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This Coding School Is Offering Scholarships To Women Who Want …

To encourage more women to become developers, coding school Dev Bootcamp will offer $2,500 scholarship to 10 women from the organization Girl Develop It.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8, the organizations plan to formally announce the scholarships from Dev Bootcamp’s New York City location during the We Code Unconference. The scholarships will be available to active members of Girl Develop It, an organization that aims to provide women with affordable programs to learn software development. The scholarships, which will offset the $12,200 tuition, can be used at Dev Bootcamp’s San Francisco, New York City, or Chicago locations. Dev Bootcamp also has a partnership with female-focused career startup Levo League, offering $2,500 to Levo Scholars.

“Women are wildly underrepresented in the software engineering industry and as ‘learning to code’ goes mainstream the world will be considerably worse off without adequate female representation,” Dev Bootcamp’s New York City director Lloyd Nimetz told Fast Company. “Girl Develop It is one of the most respected protagonists working to achieve gender parity in software, and we’re really excited for what we can do together this year.”

The world of hack schools is often unregulated, and Dev Bootcamp is one of seven schools that received citation letters from a regulatory agency in California in January. The school says it is working with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to become a licensed learning institution in the state.

Web Developer Instructor All Levels Need | StartUpers

The role of a Web Developer Instructor is to help a small group of students that have low to medium technical skills who wish to get a good basic understanding of Web Development, MVC and the like.

The job is to assist students with questions and feedback, when they are building there application. We have students spend the first half of the day going over a tutorial and meeting with a mentors, the second they work on build an application (that is done over the course of their time at Coding House)

Skills & Requirements
Your Skill’s should include the 70% or more of these languages and frameworks (if you don’t know everything that’s okay!)

↣ HTML 5
↣ CSS 3
↣ Haml
↣ Sass
↣ Coffee Script
↣ JavaScript
↣ JQuery
↣ Node.JS
↣ Backbone
↣ Ruby
↣ Rails
↣ NoSQ

Coding House is a Software Development Boot Camp. We have two primary offerings a 60 day Full Immersion course where students live in a house with their instructor and all of their needs are met so they can focus on learning how to code. The second is a six-month Nights and Weekends course that mostly done online.

We have mentors that are thought leaders, Keynote speakers and award-winning published authors when it comes to computer programming. Some of our partners include AT&T offering scholarships to our program.

More info here:

65K to 140K depending on your skills. We also offer (if you desire) a free place to stay along with a personal trainer and 3 meal a days.

Make a difference
We are teaching people skills that matter. We are fixing a broken education system process by building outstanding curriculum that can be taught in months as opposed to years. Our solution will help many young people become better software developers in a shorter amount of time. The students will thank you for making archaic process suck 1000 times less. Your work will matter.

Coding House is an full immersion crash course in software development where all distractions are muted. We have a full immersion and nights and weekends program. We bring in the best breed of software developers in Silicon Valley to guide and instruct the students. Our goal is to mentor 1000 strong full stack developers over the next 5 years through interactive hands-on training.

Work with talented people to tackle big problems. Our team is continuously pushing out instruction material and innovative processes. We brainstorm nonstop, work hard together and laugh a lot. This is a team that you’ll be excited to work with everyday. Flat team structure, we work together and you have influence over what we build and teach.


Y Combinator Backs Its Next Nonprofit, Coding Education Program …

CodeNow is announcing that it has joined incubator Y Combinator — move that founder and CEO Ryan Seashore said will help with the programming education nonprofit’s ambitious plans for growth.

CodeNow aims to teach programming basics to high schoolers, particularly girls, ethnic minorities, and other underrepresented groups. It launched in Washington, D.C. in 2011 before expanding to New York City and San Francisco last year.

The program’s approach combines weekend sessions, online coursework, and an intensive boot camp conducted over longer school breaks. Seashore said the question he’s been asking himself, and one that’s been amplified by joining YC, is, “How do you make in-person training scale?”

The answer, or at least the one that Seashore plans to pursue, is not abandoning the in-person aspect of the program. However, he noted that CodeNow has been limiting its class size to 30 students at most. A new approach, which the classes have already begun to adopt, is bringing more students in but dividing them into groups of six to eight. Each of those groups will work with their own volunteer trainer, and they’ll move at their own pace.

