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3 Campuses

Bangalore

Featured in Bloomberg, Byte Academy's blockchain program is available in Full-Time (14 week), Part-Time (24 weeks/2 evenings per week) and full-time summer (8, 12, 14 week) options. The course is in conjunction with Byte's core fullstack software development curriculum, particularly Python and JavaScript, so that students will be able to develop blockchain web applications by the time they graduate. Sections of the course include: blockchain platforms, keys and addresses, cryptocurrency, assets and tokenization, smart contracts and development, solidity, dAPPs (decentralized applications), regulatory environment, security, trustless networks and more. Ethereum, Bitcoin, Stellar and other blockchains will be covered. Students will create their own cryptocurrency and build their own blockchain. For details and full list of topics please see http://byteacademy.co/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Blockchain-Syllabus-3.18.pdf

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Please contact info,in@byteacademy.co regarding financial aid.
Payment Plan
Financing options available
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
No programming background is required but there will be an interview and assessment.
Prep Work
Online pre-work (www.bytedev.co)
Data Science, PythonIn PersonFull Time40 Hours/week6 Seats

Our Data Science Bootcamp teaches important Data Science Concepts together with full stack development utilizing Python as the programming language. Technology instruction covers basic data structures and algorithms, object oriented programming concepts, Python, and JavaScript. Students will work on a number of data science projects including a final project in their area of interest.

Course Details

Deposit
INR 10,000
Financing
We are currently offering a 25% Early Bird Discount for the first 20 applicants. 
Payment Plan
Full amount payable in 3 installments through the course.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep-work
CSS, Data Science, Python, JavaScript, R, HTML, Hadoop, Git, DjangoIn PersonPart Time6 Hours/week

Our Data Science Bootcamp teaches important Data Science Concepts together with full stack development utilizing Python as the programming language. Technology instruction covers basic data structures and algorithms, object oriented programming concepts, Python, and JavaScript. Students will work on a number of data science projects including a final project in their area of interest.

Course Details

Deposit
INR 10000
Scholarship
Merit Scholarships Available
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep-work
Python, CSS, Django, Front End, Git, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL, SQLIn PersonPart Time6 Hours/week

Our Part-Time Fintech 24 week program teaches full stack development and introduces students to basic concepts across several areas of finance. Technology instruction covers basic data structures and algorithms, object oriented programming concepts, Python, and JavaScript. Finance instruction covers an introduction to Fixed Income Markets, Equity Valuation, Options, Futures and Swaps, and Asset Management. Please see www.byteacademy.co for more information.

Course Details

Deposit
INR 5000
Financing
Offered on an individual basis. Please contact info.in@byteacademy.co for more information.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep-work
SQL, CSS, Django, Front End, Git, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL, PythonIn PersonFull Time40 Hours/week10 Seats

Our software development course teaches languages, frameworks, and computer science fundamentals that you need to land a career in web development over a 12 (full-time) or 24 week (part-time) period. The curriculum places heavy emphasis on teamwork, peer programming, and projects to showcase to employers. Curriculum emphasizes Python, a coding language based on the foundational structure of networked programming. We provide instruction in other front and backend languages including JavaScript, HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3. Career services, such as instruction in public speaking, resume review, self branding and hiring events are woven into the program and provided for life. Some students also do their assigned projects for real employers.

Course Details

Deposit
INR 10,000
Financing
Offered on an individual basis. Please contact info.in@byteacademy.co for more information.
Payment Plan
Full amount payable in 3 installments through the course.
Scholarship
We are currently offering a 25% Early Bird Discount for the first 20 applicants.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep-work

New York City

Featured in Bloomberg, Byte Academy's blockchain program is available in Full-Time (14 week), Part-Time (24 weeks/2 evenings per week) and full-time summer (8, 12, 14 week) options. The course is in conjunction with Byte's core fullstack software development curriculum, particularly Python and JavaScript, so that students will be able to develop blockchain web applications by the time they graduate. Sections of the course include: blockchain platforms, keys and addresses, cryptocurrency, assets and tokenization, smart contracts and development, solidity, dAPPs (decentralized applications), regulatory environment, security, trustless networks and more. Ethereum, Bitcoin, Stellar and other blockchains will be covered. Students will create their own cryptocurrency and build their own blockchain. For details and full list of topics please see http://byteacademy.co/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Blockchain-Syllabus-3.18.pdf

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Please contact info@byteacademy.co regarding financial aid.
Payment Plan
Financing options available
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
No programming background is required but there will be an interview and assessment.
Prep Work
Online pre-work (www.bytedev.co)

Byte Academy's data science program is available in full-time (14 week), part-time (24 week, 2 evenings/week) and remote formats.The course covers Data Science Concepts together with full stack development utilizing Python as the programming language. Technology topics covered include basic data structures and algorithms, object oriented programming concepts, Python, and JavaScript. Other items include: data acquisition, data analysis, Pandas, prediction and machine learning, neural networks, data wrangling, statistical modeling, time series analysis, regression, Hadoop, SQL, NoSQL and more Students will create a portfolio of projects to showcase to potential employers. Students in the full-time program maybe eligible for a tuition refund if they are not hired within six months of graduation after working with the career services team. For more details and syllabus please see http://byteacademy.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Data-Science.pdf

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Tuition Deferral is available, please contact info@byteacademy.co for more info 
Payment Plan
Payment options are available. Please contact info@byteacademy.co for more info
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
No programming experience is required although there will
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
Pre-work found at www.bytedev.co

With Byte Academy's FinTech bootcamp, one of the first of its kind, students learn how to apply programming to the financial industry graduating with the ability to build financial applications. Full, part-time and remote options are available. First students master their programming skills with a focus on Python, a popular language in the finance industry. Curriculum also covers other fullstack languages including JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Databases and frameworks taught in the technology portion of the course include: Django, Flask, AJAX, SQL, POSTgreSQL and more. For all technology topics please see http://byteacademy.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Python-Full-Stack-Full-time-and-Part-time-.pdf FinTech areas covered on conceptual and technical levels include: lending, payments, cryptocurrency/blockchain, KYC, insurance (InsurTech), robo advisory, regulatory tech (RegTech) and more. Students will be introduced to popular platforms and widely used APIs in the industry including: Xignite, Yodlee/Envestnet, Reuters, Bloomberg, IBM, Monax and others. Data science concepts used by FinTech companies will be covered such as Pandas data analysis, machine learning and sentiment analysis, time series regression, overview of algorithms and statistics used in quant trading. Blockchain topics such as smart contracts, cryptography, cryptocurrency, internet of money and more will be included. For more on the FinTech component of the program please see http://byteacademy.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Fintech.pdf Students may go deeper into any topics via the project work integrated into the course. All students build a portfolio of projects to showcase to potential employers with mentorship from industry professionals. Full-time students work closely with the career services team to be placed within 6 months of graduation.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Tuition Deferral Program-
Details are dependent upon applicant.  Please contact us (info@byteacademy.co) for more info 
Payment Plan
Yes. Details are dependent upon applicant. Please contact us (info@byteacademy.co) for more info
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
Pre-work found here www.bytedev.co

With Python Foundation start learning the fundamentals of Python, the highest paid coding language for recent bootcamp grads.* No pre-requisites are required. If you want to continue learning, you will have the skillset to begin our Python Fullstack, FinTech or Blockchain bootcamps. Provided you pass the final assessment, the Foundation Course cost would apply to tuition.

