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.
Cleveland Ohio may not seem like an obvious place for joining the tech community. It’s known for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the successful steel manufacturing industry, the NASA Research Center, and for having some of the best healthcare facilities in the US. But in the early 2000s, former Cleveland mayor Jane Campbell decided to make the city a technology hub, and appointed a technology czar. From there Cleveland was named by Intel as a “Worldwide Digital Community” in 2005, and now attracts so many startups that the Cleveland area is calling for more investment from the wider community.
Thriving local Cleveland startups include expense processing app Expensebot, startup accelerator Flashstarts, and apartment finder app Quo. Nonprofit business incubator JumpStart is also offering $500,000 in funding to entrepreneurs who move their startups to Ohio.
And with all those tech companies, comes a need for developers.
“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.
- Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is launching Cleveland Codes in March 2016, a 24-week immersive coding bootcamp teaching C# and .NET. Tuition is subsidized for those who meet eligibility requirements.
Miami is known for its beautiful weather, beaches, tourists, and diverse culture. But it’s now the second fastest growing startup scene in the country, after Austin, Texas. Entrepreneurs are tapping into the South American and European markets, and established companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook now have offices there. CareCloud, Kairos, Clutch Prep, Flomio, LiveNinja, and Magic Leap are just some of the nearly 1000 different tech startups in the beach city.
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.
Wilmington is having a self-proclaimed tech boom, and in December 2015 was named the fifth best US city to launch a startup. Local startups and tech companies such as DeliveryCircle, Trellist, Tech Impact, IndieGameStand and Futurelytics already have many local and national clients. And tech incubator 1313 Innovation is helping even more startups get their feet off the ground. Plus, Delaware is a corporate tax haven.
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 is home to the largest concentration of military in the world. The defense industry represents one out of every four jobs with a heavy emphasis on robotics, and cyber security. San Diego has a thriving tourism industry as well as a healthy ecosystem of tech startups. Web development jobs are definitely on the rise in the area. Startups like education software CourseKey, 3D printing software AstroPrint, stock trading app SPARK Finance, data analytics service sensemetrics, and many more are looking for talent capable of filling positions in software engineering.
San Diego coding bootcamps include LEARN Academy, Origin Code Academy, and Dev Bootcamp.
- 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.
- Dev Bootcamp San Diego opened in February 2016, joining five other Dev Bootcamp campuses around the country. Their Ruby on Rails bootcamp is designed to create a pathway to a software development career. Their program is 19 weeks long and has been well tested by over 1,000 students.
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.
- The Iron Yard offers 12-week immersive bootcamps in back end engineering, front end engineering and mobile engineering. Within those options, students can then choose which coding languages they want to learn. A well-established bootcamp, The Iron Yard has 21 campuses across the US and UK.
- 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.
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