Coder Academy is an accredited Australian coding bootcamp located in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The programming bootcamp offers a six-month 'Fast Track' program split into four sections covering computer science fundamentals and two full technology stacks – Ruby on Rails and MERN (Mongo, Express, React, and Node), as well as ReactJS.
Coder Academy teaches students in-demand skills with the goal of producing well-rounded, full stack developers. Students engage in face-to-face learning by industry experts using project-based coursework from successful bootcamps in Silicon Valley. Each student also partakes in a one-month internship placement in a real dev environment with a startup or tech company.
Coder Academy equips students with the most relevant programming skills and provides them with job readiness skills, networking opportunities, and career guidance.
Recent Coder Academy Reviews: Rating 4.67
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In PersonFull Time35 Hours/week29 Weeks
Cyber security is the fastest growing field of the information technology sector in which positions can't be filled fast enough. With the amount of data breaches, malware samples and hackers growing every year, the industry is frantically trying to employ experts who can defend against this new wave of cyber-crime. With estimates of 3.5 million unfilled cyber jobs by 2021, now is the perfect time to be trained or upskilled into a high paying, vitally important position. Coder Academy's Cyber Security Bootcamp is the first of its kind in Australia! The 7-month long, immersive, practical bootcamp will prepare those with an interest and passion in IT and cyber security for a career in one of the world's fastest growing and essential industries. With material created by Cyberscience and the course led by industry experts, the Cyber Security Bootcamp will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to launch your career. The course also includes an optional 1-month internship, offering all students the opportunity to experience put their skills to the test within startups, tech companies, and large organisations. In undertaking the Cyber Security Bootcamp students will also study the ICT50715 Diploma of Software Development as part of the program. Successful completion of assessments will lead to the awarding of the ICT50715 Diploma of Software Development. Academy of Information Technology trading as Coder Academy; RTO 90511, PRV12005, CRICOS 02155J; an approved VET Student Loan and FEE-HELP provider.
- Start Date
- None scheduled
- Class size
- VET Student Loans Available for Eligible Students (Government funds $10,150 and student is responsible for $6,850)
- Tuition Plans
- Installment payments available (4 equal payment - 1 payment per term)
- One Diversity Scholarship available per intake covering 50% of full tuition fees.
- Minimum Skill Level
- - Certificate IV in ICT (or equivalent) OR - Minimum 3 years' industry experience in the IT industry
- Prep Work
- Pre-work will be distributed once student enrollment has been processed
- Placement Test
In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week25 Weeks
Coder Academy has joined forces with the Academy of Information Technology (AIT) to bring you Australia’s only accredited coding bootcamp. Bootcamp-style learning has been proven successful in the United States as the most direct pathway for students with no prior coding experience to become employable developers in only a few months. Whether you want to up-skill, create a start-up, build an app, join a leading tech company, or travel the world as a digital nomad, Coder Academy provides you with the in-demand tools and cutting edge knowledge you’ll need for a lucrative career. Our full time Fast Track course offers revolutionary technology education in a collaborative and immersive environment, combined with the accreditation of Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and a nationally recognised higher ed Diploma of Information Technology.
- Start Date
- February 18, 2019
- Class size
- Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
- Tuition Plans
- Installment Plan
- 50% Women in Tech scholarship available to one female applicant per intake per campus
- Minimum Skill Level
- HTML & CSS preferred
- Prep Work
- You will be sent out pre-work to complete upon your enrollment into the course.
