Bitmaker offers full-time, 9-week web development and UX & product design courses, along with part-time, 12-week front-end web development, user experience design, and digital marketing courses.
Startup accelerators launch companies. Bitmaker launches careers. It starts by surrounding students with a cohort of highly motivated, entrepreneurial learners and a team of tech industry leaders. Then Bitmaker teaches the skills top companies are looking for, and gives the confidence needed to grow long after the course is over.
The Bitmaker team is comprised of top industry veterans who have experience at Shopify, General Assembly, Wealthsimple, Wave, and Pivotal Labs. With top instructors comes top results. Over 90% of the hundreds of full-time Bitmaker graduates launch a career in technology within 3 months of graduating.
Bitmaker believes that in the right environment, you can do anything.
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- August 2016 Coding Bootcamp News Roundup + Podcast
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- September Coding Bootcamp News Roundup
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Front-End Web Development
- Minimum Skill Level
User Experience Design
Learn the skills required to design amazing user experiences. This course will focus on developing and applying course design principles to web and mobile design. You will learn how to create a visual hierarchy with emphasis on the actions you want your user to take. You will use the tools of the trade with hands-on projects in this course to build a portfolio of work. User Experience Design will help you get comfortable working with the restrictions of on-screen design and applying essential principles to everyday design projects.
Our immersive Web Development course has been helping students jump into full-stack development careers for years. Constantly evolving to feature emerging and in-demand technologies, this course teaches object-oriented programming fundamentals and prepares you for a career in web development. By the end of the course, you will have created and deployed several web applications. With hundreds of graduates, our Web Development course is proven to help students reach their goals – whether upgrading existing skills, starting fresh in a new career, or launching their own business.
- $2,000 + HST
- Grace Hopper Scholarship for Women in Technology. The $500 scholarship is applied to all women participating in Bitmaker’s immersive program – no application necessary.
- Minimum Skill Level
- Basic computer knowledge
- Prep Work
- Mandatory prep course that covers the basics of HTML, CSS, Git, Unix and Ruby
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After four years in advertising as a designer, I made the decision to transition into UX. For months I researched, read articles and did online courses, but it wasn’t enough. I needed a class environment where I could learn from real people. That’s where Bitmaker came in, so I enrolled in the second full-time cohort.
When I joined in June 2016, it was early days for the program. The teaching staff were still working out the kinks in the curriculum. Despite this, the instructors were supportive and always available for one-on-ones. Everyday, they pushed us to up our design game and challenged us to think differently. It was no walk in the park, but each day I became a better designer than the last.
I appreciated the staff for actively seeking feedback from the class. The curriculum needed adjustments and we were stressed out at times, but the instructors checked on us frequently and we bonded together as a class to pull through the final stretch of the course.
Bitmaker was particularly helpful during our transition from students to alumni. They held portfolio reviews, where students got feedback from industry leaders. They put us in touch with potential employers and helped me land my first UX position.
Like any bootcamp experience, there were highs and lows. There is no magic wand that will turn you into a UX guru. Work hard, ask lots of questions and don’t give up.
I made the decision to switch careers from Marketing to UX Design after seven years in the telecom industry. When researching the schools, I had already decided that I wanted to explore the boot camp option.
At the time (March 2016), Bitmaker had just developed Canada’s first full-time boot camp for UX design. I knew that I wanted to go through a full-time program, but was concerned about having to put down so much money to be a guinea pig. After setting up a tour of the campus and meeting some of the staff at Bitmaker, I felt a bit more comfortable with the idea. I tested the waters with one of their weekend workshops, and afterwards, I decided it was the right fit.
That said, given that it was the first cohort, I went in with the expectation that the ride won’t be a smooth one and it wasn’t. There were last minute changes and at times a lack of continuity between the materials presented between instructors. The mid-point of the program became the moment of truth, where the question that popped into mind was “did I make the right decision?” The uncertainty of being the first cohort didn’t make it any easier.
But here’s where Bitmaker’s biggest strength came in. They’re vested in seeing their students succeed and kick start a new career. In addition to learning new tools, ideas and how to work as a designer, they create the opportunities for you to get exposed to employers. If you put in your hours during the nine weeks, they’ll showcase you and continue to do so well after you’ve completed the program to the Toronto tech community. Within three months of completing the boot camp, I landed my first UX designer role thanks to their efforts in connecting me with potential employers.
I can say with 100% certainty; I am glad about my decision to go with Bitmaker and the investment I made into learning UX design there. Not only did I kick start my new career, but I also developed new friendships and got introduced to a great community of like-minded individuals. People who go out of their way to help each other.
