June 2019: a coding bootcamp fundraise, an interesting acquisition, and great new initiatives to encourage more women and underrepresented groups to get into tech. In this month’s podcast, we talk about the status of the tech skills shortage, what is happening to fill the gaps in areas like data science and cybersecurity, and the ongoing conversation around ISAs (income share agreements). Plus, the CEOs of huge companies like Intuit, Upwork, and IBM share their opinions of bootcamps. And we’ll give you the scoop on new campuses and 7 new schools in the Course Report directory.
The BBC in London is offering a free 14-week coding course to women to prepare them for a software engineering career. All successful graduates will have the opportunity to apply for an Associate Software Engineer role with BBC’s Design and Engineering arm.
And in IDG Connect, the CEO of Intuit, Atticus Tysen, talks about tips for breaking into tech including whether he would recommend a coding bootcamp or a computer science degree.
Should You Go to University or Coding Bootcamp?
Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel writes a guest post for Fortune about why Upwork no longer requires employees to have a college degree, following in the footsteps of Apple and IBM, and says companies should consider graduates of online programs, and computer programming schools like 42 School, Holberton School, and Lambda School.
In a Real Clear Education guest post, Entangled Group CEO Paul Freedman looks at why higher education isn’t dead yet, talking about colleges’ ability to adapt to new market needs, and how colleges are launching their own coding bootcamps.
University World News and the Times of India both published profiles the founders of Pesto Tech, a startup in India which offers intensive 12-week coding training programs, with income share agreements available for students.
The Denver Post reports that Galvanize, which runs data science bootcamps and co-working spaces and now owns Hack Reactor, laid off 27 employees (7% of the workforce) in June, and is looking to close one of its Colorado locations.
Imogen enjoyed chatting with Stacey, a student at Hackbright Academy, an all women’s bootcamp. Stacey used to be a veterinarian, and is now studying to become a software engineer! During the video interview she shared her screen and demonstrated her awesome final project - an app to help vets calculate drug dosages for animals!
Liz had fun doing a video interview with three instructors from Tech Elevator who were all women in different cities – Katie Dwyer from Cincinnati, Beth Campbell from Pittsburgh, and Margaret Green from Detroit. They talked about the tech scenes in each of their cities, their teaching styles, and why they’re passionate about ushering more women into the tech space.
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.