Founders and Coders


Founders and Coders

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Founders and Coders offers tuition-free, peer-led web development training in London, UK. Founders and Coders is a nonprofit organization and global developer community, aiming to help people from all backgrounds get into tech and make a social impact. The program consists of a 16-week full-time coding bootcamp covering JavaScript, Node.js, relational databases, and aspects of UX design and project management. As a peer-led bootcamp, students take turns delivering workshops, running code reviews, and managing projects. The coding bootcamp is designed for people who are serious about launching a career in web development, are self-motivated, prepared to work long hours, and committed to collaborative working.

After the bootcamp, graduates have the opportunity to build real projects through Tech for Better, Founders and Coders' app development program for nonprofits. Founders and Coders encourages graduates to take jobs with their employer partners who will help cover the costs of the program, or to make a voluntary contribution to pay it forward after they graduate. Graduates are also expected to mentor new students for at least one week after they graduate.

Applicants must be over 18. There are no academic prerequisites, but not everyone will be suited to the Founders and Coders learning style. Applicants will need to work through prerequisite resources such as freeCodeCamp and Codewars before joining the course. All applicants will participate in a 20-minute conversational interview to gauge whether they are a good fit for the community.

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  • Full-stack JavaScript

    Front End, Git, JavaScript, React.js, Scrum, User Experience Design
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week16 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Class size16
    Each course runs for sixteen weeks at Space4 in Finsbury Park, five days a week from 10:00 to 18:00 (we do not offer part-time or remote courses). During the first half of the course, you’ll spend eight weeks learning HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.JS and other basic building blocks of web development, as well as user-centred design and entrepreneurship, via workshops and team projects. During the second half of the course, you’ll tackle two extended team projects, one based on ideas pitched within the cohort and a final project for an external client that you will select as part of the Tech for Better programme. We have no paid teaching staff. While we do employ a part-time facilitator who coordinates course logistics, the course is primarily “peer-led.” You will learn to code by pair programming with a partner, working on team projects, and from “near-peer” mentorship by recent graduates. We support ourselves financially by acting as an employment agency. You can help us keep this programme free for future students by working with us to find employment, both after you graduate and throughout your career. Founders and Coders is a community founded on the principle of reciprocity, and we expect all graduates to contribute back to the viability and development of the programme. As a student, you will spend 1-2 evenings/month mentoring prospective applicants. When you graduate, you will spend at least one full week volunteering as a mentor during the first eight weeks of the following cohort.
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    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Prep Work150+ hours of self-study
    Placement TestNo
  • Amazing course
    - 2/9/2015
    Izaak Rogan • Web Developer • Graduate
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    I took this course in Summer 2015. It was an truly great experience. I had a fantastic time and met some wonderful people and, most importantly, I am now earning a living as a web developer. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is serious about learning to programme. Expect to work very hard.

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    Well, as f&c are famous for their social commitment (more on this later), let me join Mattia with a late #meToo post. Sorry for the lateness, but I have to admit I procrastinated too much, not having much time and trying not to follow too much the endless amount of discussion and polemics it created.

    Let's get straight to the point: my experience was BAD, as I think was the case with most people, despite the very positive reviews that were written (or rather marshalled?) here. Not many, if you think how many "professionals" nominally were sent to the market by f&c; or if you consider that the first one is from the son of the "founder of founders and coders", as he proudly likes to declare, although he preferred *for some reason* not to use his father surname here. He uses it without a problem when he gives interviews (in one they even present him as a "founder of founders and coders" himself) or when he gets good contracts on some of the partner company which are instead far from taking all the past students in.
    And that is one of the first problems I would like to address: f&c does NOT help you much to land a job, as they seem to currently prefer to enrol middle-class people [Mattia addressed this point in one of the meetings - so surprise they didn't call him for further projects!] who might stay for a long while either out of the market or working for peanuts in DWYL not-so-complex and not-so-well-managed projects.
    But, after all, and here I go in reverse to another problem, that is a good amount of alumni can expect, not having been trained properly due to the scarcity (some cohort might say "absence") of PROPER mentors.
    Having people who just graduated teach the next cohort on paper sounds really cool, but in fact it tends to be more disastrous than anything else: most of the alumni, as per requirements (often bent, but I will talk also about the selections), do not have a single day of professional experience and expecting them to magically become good enough to mentor others at the end of the course is plainly absurd.
    Don't get me wrong, I have met former alumni who were really good, and given the selection rate it does not surprise, but if we talk about fresh mentors, it is a hit&miss with many, many more misses than anything else. Well, more misses is good for the gender quotas, isn't it :D?
    Speaking of which, I am sorry to confirm Mattia's impression: if half of the attention that was given to ideological propaganda was instead addressed to better developing training and curriculum, well, in that case f&c might be a much better job.
    It is also true that the kind of divisive, mysandrist and sometimes even violent sentences and speeches he reports are not only unsanctioned, but often even encouraged. To the point that one of the people who were in Mattia's cohort and that maybe spent more time making propaganda than learning to code was even promoted to mentor for multiple cohorts as an UX designers.
    * not having a single hour of professional experience before;
    * not having a solid grasp of the core concepts of UX;
    * acting in a confrontational (or, let's be honest, fairly childish) way every time that an objection is raised;
    * not even showing up for lessons in the morning, with a wide set of excuses;
    * trying to co-run the "coding for women" meetup and having caused a good amount of embarrassment, being consistently unable to solve even white katas despite being among the "veteran" alumni;
    * a massive negative feedback from past cohorts, including even the meekest students, who were fed up with wasting so many days to learn UX (which, incidentally, is not even so meaningful in a cramped bootcamp to become fullstack devs).
    As f&c is definitely a meritocratic environment, the same person has even been put in charge of the UX for some DWYL project and of the selection of new candidates. Basically on congeniality level, as "attitude is the most important part, learning to code is easy". Shame the easy path never seems to allure much...
    There are constant rumours about this being a reward for helping set up the camps in Israel, but I would not indulge in gossip, letting everybody draw their own conclusions.
    Speaking of Israel: the greed underlying the nominally altruistic spirit of f&c went more or less public since they started to run even less organised meetups, but still claiming success after success via twitter and other channels. A shame a cohort, for example, ended up with less than the initial number of "surviving" members, including 2 natives dropping out, as apparently they were selected so well that they had serious trouble in properly understanding English. Of course, the fact that having locals there would have brought more government money must not have been an element of pressure.
    Anyway, bottom-line: I would not recommend it, as you either get to waste time or, if you are a good, autonomous learner, you might have a better time just going on coursera, treehouse or wherever you wish to learn how to be a real developer.
    No ideology, no pressure to be part of a community (which does not accept you so much as soon as you even start to politely dissent on minor points) and no amateurism.
    Again, sorry for all the good, competent and/or dedicated people who did a lot of good, but the current indisputable system and philosophy will just push more of them away and make f&c a less and less decent training ground.