We do our best to help make this affordable for everyone, so we're including some big discounts on the program.
If you're hired by one of the many companies signed up with our hiring program, we'll reimburse $3,000 of your tuition to you.
$12,200 - discounts = world class beginner!
I qualify for scholarship.
You qualify for a $500 scholarship if you're female, a veteran of the U.S. Military, or from an ethnic minority group underrepresented in the software engineering field (African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander). The tech world is notoriously unrepresentative of the larger population. We believe that the sooner that changes, the better off we all are.
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|Total tuition after scholarships||$12,200 / total|
Dev Bootcamp is a 9-week intensive training in an intimate class and lab setting. Class is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, and class is just the beginning. We teach professional web development using Ruby on Rails.
You are a self-starter. You are self-directed and motivated. You are tenacious, often seen struggling earnestly and relentlessly with a problem, just because you have to figure it out. You are resourceful. You know when you're stuck, and how to ask for help. You prefer the kitchen to the restaurant. You are a genuinely kind and good person, often inclined to give a hand. You see the best in others. To you, not only is the glass half-full, but you're grateful that there is a glass in the first place. You love learning, and you really, really want to build cool things. You're passionate about building a career as a software developer and you love the idea that your first job is going to pay you to continue learning.
No. That would be terribly boring and ineffective. You will spend a little time every day learning through curated tutorials and books, and a lot of the time practicing what you learn. You'll work in pairs and small groups on an exciting integrated curriculum. Your brain will be buzzing as you solve problems, tackle challenges, and build applications until you're confident in your mastery of the skills. If you have an idea for a web app you want to build, then definitely bring it. Also it's important to note that even though class is 40 hours per week, you'll be working more like 70-100 hours per week!
There are three areas of learning that we focus on at DBC, which we believe, together, best prepares students for dynamic careers as programers.
We orient each student from day one towards seeking technical understanding, appreciation, and depth. So that their future as a developer is built on this solid foundation. And we have an integrated and intensive Engineering Empathy curriculum, based on decades of experience in these fields, to directly address empathy and self-awareness. You can read more about our approach here, and also hear about what one of our students had to say about it.
It is important to note that even though Dev Bootcamp's onsite program is only 9 weeks, there is Phase 0, a 12 week preparation phase that is accomplished remotely. You'll be expected to put at least 10-15 hours per week of work during that phase.
Phase 0 (weeks -12-0): Very Basic Ruby, how to set up your environment. Pairing and pseudocode. Basic front end.
Phase 1 (weeks 1-3): Basic Ruby, how to think and communicate like a programmer, Database and ActiveRecord.
Phase 3 (weeks 6-9): Putting these all together through the Rails framework and building an original APP from scratch! Good wholesome family fun!
Absolutely. No previous computer science background is needed. We teach you everything from scratch. However, you do need you to be proficient with a computer. Additionally, we've found that student success is directly tied to how intently students engage with the preparatory work we provide before the program, and with Phase 0.
If you are smart, passionate about learning technology, excited about a career as a software developer, and genuinely driven, then yes; you don't need any special super powers to be a programmer. You don't need advanced math or calculus. It's not dark magic, it's a language, and a way of thinking about the world. Anybody who wants to can learn it and become proficient. Many people don't think this is true. Ignore them.
You bet. About half our students come to us with some computer science background or other technical experience.
It is true that this industry tends strongly towards younger junior developers, amongst many other tendencies we at Dev Bootcamp feel committed to questioning and redirecting, e.g. white, male, etc. Previous experience is really not required for Dev Bootcamp and we don't interview or assess based on that or age. We assess more based on the following:
(1) willingness to commit up to 1000 hours of your waking life to learning what we teach in 9 short weeks (yes, we did the math and 1500 total hours means you get to do anything you want with the other 500. we recommend sleep). No, seriously, have you ever worked 80-100 hours per week? Do you know what it takes to work that hard? Our students do. On day 1.
(2) ability to learn what we teach as determined by 2 pre-job interview interviews. Sounds complicated but it means you don't get through unless you pass an assessment every 3 weeks until your real-world assessment -- the hiring interviews.
(3) humility, self awareness, and a willingness to help others.