Course Details

Payment Plan
Payment maybe made via PayPal, check or alternative method(s). For this, email info@byteacademy.co
Minimum Skill Level
None
Prep Work
None

Byte Academy's fullstack Python bootcamp, one of the first in New York City, is available in full-time (14 weeks), part-time (24 weeks, 2x/week), summer full-time and remote (varied schedule) formats. The Python Fullstack program teaches software development with a focus on the Python programming language, a popular back-end language used heavily in finance and data science. Python has also been consistently ranked by Course Report as the highest paid language for recent bootcamp grads. In addition to Python, instruction on other fullstack languages is provided such as JavaScript, HTML/HTML5 and CSS/CSS3 so that students can build full web applications during and after they graduate the course. Other topics include: data structures and algorithms, object oriented programming concepts, Python libraries, APIs and frameworks including Django, Flask, AJAX, PostgreSQL, SQL, data science concepts, blockchain and more. For a full list of technology topics please see http://byteacademy.co/courses/fulltime-python-fullstack Students engage in regular pair programming sessions and all student build a portfolio of projects to showcase to potential employers while enrolled. Some even complete projects for real companies. Career counseling is throughout the program. Full-time students participating in career services may receive a tuition reimbursement if they are not placed within six months of graduating the program.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Please email info@byteacademy.co for options

Payment Plan
Please email info@byteacademy.co for options
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
No prior programming experience required but there will be an assessment and interview.
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
Pre-work at www.bytedev.co
R, Data Structures, Algorithms, PythonIn PersonPart Time

Created in partnership with a leading statistics – arb hedge fund, this part-time course (24 weeks, 2 evenings/week) is taught by a leading Wall Street technologist. The quant-algos program will help students understand core statistical concepts and develop tools to apply to data analysis and model time series for any industry. Classes will emphasize model creation and validation along with theoretical skills and statistical modeling interference. Students will learn and utilize Python’s advanced data libraries including pandas, numpy, scikit-learn, and more. We’ll also delve into statistical topics such as summary statistics, regression, time series, hypothesis testing, and much more. Other areas covered include: -Python primer -Stats concepts -Time Series – Forecasting model Sample models -Trading algorithms -Model fit analysis -Analyzing risk -Factor models - Quant applications to other fields For more information and syllabus please see http://byteacademy.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Quant-Algos.pdf

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Please contact us (info@byteacademy.co) for more info 
Payment Plan
Please contact us (info@byteacademy.co) for more info
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Some programming experience and experience in statistics or math, model validation, and design in any field. There will be an assessment in order to enroll in the course.
Placement Test
Yes

Online

Byte Academy's data science program covers Data Science Concepts together with full stack development utilizing Python as the programming language. Technology topics covered include basic data structures and algorithms, object oriented programming concepts, Python, and JavaScript. Other items include: data acquisition, data analysis, Pandas, prediction and machine learning, neural networks, data wrangling, statistical modeling, time series analysis, regression, Hadoop, SQL, NoSQL and more Students will create a portfolio of projects to showcase to potential employers. Students in the full-time program maybe eligible for a tuition refund if they are not hired within six months of graduation after working with the career services team. For more details and syllabus please see http://byteacademy.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Data-Science.pdf

Course Details

Financing
Tuition Deferral is available, please contact info@byteacademy.co for more info 
Payment Plan
Payment options are available. Please contact info@byteacademy.co for more info
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
No programming experience is required although there will
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
Pre-work found at www.bytedev.co

With Byte Academy's FinTech bootcamp, one of the first of its kind, students learn how to apply programming to the financial industry graduating with the ability to build financial applications. Flexible scheduling options are available and students can start any time! First students master their programming skills with a focus on Python, a popular language in the finance industry. Curriculum also covers other fullstack languages including JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Databases and frameworks taught in the technology portion of the course include: Django, Flask, AJAX, SQL, POSTgreSQL and more. For all technology topics please see http://byteacademy.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Python-Full-Stack-Full-time-and-Part-time-.pdf FinTech areas covered on conceptual and technical levels include: lending, payments, cryptocurrency/blockchain, KYC, insurance (InsurTech), robo advisory, regulatory tech (RegTech) and more. Students will be introduced to popular platforms and widely used APIs in the industry including: Xignite, Yodlee/Envestnet, Reuters, Bloomberg, IBM, Monax and others. Data science concepts used by FinTech companies will be covered such as Pandas data analysis, machine learning and sentiment analysis, time series regression, overview of algorithms and statistics used in quant trading. Blockchain topics such as smart contracts, cryptography, cryptocurrency, internet of money and more will be included. For more on the FinTech component of the program please see http://byteacademy.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Fintech.pdf Students may go deeper into any topics via the project work integrated into the course. All students build a portfolio of projects to showcase to potential employers with mentorship from industry professionals. Full-time students work closely with the career services team to be placed within 6 months of graduation.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Please contact us (info@byteacademy.co) for more info 
Payment Plan
Yes. Details are dependent upon applicant. Please contact us (info@byteacademy.co) for more info
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
Pre-work found here www.bytedev.co

Our Python Bootcamp teaches full stack development utilizing Python as the programming language. Technology instruction covers basic data structures and algorithms, object oriented programming concepts, Python, and JavaScript. Students are encouraged to work on final projects in their area of interest

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Financing available through Pave.

Scholarship
Limited scholarships are available on a merit basis. $2,000 Byte Academy Scholarship to Promote Women In Technology.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep-work

2 Scholarships

$500 Byte Academy NYC Scholarship

Byte Academy is a 12-week bootcamp in New York that teaches tools to be successful in finance and technology. The Course Report community will get an exclusive $500 scholarship to Byte Academy! 

Eligibility

    • Offer is only valid for new applicants to Byte Academy. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship.
    • Scholarship is only valid for full-time courses.

Qualifying Courses

  • Python Fullstack Development (Full, Part-Time) (New York City)
  • FinTech (Full, Part-Time) (New York City)
  • Blockchain (Full & Part-Time) (New York City)
  • Data Science Immersive (New York City)

$300 Byte Academy India Scholarship

Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive Byte Academy scholarship for $300 off tuition!

Eligibility

    • Offer is only valid for new applicants to Byte Academy. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship.
    • This scholarship cannot be combined with other offers. 
    • Scholarship is only valid for full-time courses.

