The No-Code Movement Means Anyone Can Be a Tech Founder

Entrepreneurs of the future may seem a lot more tech savvy…while also being a lot less technically savvy. It’s thanks to a movement called No Code, and it could change how business is built.



a woman smiling for the camera: Brianne Kimmel, Worklife


© Courtesy of Brianne Kimmel
Brianne Kimmel, Worklife

With a spate of new tools that don’t require writing code, anyone can build a website, launch a mobile app, customize an e-commerce shopping experience, or even create a logo. “You don’t need to have a computer science degree to start a tech company. You just need an idea,” says Brianne Kimmel (pictured), whose VC fund, Worklife, has invested in these platforms. “The first No Code conference was just a year ago, so it’s very new. But it’s been fascinating to see, during COVID, the number of family members sitting down at the dinner table and starting a mini tech company.”

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The forgotten Flash Website movement (when websites were ‘the new emerging artform’)

This post is a transcript of a talk I gave at UCSC. Thank you for inviting me! I’m sharing it here because It’s a GOOD summary of the history of a technology that’s very dear to me (and also a defense of said technology)… so I think it may interest some.

For this talk I’m going to go over a short history of Flash, its decline, and what I feel lead up to that (from the point of view of someone that was heavily invested in this technology and all the surrounding communities), as well as what I think all of this means for the internet today.

I feel like there’s a lot to learn from Flash. As an example of what technology enables for “the little people”, as an example of what it takes to destroy that and basically eradicate a huge portion of digital history, and as

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How tissue geometry influences the movement of cells through the body — ScienceDaily

Cells move constantly throughout our bodies, performing myriad operations critical to tissue development, immune responses and general wellbeing. This bustle is guided by chemical cues long studied by scientists interested in cellular migration.

To better understand this phenomenon, a team of biologists and physicists, led by UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Professor Denise Montell, investigated the effect that the geometry of the biological environment has on cellular movement. Using mathematical models and fruit flies, the group discovered that the physical space holds a lot of sway over cell migration. Namely, tissue geometry can create a path of least resistance, which guides cellular motion. These insights, published in the journal Science, are a triumph for basic research and could find applications in fields as diverse as oncology, neuroscience and developmental biology.

Directed cell migration is an essential feature of biological processes, both normal and pathological. “Without directional cell migration, embryos would

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An imperceptible thin-film sensor to record movement and the sense of touch — ScienceDaily

Researchers have developed an ultrathin pressure sensor that can be attached directly to the skin. It can measure how fingers interact with objects to produce useful data for medical and technological applications. The sensor has minimal effect on the users’ sensitivity and ability to grip objects, and it is resistant to disruption from rubbing. The team also hopes their sensor can be used for the novel task of digitally archiving the skills of craft workers.

There are many reasons why researchers wish to record motion and other physical details associated with hands and fingers. Our hands are our primary tools for directly interacting with, and manipulating, materials and our immediate environments. By recording the way in which hands perform various tasks, it could help researchers in fields such as sports and medical science, as well as neuroengineering and more. But capturing this data is not easy.

“Our fingertips are extremely

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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney Compares Fortnite Dispute With Apple To Civil Rights Movement

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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said Wednesday his company’s legal battle with Apple is an act of “civil disobedience” reminiscent of the civil rights movement, escalating the company’s rhetoric against Apple as the Fortnite-maker fights the tech giant’s App Store fees.

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At the New York Times DealBook Online Summit on Wednesday, Sweeney said in an interview paying Apple’s 30% fee on in-app purchases would be “colluding with Apple through strained competition on iOS and to inflate prices for consumers.”

Sweeney called Epic’s move to circumvent the fee by using its own payments system “essentially an act of civil disobedience” and compared it to “civil rights fights where there were actual laws on the books and the laws were

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New tool predicts geological movement and the flow of groundwater in old coalfields — ScienceDaily

A remote monitoring tool to help authorities manage public safety and environmental issues in recently abandoned coal mines has been developed by the University of Nottingham.

The tool uses satellite radar imagery to capture millimetre-scale measurements of changes in terrain height. Such measurements can be used to monitor and forecast groundwater levels and changes in geological conditions deep below the earth’s surface in former mining areas.

With a long history of coal mining, the project was tested in the UK at a regional scale, but has global implications given the worldwide decline in the demand for coal in favour of more sustainable energy sources.

The method was implemented over the Nottinghamshire coalfields, which were abandoned as recently as 2015, when the last deep mine, Thoresby Colliery, shut its doors for good.

When deep mines are closed, the groundwater that was previously pumped to the surface to make mining safe, is

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How gentle body movement will charge your mobile phone — ScienceDaily

Researchers have found a way to produce nylon fibres that are smart enough to produce electricity from simple body movement, paving the way for smart clothes that will monitor our health through miniaturised sensors and charge our devices without any external power source.

This discovery — a collaboration between the University of Bath, the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Germany and the University of Coimbra in Portugal — is based on breakthrough work on solution-processed piezoelectric nylons led by Professor Kamal Asadi from the Department of Physics at Bath and his former PhD student Saleem Anwar.

Piezoelectricity describes the phenomenon where mechanical energy is transformed into electric energy. To put it simply, when you tap on or distort a piezoelectric material, it generates a charge. Add a circuit and the charge can be taken away, stored in a capacitor for instance and then put to use — for

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The Maker Movement as a Means of ‘Resilience and Resistance’ | October | 2020 | Newsroom

Maker education — a combination of progressive, project-based pedagogies and environments rich with materials and technologies to help children create and invent — seems like a perfect antidote to the feelings of powerlessness induced by the COVID pandemic. Or as University of New Mexico computer scientist Leah Buechley put it at the recent ninth annual FabLearn Conference, “The most important component that constructionism brings to communities is the emphasis on student agency, engagement and interest.” 

In welcoming 370 attendees from 31 countries, Teachers College faculty members Paulo Blikstein and Nathan Holbert, who co-chaired the conference along with Buechley, said that the conference’s theme, “Making as Resistance and Resilience,” was chosen in 2019 to address the “turmoil, chaos and change of that year.”    

“Little did we know how much more turmoil and chaos 2020 would bring,” joked Blikstein, Associate Professor of Communications, Media & Learning Technologies Design and Director of TC’s

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Learning how a zebrafish moves will aid understanding of human movement and disorders — ScienceDaily

Movement in animals is complex, especially in human beings. A variety of neurons coordinate the activity and inactivity of our muscles, and without that coordination we’d fall flat on our face when we went for a walk.

Scientists have known for quite some time how motor neurons in the spinal cord that activate muscles are organized to generate more forceful output, to transition from walking to jogging to running, for example. Little is known, however, about how spinal inhibitory interneurons work to inhibit, or silence, other neurons and related muscle groups in coordination with the active muscle groups across changing speeds.

Now a Northwestern University research team has discovered in a study of zebrafish that there is a very orderly relationship between when these critical inhibitory neurons are born, their participation in different speeds of movement and what part of a motor neuron they innervate. As a result of this

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