(4) joy and excitement. To code is to be able to write ideas into reality. We want people who bring a fierce joy to that pursuit.
If you bring those to your application and interview you should be fine. Also regarding employment, our oldest graduating boot was 42 and was snatched up by tap joy. We have another boot coming in who is in their 60's. Age might end up being a limiting factor in finding a job but by no means a deal breaker.
We have no age minimum at Dev Bootcamp. We require and expect a certain emotional and intellectual maturity from our applicants, but it's been demonstrated to us over and over again that age does not always directly correlated to maturity. Again if you've got the commitment and passion, you're more than welcome in our community. Having said that however, if you are still in or planning on going to school, you might want to reconsider Dev Bootcamp. The reason is learning to code is like learning a new language, if you don't use it you lose it! Dev Bootcamp starts you on the path of becoming a software developer but if you don't get a job soon after graduating you can quickly lose most of the skills you learned.
We want you to be prepared and ready to get the most from your time here, there are two different preparation periods: Prep and Phase 0
However, if you'd like to prepare more by yourself before you apply and before Phase 0 begins, we both commend and strongly recommend that! Here are some links that should help: Andrew Fowler's tumblr, and Jesse Farmer's Quora answer on prep
Phase 0 is when your educational experience officially begins with DBC. This starts 12 weeks before your cohort start date. You'll be having video sessions with teachers, pairing with your cohort-mates, and be expected to follow a specific curriculum and learning objectives. Phase 0 will require 10-15 hours of work per week.
Prep is the preparatory work you'll be doing before Phase 0 begins. If you're admitted you will receive the learning objectives and resources to guide you through prep.
After the core program ends, students take a number of different paths. Some opt to participate in our new "Phase 4," which allows them to extend and deepen their learning while helping support new cohorts of Boots. Almost everyone begins job hunting, and many continue to come to the office to finalize their projects, share interview tips, and support each other through the hiring process. Even though there's no formal staff support, it's still a rich time for your learning! What's more, our alumni form an incredible community for each other throughout the job search process and beyond. Your cohort (and indeed, other cohorts) are an incredible resource for helping transition to the next stage of your career.
Absolutely! We're proud of what our students have created while they're with us. Here are a few projects from our 2012 cohorts: Who Run It (source), Raise Your Hand (source), instatap.es (source), filters.io, Wi Chai (source), and GitParty (source).
To maintain a great learning environment, each cohort will be limited to about 18 students with two dedicated teachers. We overlap our cohorts, so at any time there will be three cohorts going on at the same time in different phases of DBC.
Absolutely! However, we don't have the resources to offer payment plans or visa assistance.
Nope. Just a kick-ass training. Our approach is to get continuously better at preparing the best possible software developers - employees who are prepared to thrive not only in situations they know, but on teams where they will continue to learn and grow. Building a reputation for producing great talent (who actually produce) is one of the best ways we can help future cohorots like yours succeed.
Nope, but we can help you start the journey. We have made connections with many companies in Silicon Valley, Chicago, New York, and several other major US cities that are interested in Dev Bootcamp grads. We give them chances to see student work and engage in the community through mentorship. If they make you a job offer and you accept it, we refund part of your tuition after 100 days on the job.
Our goal is for everyone who wants full-time employment to get multiple offers, but we obviously can't guarantee or predict that. In 2012, over 90% of the graduates looking for a job found one within 2 months graduation, with an average starting salary of over $80k.
No, we don't take any of your income. Your new employer pays us a fee directly, which is usually 20% of the value of your first year's salary. You get paid your full salary.
Most students start interviewing the week after graduation, and offers can be as early as two weeks to two months from graduation. By the third month most of our students have jobs.
Probably. There will definitely be yoga, stretching, and even basic meditation and mindfulness training. Sitting in front of a computer all day can be tough on the body and mind, and we will be teaching you good habits and ways to take care of yourself. Plus, at the end of the day, what we really care about is helping great people learn into themselves. Coding is our main vehicle, but it's not our only one.
No, this will be very hard work. But it should also be a lot of fun. Want to take a leap with us?
Web sites are static, like an online brochure. Your dentist has a web site. Your bank has a web application. Web applications have a two-way exchange, usually including some form of data input, retrieval and manipulation.
