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4 Campuses

New York City

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
$500
Financing
Financing available through Pave, Climb, WeFinance

Payment Plan
Offered on an individual basis. Please contact info@byteacademy.co for more information.
Scholarship
Tuition Deferral available. Limited scholarships are available on a merit basis. $2000 Byte Academy Scholarship to Women and Veterans.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep work

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
$500
Financing
Financing available through Pave, Climb, WeFinance

Payment Plan
Job linked loans and other available.
Scholarship
Tuition Deferral available. Limited scholarships are available on a merit basis. $1,000 Byte Academy Scholarship to Women and Veterans.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep work
Python, JavaScript, Git, SQLIn PersonFull Time40 Hours/week

Apply programming to tackle some of the problems faced by the healthcare industry. Utilizes biomedical databases together with any of the interdisciplinary fields within the bioinformatics, including statistics, mathematics and other datasciences.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Lending partners include Pave, Climb, We Finance
Payment Plan
Job linked loans and other plans available.
Scholarship
Tuition Deferral available. Limited scholarships are available on a merit basis. $1,000 Byte Academy Scholarship to Women and Veterans.
Python, JavaScriptIn PersonFull Time

We are taking our FinTech curriculum to another level with a course that focuses on the blockchain. Curriculum is in collaboration with leading industry experts and founders of companies using the tool that will revolutionize all industries, not just finance. At the end of the course students will have developed an extensive comprehension of the blockchain and will have created a final, capstone project using the technology. We will focus on applications of the blockchain wanted by employers throughout the 16 week course. Curriculum will be supplemented by guest lecturers. See link to full syllabus: http://byteacademy.co/our-program/block-chain-syllabus Format: Part-Time, 16 weeks, 2x week in the evening Prerequisites: Some programming experience (at least one year suggested). Potential students will need to pass a brief programming assessment for admissions.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Lending partners include Pave, WeFinance, Climb and more.
Payment Plan
Numerous plans available. Email info@byteacademy,co for more information.
Scholarship
$1000 women and veterans
Minimum Skill Level
one year programming experience
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
pass assessment

Our Intensive Fintech 12 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. See our website (www.byteacademy.co) for more information.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Lending partners include Pave,  Climb, WeFinance 

Payment Plan
Yes. Details are dependent upon applicant. Please contact us (info@byteacademy.co) for more info
Scholarship
Tuition Deferral available. Limited scholarships are available on a merit basis. $2,000 Byte Academy Scholarship to Women and Veterans.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep work

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
$500
Financing
Financing available through Pave, Climb, WeFinance

Payment Plan
Job linked loans and other available.
Scholarship
Tuition Deferral available. Limited scholarships are available on a merit basis. $1,000 Byte Academy Scholarship to Women and Veterans.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep work
MySQL, Python, Front End, JavaScript, HTML, Django, SQL, jQuery, CSSIn PersonPart Time6 Hours/week

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, Climb, WeFinance

Payment Plan
Payment plans such as job-linked loans are available.
Scholarship
Tuition Deferral available. Limited scholarships are available on a merit basis. $1,000 Byte Academy Scholarship to Women and Veterans.
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
4 weeks prep work

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

What does it take to create a great product? From idea to execution, this course covers the entire process of product development over four weeks (two 3-hour classes per week, totally 24 hours). Topics include: Product discovery and conception, project scoping and planning, managing a software development project, risk management and crisis management, product deployment and measurement. Students will complete a project over the course that defines and describes a product, including a project plan with a schedule and budget. At the end of the course, students will understand the product development lifecycle in its entirety. Prerequisites + Prep: None. Please bring a laptop. Schedule and Course Dates Wednesday 7/19 6pm – 9pm Saturday 7/22 10am – 1pm Wednesday 8/2 6pm – 9pm Saturday 8/5 10am – 1pm Wednesday 8/9 6pm – 9pm Saturday 8/12 10am – 1pm Wednesday 8/16 6pm – 9pm Saturday 8/9 10am – 1pm About the Instructor The course will be taught by Loren Davie. A 20 year veteran of the web and software development industries, Loren is the CEO of int18, a startup bringing artificial intelligence to the job search and human skills management space. Formerly he was the Director of Technology at HUGE and Cake&Arrow (formerly Alexander Interactive).