Qualifying Courses

  • Data Science (Full-Time) (Bangalore)
  • Full Stack Python Bootcamp (Full-Time) (Bangalore)

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Our latest on Byte Academy

  • Summer Break: Learning to Code at Byte Academy

    Lauren Stewart6/7/2018

    As a current university student with a love for logic, problem-solving, and math, Isaac wanted to develop his growing interest in fintech and data science. So he chose to attend Byte Academy’s full stack Python course in New York City during his summer break. And get this – Isaac has recently landed a data science internship at Facebook in London! Learn about the Byte Academy application process, the differences between learning at a bootcamp vs university, and Isaac’s tips for landing an internship at a top tech company like Facebook!

    Protip: Byte Academy's next Summer bootcamps kick-off June 18 and July 16.

    Q&A

    What is your pre-bootcamp story? What is your educational background?

    I’m currently in my last year studying for a degree in mathematics at UCL in London. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in my career, but I liked the logical, problem-solving aspect of math. And I'm rubbish with writing essays!

    Prior to going to Byte Academy, I was all over the place when thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve interned and done side projects in fashion, music, and consulting. I knew I liked strategy and problem-solving, but I didn’t know how to apply that. In London, finance and investments are big magnets, so I even did internships at BlackRock and Lazard, but I realized I wanted a role where I could be more creative and produce more sustainable work.

    After studying math and working in finance, what inspired you to want to learn software development?

    When I learned about fintech, I realized that it merged my skills in finance with technology. I was really interested in fintech because I saw small groups of people trying to tackle outdated and traditional ideas using technology to make better and more efficient products. Different sectors in fintech – trading, the retail space, cryptocurrency – all seemed to be very exciting.

    I learned about fintech at university, but I really didn’t have the technical skills. I’ve always had a passion for entrepreneurship, so it was frustrating to realize that I’d always rely on others for their technology skills. Picking up technical skills sounded like a fantastic opportunity. I tried to learn Python on my own with Codecademy, but it’s hard to motivate yourself.

    Did you ever take computer science courses or consider getting your degree in Computer Science?

    I attended Byte Academy in New York City during the summer of my second year at university. My first two years at university were limited in terms of the electives I could take, but I did take a few programming courses covering Python, Java and Mathematica.

    What was important to you when researching bootcamps? What stood out about Byte Academy?

    I was more interested in a bootcamp that taught the scientific and mathematical programming side of software development by covering languages like Python and NumPy. I didn’t want to solely learn theory, but I wanted a more algorithmic-based and data-based curriculum. What I liked about Byte Academy was that it was project-based and vocation-based, so industry leaders taught topics that were relevant and up-and-coming in the tech space. When I was doing my research, I saw that Byte Academy taught courses in medtech, fintech, and blockchain which was pretty unique.

    Learning in Manhattan was a huge plus because it was a fantastic location in the middle of everything. I did 4-weeks of online prework, then Phase 1 of Byte Academy’s full stack program which was 5 weeks in New York City. I only stayed for Phase 1 of the program because I wanted to focus on the back end and Python.

    Byte Academy’s money-back guarantee if you don’t land a job was also a win-win.

    Tell us about the Byte Academy application and interview process.

    It was a very professional process – I had two interviews with the admissions team. For an intensive bootcamp like Byte Academy, they were really looking for people who are focused, motivated, and willing to learn. They also want to see if you can learn new technical skills. Having motivation is key because you have to want to put the time in, be involved in different projects, and try new things.

    Since you are a current student at a university, what was your goal after graduating from Byte Academy?

    Since I attended Byte Academy in my second summer of university, I knew I would be looking for internships instead of full-time jobs. After Byte Academy, I applied to a lot of internships in technology. I want to make as much of a social impact as possible – the tech skills that I learned at Byte Academy was a great medium to enact that impact.

    How many people were in your cohort? Was your class diverse in terms of gender, race, life and career backgrounds?

    My cohort was fantastic because there were people from across the globe. There was a really broad range of career backgrounds – some of my classmates came from economics and math; another was the Head of Fintech Private Equity at JPMorgan, another was a professional chess player. I couldn’t think of a more diverse room. And it worked because everyone was really motivated to learn with each other.

    What was the learning experience like at your bootcamp — can you share a typical day?

    How much you want to put into the course is up to you. The Instructors were there very early if you wanted to take advantage of working with them, but I usually got to the classroom around 9am and left around 8pm. In the mornings, instructors gave us a syllabus for the day with three or four projects to complete. Sometimes they would give us a brief on how to work on the projects, and sometimes they would let us figure it out and solve the problems on our own. We would then work with our teams and the instructors would come around to help with anything specific that we may be stuck on.

    I thought the ratio of instructors to students was good because anyone could get help when you needed it. I do think it may be counterproductive to have too many instructors because you could get too reliant on their knowledge. So it’s important to keep trying and to be somewhat self-sufficient by finding resources online – you’re not always going to have an instructor there to help you.  

    Later in the day, there may be a lecture where an instructor teaches a topic, but overall Byte Academy was extremely project-based. Projects were super exciting and the days went by quickly. At night they hosted career events, mock interviews, industry speakers, and group activities – Byte Academy’s meetup group had a lot of vibrant events.  

    Being in New York City as an international student, there were so many opportunities to get connected to industry professionals when attending Byte Academy.

    Did you notice a difference in teaching style between Byte Academy and your university experience?

    Byte Academy’s teaching style was infinitely better. At my university there’s about 250 of us in my math classroom, so the lecturers don’t have much time for individual students. The course is very passive in that it’s theoretical and just about absorbing information – you don’t know how the material will be applied in a real-world context. I’ve done programming courses at my university where you learn the raw concepts, but not how they’re applied.

    Ultimately, I think there’s so much more benefit from starting with end outcome and then learning the information needed to get to that outcome. If I know this algorithm will allow me to do X,Y, and Z, and these are the real applications and companies that use it, and this is the impact it has on society, then I’m much more motivated to learn. And that’s the structure of Byte Academy. You’re constantly motivated to keep trying and to succeed in the bootcamp because you’re creating useful projects and seeing real-life applications. Byte Academy focused on providing really interesting and valuable projects.

    Even from an early stage when you don’t have a lot of background in programming, Byte Academy finds projects for you to work on with a basic level of understanding. Byte Academy was so much more practical and fun than university – I’m a big advocate of what they do.

    What was your favorite project that you built at Byte Academy?

    One of the projects I really enjoyed was creating the virtual trading platform. It was a full stack project – we worked on the front end and the back end using SQL. It was fully comprehensive and the first complete software that I’ve created. There are a lot of platforms that allow you to trade with virtual money, so I was specifically trying to build a cryptocurrency trading platform. What I enjoyed about this project is that it allowed me to use so many useful skills that were relevant for future projects. It was the first time I used API’s and web scraping etc – and in general, I learned key skills that were essential for my future career.

