Emerging Digital Academy is North Dakota’s first ever full stack software development training program. Founded by Emerging Prairie, EDA was created to address the growing demand for skilled software developers in North Dakota. Since its creation, EDA has had graduates go on to work for many recognizable companies but many have also gone on to be founders of their own businesses.

The Hopper cohort is Emerging Digital Academy’s eighth consecutive cohort. As part of their learner’s capstone projects, each student in a cohort must complete a solo project where they build an application completely on their own. Over the last 15 weeks, they have been learning, building, and preparing for their solo projects. On Monday, October 31st, the six Hopper cohort students demonstrated their projects via Facebook livestream.

Keep reading to learn about the Hopper cohort’s solo projects! You can also check out the Facebook livestream here.


Created by David Lindberg

Bublr is a mobile application that tracks the locations of drinking fountains using Google Maps. The app provides navigation to the drinking fountains, after which you can rate and review your experience! The reviews allow you to note the flow of the fountain, water bottle accessibility, and whether it’s indoors or outdoors.



Created by David Vetter

Benchwarmer is a softball-focused mobile application. A main feature of Benchwarmer is scoring live games: it tracks scores, outs, innings, player statistics, and team wins/losses. It’s also handy for managing a team by allowing you to view your current roster, view your team history, and manage multiple teams.




Created by Joseph Pettit

Fecha is a web application that simplifies communication and lesson scheduling between instructors and students. This eliminates extended email-based correspondence, calculates time zone differences, and saves time during lesson planning.



Skydive Logbook Form

Created by Lee Baesler

The Skydive Logbook web application gives skydivers the chance to record and upload recent jumps digitally. You can also check out current weather conditions, add individual jump descriptions, and upload photos or videos of each experience.



Organization Station

Created by Lloyd Prock

With a slogan like “a place to park your thoughts”, the Organization Station seems like a type-A personality’s haven.

Organization Station is a web application that allows you to plan your events with ease. You can add individualized events (professional and/or personal), the ability to add duties, a chat feature, and more!


Intersted in learning more about Emerging Digital Academy and applying for their next cohort? Visit their website here.

Madi Simpson

Madi is a lifelong creative and lover of the Fargo-Moorhead area. She's gained real-life experience in the worlds of entrepreneurship and marketing by starting her own sustainable upcycled clothing business in 2018. In her free time, Madi can be found hanging out with her mini poodle Georgie, baking delicious pastries, tending to her jungle of houseplants, or enjoying an iced vanilla latte from one of the downtown cafes.