5 Tech Cities You Should Consider For Your Coding Bootcamp
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By Imogen Crispe
Last Updated February 18, 2016
We’ve picked five cities which are up-and-coming in the tech scene and have a great range of coding bootcamp options. When you think of coding bootcamps you might first think of cities like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle and Austin. But those aren’t your only options. There are now bootcamps in almost 100 cities across the U.S.
“The city of rock 'n roll is an ideal place for a bootcamp student,” says Andria Loczi of Cleveland coding bootcamp Tech Elevator. “For one, it's an affordable place to live with a variety of housing options in or around the city. Cleveland has really hit its stride with downtown renovation and lakefront development supported by unwavering excitement from local Clevelanders. The city has proven it deserves its ranking as one of the top 50 best places to live in America.”
We Can Code IT was one of Cleveland’s first full stack coding bootcamp, launching in 2013. It offers 3-month full time and 6-month part time programs covering the .NET framework. With a focus on diversity, We Can Code IT offers grants to women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.
Miami coding bootcamps have you covered in all the major technologies needed to jumpstart a career in web development. Whether you are interested in web design classes, programming schools, web application development or simply just looking to learn to code, Miami programming camps have a lot to offer.
There are currently five different course providers in Miami.
Wyncode was one of the area's first coding bootcamps. They offer 9-week bootcamps in iOS app development and web development. Wyncode graduates work on projects for nonprofits in an effort to give back to the greater Miami community. Angel graduated in 2015 and says, “The nine weeks of the bootcamp were jam-packed with challenging projects, insightful and well-planned lectures, and drink-from-the-fire-hose abundance of opportunities to join the vibrant tech community of Miami.”
IronHack originated in Europe and was one of the first bootcamps to open its doors in Miami. They have 8-week bootcamps in both web development using Ruby on Rails, and iOS development using Objective-C.
Florida Vocational Institute offers a 9-month bootcamp designed to turn beginners into full stack web developers. The curriculum covers HTML5, CSS3, and vanilla JS, LESS, jQuery, .NET and PHP.
People wanting to learn to code in Wilmington can take advantage of coding bootcamp Zip Code Wilmington which opened its doors in September 2015. And national women’s coding organization Girl Develop It has a chapter in Wilmington, offering short courses and information sessions.
Girl Develop It offers WordPress classes for beginners and support and advice from women coders in the community.
Delaware Tech Meetup is a monthly gathering where tech professionals and anyone interested in the tech community can come and hear about new ideas, new startups, new technology, and meet others with similar interests.
San Diego coding bootcamps include LEARN Academy and Origin Code Academy.
Origin Code Academy is a .NET focused coding bootcamp. The 12-week program is located in the startup incubator EvoNexus in downtown San Diego. They are currently offering guaranteed placement for their students with the companies that helped them shape their curriculum.
Charlotte may make you think of NASCAR and the Panthers, but it’s always had a thriving and changing economy. In the 1800s, North Carolina was known for its textile production, but as production was moved overseas, these closed down to make way for finance and tech companies. Charlotte is now the second largest banking center in the US after New York City, home to the corporate headquarters of Bank of America, the Wells Fargo East Coast headquarters, and other financial institutions.
Established tech companies like Cisco, Red Hat, Siemens and IBM have offices in Charlotte. And Charlotte is attracting new tech companies too, such as nonprofit edu-tech startup Digi-Bridge, app developers Punch Technologies, live music software shomolive, and M&A software DealCloud. And business incubators CityStartupLabs and Revtech Labs are now helping more entrepreneurs launch innovative companies in Charlotte.
To meet the technology needs of all these tech and finance companies, a number of coding, data science, and IT bootcamps have sprung up in Charlotte over the last three years.
Level launched in 2015 and is a 2-month data science coding bootcamp, developed by Northeastern University. The bootcamp teaches data analysis visualization skills and technologies including SQL, R, Tableau and Excel.
Imogen is a writer and content producer who loves writing about technology and education. Her background is in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites. She grew up in England, Dubai and New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.