- Placement Test
More Start DatesFebruary 18, 2019 - BrisbaneApply by February 11, 2018February 18, 2019 - SydneyApply by February 11, 2018February 18, 2019 - MelbourneApply by February 11, 2019
In PersonPart Time21 Hours/week47 Weeks
- Start Date
- March 25, 2019
- Class size
- Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
- FEE-HELP is available to eligible students
- Tuition Plans
- Instalment payments available
- 1 Diversity Scholarship available per intake to eligible Australian citizens covering 50% of tuition fees
- Minimum Skill Level
- None, but HTML/CSS preferred
- Prep Work
- Pre-work might be required
- Placement Test
More Start DatesMarch 25, 2019 - BrisbaneMarch 25, 2019 - SydneyApply by March 10, 2019March 25, 2019 - MelbourneApply by March 10, 2019
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I am very happy with my decision to get started with my tech journey at Coder Academy. I am a risk-taker, but at the same time I always believe that everything would go well if there's something I really want. When I found Fast track Coding bootcamp running at Coder Academy at first, I had a feeling that this is going to be a good opportunity for me to get a guide on a daily basis and make friends who have similar dreams. Yes, it was!! Every day I've found myself struggling and making a progress in the end. You will have amazing peers and teachers who are helping you be happy with your coding journey. Lots of motivations and team tasks would make you strong as time goes by. After the end of the whole classes, the internship opportunity is invaluable. I have been lucky enough to get two job offers at the end of the internship. You will find how much support you are getting from Coder Academy even when the course ends. Don't be surprised at seeing you being vulnerable if you take things hard. That's totally fine. There are always people around you at CA. I really value the course. Remember that you are not going to give up and continue to work hard even though you think it's super challenging for now. One day you will look back your past and see how amazing you are.
After making the tough decision to switch careers into programming, I was up against very lean set of options of bootcamps in Australia. Couple of reasons why I picked Coder Academy:
1. Doing a fully immersive course for 27 weeks as opposed to 12 offered by others just made more sense to me(if you have the time).
2. An industry based interniship at the end of the course(which eventuated into an actual job for me, WOOHOO!!).
3. VET-FEE Help(I mean, come on!!).
Now, if you are shopping, here is my 2 cents.
Think of Coder Academy as launching pad. Put in the hours, dont miss a class, get involved in community events, go to meetups, get used to working in teams and you will see reap the reward at the end of the course. You will be in a set up of like minded people and learn so much from your peers. You will also have the opportunity to teach some of your classmates and share your knowledge.
This bootcamp is certainly not for everyone. You HAVE to pledge yourself to this course for 27 weeks. You must be totally commited to the cause of helping yourself to make it past the finish line. If you put in the hard yards like I did, and continue to do so in your internship(think of it more like an extended job interview) you will definitely be offered a position and will finally taste that sweet swet fruit(oh so yummy).
Is it worth it? YES.
Are the tutors great? YES.
Do they point you in the right direction? YES.
Do you learn the right things? YES.
This is a great course, and not for one second have i regretted doing it!
I was in the 1st Melbourne cohort and had a wonderful experience through the course. I've recommended coding to various friends & ex-colleagues and some have taken up the kickstarter courses offered as well. The lead trainer (Patrick) and teaching assistant (Ruegen) were absolutely knowledgable in various technical aspect ranging from emphasis on user experience design, solving real world business problems to executing it. So this isn't just a coding course but a journey to make you become a developer - someone who could deliver a digital solution for any businesses out there. Furthermore, Dan the cofounder is very enthusiastic about learning coding and will assist students in any way if possible - from giving guidance and connecting you with the right people. Would certainly recommend this course for people who are looking to take on the impeding digital revolution the world is facing. Lastly, Coder Factory is not only here to provide you with a technical skills but also a great journey for anyone to reach their next destination. I've made great friends along the way. Thank you again Coder Factory !
Without any doubt my decision to do the Fast Track course was the best decision of my life.
Learning to code is an empowering, and in my case, life changing experience. The environment created by the staff and teachers is friendly, relaxed, and extremely collaborative. The exposure to industry leaders via weekly talks is invaluable, and the internship at the end of the course has allowed me to create a network of contacts and learn how development actually happens in the real world.
In summary, Coder Factory Academy are amazing, and I owe them such a debt of gratitude for the opportunities they have provided for me.
The last 6 months that I have spent doing the fast track course for software/web development has been the most productive period of my educational experience. Coder Factory Academy supplied me with a unique learning experience that has ensured the development of my skills. The tutors who made this happen quickly built a friendship with everyone in the class making the overall course fun and each day something to look forward to. Upon finishing my last semester of classes, I realised I had come from knowing absolutely nothing to having a clear view of where I was heading, with a newfound confidence in my ability to achieve. The support did not end there however as the academy began networking with dozens of companies to ensure we all had internships, allowing us a foot in the door of our industry. I have never known a school to be so effective and supportive and absolutely have to recommend Coder Factory to anybody thinking of walking down the path of a developer.
enjoyable experience, friendly classmates and teachers who were willing to help you as you go along. There will be industry guest mentors coming in to talk to you about life as a coder and how you can get your foot on the door. Flexibility in the major project work where you can create anything you want using the required tech stacks. If you're looking to learn how to code, this is a great place to start. They also throw you into an internship in last semester where you can see how a company tech team operates and increate your network etc. Also our class still catch up now and then for good banter and beers!