Bitmaker will accelerate you through the basics. If you don't do the prep work beforehand, you're pretty much screwed for the course, but if you do and work hard you'll get a basic understanding of web development and will have to work really hard for many years after to get better. That's fine.
Here's the thing. The numbers are all BS. How do they calculate 90% of people graduate in 3 months? Thats a lie. Well over 10% of people in my cohort still doesn't have work. The career support has now become almost nothing. No more scheduled interviews, no personal introductions to companies. Company reps that come out to a one-day presentation aren't hiring. If you think you're paying for career support... do your research. If you think that their numbers are accurate... ask for some recent data. Ask how many people were in the cohort versus how many people found work.
Take this program if you're a self-starter and can financially support yourself until you find work, and ask for some hard numbers.
In Februaruy 2016 I decided that I wanted learn how to code. I looked into bootcamps and found out they cost upwards of $10, 000. I thought to myself, SCAM. Why would I pay that for 9 weeks it cannot be worth that much. There are so many online resources, I can do this on my own. I went hard on codecademy and treehouse for a month and slowly started doing it less and less as I got busy with other things in life.
In June 2016 I got laid off from my work and had to figure out what my next move was. A friend was selling his car for $9000 and my wife and I thought maybe we should buy it and drive for Uber while working on her business and raising our 2 year old. It would have given us immediate income with a flexible schedule.
But then I really looked into Bitmaker's 9 week web dev bootcamp. I went and visited the place and that really changed my point of view. It's not just a classroom. The space is laid out in a way that makes you want to spend 8-10 hours a day there. After much debate, my wife and I decided that this was a better way to invest our money.
On the first day I already knew it was worth it. The 9 weeks went by in a flash and by the end I was completely shocked at how much I had actually learned on a deep level. ***The best value of the course for me was being surrounded by 30 other students who were just as serious as I was about learning this skill. We spent countless hours together helping each other work through problems and develop our skills.*** Where I had given up learning on my own, I now had the support to carry on when things got difficult. The teachers were amazing and they felt more like comrads than a typical professor. They really want you to succeed and give their all to make that happen for each student.
Now a month out I have had a few opportunities for work but decided that I wanted to deep dive into learning React.js before hoping into employment. Going to Bitmaker got me to the point where now I feel confident to continue learning anything I want. It helped me learn to stick with problems longer. When I browse the web I now have that feeling of hey I know how they did this.
I am confident that learning this skill will make me back my $10,000 and so much more over the long run. I highly recommond this for anyone who is looking to take the skill of coding to a professional level.
I had my eye on Bitmaker ever since I read about them in the Star back in 2012 and as soon as I had the opportunity to attend I jumped at the chance. And I'm very happy I did! The program was tough - there were a few tears - but the skills and drive instilled in my by the instructors have literally turned my life around.
Make no mistake, learning about web development in general is not easy. But it is accessible. And my experience at Bitmaker allowed me to build on a rudimentary understanding and add new skills to my resume.
Bitmaker was definitely the right choice for me, and if you're a take charge kind of person who loves to tackle new problems head on I think it would be a great fit for you too!
For the most part you are paying for guidance and how to approach frameworks/languages. You aren't exactly learning what you need to land a job but the know how on how to pick new material up and how to look at certain things rather than just being uterly confused by new material.
Also a great community building step when entering a completely new career space which helps land new gigs and solve programming problems.
They preach that 80% get hired within the first 3 months of completing the course and I didn't really trust that statement... But I found work within the last legs of the 3rd month after viewing my Bitmaker profile and profile.
What I got from the program was exactly what I was looking for. I started by taking the part-time front-end development coure and after liking it so much I chose to enroll into the web-dev program. If I had to do it on my own it would've taken me a year of self-learning to cover everything that was taught. One of the greatest parts of the bootcamp is that you get one on one help and can ask questions about anything in the industry, it'll help to steer you on the right path, as web development is such a big industry. The teachers and environment are awesome, open, and friendly. Would def recommed if your interested on starting a new career path in an major industry.
I am currently in my 4th week of a nine week program at Bitmaker. This is the most difficult and trying educational experience of my entire life! I find It frightening and fulfilling. Intense and supportive, but overall I this school as my new home and I could not be happier with my choice to enroll.
Great experience. What you're paying for is the mentorship which increases your learning speed. I would reccommend it to people who are looking to get into a career change. Just note that you definitely need to put in a lot of work to get results. I made a lot of long term friends and a job in tech.
Just finished week 4.
