Startup Wichita

Startup Wichita was a grass roots effort to connect entrepreneurs in Wichita with local people and resources. In March 2014 devICT held a hackathon to kick-start development on the community site.

We decided to build the site on the MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express, Angular, and Node). We provisioned a development environment with Puppet and Vagrant. We split into teams for content, design, front end development and back end development. I managed the various teams, helped developers set up their environments, and merged pull requests.

The hackathon laid the ground work for the application but at the end of the day there was still a lot of work to be done. Over the next several months devICT members met periodically to push the site forward. Progress was slow as each developer was only working in their spare time.

In September (6 months since the hackathon) the Entrepreneurship Task Force of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce hired my company Tortugas Consulting, LLC to dedicate development resources towards the completion of the site. The first phase milestone was reached on October 21st 2014.

Additional work included a rewrite to Ruby on Rails. Eventually the project was handed over to another organization to finish.