The staff here are an amazing bunch of people! Each and every one of them take the time to go through any problems you may run into, even when it's just a missed comma or typo.
The most important part of the course is the industry connections you get from all the guest mentors that come in. They make sure to tailor the talks to what you're learning so it stays relevant but also gives you industry perspective.
Be sure to come in with an open mind and the aptitude of a keen learner as you will most definitely need all the patience you can muster when getting re-skilled as a developer.
Having said that, it will pay off exponentially in the long-run as these skills will most definitely remain in high demand for the foreseeable future.
Coder Academy Fast Track is one of the biggest challenges I have faced during my professional life. Over the course you get to learn new technologies almost everyday, giving you the edge to become a proficient full stack developer. But all comes at a price, you need to be motivated, you need to be focused, you need to love challenges and you need to be a team player. Thanks to the teachers, the support staff and my fellow students, this journey has been hard, yet thoroughly enjoyable and very rewarding.
Be me. Late 30s
Fed up with my shallow career path in woodworking, graphic design or 3d printing
I wanted something new
Not interested in 4 year degree. Ain’t got time for that shit. Gotta go fast.
Looked at coder boot camps and found one near me. Not many reviews, bit of a gamble.
Applied, got in and fell in love in the first week.
Intense classes, fantastic teachers and mentors. Taught me the skills to use in coding every day and helped me land a job 2 months before the course was over.
In a killer job and I love it!
Totally recommend it! Do it if you’re keen to hustle and learn intensely and want a job coding!
Teachers were as good as they can be for people that have no direction. They didn't even know what they were teaching the following day making it hard to keep up. The General Manager was useless as can be. After raising concerns she had told me it's my problem and to suck it up. Very unprofessional. I attained my own internship as their program isn't a part of the course anymore and I wasn't informed. This is just free labour now and I tell the host organisations to be very careful taking on interns as they could get into trouble from fair work and it is out of their control because of the lies Coder Academy sells to the companies. Beware, people, alot of money and time off a paid position for something you can learn on LinkedIn or Udeny or the many other courses available. There is a reason GA is number one in the market. They know what they are doing and following the rules and regulations of education.
Coder Academy's Fast Track bootcamp was hands down the best educational experience I've had. All of the teachers were passionate, caring and skilled and the cohort as a whole was highly driven, intelligent and fun to be around. I've made some life long friends both in the teachers and fellow students.
Although the perfect balance hasn't quite been figured out the course as a whole does a great job teaching a combination of fundamental programming skills and cutting edge, relevant technology stacks. The work load is intense and rarely lets off during the 6 months, there's always something new to learn. The teacher's provide constant support but as the course goes on, they expect more and more self-sufficiency and individual problem solving. This was pretty confronting for a lot of students but really does prepare you for what life is like as a developer in the real world. If you need a lot of hand holding and aren't genuinely passionate about self-learning the course will be very difficult.
Coder Academy has very strong industry connections. The combination of weekly mentor visits, and a guaranteed internship gear you up for success and really help out with the job hunting process.
Overall I felt the course was comprehensive, practical, relevant and importantly, fun. A large portion of my cohort have already started work as Web Developers and at the end of the day that's what the course is all about!
I've joined coder factory leaving behind traditional bachelor degree where i was learning ancient technology that would hardly get me into workplace these days. Then came across coder factory's immersive boot camp which was recommend by my friend in industry, now highly recommended by myself as well.
Came into this course with technical support background and had no knowledge of software development and now pursuing career as software developer. During this 6 moth’s period learnt heaps and also gained work experience. Furthermore, the professors, lecturers and staff are, in my experience, fantastic!...
Overall, I have loved and enjoyed my time here at CFA and would recommend this course to anyone.
I have recently graduated from a 6 months Coder Factory bootcamp and straight into the web development industry and I haven't stopped recommending it to all my friends and family. Searching for the right course to get into the IT sector as a developer took me 7 years in total, completing 3 Masters and a PhD but still not getting the relevant skills and confidence to get into the fast changing world of coding.