If you have a can-do attitude, you'll do great. If you are a self-starter, you'll do great. If you love to meet new people, and are not scared of asking for help, you'll do great. If you have the mental fortitude for going through complex materials day after day, you'll do great.
If you think that you can "pay and play", this is not for you. If you think your money will oblige them to give you a job, this is not for you. If you have a negative attitude, likes to complain and make excuses, this is not for you. If you are afraid to ask for help and don't like to "bother" others, this is not for you. If you take yourself too seriously, this is not for you.
If you read this far, you'll notice that pre-existing technical background has not been mentioned. We currently have a paramedic, pipe-line designer, flight attendant, councilor to special needs kids, designer, English teacher and a bunch of others in our class.
This has opened a field for me that used to be alien, and now is endlessly fascinating.
Going to Bitmaker has been one of the best decisions I have made. Over the 9 week course I was amazed at the what I learned and how far I progressed.
Prior to Bitmaker I took couple of course at a local college in web development (it just covered basic HTML and CSS), but felt these courses really lacked in real life application. Bitmaker helped me to start to develop the skills to become a full time web developer.
The instructors and staff are exceptional. There is always an instructor available to help trouble shoot code, or provided some extra explanation about new concepts. Bitmaker also offer great interview and career prep and help you get started on your job hunt.
I started this course not knowing a thing about Web Development. I hadn't written a single line of code. I come from a design background and the Ruby on Rails Web Development course was the only course available at the time. It was one of the most challenging things I've ever done. The 9 weeks for me was an intense crash course but there was support from all the instructors and TAs everyday. Every time anyone’s computer started acting up there was always someone willing to sit down and take the time to help figure out what the problem was. I met so many talented people who were generous with their time and I’ve made some great friends in the Bitmaker community.
They really do go out of their way to try and help with the job search after you're all done. I was lucky enough to get my current job through Bitmaker. I work as a UI & UX designer and do mainly frontend dev. I don't do any backend dev but this course helped me understand what's required on the backend in order to plan for the frontend and the users.
Looking to up my knowledge of how data and backend development worked. As someone who already knew Python, SQL, and Linux I found this course really interesting. A bit too much time was spent on Github.... This could have probably been included in the pre-class homework.
I work as a Graphic and Web Designer in a small marketing company. We have to be very versatile and have many skillsets since we are a small department of a big company. My Front-End Developments skills were pretty intermediate but I was looking to become faster and work cleaner. So I recently took the Front-End Web Development night course at Bitmaker in Toronto to advance my skill sets and discover new resources to assist in my job. I had minimal expectations as my understanding of HTML/CSS was already very advanced. The first 2 weeks were a little redundant for me, but after the first 2 weeks, I was learning tricks and skills that I didn't even know existed. In 12 short weeks I went from a novice to a professional. The professors were extremely helpful, and even stayed till 11pm one night to diagnose a computer issue for me. The course is very demanding, since there is so much information to learn and cover in 12 short weeks. I spent a good chunk of time on weekends doing reading and drills to make sure my skills advanced to where I needed to be for the following week. I wouldn't recommend this course to anyone who is unwilling to do this homework/studying as you wont take anything away from the course. This course is definitely for people with serious interest in Front-End, and not just hobbyist. If I had to list a complaint, my only complaint would be that some of the students didn't take the course as serious as me. I was there for work and was trying to absorb as much information as possible. However, I found many students wouldn't do the homework, or drills/reading, and wouldnt be at the level they needed to be at for the following class. This would then slow down the class getting all the students up to speed. Not really a Bitmaker issue though. Overall, I am fully satisified with my experience. I would love to take more courses at Bitmaker.
I took a part-time responsive design course at Bitmaker in the summer of 2014. I learned a lot considering the limitations on how many hours we spent there each week. More than anything else, it provided a base in web development which allowed me to learn a lot more on top of that foundation which I laid there. I came out feeling confident I am capable of mastering these skills and since then feel I've made a lot of progress.
I took a front end dev course with Bitmaker labs in order to participate more in the front-end development of projects as work. Mina was detailed in his explanations and the TAs were incredibly helpful during office hours. Since I had background knowledge in HTML/CSS, it was a bit slow to start, but once we got to using bourbon/neat, there was more than enough work to get done.
I'd definitely recommend anybody looking to sharpen up their skills to take this course
Having a background in marketing and online ad buys, I was concerned this class would be too general for me. I appreciate that there was still a lot to learn! The most important thing to take away from this course is the case study focus - build a campaign and bring it with you each week. That will allow you to tweak the ad sets and copy under the guidance of a true expert. Instead, we were working on a live brand (but not one I had experience in knowing the audience or copy). So it was relevant for the practice, but not as useful to my daily life as working on my own brand would have been. Overall, the connections to the instructor, guest presenters and inside information of how campaigns are truly run was incredibly valuable and worth taking even if you have a background in online ad campaigns.
