Don’t Know How to Code? Come to ProtoHack detroit

By Tara Reed on July 31st, 2016 / Comments

If you spend any time reading tech blogs and news sites, you’ve probably heard this a thousand times: You have to know how to code to be successful in tech.

You read these stories and they’re all like, “So-and-so built [INSERT MASSIVE TECH COMPANY HERE] in their garage” or “So-and-so coded [CRAZY BIG SOCIAL NETWORK] in his college dorm room.” And if you’re a non-technical person (like me), it’s easy to feel left out.

A few years ago, I bought into all that. I thought there was NO WAY I could launch a startup without knowing how to code. At the same time, I can’t tell you how often I would catch myself saying, “There should be an app for THAT. If I could build an app like that, I could make it BIG.” And then that stupid voice in the back of my head would say, “Don’t be silly, Tara. You’re not a technical person. You can’t build that.”

Well, to make a long story short, I tried to build it anyhow.

And a super crazy thing happened. It WORKED.

In less than a year, I built my app, launched my startup, got thousands of users, and landed $300,000 in investment. Along the way, I learned a TON, but the most important lesson was this: You do NOT need to know how to code to build your own app.

And if you don’t know how to code, live in the greater Detroit area, and are serious about building an app or website and launching your startup, I’ve got an awesome opportunity to help you do it: ProtoHack Detroit!

ProtoHack Detroit is the ONLY code-free hackathon for non-technical entrepreneurs. Instead of programming, folks at ProtoHack will prototype their idea with the latest visual prototyping technology, get mentored by design, UX, and product experts, and pitch their idea to a panel of judges for the chance to win BIG — serious cash, software, and services to help you launch your startup!


WHAT: ProtoHack Detroit

WHEN: Saturday, August 6

WHERE: Grand Circus

>>Sign up for ProtoHack Detroit

If you’ve ever said, “There should be an app for that,” but don’t know how to code, ProtoHack Detroit is for you.

Join us for ProtoHack and you will:

  • Prototype your idea (no code required) on your own or on a team
  • Get mentored by design, UX, and product experts
  • Network with like-minded Detroit entrepreneurs
  • Learn from design, UX and product breakout sessions
  • Pitch your idea to a panel of expert judges for the chance to win BIG
  • Take home more than $500 in awesome goodies!



When I first got started, I can’t tell you how many folks told me: “You can’t launch a tech startup without knowing how to code.” (oh, and when I told them I wanted to do it in Detroit, they looked at me like I had four heads). Well here’s the thing: you totally can, and I want to invite you to get started at ProtoHack Detroit. Sign up for ProtoHack Detroit and START BUILDING

About the Author

Tara Reed

Tara Reed

Tara Reed is CEO of and Kollecto. She teaches folks how to build apps without code.