    We worked on a team – it felt like a Hackathon because we had three days to create it. It resembled a real professional team, where we all had specific tasks for a larger project, and then we came together to make something great. Byte Academy also constantly pushed us – we were encouraged to create new features and widgets on the trading platform to make it better. So the bootcamp pushes you to gain new skills throughout the course.

    This project was focused on SQL, and that actually helped me in my interview with Facebook because they specifically asked for a portfolio project using SQL.

    Tell us about the interview process with Facebook! How did you land the job?

    .I decided to apply to their Data Science Internship role. When I applied, I wasn’t expecting anything after submitting my application because data science at Facebook is extremely competitive. But my motto is you should try everything, no matter what, because you have nothing to lose.

    I got an email from the Facebook team that they thought my CV was interesting and they wanted to interview. I went all out to study as much as I could. I had a one hour interview talking about myself, what I’ve done, and what I’m interested in. Coming in with backgrounds in finance, fintech, fashion, and my Byte Academy skills – I think that breadth of experiences and skills was a big attraction. Facebook wants to hire really unique people with varied backgrounds. They also wanted to see my technical projects from Byte Academy.

    How did Byte Academy prepare you for the internship search?

    Byte Academy has an in-house admissions team, where they have great connections to New York City employers. They introduced me to the team at Google in London, and I was actually able to host a Google London Dev Fest at my university and produce an event in partnership with Byte Academy and Google. These were amazing opportunities where I met fantastic people.  

    Even though I was only there for Phase 1 of the program, Byte Academy gave me a lot of help on my CV once I moved back to London (over a 3-month period for the full course, the career development advice is really extensive). Also, Byte Academy’s CEO has great connections in the tech space to help you network.  

    What will you be doing at the Facebook internship?

    First, I got to choose the city I wanted to work in – I chose London. In London, Facebook has a data science team called Protect & Care, which monitors anything negative on Facebook – suicide prevention, fake news, bullying etc. For me, these issues are important so it’s amazing to apply the technical skills that I was working so hard on to real-life, meaningful actions. This is a dream role for me, so it motivated me to work really hard in the other interview rounds. There was a creative round of interviews and a final day of technical interviews where I had to build a project in Python and SQL. I tried my hardest, and I was very proud of myself that I landed the internship starting at the end of June.

    Do you think you could have gotten this internship on your own, without Byte Academy?

    Definitely not. The Facebook team told me that a lot of applicants were specifically focused on working with AI and machine learning. I was interested in these topics, but coming from Byte Academy we learned Python and SQL and the more analytical side of data science as opposed to the more predictive side. There’s a lot more to data science than predictive algorithms, so the diversity of projects I worked on at Byte Academy and picking up those skills quickly was an advantage for me.

    What advice do you have for bootcampers looking for internships at top tech companies like Facebook?

    Be different. Talk about projects that make you stand out and figure out what will impress a company about you. Creating your Github is important as well. Be ambitious – approach companies and ask to work for free to build up your portfolio. Keep trying and show what you’ve got. And don’t be too focused on a niche topic, because you’re competing with hundreds of people.

    What advice do you have for people considering a coding bootcamp?

    Choose a bootcamp that has an interesting curriculum and will get you excited to wake up in the morning. Also, if a coding bootcamp doesn’t offer a program you’re interested in – let them know! There was no summer program for university students at Byte Academy until I asked for one. Don’t be shy. Enjoy it!

    Read more Byte Academy reviews on Course Report and check out the Byte Academy website. Byte Academy ensures that students who work with career services are placed within six months of graduation (or receive their tuition back).

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    Lauren is a communications and operations strategist who loves to help others find their idea of success. She is passionate about techonology education, career development, startups, and the arts. Her background includes career/youth development, public affairs, and philanthropy. She is from Richmond, VA and now currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

  • June 2017 Coding Bootcamp News Roundup + Podcast

    Imogen Crispe6/29/2017

    Missed any news about coding bootcamps from June 2017? Course Report is here for you! We’ve compiled the most important news and developments in this blog post and podcast. In June, we heard John Oliver and Megyn Kelly talk about bootcamps, we read about new investments in bootcamps, a number of newspapers wrote about the impact bootcamps are having at a local level, and we were excited to hear about more diversity initiatives and scholarships. Plus we round up all the new campuses and new coding bootcamps around the world.

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  • Guide to Coding Bootcamps with Job Guarantees

    Imogen Crispe6/28/2017

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    So you want to land a job after coding bootcamp? The statistics are on your side – 73% of bootcampers report being employed as developers after graduation. But did you know that many coding bootcamps go one step further and offer a job guarantee? We’ve put together a list of in-person and online coding bootcamps in the USA and around the world which offer guaranteed job placement. And don’t get caught off guard by the details – we’ve also included specifics about job guarantee tuition refunds, conditions, and tips to help you work out if a job guarantee coding bootcamp is right for you.

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  • Episode 14: May 2017 Coding Bootcamp News Roundup Podcast

    Imogen Crispe6/5/2017

    Need an overview of coding bootcamp news in May? You’re in the right place! We’ve collected all the most important news in this blog post and podcast. This month, we read about a number of insightful surveys about employers, programming languages, and learners. We read advice about choosing a bootcamp, learned about efforts to encourage women and veterans to learn to code, and heard about student experiences at bootcamp. Plus, we added a bunch of interesting new schools to the Course Report school directory! Read below or listen to our latest Coding Bootcamp News Roundup Podcast.

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  • September 2016 Coding Bootcamp News Roundup + Podcast

    Imogen Crispe1/18/2018

    Welcome to the September 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. Of course, we cover our 2016 Outcomes and Demographics Report (we spent a ton of time on this one and hope everyone gets a chance to read it)! Other trends include growth of the industry, increasing diversity in tech through bootcamps, plus news about successful bootcamp alumni, and new schools and campuses. Read below or listen to our latest Coding Bootcamp News Roundup Podcast!

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Eddy Atkins, Byte Academy

    Liz Eggleston9/11/2015

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    With a quantitative background in statistics and economics, Eddy Atkins needed to sharpen his computer programming skills in order to make the leap into Data Science. He travelled from Perth, Australia to learn Python at Byte Academy in New York, and Eddy talks with Course Report on his graduation day about the differences between his Masters degree and a coding bootcamp, his advice to other international bootcampers, and the most challenging aspect of the bootcamp. 

    (Thanks to Byte Academy intern Kameron Block for his assistance with this Q&A)!

     

    What did you do before enrolling in Byte Academy?

    I was an economic consultant for a couple years before I enrolled. I completed my post grad at London so I come from an economic background.

    When did you become interested in coding?

    One of my best friends back home is a web developer, and he introduced me to Python about a year ago. At the time, I didn’t really have a practical application for it, but I found some of the introductory courses online enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.