We don't help with the visa process, if you can find a tourist visa that will get you here for 9 weeks that should be fine. Student visas would need support from the school that we don't provide. Know though that if you choose the tourist visa this complicates your job search. You'd need to go back home and get hired from there, as far as we know US immigration does not like people looking for jobs on tourist visas. But you’d need to do your own research on this matter.
It is definitely a much more complex issue for companies to hire non-US residents, but depends on the company size, policy, etc. We can't really speak to that. You should check in with any companies that you like.
We do not provide help, but previous boots have found houses that they've rented together (hacker houses) that have been relatively affordable (approx. $500 each). If you're accepted, 12 weeks before your cohort begins you will be invited to a facebook group with all other boots. That would be the place to coordinate housing, etc.
Don't even think about committing to anything else. If you have a job, quit or take time off. If you're in a relationship, send them a variation of our personal apology letter.
Dear boss/friends/family, I'm training at Dev Bootcamp for the next 9 weeks, learning to be like Neo. See you on the other side. I love you and I'm sorry.
Software engineering is a craft that takes years of deliberate practice and learning to master. Our goal is to graduate world-class beginners, and jumpstart your journey towards becoming an elite coder. Having said that, we are betting that in 9 weeks you can learn enough programming to start contributing value to an engineering team as an entry level developer, where your learning can continue on the job. In fact, we think that our most successful graduates are those that view their first job as covering their food and rent while they continue to learn.
For a more in-depth look at how we manage to teach people to program so quickly checkout Jesse Farmer's answer on quora.
Coaching is a program that our students can opt in for. During that time students will be using the DBC space and resources to help them find work, and work on their own projects. They will also function as TA's for the newer cohorts at DBC, and getting paid for that work.
The first thing I'd suggest you do to get a sense of our students' experience is check out our Boots on The Ground blog series.
You can also see what Boots are saying at our blog.
And if you'd like to get direct responses to your questions please feel free to join and post to the Discover Dev Bootcamp Facebook group., students and alumni should respond to you there.
Here's what you can expect:
Once your application is submitted, you will hear back from us within a week.
If you are selected for an interview, you will schedule one with either Chicago, New York City, or San Francisco.
Once your interview is complete, you will hear back from us within 8 hours with a decision.
If you are accepted, you will have one week to pay your deposit, fill out an acceptance form, and select your cohort. This one week deadline can be extended under special circumstances, you would need to communicate with us about that within that week. Your spot in a cohort is not reserved or held until you have completed your acceptance form and paid your deposit. Up until then it's on a first come, first serve basis, and spots fill up quickly!
After this your application process will have been completed, you will be receiving your prep resources and learning objectives. You will then be starting Phase 0 12 weeks before your cohort's start date.
You can find a list of the cohorts, full and available, on our application page http://apply.devbootcamp.com.
You can apply now for any available cohort in the future, no maximum lead time. However, the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to secure a place in one of the earliest available cohorts.
We will be sending out information about your prep work immediately after you're admitted. Phase 0 will officially begin 12 weeks before your first day at Dev Bootcamp. You cannot ask for or receive Phase 0 material any earlier than 12 weeks before your cohort begins. We want the entire cohort beginning at the same time.
We appreciate your excitement to get started, we get it, it’s exciting stuff. And we understand that for some of you the decision to join another Dev school and get started earlier will make sense. However, we do also believe that we are worth the wait! There's a reason you have to wait so much, it's because we get hundreds of applicants a month and the demand for our school is really high, which means we are also really selective about our students and you get to roll with the best! We do have people drop out at the last minute sometimes and we do have people on the wait list to fill their position in these cohorts. But how you get on a wait list is by applying, being accepted to one of our available cohorts, and then asking to be placed on the wait list for an earlier one. We do not accept applications for closed cohorts.
16-20 boots are admitted every 3 weeks for a 9 week intensive. Meaning you'll be with around 55 or so boots of varying levels throughout the course, and you'll meet and network with over 80 students throughout your time here. But your main cohort will be a very intimate 16-20 boots with two teachers and a facilitator.
Tuition for Dev Bootcamp is $12,200. We require a $1000 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance to reserve your placement. You will have 1 week from your acceptance date to pay your deposit, and your place will not be reserved until you pay your deposit.
