August 2018 Coding Bootcamp Podcast + News Roundup
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By Imogen Crispe
Last Updated August 30, 2018
We are rounding up all of the most interesting bootcamp industry news that we read and discussed at Course Report in August! This month we heard about a $43 million fundraise and a big acquisition, we saw the decline of CS degrees in the tech job market, we read about a bunch of interesting alumni who were featured in the news, we looked at how coding bootcamps can help us avoid “robogeddon,” and we celebrated an initiative teaching women in prisons to code. Plus, we’ll talk about all of the new bootcamps in August and our favorite blog posts!
In 2018, the coding bootcamp market will grow by 20%, to an estimated 20,316 graduates in 2018, up from ~17,000 in 2017.
24 bootcamps work with partners on corporate training; this year, these 24 bootcamps expect to teach an additional 16,593 students (for a total of 36,909) via 634 corporate training partners (growth of 111% since 2017).
About 1900 (of the total 20,316 students) will graduate from full-time, online coding bootcamps this year.
Nick Douglas of LifeHacker explains how coding bootcamps work by highlighting two bootcamp founders– David Graham of Code Ninjas, which teaches kids 7–14 years old, and Michael Choi of Coding Dojo, which teaches teens and adults.
Diginomica catches up with Megan Smith, who was Obama’s CTO and had a big hand in TechHire, and now runs Shift7, a company which promotes participation in technology and tech education. She says “Around 23,000 people will graduate from short courses and coding bootcamps this year, and around 46,000, maybe 50,000, from colleges. We need to take all of those people into our tech sector, all of them.”
CAJ news Africa reports that Hyperion Dev has secured an unspecified amount of investment to drive its expansion and is scaling internationally to 40 countries. The in-person school will be rebranded as CoGrammar, while retaining the name HyperionDev for its online coding bootcamp product. The round of funding comes after HyperionDev won first prize in Facebook’s Innovation Challenge, securing $230 000 in funding from Facebook in addition to several grants from Google and the Python Software Foundation.
Liz enjoyed putting together a “Back to School” piece about bootcamps with start dates in the Fall! She chose about 14 schools that are starting soon – a great place to begin your research.
Lauren had fun speaking with Chance Payne, a computer science grad and a self-taught mobile developer, who now teaches the new Lambda School Android course. He shared the history and nuances of Android development – this guide is a great place to find out how to get started in Android.
Imogen enjoyed shooting and editing a video interview with a coding bootcamp grad who decided to stay on at his bootcamp and teach new students for three months before starting his official job search. We spoke to Marshall who became a Fullstack Academy teaching fellow about the new skills he learned while teaching, and how those will be applicable to his future career as a software developer. This is a great watch for anyone considering their next moves as they graduate from coding bootcamp!
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.