    My interest was really piqued though when I saw the opportunities to apply computer programming / data science techniques to the data I worked with in my job as an economic consultant, but I lacked the technical know-how. This frustrated me, and set me on the path to Byte Academy and my postgraduate study in London.

    Why did you enroll in Byte Academy?

    I want to enter the field of Data Science and I already have stats training required. The other half I needed was computer science skills so I thought a coding bootcamp that taught Python, a great language to analyze multiple levels of data, would be best. Byte Academy was the only bootcamp in NYC that I could find that taught this. I wanted to be located in NYC too.

    The timing of the Byte Academy program was great as it was before the first year of my one year course to get a Masters in data science.

    What is your career goal after graduating?

    My career goal is not to get a developer job, rather, I want to apply the skills learn to data science. The instructors at Byte are forthcoming in explaining how coding is relevant and what to focus on.

    What advice do you have for other international students interested in a coding bootcamp?

    If you love to travel like I do, I would seriously consider a boot-camp that offers you the opportunity to experience another country at the same time.  Programs like this really demand that you have no other commitments for the three months, so for me it was a no-brainer to choose somewhere that I could have some fantastic new experiences in the free time I did have.

    Additionally, I think all students should seriously consider a US boot camp.  Most students (although I am a exception) are looking to gain employment at the end of the program, and cities like San Francisco or New York are at the heart of the world’s tech scene, where the opportunity to make connections with a potential employer are magnified.

    What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun here?

    I like to keep fit, including running, and I’m hoping to compete in the London Marathon next year. I'm also a big music fan, and New York has such an amazing line up of live music, so that has occupied a lot of my free time.

    What are the differences in the tech scenes between the US vs Australia?

    The attitudes are incredibly different, technology in Australia isn’t really regarded as a mainstream career path. This probably has something to do with the lack of opportunities in tech in Australia, if you want make it big, you inevitably will have to move to somewhere like the US.

    The difference is particularly noticeable in New York where every second person seems to work for a start up, and the population is relatively tech savvy. When I mention I am learning Python it isn’t met by blank stares, like it probably would be back at home. It’s a very exciting environment to learn in.

    How has your experience been here so far?

    It’s been absolutely fantastic. I really like launching myself into something full time and being hands on from day one. An experience like this teaches you the theory, but every moment is devoted to learning how to apply that theory.

    What is the most challenging aspect of the program?

    The group work has been the most challenging. You stop and think about what you are putting down in the computer and being able to justify and explain it. That’s important. You are always stopping and thinking and analyzing about what you are doing at all points.

    Is Byte Academy what you expected?

    Although I was aware a coding bootcamp would not be like a University degree, where you are only in class for a few hours a week and may only know the name of a couple of people in your classes, I think I was still surprised by the degree of intimacy that a bootcamp offers. For 12 weeks, the students and instructors around you are your family, for better or for worse. I am never alone in working through a problem, whether it is help from fellow students or an instructor.

    What are the instructors like at Byte Academy? Does the teaching style match your learning style?

    I have a fantastic relationship with the instructors. The curriculum is based on group work, but we’re sitting across the desk from our professors. If you have a problem at any moment it’s just a matter of shouting across table.

    We were in the classroom from 10am-6pm, but the time commitment depends on how much you want to put in. There are weekend projects so you spend at least one day per weekend on homework. The pre-work was very helpful.

    You’re graduating this week- are you interviewing for Data Science roles in Australia or the US?

    I only just graduated from my undergraduate at the University of Western Australia, so that is all out of sight at the moment.

    To learn more about the New York Python coding bootcamp, check out Byte Academy's school page on Course Report or website here!

  • July Coding Bootcamp News Roundup

    Harry Hantel8/6/2015

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    The July News Roundup is your monthly news digest full of the most interesting articles and announcements in the coding bootcamp space. Want your bootcamp's news to be included in the next News Roundup? Submit announcements of new courses, scholarships, or open jobs at your school!

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  • Student Spotlight: Yulia Barannikova, Byte Academy

    Liz Eggleston7/22/2015

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    Yulia Barannikova is a finance major who noticed that the jobs she wanted required programming knowledge, so she enrolled in Byte Academy, a FinTech coding bootcamp in New York. Motivated by the fact that Byte teaches Python and that women are automatically eligible for a $2,000 scholarship, Yulia is now the first female graduate of Byte Academy. Yulia gives us the scoop on her experience transitioning from Finance into FinTech, her experience as a woman (and non-US citizen) in the tech community, and her future plans for a career in programming!

    How did you become interested in coding?

    If somebody told me a year ago that I would become a developer I would tell them they are crazy. My secondary school in Russia gave me with a very strong math background and I always enjoyed problem solving. When I was picking my major, I never considered Computer Science or IT. I thought that students in those majors would be all techy guys who are crazy about computers and have been programming since they were kids. I decided to get into Finance since I thought it was a quantitative field. I was quite upset that my financial coursework was not very math heavy. Last year when I was looking at jobs postings for non-sales related positions in Finance I was surprised that most of them require programming knowledge. I decided to take a C++ course as a free elective at school and I just loved it! I completely loved learning introductory programming concepts and solving problems by applying those concepts. I just knew that programming is something I want to associate my life with. Since it was too late to change my major I started looking for non-traditional ways of becoming a programmer. I found Byte Academy fit my objectives just perfectly.

    What was the reaction from friends/family/peers when they heard you were going to a coding bootcamp?

    I will be the first one in my family with a technical career. Everyone in my family are accountants, doctors and teachers. My parents always support me and they approved my decision especially after hearing how excited I was about programming. However, some members of my family said: “Programming is super difficult, how will you be able to do it?” Most of my friends were surprised by such sudden decision but impressed that I decided to learn coding.

    Why did you choose Byte Academy over other bootcamps?

    The main factor that contributed to my choice was definitely the fact that Byte Academy is a FinTech bootcamp. That way, I could apply my educational background in Finance with coding. Byte Academy teaches mainly in Python which is widely used within Financial Services industry. Also, Byte Academy seemed to be more back-end oriented than the other bootcamps that I was looking at. I actually did not know I was going to be the first and only girl in the program until one week before I started. The fact that Byte Academy supports women by giving a $2,000 scholarship towards tuition was another important factor.

    Has the experience been like you anticipated?

    I was a little scared that I would not like coding as much as I thought. The program is very intensive and requires a substantial commitment of time and energy. I have never had to spend eight to twelve hours a day in front of a computer before and I was not sure if I such lifestyle is for me. My experience at the bootcamp exceeded my expectations. Most of the time I am so interested and involved in the process that I lose track of time. I have to admit that it has not been easy and some days I swear I could feel my brain hurt the same way my muscles do after an intense workout.

    Learning to code turned out to involve more independent work than I expected but it was fair - programming is a skill and involves a lot of self-education.

    You’re the first woman to go to Byte Academy- did you feel accepted by your classmates right away?

