What started out as a bet has turned into a movement. Dev Bootcamp started out as a payoff to a bet between two friends has now turned into a school of sorts for people wanting to learn how to become a web developer and learn programming in a short amount of time. To accomplish this potential future web developers must first go through the Dev Bootcamp, much like actual military bootcamp it is intense but it all serves a greater purpose.
Shareef Bishay took his friends bet and turned around and taught him programming. In doing so they discovered that there might be more people who are looking to learn programming. So Shareef posted in Hacker News and the response was tremendous. So with that they developed Dev Bootcamp. The purpose of the Dev Bootcamp is to create the next wave of computer developers and engineers in a field that is growing not just in the Bay Area but all around the country. After the 9 week course the students are field-ready, that is the main goal of Dev Bootcamp.
At Dev Bootcamp you learn Ruby on Rails and Python and HTML5 and CSS and so much more. The conditions inside the Bootcamp resemble that of military bootcamp, no cellphones, no distractions, no Facebook, no email, NOTHING allowed to distract you from your ultimate goal. Breaking this simple rule comes with a penalty, from pushups to donations to charity. Don’t think you will be the only one doing the punishment oh no sir; instead your colleagues will suffer for your infractions. Further pushing the “work in a team” mentality that is the mantra of Dev Bootcamp.
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and do a video interview with one of the founders of Dev Bootcamp Shareef and in the video interview we cover just how Dev Bootcamp got started and where it is going and so much in between you can check out that video here.
From the very beginning Shareef has been evolving his teaching techniques, every week they sit down and look at how things have been going and where they can make improvements, all in the name of creating very hireable in just 9 weeks. So you are sitting there wondering if this could be your lifestyle, a lifestyle of working in a team environment and not being a lonely creepy guy in a basement, Dev Bootcamp is no joke.
They tell you from the beginning that this will be intense; they stress this at every turn. The reason is that if you can be pushed to your limit under a tremendous amount of stress and can break through and achieve then when you walk out into the real world and are presented with a challenge you can look at it and say “no problem let’s figure this out and handle it”.
Shareef goes through a rigorous process of finding the right applicants. First you apply, then they screen the applications and after interviewing you they decide whether or not you are ready to go. Shareef says that there have been times when people just didn’t seem ready by his standards and he then gives them some material to look at and get ready for the next time around.
For those that are chosen you get some early work material to prepare you for what will be coming your way. Then you pay the $12.000 tuition and if you get hired a portion of that will get reimbursed if you get picked up for a job during their “speed dating” graduation known as “Hiring Day”. Shareef also gets a “finder’s fee” and that fee gets put back into the program. So in a way it can be a self-sustaining project.
Shareef invites companies that would feel the need to get some fresh new programmers, and he jokingly says that he sits them down in a speed date type of format with a bell and everything, but by the end of the session a lot of his students get an email with a company wanting to hire the student.
The Dev Bootcamp is for the novice to those that know a little bit of programming knowledge. Ruby on Rails is a hot program to learn right now. The ratio to students graduating and getting a job within the first year is 90%. With the starting salary around $70,000 – $80,000 web developers are becoming a very hot commodity.
You will be fully immersed in programming with no distractions and putting in close to 100 hours a week in learning. Not with a follow the teacher type of style either but with a hands on approach. This helps you get acclimated to a real world work environment. Shareef believes that the traditional sense of going to college doesn’t really help you when you get out into the real world. You go to college to learn a skill and instead you are taught so many other things that aren’t your skill.
At DevBootcamp you learn programming from Day 1 till the final days. Nothing else. In this sense you are entrenched in learning your craft and perfecting it. Then once you get out into the real world you then get paid to continue your learning, because let’s face it you never really stop learning in programming, things change on the fly and what you learned one day could be gone and a new programming langue will take over.
So if you are really interested make sure you read up on what all is needed for Dev Bootcamp so you aren’t a “tourist” as Shareef puts it and you are able to be right there with the team hitting the programs hard and not being left behind. If you still think this is your cup of tea head on over to DevBootcamp.com and check it out for yourself. There are now going to be two Dev Bootcamps with one being in San Francisco and the second one opening up in Chicago in the New Year.
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