In addition, Seashore said he’s developing the curriculum for “CodeNow in a Box,” which would basically allow companies and other organizations to partner with CodeNow, offering classes with their own staff but using the CodeNow curriculum. He said he hasn’t made any agreement yet, but companies have expressed interest.

“This is how we start scaling,” Seashore said, and he credited YC for “pushing me out of my comfort zone and making me think bigger.” He added, “We’re really looking to go from hundreds of kids to hundreds of thousands of kids.”

You may recall that YC announced that it had backed its first nonprofit, Watsi, a little more than a year ago. Then in the fall, the incubator said that it was ready to accept more nonprofits. (The money it puts in is supposed to be a donation, giving it no financial stake in these organizations.)

There are several other nonprofits in the current batch of YC startups, Seashore said. He also noted that even though he’s in Mountain View for YC, and even though he sees the San Francisco Bay Area as an important market for CodeNow, the nonprofit will still be headquartered in New York. That makes it YC’s first New York-based nonprofit.

[student post] App Ideas for Bootcamp 4 – the {c}0dEd


1. App which allows companies to trade contractors/employees.

2. App that gym members can use to keep up with daily exercises from their trainers

3. App which can simplify the aggregation of medical records, with a few clicks, and provide relevant tips for pursuing treatment/check-ups

4. App that allows employees to check-in before they are late in a fashion that helps management keep things moving

5. App which allows users to drop tips about locations and lock them, so that other users must pay a fee to get the information. Each geo-tip is  ranked by how valuable it actually is (based on reviews of people who purchased the geo-tip).

6. App which allows you to convert a certain group of friends’ Facebook profile and timelines into printable Yearbook.

7. App which allows people to bet on Kickstarter campaigns reaching their goals (would have to be for New Jersians where online gambling is legal).

8. App which helps people take the {c}0dEd and learn to code at home. (I will personally help sell this product ;) )

9. App for artists to create ads from Instagram pictures w/ customization features in a way that exposes their content to advertisers & consumers via social media to earn revenue from link revenue sharing. (Harder app to build)

10. App for betting on music trivia knowledge or other small wagers between friends.



Why Coding Bootcamps Should Be Regulated – ReadWrite

Learn to code bootcamps are all the rage these days. Hundreds are cropping up across the world, and that number continues to grow. As these schools become popular among job seekers and students, government regulators are cracking down on programs to make sure they comply with state law.

Coding bootcamps are nine-to-12-week programs that cost upwards of $12,000 and promise students a high-paying job in the programming field.

Dev Bootcamp, one of the original learn to code camps, boasts over 450 graduates since February 2012. Eighty-five percent of the alumni are now employed, Dev Bootcamp’s Brandon Croke told me. Those numbers are rosy in comparison to the average American university, where just 27 percent of graduates have a job related to their major.

A handful of these schools call San Francisco home—Hack Reactor, Dev Bootcamp, General Assembly, and Hackbright Acadmemy, just to name a few. When California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) discovered these institutions were offering courses without complying to state regulations, the BPPE sent cease and desist letters to the organizations, citing a $50,000 fine if they did not comply with California’s regulations. 

Canadian coding bootcamps have faced their own scrutiny from government regulators. Though code camp supporters claimed that officials were “stifling” innovation in business, the program in question relented, setting a precedent those in the United States should follow.

Avoid A Rush To Judgement 

The immediate reaction to any government oversight in the technology field is skepticism. However, with a rising number of coding bootcamps promising $90,000 a year jobs after a few short months of training, the potential for organizers to take advantage of the system grows—a potential that could prove detrimental for both students and honest coding camps.

Christina Valdivia, BPPE’s information officer, told me that the $50,000 fine would only be implemented if the schools failed to comply with state regulations. The letters were sent at the beginning of February, and most of the California coding camps have begun working toward compliance to avoid a fine.

To achieve compliance, institutions must pay a $5,000 application fee; provide a course catalog, enrollment agreement, and performance fact sheet publicly on their websites; and submit a few other minor documents included on the application. In this aspect, code schools are really not all that different from any other vocational school that teaches students skills for a particular field. Contrary to other reports, coding camps are not required to have a functioning fax machine on-site.

“Part of the reason they have to do these performance fact sheets is to make sure they’re telling the truth that their claims are accurate,” Valdiva said in an interview. “Whether it’s an auto repair school or cosmetic school, they have to complete the performance fact sheet.” 