    Yes, I have never felt unaccepted by my classmates. I connected with every member of my group in the first week and never had any issues.

    All my friends thought that it was cool that I was going to be the first girl in the program. Some friends said that I would be getting special treatment because I am a female. I can say that I wasn’t getting more help than other fellow classmates.

    I interned at the New York Stock Exchange for a couple of months right before I started the program at Byte. The floor is also male-dominated and there I did feel uncomfortable. I think the tech community is very different when it comes to this topic. I feel very comfortable within the tech community.

    Everybody knows that there are not a lot of women in tech, therefore people are usually impressed by women that code. I think that I gain an extra amount of respect in the eyes of people after I tell them that I code. My friends that are programmers also all have a very positive attitude towards female developers.

    Are you involved with other hobbies/extracurricular activities? Please describe and list.

    Passion is my biggest passion. I couchsurfed for a couple of months last summer. I try to take every chance I get to see a new place. I do yoga on a regular basis and have a goal of becoming a certified instructor by the time I am thirty. I have trained as a dancer for ten years when I lived in Russia. Now, I take classes in New York City’s dance centers once in a while. I love cooking and have a cooking blog that I abandoned since I started the program.

    Do you participate in GirlDevelopIt, Railsbridge or other women-in-tech organizations?

    I don’t participate in any groups yet but definitely plan on doing so in the future. At a Northside tech fair that I went to in June I spoke to the representatives of Girls Who Code. The organization was created to promote programming among teenage girls. They are always looking for volunteers who could teach various programming languages. I think it’s a great organization and would definitely like to get involved in the future.

    What are you planning to do after the bootcamp?

    I have one semester left at school so I won’t be looking for a job until December. I decided that I would like to do a Masters in Computer Science to broaden my programming knowledge. Since I don’t have a degree in CS, I will be taking courses such as Data Structures, Algorithms and Computer Architecture online from Harvard and UC Berkeley Extension Schools in order to satisfy prerequisites requirement. I am also planning to improve my portfolio. I have a Social Media/FinTech project in mind that I will start working on as soon as I graduate.

    What are your career goals?

    To get first get experience from larger, more established institution.  I realize I maybe having less responsibilities doing this then I believe it is important to learn from the big players.  My long term plan is to have my own company.  The experience at a larger institution will be invaluable.

    How do you think the industry can get more women involved in tech and in coding bootcamps?

    The stereotypes around this industry are what stopped me from learning to code earlier. These stereotypes should be broken. Programming creates access to an endless number of opportunities, and there is definitely a place for women in technology. I think a lot of girls tend to think that programming is boring. I personally find programming to be very exciting and creative. Programmers create patterns just like artists or musicians. I encourage girls to give programming a try- don’t think you can’t do it just because there are more men than women in the industry!

    Attracting women to Byte Academy specifically could be a challenge since it incorporates both Finance and Programming. I believe that targeting girls who is studying or working in Finance could be a good strategy for Byte. This way, they would still stay within the industry but be able to get more technical jobs.

    Gender discrimination is an issue that affects all industries, but in technology, it is all about how good your programming skills are and your ability to work in teams. I believe that I will become a successful developer if I write good code, meet deadlines on time and am pleasant to work with.

    Want to learn more about Byte Academy? Check out their school page on Course Report or the Byte website here!

  • Learn Web Development at these 10 Part-Time Bootcamps

    Harry Hantel4/9/2015

    While quitting your job and diving headfirst into your coding education can yield impressive results, we also understand that not everybody can commit to a full-time, 12-week programming bootcamp. Jobs, school, families - life, in general, can prevent that kind of commitment. For all the students who can’t give 40 hours a week to a code school, we’re outlining some of the best part-time web development bootcamps around. With a variety of price points and locations to choose from, you'll find an in-person program that can get you coding, even with your busy schedule. 

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  • Instructor Spotlight: Greg Piccolo, Byte Academy

    Liz Eggleston3/10/2015

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    After learning to program C in high school, Greg Piccolo was drawn to the New York startup scene and knew he had to be a part of it. He graduated from Dev Bootcamp and was hired as an instructor at Byte Academy, a New York City coding bootcamp at specializing in Finance and fintech. Greg took a break from Graduation Day to talk  about Byte Academy’s unique programming and finance curriculum, why Python makes sense as a FinTech coding language, and why “sandboxing” is the key to excelling in his class.

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    Tell us about your background and how you got interested in programming.

    I first learned how to program in C in 1998 when I was 13 years old. At that time there weren’t a lot of public high schools that were teaching programming so I was pretty lucky. So I had a background in the fundamentals of computing. I ended up working in IT as an administrator, but I saw what was happening in the startup scene in New York City. I saw my smartest, brightest, most ambitious friends working in tech, and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

    So I spent a year getting up to speed myself and I attended Dev Bootcamp, which I had a fantastic experience at.

     

    How did you find out about Byte Academy?

    One of my close friends from Dev Bootcamp was hired at Byte and they were interviewing for another instructor.

     

    Did Dev Bootcamp convince you that the bootcamp model was effective? Did you have to be convinced of the Byte Academy model?

    Having graduated from a three-month bootcamp and now teaching and working in a bootcamp, it’s easy to get wrapped in the bubble. I didn’t need much convincing in the because I already knew from previous experience that the only way to learn and get better was by doing.

    It was just a matter of finding the right bootcamp. Dev Bootcamp had a very good reputation so I did not need to be sold on it. My other option was going back to a four-year university and finishing my degree in computer science but I opted not to do that. There are no great Computer Science programs in NYC and the good ones are really expensive. A programming bootcamp is the best value for money here in New York.

     

    How does Byte Academy incorporate finance into the curriculum?

    I’ve designed the technology portion of the curriculum. When you’re teaching a fundamental concept in computing like algorithms or data structures, you can’t always point to a financial concept as an example. But the students do four intensive weeks of finance and most of their projects do revolve around finance.

     

    So you handle the technology side of the curriculum- who teaches finance?

    Our dean, Richard, who is a consultant and has worked with companies like JP Morgan and GE, teaches the finance portion. And Rak, the other cofounder, also steps in. Rak has run a hedge fund and runs a successful consulting company.

     

    How long is the bootcamp?

    It’s 12 weeks of technology. We’re as programming-intensive as any full-stack bootcamp, but then we add a finance track on top of it. One of my focuses is on data and data science, which works very well with the finance track.

     

    Which languages or technologies do you teach?

    We teach Python, which is another thing that sets us apart. We teach a full-stack curriculum: SQL, Python, Javascript, HTML and CSS.

     

    Why Python specifically?

    It’s because Python is used in FinTech and Python is used for data science. Python has the best numbers library of any modern scripting language. Python also has the best plotting libraries and these are all important in FinTech right now.

    Rak was able to draw from his experience running a consulting company and saw that this was the language de jour in finance.