This short and intensive course is relevant and curriculum professionally done covering all the basic skills, latest concepts and framework to go out into the industry with confidence.
The friendly staff and teachers are always available to help in projects ensuring we are armed with the latest industry expectations of quality codes.
The knowledge gained, networking set-up, internship and confidence achieved within 6 months immeasurable. Great course, no regrets, highly recommended if you want your career transformed.
Thank you again Coder Factory Team.
The Coder Factory fast track course was a life-changing experience for me, and really what I needed to make my dream become a reality. To begin with, the space is beautiful and conducive to creativity. The curriculum was in-depth, expansive, and pragmatic.
It's been a wild ride but I owe so much not just to the program, but the people Dan, Patrick, Ruegen. They were always extremely kind and helpful.
It was a fantastic jumpstart, super fast, engaging, at times overwhelming but overall awesome. I highly recommend this course.
3 months ago I had never heard of Rails and had only done a couple of very simlistic Ruby syntax tutorials online. After completing this course I can confirm that whether you have a background in development or are a total newbie like me, Coderfactory caters for everyone. I can now confidently build a web app in Rails, use the console and git to my advantage and have met lots of great people along the way! Very friendly and helpful team .. highly reccommend Coderfactory as your next step to becomming a coding wizard!
I have recently completed the Fast track Bootcamp in Melbourne and recommend it as a great way of getting into the IT Sector.
Professional and Knowledgeable teachers, interesting projects and a comprehensive syllabus covering some of the most current frameworks.
Most students doing this course are focused and motivated to learn and do well. It is not easy but you do learn a lot and there is support for when you need help.
The internship placement allowed me to apply what I had learnt in class out in industry.
I found it a great way to kick start my career.
Coming from an engineering background, I had no knowledge of any coding languages. The 6 months bootcamp in Coder Factory allowed me to get the necessary skills to be employable as a junior web developer.
Not only Coder Factory provides you with great support and mentors, the team also helps you find a job after the course. The one month intership helped me have a better understanding on how tech companies work as a team.
Coding is definitely the language of the future. Knowing and understanding the HOW behind all the tech that is around was life-changing for me.
Not just coding, teaching you how to learn and reskill yourself with a strong focus on getting you ready for the industry.
Great teachers with a fantastic support network with awesome mentors helping to build a professional network.
With a strong network they even provide opportunities to intern at some great tech firms.
I got exactly what I wanted out of this course and more. I started off knowing very little code and had failed many times at trying to learn programming basics.
After starting the course we dove into Computer Science concepts which, looking back on now, I'm really thankful for. We then got onto HTML and CSS, and finished our first portfolio website.
After Learning front-end design we then mixed in Ruby on Rails which gave us a clearer understanding of the web and how it works. We built basic CRUD apps and APIs all using the wonderful framework that is Rails and then finished off by creating our own deployed application.
This course took me from unemployable to employed in 6 months through the help of the team at Coder Factory. The team are all great sources of learning and are committed to help you succeed. Throughout my time in the course I made many great friends and from day one I was super happy with the environment I was introduced to. This isn't one of those courses in Sydney where people just keep their mouth shut and follow orders, this is a communicative environment where people are open, friendly and willing to help you out wherever and whenever you need it.
I can safely say that looking back I met many great people through this course and learnt critical skills to the industry. If you are looking to learn coding and also have a career in Sydney, this is the course for you.
I recently completed the web app builder at Coder Factory and have never looked back. The course opened my eyes to what I could achieve with code and how to go about implementing my ideas with different technologies.
Before the course I was working in a career that provided me with little satisfaction or enjoyment. Now, with the help and support of the Coder Factory Team, I have landed my dream job as a full stack software engineer - all within months of quitting my full time job.
I couldn't reccommend these guys highly enough. Invest your hardwork/time into them, and they will reciprocate twofold!
I thouroughly enjoyed my time par taking in the Full time fast track course at coderfactory. I had limited coding knowledge going into the course and had only recently purchased my first mac. Now only a year later I have the ability to build and my own web apps from scratch. The instructors care about you and want you to succeed. They provide you with the best possible oppurtunity for a career change into the tech industry. Would reccommend to anyone!
