With the closing of Dev Bootcamp (slated for December 8, 2017), you’re probably wondering what other coding bootcamp options are out there. Dev Bootcamp changed thousands of lives, and built a great reputation with employers, so we are sad to see it go. Fortunately, there are still plenty of quality coding bootcamps in the cities where Dev Bootcamp operated. Here is a list of coding bootcamps with similar lengths, time commitments, and curriculums in the six cities where Dev Bootcamp had campuses: Austin, Chicago, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Dev Bootcamp was launched in 2012 in San Francisco by Shereef Bishay, Jesse Farmer, and Dave Hoover. Over the 5 years it was in operation, Dev Bootcamp expanded around the country, graduated more than 2500 developers, and pioneered an industry that continues to grow.
Perhaps one of the most lasting impacts Dev Bootcamp will have was inspiring its graduates to start their own successful coding bootcamps. Hack Reactor, Code Union, App Academy, and Hackbright Academy were all founded by Dev Bootcamp grads. Plus, Dev Bootcamp graduates have gone on to work at companies like NBCUniversal, Microsoft, Umbel, Time Inc, and Twitter, or become founders.
“What I liked about Dev Bootcamp was the ability to build a final project that uses entrepreneurial skills as well as functional skills,” said Dev Bootcamp grad Tom Goldenberg, who has gone on to found his own startup.
Dev Bootcamp incorporated the idea of engineering empathy into their curriculum, and focused on creating “holistic developers” by complementing coding education with activities like counselling, yoga, and community events.
“You’re at Dev Bootcamp all day, every day so sometimes you need a mental break, to go talk to somebody about how great or awful you feel,” said Dev Bootcamp grad Michael Angelo. “We’d have little breaks for yoga and to go get dinner but you still are primarily there to code.”
In 2014, Dev Bootcamp was acquired by Kaplan, and in 2017, their team announced that the bootcamp was closing because it could not “reach a sustainable business model without compromising our mission of delivering a high-quality coding education that remains accessible to a diverse population of students.”
When thinking about alternatives to Dev Bootcamp, we considered schools like Dev Bootcamp, which:
The bootcamps in this list are of a similar length, full-time, on-site, aimed at beginners, teach full stack web development, and have job placement services.
Here are our recommendations for Dev Bootcamp alternatives in 6 cities; Austin, Chicago, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.
14 weeks | choose between 6 stacks | $13,495
The Grace Hopper Program
Origin Code Academy
Good luck with your coding bootcamp research! Let us know your thoughts about Dev Bootcamp's closure, or about any other coding bootcamp suggestions in the comments below.
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.
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