     

    Python is also a great teaching language because there are well-defined ways to do things and it’s very readable.

    My entire experience up to this point had been in C and PHP; then in Ruby with Dev Bootcamp, though the language ultimately does not matter. Learning how to learn how to program is the most you can hope to accomplish, because if you can do that, then you can learn iOS development, Android development, Ruby etc. We focus on teaching language agnostic concepts that can be applied anywhere, because you’re going to find anything easy to learn and pick up if you understand the most fundamental and agnostic concepts.

     

    Did you draw on your experiences at Dev Bootcamp to create the curriculum?

    To a certain degree. There’s definitely a lot of material in the Dev Bootcamp curriculum that I would feel like I was stealing if I took it. But there are also a lot of ideas, problems, and exercises in their curriculum which have been around forever- you’ll find them in Harvard’s CS-50 course or on Codecademy. I can say that I drew from my experience of what had worked best for me and resonated with me.

     

    What does a typical day look like at Byte Academy?

    It depends on the day and the concept we’re learning. At most, we do an hour and a half of lecture each day.

    Other than that, the rest of the eight hours here are spent working on the day’s challenges. Pair programming is optional. We’re a small school at this point and everybody is close-knit and working together and sharing information. You’re going to be working problems out with the people around you.

    It’s just a lot of trial and error and a lot of ‘sandboxing’ as I call it. Sometimes new students are afraid to get in the sandbox. They’re afraid to type in something that they know might be wrong. I sometimes threaten to bring in an actual sandbox to the classroom! Whether you finish the challenges for the day or not, you have to just try. I don’t care if your program is perfect or runs (although the students should). I care that you exhaust every possible way that you can think of to solve problems.

     

    Can you tell us about some of the projects students have done?

    The most recent one was the final project from our most recent cohort. They worked on a website like IFTTT, which lets users enter conditionals and run code based on simple conditionals. Our students did that with automating the purchase of stocks, and then ran their own program thousands of times with thousands of different combinations and stocks and tried to find a winning strategy. That was a really fun one.

     

    That’s a great example of a final project that is finance-oriented.

    Exactly. Nobody will graduate with a finance education from Wharton or Harvard, ready for a junior analyst position. We can’t do that in 12 weeks, but what we can do is teach students the terminology and the ideas to be able to interface with financial clients. They’ll be able to understand a spec sheet of a financial client. Much of the revolution in big data is coming from the finance world.

     

    How many students have you graduated?

    This is our second cohort. The first cohort started with five students and ended with two (we pushed a couple of students back) and the second cohort started with seven and is now ending with four. A graduate today just got a job as a Junior Developer at a hedge fund.

     

    How often do you start cohorts?

    For the first two we were really in Beta version. We started every six weeks. Now we start every four weeks.

     

    So students who aren’t ready can repeat?

    Yes, they’ll repeat with the next cohort. I saw the difference that the rolling start date made at Dev Bootcamp. I think to rob somebody of that opportunity to work hard would be wrong. At a point, you also have to recognize when someone just isn’t ready for this and give them a refund, of course.

     

    Do you have students do final projects?

    We give them group projects for each weekend and leave those open-ended, although we need them to fit within a certain context. We have them pitch those projects to us and we’ll add or remove features depending on what’s feasible in a weekend, then on Monday their code is assessed. I also have the students do challenges all week.

     

    Who is your ideal student?

    This is cheesy, but the person who excels at Byte is someone who will work really hard and not be afraid to bang their head against the wall. And like I said, they have to play in the sandbox. If you are afraid of that and you feel like you’re wasting time by being wrong, you’re probably not going to be a good programmer at all. You have to be patient.

    The person who I have seen fail is close-minded. They can be the smartest person in the world but if their ego blocks them from being curious and humble, then they won’t do well.

     

    Should an applicant have technical experience or can they be a complete beginner?

    You can be a complete beginner but we do have a programming challenge to be accepted. However, you don’t have to actually write it in code; you can write it in English. You should be able to demonstrate this logical order and problem solving skills. We try to get the very best mix we can and we’re planning a move to a much larger space in a few months but at the moment we do have to be selective.

     

    Is there anything else you wanted to add about Byte Academy?

    I’ll be teaching a 6-week part-time course called Thinking Like a Programmer, which will get you ready to enter a bootcamp. There will be a nominal fee with it. I think it will be great for people who are on the fence, unsure, just to dip their feet in and see if they even like programming.

     

    Want to learn more about Byte Academy? Check out their School Page on Course Report or the Byte Academy website!

  • How to Learn Python – Find the Best Python Bootcamp

    Harry Hantel7/20/2018

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    Python is often hailed as one of the best programming languages for first-time coders to learn as they break into programming. It’s the main technology powering big data, finance, and statistics, and its clean syntax reads like English. Python developers are in demand, not to mention the average Python developer in New York City earns $140,000 per year! Companies like Amazon, Dropbox, and Dell are built on this powerful language, making it a great time to learn Python bootcamp. We’re breaking down Python bootcamps, across the country and online, for a range of price points and time commitments.

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  • September Bootcamp News Roundup

    Liz Eggleston10/2/2014

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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. Want your bootcamp's news to be included in the next News Roundup? Submit announcements of new courses, scholarships, or open jobs at your school!

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  • Byte Academy Teaches Future FinTech Professionals + Scholarship Announcement!

    Liz Eggleston9/5/2014

    At the intersection of Finance and Technology is FinTech, an industry packed with jobs- tech jobs in New York have increased by 21% since 2006. This specialized industry requires insights into both back-end programming languages as well as a financial background to be successful. Newly coined Byte Academy recently launched in New York to teach these skills to aspiring developers looking for jobs in FinTech. 

    Byte Academy will teach beginners (they also accept applicants with engineering or mathematics backgrounds) using a curriculum divided into three sections, all project-based. While applicants can be relatively new to programming, Rak Chugh, Director of Byte Academy, says "We’re being somewhat selective in making sure that the right candidates are admitted. It’s not only their educational backgrounds but also their experience and their drive to learn that counts... From an application perspective they can be completely new to both finance and programming. However, by the time we’re done with them, they will be fully capable of working in finance as programmers. " 

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  • $500 Discount to Byte Academy

    Liz Eggleston7/12/2018

    This scholarship may be expired or out of date. Click here for a full list of current scholarships. 

    Byte Academy is a 12-week bootcamp in New York that teaches tools to be successful in finance and technology. For a limited time, the Course Report community will get $500 off tuition to Byte Academy! 

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  • Exclusive Course Report Bootcamp Scholarships

    Liz Eggleston2/2/2018

    Looking for coding bootcamp exclusive scholarships, discounts and promo codes? Course Report has exclusive discounts to the top programming bootcamps!