We offer one payment plan, the tuition must be fully paid 60 days before assigned cohort begins.
When exactly you make the payments before the deadline is up to you.
We offer a $500 scholarship if you're female, a veteran of the U.S. Military, or from an ethnic minority group underrepresented in the software engineering field (African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander).
Unfortunately, we don't currently accept tuition payments via the GI Bill. This is something we're actively working on. Among other things, it requires us to get certified through various per-state certification agencies, a process which can take 8-12 months or more. And we've barely been around for longer than that. Right now we're moving at the speed of government on this issue. We do have a $500 discount for veterans though.
No we do not offer any accreditation, we are focused on graduating world class developer beginners whose accreditation is their own skill. Seems to be the main accreditation that any company cares about today.
Everyone needs to be at bootcamp from 9 am to 6 pm. This is where the bulk of the instruction, practice, code reviews, competitions, etc. will take place. Having said that, we expect that folks will want to work more than 8 hours a day (and maybe even weekends).
We are opening a New York City location in March of 2014. Exact location TBD, though most likely we will be somewhere in downtown Manhattan.
We opened our Chicago office in April, in River North, close to the Brown Line. We are at heart of the tech boom and surrounded by tech companies like Braintree, Google Chicago, Belly, Trunk Club, Hashrocket, and Thoughtworks.
351 West Hubbard St. (at Orleans)
Chicago, IL 60654
Our original office is located in San Francisco, in the Chinatown district close to downtown. It's a great location. There are TONS of great tech companies nearby, like Twitter, Google SF, DropBox, Square, ZenDesk, FourSquare, Zynga, Instagram, Yammer, and many more.
717 California St. (at Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Ruby on Rails is a very hot technology. In the United States, the average starting salary for a Ruby on Rails developer is about $75k. In San Francisco and New York, it's closer to $90k.
We focus on Rails for many reasons. The easiest to discover is the demand for Rail developers in the job market. But why is there such high demand for Rails developers? It's because startups love Rails for how quickly you can express your product ideas with it. It's ideal for time-to-market sensitive projects. The software developer community embraced Rails because it removes a lot of the mundane issues of web development, and it has had strong test suite integration from the beginning. One of the core reasons we choose Rails is because of its vibrant international community and its overall friendliness toward beginners.
We think Python is great. It's just not our favorite technology. Dev Bootcamp instructors tend to know Ruby best.
Once you're proficient in Ruby, your skills tend to be easily transferable to the LAMP stack. We've found that is true between Ruby, Python, and PHP, mainly because they're all dynamic languages, and have a similar lineage in Perl. Some of our students have been hired by companies that only do Python!
Countless startups have been adopting Rails since its release. Some of those startups have grown enormous, such as Twitter, Github, Groupon, and Hulu. Since then it has gradually grown into the more conservative corners of the tech community and it continues to be one of the fastest growing web frameworks in the world.
The whole application process shouldn't take more than a month, including interviewing, etc. But it varies based on what steps need to be taken.
We really want more people to learn how to code and live better lives. Seriously ... we're not just saying that. We also think that college is broken. Recruitment is broken. And we want to make a dent in both of these industries.
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They loved it. Check out the full survey results from students surveyed after the spring 2012 program.
Our facilitators have a wide range of backgrounds, from masters degrees and multiple years of professional coding to recent graduates from our own program. We're actively developing our technical skills, but our real goal is to be awesome facilitators of learning.
No. Besides bringing in some pizza and some coffee every now and then, people would need to pay for their own living expenses. Once the cohort is accepted, we'll send out links for out of towners to coordinate if they want to share accommodation with each other.
No. We will be providing computers. Having said that, if you have a laptop, bring it. It won't hurt. The workstations we provide are all Mac OS X computers, and we recommend bringing a Mac laptop if you can, though we understand some folks may bring a Windows or Linux laptop.
Dev Bootcamp has partnered with Levo to offer the Levo Scholar program supporting women working to build a career in technology. In 2014, we are offering 10 scholarships to members of Levo who are admitted as students. Levo Scholars will receive a $2,500 discount off of our standard tuition price. These scholarships are first-come, first-serve and are capped at 2 per cohort time period across SF, Chicago and NYC.