My return to programming has been made much easier with the help of the Coder Factory. I had been previously a developer for over 6 years but I ended up changing careers for a while. However, recently fell in love with programming again. I needed to right motivation and spark to get back into the industry, and decided to enrol in the Web App Development course at the Coder Factory. It's been 9 weeks and I'm loving it. The course in the first two months I was comfortable with but in this final part, we are focusing on the needs of the projects of each student, which helps to acquire knowledge about solutions in a diversity of subjects. I recommend for programmers who want to upgrade their skills and for those starting out who don't understand anything about programming, as the content has been taught in a simple, clear and effective way.
The 6 month Coder Factory Academy fast-track course is a great experience from start to finish. The course content is modern and relevant. Throughout the course we were introduced to many technologies, frameworks and tools, all of which I have since used and relied on as a working professional web developer.
The teachers and supporting staff are extremely knowledgeable and are only too happy to answer questions and explain concepts in detail. They encourage creativity and provoke thought from their students. Throughout the course we also had a huge number of industry professionals and mentors come in for a chat, answer our questions and give valuable industry insight.
Additionally, I was blown away with the level of support received at the end of the course in gaining employment. I feel this is an invaluable aspect of the course that can sometimes be overlooked. To have reputable contacts fighting for you to get work makes that first step into employment well within reach, and graduating with a Diploma of Software Engineering helps a lot also.
Acquiring the skills needed to become a web-developer can be daunting due to it being such a broad industry, but by doing the Coder Factory 6 month fast-track course, and by being driven and self-productive, I have no doubt that anyone can successfully become a working web-developer.
Our latest on Coder Academy
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[As of September 26th 2017, Dan Siepen is no longer with Coder Academy.] Originally offering part-time courses and weekend workshops in web development, Coder Academy (formerly Coder Factory) is now expanding to teach a six-month, full-time program in Sydney, Australia this April. We caught up with co-founder Dan Siepen to learn about the expansion. In our interview with Dan, we talk about his opinions on coding schools as an alternative to undergraduate degrees, Coder Factory's relationship with hiring partners like Lonely Planet and DropBox, and their goals for the new six-month Ruby on Rails course.
Tell us about your background and your experience at Coder Factory.
I’m a 22-year-old entrepreneur and I’ve always had a dream to run a tech company. I actually came to Coder Factory as a student, and I interned to do some marketing and business development for Pete, the founder. We’ve come a long way since and had an amazing first year.
I think people have this negative connotation towards coding - that it’s hard and it comes across as geeky and nerdy – but I totally don’t believe that at all. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur in the future, you must learn some programming.
So basically my goal was to become a software engineer for two to four years. I know Ruby on Rails fairly well. It really is the 21st century language and development jobs are high in demand.
Do you think a bootcamp like Coder Factory could replace traditional education at college or university?
I believe so. It’s a yes and no. Obviously you should go to university if you want to be a doctor, but when it comes to a CS or business degree, I think they’re definitely outdated. They provide an old school curriculum which is not what our hiring companies want. Coder Factory is working with companies like SitePoint, Lonely Planet, DropBox, Flippa etc. to develop a curriculum with skills that they really want in their developers.
There is more to the program than just simply teaching them web development. We pride ourselves in practicing web development through agile methodology and working on real-life projects provided by all our partners.
Coder Factory’s value add is that we’re saving our hiring partners a lot of money and time because our grads can easily transition into the company and they can get up to speed and work on projects from the day they get hired.
In Australia, there’s also amazing companies here looking for top tech talent. The ICT dropout rate is actually 70-80% and that’s massive - and it’s time that rate dramatically reduces. We want to create a culture that is fun, exciting and brings true innovation in an exciting space working on futuristic projects that will change the world.
What is your role at Coder Factory?
I’m the Co-Founder at Coder Factory. I also help in marketing and business development with student projects.
How many students have you graduated?
180, but that includes all of our courses. We’ve been doing weekend learn-to-code workshops around the country which has been fantastic - all in the space of 12 months. These workshops introduce students to coding and being entrepreneurial and learning how to talk to their tech team better. We’re also doing the 12-week part-time course and we’ve actually graduated five people into jobs just from part-time, which is quite amazing. People are going into accelerators, incubators and a couple have raised some funding just purely because they understand a little bit of tech.
Now we’re getting into the full-time coding bootcamp scene because of the demand for full-time developers. We get asked everyday whether we know any developers and it was time to solve this problem with a course unlike any other coding bootcamp.
