davis’ 2013 Startup Weekend, Nov. 15-17. The event was organized by Davis Roots and Hacker Lab, with support from the Kaufman Foundation and assistance from the city of Davis and the UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship.
Terry Toy pitched his idea at the outset of the three-day contest as “Math Code,” which evolved into Codexplosion with the support of Angela Harris and Rodney Mineir (vision and marketing), Scott Ragsdale (business analysis), Cory Harada (website development) and Bicky Signh (customer research).
“The idea behind Codexplosion is to bring math into the 21st century by integrating computer science concepts into existing seventh- through 12th-grade math curriculum,” said Toy, a software developer and a former Davis math teacher. “Coding is the new digital literacy.
“We are pretty excited about the win and there were many great competitors at the event. It was fun and intense and we now look forward to seeing what else we can accomplish with Codexplosion.”
Second place when to HomeWorks, an online project/chore/homework tracking system for kids through which parents and others can provide rewards for accomplishments.
Both companies will get assistance from Davis Roots, a local business incubator.
Codexplosion and HomeWorks were among the eight finalist teams that pitched their business ideas to eight judges, including representatives from UCD and Davis technology companies.