I took the Front end web development course as I was interested in taking the Bitmaker course and ofcourse in learning the tools and web development languages. Overall it was a great experience. The TAs and the professors were really helpful in answering any necessary questions. The course material was up to date and ofcourse you get hands on skills with the mini projects.
It was probabbly not the best course targeted towards me. I initally wanted to take their web development development bootcamp coruse but it didn't work as I work full time. I should have taken the ruby on rails course. I do wish they would come out with a part time course for web development instead of the intensive bootcamp. I think it would be a great refresher for me.
Skepticism is understandable. The bootcamp value proposition does seem too good to be true—and indeed, many bootcamps are overstating their claims about how much value they bring to students.
I’m a Bitmaker alumni, and I firmly recommend its program. It has been one of the most difficult learning curve of my life, but most importantly it made a high-impact! Code is hard and do understate that aspect, but Bitmaker Labs has designed a perfect program to dive in and feel comfortable learning.
Your code journey does not stop after the 9th week of Bitmaker Labs Bootcamp and its up to you to sharpen the skill set that has been given to us at the lab. I highly recommend continuing being curious and mastering your skills.
I decided in May to quit my full time job and take the 9 week immersive web development course at Bitmaker Labs as I had a strong interest in learning Ruby on Rails. The course provided much more detail on the lifecycle of the HTTP request than I had anticipated and also an introduction to TDD as well. The instructors are very knowledgable and helpful, and the entire environment was very fun and welcoming! I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking to learn web development with no prior experience in programming.
Prior to the course I was very much into UX but didn't have any training or experience in it. My wife was taking a different course at Bitmaker and she suggested I should take the one about UX. I looked into it more and thought it would be a good idea.
Right from the first class I was really impressed with everything I was learning. The material was very good and they provided a lot of links to read up on your own. I think I learned more outside of the class but overall I think my UX unedrstanding grew tenfold. Especially after going to a UX conference that the instructor suggested.
We worked on a project throughout the 12 weeks. That was very helpfull in practicing our new skills as we learned them. Maybe there could have been a bit more time dedicated to that part during class hours.
Overall, after taking the course I knew that I had to change my career from graphic design to UX and I think that the course provided a solid foundation for me in understanding UX.
I recently completed the 9-week web development course at Bitmaker. After doing a lot of research, I choose Bitmaker because I wanted to learn both front and back end skills, and I they offer the opportunity to accelerate the learning process.
At first I was a little skeptical about the schedule because when you have four hours every afternoon, it is easy to get distracted and be unproductive, however, as long as you are willing to remain focused and dedicated, and put the time into the program, this was the best part of the day. It was during this time I was able to work on the assignments and figure out what concepts I understood and where I was struggling.
I quickly learned that the true value in the course is the instructors and TA's. They all have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry. More importantly, they were great at spending time with each student to answer any questions we had. What I really appreciated was that the TA’s would help walk us through each problem and solve the problems ourselves rather than giving us the answers right away.
Prior to enrolling in the course I had no coding skills and was struggling to learn independently, but after completing the bootcamp I have successfully build a web app and I am now able to pick up new skills and have a much easier time learning new languages.
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Welcome to the August 2016 Course Report monthly coding bootcamp news roundup! Each month, we look at all the happenings from the coding bootcamp world from new bootcamps to big fundraising announcements, to interesting trends. This month the biggest news is the Department of Education's EQUIP pilot program to provide federal financial aid to some bootcamp students. Other trends include job placement outcomes, the gender imbalance in tech, acquisitions and investments, and paying for bootcamp. Read below or listen to our latest Coding Bootcamp News Roundup Podcast!Continue Reading →
Since the first bootcamp acquisition in June 2014, we’ve seen several bootcamps acquired by for-profit universities and even other schools. These acquisitions and consolidations should come as no surprise. With rapid market growth in the bootcamp industry, for-profit education companies are beginning to take note. And as existing coding bootcamps think about expansion, consolidation through acquisition is certainly on the horizon. We’ll keep this chronologically-ordered list updated as bootcamps announce future acquisitions.
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Welcome to the September News Roundup, your monthly news digest full of the most interesting articles and announcements in the bootcamp space. Do you want something considered for the next News Roundup? Submit announcements of new courses, scholarships, or open jobs at your school!