We want to become the Stanford of coding schools. We’ll be testing our graduates constantly, even before the course starts, to understand their level of systems thinking, their goals and to see how they match with the companies’ expectations as well. We all want to produce the best quality students.
Even the way we run our company is through agile methodology practices.
Why have you decided on a 6 month course?
From talking with companies who are looking for developers, we understand that the students coming out of three month courses don’t necessarily have enough of the skills or experience required to easily fit into their existing teams. The new developers need too much hand holding.
By giving our students an extra 3 months of working on real projects, using Agile methodology and striving for code quality, it gives them those extra team skills and knowledge that makes them more employable.
The exciting thing about this program is that all these companies all want to bring their own mentors in, which is fantastic. Every facet of the program including UX Mentors, Agile Methodology, Ruby on Rails, Node and Angular; so it’s very, very exciting. We’ve actually had a few people from the U.S. wanting to come down here as well so we’re excited about that.
Are you primarily teaching Ruby on Rails?
It’s mainly Ruby on Rails but AngularJS and NodeJS are also very high in demand which we will be teaching.
Who are the instructors?
A developer is not just constantly coding behind the computer all day. They have got to deal with clients and they could be working on multi-million dollar projects. That’s where our program is unlike any other with business client workshops and dealing with everyday customers in the second 3 months of the program
When is the first 6-month, full-time immersive?
The first cohort will start on April, 7th.
What types of students are you looking for? Can people be beginners or are you looking for people with a bit more experience?
We look for anyone. It’s actually quite amazing; we’ve had over 150 applications already, which is fantastic and makes our job a lot easier. Applicants can be beginners, career changers, entrepreneurs who just want to learn or high school leavers. We will take anyone. However, we want to provide a high standard of quality. If we see someone who is so passionate yet they’re not really up to the standard that is expected of them, we will accept them still.
So how large will the first cohort be?
The first cohort will be teaching only 15 maximum.
In the U.S there’s an underlying issue of a lack of diversity in technology. Is that an issue in Australia and how are you addressing it?
It is a massive issue. In fact, Coder Factory is offering a full scholarship for women and inviting other companies to do the same. We want more women and in fact, our goal is to have 50% women in the first intake. These companies that we’re working with all have a diversity problem and they all want more women in tech so it’s a perfect time to work with them.
What does the relationship look like between Coder Factory and your hiring partners? Are they paying to be a part of your network or are they paying a referral fee?
They’re not paying anything at all. We ask our hiring partners to work with our students by providing mentorship and also, to help develop our curriculum. We want to teach a curriculum that is up to their standard because that’s what matters the most. How can you presume companies want someone and expect them to get hired if they don’t have the right skills? It’s a waste of everyone’s time.
Is there a job guarantee?
Whilst we don't have a 100% guarantee that you will get a job, if you don't get a job of at least $60k+ after the course, then there is something seriously wrong!
What do those assessments look like?
They’re constantly getting tested throughout the program. At the end of each two-week sprints you have to present a project. We’ll evaluate them after 12 weeks, and then 6 months. Even after they get hired we’re constantly testing as well to see where they are. We work with our hiring partners on that as well.
We’re continuously working with the companies to see where the graduates are at, whether they’re good enough at what they’re doing and what needs to be improved. Then we’ll obviously incorporate those skills into the future programs.
Is there anything else you wanted to add about Coder Factory or bootcamps in general?
We do want to have a strong emphasis on getting more diversity in the workplace. I think the big thing you can say about Coder Factory or coding bootcamps in general is that we’re working hard to increase diversity in tech. I believe that diversity brings innovation. If you do want to become a top developer and also have a massive influence on the world, I think coding provides the tools to do that. I think it’s such an important skill to have to create amazing things to help solve real-world problems.
The Coder Factory mission is to empower the citizens of the world to embrace their technological future.
We talked with Sydney-based founder Pete Argent about his background, the coding bootcamp market in Australia, and what makes a successful Coder Factory graduate.
What’s the backstory behind your school. Weren’t you involved with a different bootcamp before?