    Questions? Email scholarships@coursereport.com

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  • Founder Spotlight: Byte Academy

    Liz Eggleston8/12/2014

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    Rak Chugh and Richard Hu have been working with Byte Consulting, a research, analytics and technology firm, for 15 years. When it became clear that there was a demand for technologists in the financial sector, they founded Byte Academy, a 12-week immersive program to transform students into financial technology programmers. We talk to Rak and Richard about their unique curriculum, the importance of Python in the financial industry, and the types of jobs their graduates can expect!

    Remember, the Course Report community is eligible for a $500 scholarship to Turing!

     

    Tell us about Byte Consulting and why you started the Byte Academy.

    Rak: Byte Academy is an affiliate of Byte Consulting, a consulting firm for research, analytics and technology in the financial industry since 1999.What we recently found was that it was becoming increasingly difficult to find good technologists to work in the financial industry.  A lot of clients wanted to hire people and they were just not able to get the right folks. We spoke to a number of our clients and they showed a lot of interest in having an educational institute focusing on finance and technology. That was the impetus to start Byte Academy.

     

    Are you both involved in developing the curriculum and very hands-on with the actual Byte Academy?

    Rak: Richard is the main person on our side developing the curriculum, but many other people from our team at Byte Consulting are involved in making sure that the academy takes off in the right manner.

     

    The first classes will start in September but the pre-work will start soon, right?

    Rak: Exactly, and we’ve also launched a few evening workshops on finance and technology. These workshops could be anywhere from an hour and a half to 4 hours or so depending on the curriculum. These workshops will be held pretty much on a weekly basis, and we’re expecting that the first class of the boot camp comes together at the end of September. In addition, we will be starting evening part-time courses for people who can’t attend a full-time session.

     

    How many people will be in that first class?

    Rak: We are still going through the admissions process for the first session. Our goal is to make sure that we get the right candidates. It’s one thing to get applicants who just want to pay and attend a boot-camp, but if we can’t see those applicants being successful and able to get jobs then it defeats the purpose.

    We’re being somewhat selective in making sure that the right candidates are admitted. It’s not only their educational backgrounds but also their experience and their drive to learn that counts.

     

    Do you envision that your graduates will get jobs in the finance industry or in a tech company working on the finance team?

    Rak: It’s both. When we look at the financial industry, a huge majority of the open jobs are technology jobs. Now the problem is if you’re a technologist it’s very difficult to get a job in the finance industry unless you’ve got some finance training or finance experience. In addition to that, what we’re seeing is that a lot of technology companies, especially the larger ones, have various plays in the financial sector. For example, eBay has almost half its revenues from the payments sector. Pretty much any of the larger technology companies have financial plays of some kind or other.

    Our aim is to educate people on both finance and technology.

     

    Could one of your applicants be a complete beginner in both finance and technology or do you expect that they’ll have some understanding of either realm or both?

    Richard: I think from an application perspective they can be completely new to both finance and programming. However, by the time we’re done with them, they will be fully capable of working in finance as programmers. That’s what the pre-boot camp is for; so that everyone will start off the session with some basic grasp of programming from the pre-camp portion.

    We would also love to get people who are engineers or people with mathematical backgrounds.

     

    When you look at the face of technology today, women are pretty largely underrepresented and I would think that women in finance technology are even further underrepresented. Are you all doing anything proactive to attract women and minorities into the program?

    Rak: It’s interesting that you mention that because most of our advertising is focused on women. I think you’re absolutely right; women are underrepresented. We hope that our bootcamp can help close that gender gap.

     

    Who are your instructors?

    Rak: Both Richard and I are teaching and we’ve also got great professors from the industry who are going to be giving daily lessons.

    In a typical day, we may have an hour or two of lectures and education from established professors but most of it is hands-on programming and building projects.  We’ve got a few instructors that are going to be helping the students in our boot camp. We’re aiming to have a ratio of 7 to 8 people per instructor so that the instructors can help on projects.

    Richard: We’re going to be able to offer very specialized projects that can really be an advantage in finding more finance-related jobs. So that’s when Rak and I will get involved. But for all the day-to-day instructions and programming, we’ll have dedicated instructors.

     

    Can you talk about the three sections of the course and how you defined those?

    Richard: The first section will be the first month. That’s when we get everyone up to speed to make sure they’re all on the same page and they have a good understanding of all the basics.

    By the second month, we really hope to start people off down the right track with the projects that they want.  That’s when we’re going to start teaching them the additional finance, and other object-oriented programming technologies which would complement Python. So we’ll teach them a little bit of Java just so they’ll be able to understand everything in the tech world. In the second section we’ll also start to work with full-stack technologies. We’ll go into more than just Python. It will include front-end development, the user interface and also the back end where they can start just understanding where all the data is coming from in the databases.

    By the third section, the third month, we’re envisioning that everyone will understand the big picture and we’ll have a list of maybe 10 or 12 cool projects that they can work on. In the final month, this is when they can really take all the things that they’ve learned and start working on a final project that they can try to showcase for future employers.

     

    Is Python a popular language in the finance world?

    Rak: It’s used a lot. I don’t think a bootcamp can train someone to be an expert in Java or C++ in 3 months. So what we’re doing is introducing Java workshops to the people who are attending the bootcamp but also we’ve got workshops for finance. So there’s going to be really 3 things that people come out with. They will be learning Python, they’re going to be learning Java as an object-oriented language and they’re going to be learning finance. The combination of these three technologies along with other full-stack technologies is going to be used for the final projects.

    Our expectation is that pretty much everyone graduating will be able to build something from scratch integrating both the front and back ends.

    I know that you haven’t completed your first cohort yet so you haven’t dealt with job placement but how are you planning to prep students for job placement?  Will there be an emphasis on soft skills and mock interviews and things like that?

    Rak: Byte Consulting has an established business in providing consultants and full-time placements to a number of our clients. So they will definitely help anyone graduating out of Byte Academy.  Our major focus is to get people jobs. During the last month, there will definitely be an emphasis on skills and final projects and also intensive preparation for how to go about getting jobs.

    In addition to that, a number of the companies that we’re working with have expressed an interest in recruiting. We’ll be inviting them for various demo days so that they come and meet the graduates in the bootcamp and see their final projects.

     

    Are most of the companies you’re working with in New York?

    Rak: Most of our clients are in the tri-state region, so New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. If you think of any large financial firm, it’s definitely in New York. Also, it’s great that so many technology firms have now set up in the Silicon Alley in New York.

     

    Do you expect most of your students will come from New York or are you looking for students outside of New York?

    Rak: Our students can be from anywhere as long as they can spend 3 months with us. If a student is coming from elsewhere, we’d be very happy to have them.

     

    Is there a plan to scale outside of New York at all?

    Richard: We are pretty well established in New York. We want to be very successful in New York and then we’ll probably scale out. Our focus right now is to build out New York as well as we can.

    Having said that, some of our clients are looking for training programs outside of New York so there may be some training elsewhere down the road.

     

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