Course Details

Minimum Skill Level
No pre-requisites
Prep Work
None
PythonIn PersonPart Time

Our quant-algorithms course is created in partnership with a leading statistics – arb hedge fund. We’ll help you understand core statistical concepts and develop the 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. This course will help you 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. Main areas that we will cover 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 those who choose a finance industry focus, we will draw upon Byte’s leading FinTech curriculum and community. Education on algorithms, a focus of the course, will be geared towards investments. We’ll prime you and connect you with our network for a career at a bank, hedge fund and/or other company that you seek out. Top finance firms are constantly looking for new mathematical talent. Prerequisites: 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.

Course Details

Deposit
14,900
Payment Plan
Tuition Deferral Available
Scholarship
$500 for Course Report applicants
Minimum Skill Level
Some Python and/or stats background. Our intro course can also prepare students.
Placement Test
Yes

Bangalore

Python, Data Science, JavaScript, HTML, Git, R, Django, Hadoop, CSSIn 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
MySQL, Python, Front End, JavaScript, HTML, Git, Django, SQL, CSSIn 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
Python, Data ScienceIn 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
MySQL, Python, Front End, JavaScript, HTML, Git, Django, SQL, CSSIn 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

Online

Our Intensive Fintech 14 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. See our website (www.byteacademy.co) for more information.

Course Details

Deposit
$500
Financing
Lending partners include Pave,  Climb, WeFinance 

Payment Plan
Yes. Details are dependent upon applicant. Please contact us (info@byteacademy.co) for more info
Scholarship
Tuition Deferral available. Limited scholarships are available on a merit basis. $2,000 Byte Academy Scholarship to Women and Veterans.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep work
MySQL, Python, Data Science, MongoDB, HTML, R, SQL, Hadoop, SparkIn PersonFull Time40 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
$500
Financing
Financing available through Pave, Climb, WeFinance

Payment Plan
Job linked loans and other available.
Scholarship
Tuition Deferral available. Limited scholarships are available on a merit basis. $1,000 Byte Academy Scholarship to Women and Veterans.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
4 weeks of prep work

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

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Response From: Richard of Byte Academy
Title: Campus Director
Monday, Feb 29 2016

Byte Academy is dedicated to the success of its students. We have many
full time instructors and most of them work with students until well past
normal business hours and view the success of their students with pride.
Assuming this anonymous poster is who we think it is, the instructor who taught
the specific cohort has since left the school.

 We frequently poll our students to ensure that the quality of our
education is very good, and that we keep improving it from month to month. So
do expect changes for the better every month.

 We have excellent job placement rates for active job seekers. The
time it takes for most students to find a job varies from 1-3 months after
graduation while some exceptional students have job offers (or at least
employers have already given indication of interest to hire) before their
official graduation date. We advise students on their resume, social media
presence, LinkedIn, job resources, and absolutely offer career counseling. In
the past we did not chase down our students to work on the aforementioned items
with us. If we felt they were well positioned to find a job without any
career counseling, we let them help themselves. We are now doing a better job
of chasing our students. However, we can only help if students avail of our
services. Some students have taken the option of working on their job search
without our help.

 The Fintech curriculum is tailored to the interests and strengths
of each cohort. Fintech is an incredibly broad subject. The “second four week
period” (Phase 2) is when you learn about financial concepts so that students
can decide if they want to pursue a Fintech project. After learning the
concepts, if anyone is interested in building a Fintech project, which this
anonymous poster elected not to, our finance instructors (not consultant) would
work with the student in helping build a fantastic fintech related final
project in Phase 3. 

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Thanks for your feedback. We strive to continuously improve our program. We've made a number of changes in the past few months. Some that may be relevant to mention here include:

i) Our Fintech program has been completely revamped as a result of the feedback from our hiring partners and from students. Fintech graduates are required to complete at least two of their three final projects in an area of Fintech. Our instructors work with each project team to ensure that there is adequate understanding on the financial concepts but also on the user interface, software architecture and design specifications for these Fintech projects.

ii) On the employment front, we have started a tuition refund guarantee program if someone is unable to get a job within six months of graduation. Full details on our website www.byteacademy.co.

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    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!

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  • Instructor Spotlight: Greg Piccolo, Byte Academy

    Liz Eggleston3/10/2015

    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!

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    Harry Hantel7/27/2017

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  • September Bootcamp News Roundup

    Liz Eggleston10/2/2014

    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 Eggleston9/2/2014

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    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 Eggleston8/12/2014

    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

    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!

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    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.

     

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

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