That’s right. I started with Sydney Devcamp earlier in the year. That was the bootcamp style, 10 weeks intensive. I jumped at the opportunity to teach Rails and it was a great experience for me, but we never got enough students to start a second intake. So I figured I’d go back to freelance coding, but then I thought about how much I loved it, and we actually got a lot of inquiries about people wanting to learn part time. So, I thought I’d offer a part time course- I offer two evenings/week or a saturday class for 10 weeks to start with. Now, this year, I’m offering a range of courses- so a three week beginner course (I know that in those three weeks students will get hooked and want to do more). And then an 8 week Rails coder course. An then an option to do an Angular coder course to add more skills and new tech to their skill base.
Is there an intensive full time option?
I’m offering a six week full time option for a summer coder camp, and I received a lot of enquiries at the end of last year, but so far this year it hasn’t really taken off. I find most of my students aren’t looking for a career as a coder, but more so have an entrepreneurial interest. They have an app idea and they’ve tried and failed to get someone to do it, so they figure they’ll take the plunge and learn for themselves.
That’s definitely a different value prop than a lot of bootcamps in the US. You aren’t marketing that students can graduate from your school and get a job.
That’s right. Also, in Australia, I suppose there’s still a bit of snobbery in hiring people who have just done a coding school. I don’t think there is the same desperation for developers as there is in the US. So they can still afford to only take seriously people who have been to University or have been coding since they were ten years old.
How would you compare your school to GA in Australia?
For one, we’re probably less than half the price. This may be because they have a global brand, but especially considering the low costs I have to run my school, I don’t see why they should be charging that much. But also, I suppose my school is more targeted towards people who want their own startup. We also have a very fun, family feeling at our school instead of feeling corporate. I love teaching so much- I love that look in a student’s eyes when they’ve come in not knowing anything about coding, and then a few weeks later, they all of a sudden understand the possibilities in front of them. That’s such a thrill- I’ve definitely fallen in love with it and want to continue as long as I can.
Could you describe your teaching style and how you construct your courses?
We want to make sure that at the end of every week and lesson, they have something tangible that they can show off and feel like they achieved something. Since I did learn Rails on my own, I suppose I have a good way to teach people coming to computer science for the first time. We start off with some web design, because it’s a good way for them to see the output. Then we do some programming fundamentals with Ruby. And then we move on to the magic of Ruby on Rails, and that’s when they really start to fall in love with it as well and we like to build things that they can relate to as well. So over the period of weeks, we built a social network site that has all of the features that Facebook has, so they can see that they could have been Mark Zuckerberg if they wanted to be. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to build something great like that.
Why have you focused on Ruby on Rails from a technology perspective?
Well it’s definitely my expertise. But its also a great language for beginners- it stands out especially with the community that’s behind it. The amount of documentation, stack overflow answers, and open source gems that they can use to add functionality to their application without needing to fully understand everything that’s going on behind the scenes. I know computer scientists look down on that, thinking that you should know everything behind the scenes- but I don’t think it’s necessarily the case, especially for people who just want to get an MVP built. It also makes people understand what open source is all about as well and makes them want to give back.
Are most startups in Australia using Ruby on Rails?
Yes the vast majority of new startups are on Rails.
Is there an ideal candidate in terms of background or study? Who are your most successful students?
My most successful students are ambitious, they have big dreams, and they’ve already taken some steps towards those dreams before coming to Coder Factory. Some of my students have already done Founder Institute, so they’re already submersed in that world and excited by it, so they want to come build their own thing. And some of them have gone on to apply to incubators after graduating.
Are you the primary teacher?
Yes, but recently my good friend and colleague, Andrew, has come on. I haven’t come from a formal teaching background, but he’s just finished a Masters in Technology Education. In the process of building curriculums and programs, he’s now excited to teach as well. It will be great to have him come on this year, help me teach, and even take on his own classes.
Of the various levels and classes that you offer, where are you seeing the most demand?
The beginner class has filled up, and I have a good feeling that those students will go on to do more classes. It’s only the summer, so it hasn’t picked up quite yet.
What’s your typical class size?
I want to keep a maximum of 10.
What’s the best way to reach out to you?
We do info sessions so people can meet the team and find out more. I’m happy to meet for a coffee and find out what my students’ goals are. We’re also starting a Sunday Coder Club, at a pub, so we can sit around with a beer, helping each other on our personal projects. I’m also always getting a bunch of interest from parents wanting their kids to go through the program.