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.
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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
- May 6, 2019
- Class size
- Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
- VET Student Loans Available for Eligible Students (Government funds $10,342 and student is responsible for $6,658
- 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
More Start DatesMay 6, 2019 - SydneyApply by April 17, 2020May 6, 2019 - BrisbaneApply by April 17, 2020
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
- None scheduled
- 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
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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When I chose to change my career I didn't imagine that I could choose a course that fits my needs so well. But Coder Academy surprised me with great educators, projects to really practice coding skills, and most importantly: support for learning to deal with the real coding world. I strongly recommend Coder Academy's Fast Track Coding Bootcamp.
Having just finished the course, I'd like to note a few key points to any potential students:
Their curriculum is constantly being updated to maximise your learning outcomes. They get feedback from industry hirers on knowledge gaps of junior devs as well, meaning that everything you learn is directly applicable in the workforce.
The current lead educator, Garret, is probably the best teacher I've had throughout my years through school and university. Not only does he know his shit, he is very empathetic and is always available to help.
Compared to self-learning, being able to be guided in the right direction as well as being able to share the pains with an entire class of like-minded people is a great motivator to excel in the course.
The internship process is extremely useful since being able to get experience interviewing for positions as well as having the option to vet your potential internship companies would be very useful for applying for actual junior dev positions
As mentioned by others, please note that this bootcamp is intense. There are 40 contact hours a week, in addition to self-study. Even though there is a lot of support if you feel like you are struggling, to maximise what you get out of it, make sure you can prioritise your commitments so that you give yourself ample time outside of class to solidify what you learn in class. If this is a problem, maybe check out the CoderAcademy Gentech part-time course.
Just graduated from Coder Academy's Fast Track Coding Bootcamp after sitting on the fence for months. And hands down was so worth it. After 6 months of coding full-time and I can finally see the light. Before coding, I tried to self-teach web development but quickly plateau. Garret was our class's main instructor and we all learn so much. Not just coding but many other important skills relevant in the work force. How to learn, solve problems, and work in industry. I felt it perfectly prepared me to transition from my career in real estate into development. The program also includes an internship and I am excited to start my in a week!!
Made the switch from finance to coding. Attempted to self-teach myself coding and thought it coding was too technical for me to grasp. Upon finishing this course, I'm now feeling confident coding :)
Great experience with great group of people (educators and students). The bootcamp is intensive, so do be prepared to put in the hard work.
Overall, recommend this course
- signed, a previously uncertain potential student
I have just finished a 6 month intensive web development bootcamp. Would highly recommend this course. Highly passionate and supportive teachers and support staff. Definately a life changing experience. The content covered is relevant to what is currently being used in industry and will help you get into the industry. I have been given a 1 month internship at the end of the course and am looking forward to working in the industry
Excellent for learning base fundamentals when it comes to programming. Essentially setting you to go out on your own and understand, read and develop skillls in any programming language.
The course structure needs to be improved, as it seems teachers seem to be winging it from day to day based on any given subject. Outstanding set curriclum and layout is required.
Regarding teachers, for the whole they are very committed and accesible, always willing to help, educate and take one on one time do some white boarding so you can understand a concept in your own specific way of learning. Matt <3.
Also, only for donuts.
The last 6 months have been such an amazing experience full of great memories and tribulations.
The bootcamp is very intensive, but you will experience first hand what pressure is like as well as the amazing support of the teachers and staff.
While there is so much to learn and continuously learn it is a great start for anyone if they wish to get a start in the world of programming
Bootcamp is never meant to be easy. But with great support from the teachers.
all that is left is, How bad do you want to learn? This class is run with 3 teachers that is always ready to go over subjects you don't understand, will stay back till late, if need be.
if you are looking into Coding, give this one a go.
This has been an amazing journey for me, I have learned more in the first month alone compared to the 6 months I was trying to learn coding on my own. The bootcamp is really intensive, the projects are crazy but you always have teachers to help you with problems. There's just so much to learn, but this was a great start to my programming journey.
One of the best learning experiences I've ever had the pleasure to be part of. I've learned more than I could have ever imagined in the past 6 months, and it's been hard at times but totally worth it. The instructors really care about seeing you make it and are more than willing to spend time after class or whenever to help if you're stuck. There is a strong emphasis on being comfortable if you don't get something straight away, it'll click eventually, and that's ok. 100% recommend this course and environment for anyone who is interested in coding, great people, and a 5-star learning environment. Thanks Coder Academy, I couldn't have done it without you!
The bootcamp is very intensive, but its amazing how much you can learn in 6 months. The teachers are very dedicted and supportive, and the people you meet are amazing. Getting in as much practise as possible before and/or after class is a must to help you keep up with the content. There is so much I have yet to learn about coding, but the boot camp has helped set me up for the beginning of my new career.
The Intensive Bootcamp is a great experience and it is an incredible amount of learning packed into a short period of time. After hours work is a must for those who hope to fully understand the concepts that are covered and be sure to ask for help as the teachers and assistant educators are there to do just that are very good at their jobs!
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.
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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.