This Week on Course Report:
- Should you learn web or mobile development first? We dive into this question with advice from Atlanta's DigitalCrafts code school!
- Have you tried Thinkful's Workshops? Grae, the Head of Education at Thinkful, gives us the scoop on their newest offering for bootcamp grads and working engineers.
- Mechanical-Engineer-turned-Web-Developer Kacy Ebel talks about her career change and her experience at We Can Code It's women-only bootcamp.
Aquisitions, Fundraises & Regulation
- General Assembly announced their $70MM Series D. This reporter thinks about what the fundraise could mean for their London campus.
- Hack Reactor acquired Chicago-based Mobile Makers Academy, adding iOS to their offerings. They also announced "Hack Reactor Core," the umbrella under which each school will operate autonomously.
- Inside Higher Ed reported on General Assembly's journey through regulation and expansion. Education Dive provides a nice, brief summary of the article.
- The Huffington Post reported on a letter from Jeremy Shaki and Khurram Virani (Founders of Lighthouse Labs) to parliament on code literacy, outcome-based education, and Canadian innovation through technology.
New Campuses + Courses:
- Dev Bootcamp announced they will open doors in San Diego this November.
- Montana Code School's first cohort started class September 28. (Listen to Montana Public Radio's story on the bootcamp).
- ThoughtKite will teach their first Toronto iOS bootcamp in October.
- Code Fellows has overhauled and reorganized their courses (bye bye Dev Accelerators, hello Code 401!)
- Applications for Code Platoon, a Chicago bootcamp geared towards veterans, are now open.
- Global News Canada writes about Toronto's Bitmaker Labs.
- Fortune Magazine explores women in Coding Bootcamps.
- FCW finds that coding bootcamps are 'Very empowering, very transformational.'
- A LinkedIn researcher blogged about the types of jobs reported by bootcampers on the networking site.
- Delaware Online looks back on ZipCode Wilmington's first bootcamp cohort.
- Built in Chicago: How Designation is bringing the bootcamp model to design.
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee computer coding school expands as employers show interest.
- The Street: Future Code Monkeys May Skip College and Head to Boot Camp
Have a great October!
The independent game development market has never been more alive marking this as an opportunistic time to press start learning the trade. As of March 2015, Epic’s Unreal Engine, Unity 5, and Valve’s Source 2 are all free for developers. The rise of independent game titles being funded through Kickstarter campaigns has opened the door for small groups of aspiring developers to gain funding for their creative inspirations. These game development courses will provide you with the foundation to begin turning your game concepts into playable titles. So what are you waiting for?
In Toronto, Canada Bitmaker Labs hosts a part-time introduction to game development course. The course is taught by industry professionals. Students learn to use C# along with the Unity game engine to design multi-platform titles. The course helps students get accustomed to all elements of game development including programing, rendering, animation, physics, audio, and deployment. The final project for the course is a dual analog style game. Bitmaker Labs also provides guidance on how to further develop projects and deepen skills after completion of the course.Continue Reading →
Canadian bootcamps are working hard to develop the talent needed to keep up with Canada’s growing tech hubs. StartUp Compass ranks Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver amongst the top 20 startup ecosystems in the world. The Canadian tech economy as a whole is being fueled by thriving companies such as Shopify, Hootsuite, Kik, Wattpad, and Erkem. Their success has generated a lot of interest among investors.
“Over the past few years, Canada has seen record high numbers of angels investing in promising early stage companies across the country and as the technology sector continues to grow, it is expected that angel investing will continue to grow as well,” according to the National Angel Capital Organization 2014 Angel Investing Report. In 2014, $90.5 million was invested into 181 Canadian companies by angel investors.Continue Reading →
Bitmaker Labs CEO Craig Hunter was an early employee at Uber before joining the Canadian bootcamp in 2014. Since then, he’s helped them grow the business from a single one-course bootcamp to providing seven unique learning experiences. Hunter walked us through the regulatory process Bitmaker endured to get the thumbs-up from the provincial regulators in Ontario. We also discussed his commitment to building the brand, the importance of a strong alumni network and how the tech scene in Ontario is a fertile environment for Bitmaker’s capable grads.Continue Reading →
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Apple’s newest, beginner-oriented programming language Swift has made developing for the iPhone a possibility for new and experienced developers alike. iOS developers earn over $100,000 on average, so it's a perfect time to learn to program for the iPhone. With the help of one of these iOS bootcamps, you could find yourself developing mobile apps utilizing Objective-C, Cocoa Touch, and Swift.Continue Reading →