Detractors claim that the amount of work it will take to continuously submit an updated the course catalog will prove challenging, as these code camps change curriculum regularly to fit the job market. But, Valdiva told me, they would only have to resubmit an application if the organization drastically changed course.

“If, for instance, the learn to code school plans on changing the curriculum to, let’s say, teach a completely different subject matter like auto repair, then, the new curriculum would have to be submitted for approval by the bureau,” she said.   

A Potential For Fraud

The majority of people who apply to code camps don’t get accepted. At Dev Bootcamp, classes are whittled down from 6,000 applicants to around 20 per cohort; and Hackbright Academy, the female-only program, accepts just five percent of applicants.

That leaves a huge amount of potential students on the table willing to pay thousands for a few months of programming practice.

Kathryn Exline, a Dev Bootcamp graduate who successfully landed a programming job at a food technology startup in Chicago, said that maintaining high-quality programs is important to future success of all coding camps.

“As more and more pop up, alumni and people running the organization are often in support of the regulation to make sure all bootcamps are having good experiences,” Exline told me. “We want to make sure someone doesn’t ruin our reputation.”

Startup accelerators, another byproduct of the startup scene, have suffered from faulty programs in their own community, resulting in entrepreneurs getting left in the cold, various cases of fraud and scandal, and the over-ambitious creation of too many programs.  

Programmers themselves are skeptical of coding bootcamps. Dan Gailey, a self-proclaimed hacker, called code camps a scam, claiming the programs don’t teach adequate skills to become a full-fledged programmer and that the engineering interview helps developers fake their way through job applications.

There is a dearth of developers, management and recruiters commoditize them, they have a high churn rate, and they face even higher burnout. This situation creates a business that takes advantage of two markets. This will inevitably turn out lower quality individuals, while trying to maximize profits.

While this negative take was immediately rebuffed by graduates themselves, other programmers who have been through coding camps don’t find the experience valuable. 

As more programs become available, the actual educational payoff becomes watered down. In Australia, “The Fitzroy Academy Of Getting Shit Done” promises to turn you into an entrepreneur in just four weeks, and although you don’t need programming experience, part of the curriculum includes building an application. While the cost is just a measly $1,000—inexpensive compared to other programs discussed in this article—the claims are similar to the empowering promise of a well-paying job. 

It’s Not About The Money—Or Is It?

Like college, code camp tuition is a concern that turns away many potential students. Free or inexpensive online educational programs continue to crop up to help level the playing field, some of which offer coding classes of their own

Exline said that in the future, these bootcamps should be made available to a larger audience—not just those who can pay. 

“What I would like to see moving forward is bootcamps made somewhat more accessible than higher educational programs; there aren’t facilities for financial aid,” she told me. “If we’re going to have bootcamps a part of our ecosystem, we are going to have to address that aspect of it. How can we make this accessible for everyone?”

Government oversight could play a role in providing financial aid, similar to the structure of public colleges, vocational schools and universities. In addition to keeping postsecondary institutions honest, the BPPE provides a student tuition recovery fund to accredited schools. 

“If [a code camp] suddenly out of the blue shut down, there is recourse for the student to get tuition recovered,” Valdivia said. “When a school isn’t approved, the students don’t have access to those funds.”

As the number of learn to code programs increases, so does the number of graduates. Eventually, the market will become saturated, resulting in a decrease in the average rate of hiring and the average graduate’s salary. The scenario is undoubtedly far down the road, but one that would inevitably drive the cost of admission down as well. 

Some Research Required

It falls on the shoulders of students to do their due diligence when applying to coding programs. The government can provide as much oversight as possible, but ultimately, it’s the responsibility of students to figure out what’s right for them. 

There are a handful of resources for students to rate and read reviews of coding camps, though the forums are still relatively new. Thanks to social media, unsavory experiences are publicly called out. 

Regulation, while seemingly nefarious, aims to protect students. And that’s a creed any postsecondary institution should put above all else. 

“I think anyone can learn to code, but bootcamps aren’t the style for everyone,” Exline said. “For some people, more traditional higher ed will work, for some, learning on your own will work. But what I’ve been able to accomplish in the past year with Dev Bootcamp probably would have taken me three to five years.” 

Lead image courtesy HackNY on Flickr. 

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