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The No Codebase Award

Showcasing those who are pushing the boundaries of building without code

Each winner was asked to provide a short bio, and a handful of predictions about how they think their category will change over the next 3-5 years.

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Lola Ojabowale

Short bio on the winner, what do they do, what are they about, why did they win this category?

"We'll see no-code tools continue to improve and handle a wider variety of software development use cases. We'll also see people build more personalized software. Not too long ago, it would be quite a bit of effort for a non-developer to create a custom allowance app for her kids. With no-code, people are developing these sort of products of one to improve their everyday workflows.

What I'm most excited about are the new kinds of makers who will emerge because of no-code and will be empowered to solve their problems in new ways. They'll start by building niche solutions. But over the next five years, we'll see these solutions become massively beneficial to lots of people."

Julia Biro

Developer Advocate @ Nexmo

"We’ve seen low-code gain unprecedented traction in the past year, and I believe we’re only just getting started. Low-code is here to stay, with the potential of becoming a tool in most people’s toolkit.

Due to the current climate, most surviving businesses had to go online. Lacking the development resource or time needed, a good chunk of them turned to low-code solutions for business operations, building websites and automating repetitive tasks. I see this demand as the main driver in the evolution of low-code, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us.

In the meantime, API companies started to realize that there’s a whole new population out there they could be serving right now. All they need to do is offer a low-code approach to their products, just like another SDK. More and more API companies started either integrating with low-code platforms or building their own drag-and-drop style sandbox to address this audience. I hope to see this trend picking up, as it makes tech more accessible and empowers less technical audiences to bring their ideas to life.

And on to developers. Definitely the slowest trend I’ve seen in the world of low-code, but I believe we’ll get there eventually. While developers can write code, some are starting to catch on to the fact that the code does not always need to be written. Low-code can be an immensely powerful productivity tool and time saver. By taking care of the low-value and low-complexity tasks frees up development time for the high-value ones.

I hope to see low-code become just as common as the next JavaScript framework, enabling both technical and non-technical audiences to focus on what matters most."


Program Director, No-Code Fellowship @ On Deck

"In the next 3-5 y years, no-code will go from niche to mainstream in all of tech and tech-enabled industries.

All kinds of knowledge workers (whether you are in sales, marketing or customer service) will want to be no-code proficient so they can become “builders” and create meaningful side projects, websites, web apps or mobile apps.

For founders, especially in B2C, building in public will be the new default in the next decade. Because on the Internet, if you want to build a passionate early user community, you have to build in public and over communicate your story, your product’s value prop and the vision. It also helps in building an audience (before you build your product) and creates investor leverage before you ever meet them."

Whit Anderson

Founder @ BadUnicorn

"As no-code grows and becomes more common place, we will see more startups & big organizations adopt a No-Code Ops position. This person will focus on creating automation workflows & some will have the sole job of launching creative products to drive traffic to the main site. Much like how marketing was slept on for while, I think no-code will be slept on until a few companies see a lot of success through building small side projects to generate buzz and site traffic. Also, there will be a billion dollar company that started as a no-code side project in the next 5 years."

Lacey Kesler

Head of Education @ Adalo

"No-code is going to change the face of software development. We're going to see "no-code" as the go-to path for crafting digital products. One of the best parts of no-code is that is ubiquitous across all industries: marketing, product, operations, and more can benefit from the use of no-code within their vertical.

Allowing anyone, regardless of their technical background, to create digital products and solutions empowers them to solve their own problems and be the change they wish to achieve."

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