Throughout each Ironhack program, students will get help navigating career development through interview prep, enhancing digital brand presence, and networking opportunities. Students will have a chance to delve into the tech community with Ironhack events, workshops, and Meetups. With an extensive network of hiring partners, graduates of Ironhack will be well-positioned to find a dev job as a web developer or UX/UI designer upon graduation.
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This 9 week immersive course is catered to beginners with no previous design or technical experience. Students will be taught the fundamentals of User Centered Design and learn to validate ideas through user research, rapid prototyping & heuristic evaluation. The course will end with a capstone project where students will take a new product idea from validation to launch. By the end of the course, students will be ready to start a new career as a UX Designer, Freelance or turbo charge their current professional trajectory.
- Financing options available* with competitive interest rates.
- Skills Fund
- Climb Credit
- $1,000 scholarship for women and veterans.
- Minimum Skill Level
- Placement Test
- Prep Work
In PersonFull Time50Hours/week20 Seats
Application Deadline:June 1, 2017
In PersonFull Time50Hours/week20 Seats
Application Deadline:July 24, 2017
In PersonFull Time50Hours/week20 Seats
Application Deadline:September 18, 2017
Web Development Part-Time
The Web Development Part-time course meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with additional online coursework over a period of 6 months. The course takes you from introductory programming concepts to clean coding principles, building interactive websites and using APIs. At the end you'll demo a final project, participate in coding challenges and meet prospective employers at hiring week.
Application Deadline:May 12, 2017
- Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. Skills Fund + Climb Credit
- $1,000 Scholarship for women.
- Minimum Skill Level
- Basic programming skills, basic algorithms and notions of object oriented programming.
- Placement Test
- Prep Work
- 40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level when the course begins/
Web Development Bootcamp (Full-time)
- $1,000 Scholarship for women, $1,000 Scholarship for Military vets
- Minimum Skill Level
- Basic programming knowledge
- Placement Test
- Prep Work
- 40-50 hours of online content that you'll have to complete in order to reach the required level at the next module.
In PersonFull Time60Hours/week20 Seats
Application Deadline:May 12, 2017
In PersonFull Time60Hours/week20 Seats
Application Deadline:July 1, 2017
In PersonFull Time60Hours/week20 Seats
Application Deadline:September 4, 2017
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Overall I really enjoyed my time at Ironhack. The instructors and TAs were very helpful. I didn't find the curriculum too challenging but I have some experience coding. Still, I did learn a lot about how web development works. I loved working on the final project and having a whole web app that I built myself and understood inside and out.
The facility is really great. It's wondeful to be a part of Building Co. You get to meet other people in the tech scene and really feel like a community. Plus the roof is a great place to bond with your team while playing cornhole.
I must admit I'm a little jealous that I missed out on the new MEAN stack curriculum, but Ruby On Rails has proved helpful in my current job. As far as career assistance goes, I didn't get a job offer (or at least one that I wanted to accept) as soon as I would have liked, but I did eventually accept a job that I was excited about and I do think that Ironhack helped me make the connection. The interviews that they set up were great practice and lead to some oppurtunites. I love being part of the Ironhack community. Even though I've been a grad for a while now it's nice to have someone to talk to about career development and the Miami tech scene.
My time at Ironhack was like none other. I was in college for a couple of years majoring in Computer Science, but didn't get the connection and support I needed. Coming into Ironhack, I was scared that I would be behind everyone and fall behind like in college. Eventually I learned that I wasn't the only person who felt that way and things got less intimidating. As the weeks go by, you form a family with your peers and instructors that help you grit it out and come out a well developed web developer.
At the end of the day, this is a huge jump to make, especially if you're coming from another state like I did. But if you come with the right attitude, commit to getting better every week, and use all the amentities that Ironhack offers you, you'll get everything you need to graduate and find opportunities within the field. I currently am doing contract web development work with Samsung.
DISCALIMER: STUDIED AT IRONHACK OVER A YEAR AGO AND HAVE A NON PROGRAMMING ROLE
When I signed up for Ironhack I was extremely excited to begin my career as a Web Developer and engage in the startup and tech world in Miami! I have to say, Ironhack exceeded my expectations.
When I had my first interview with Alia is when I fell in love with the Ironhack. I felt like she truly cared about my well-being. She wanted to know my dreams and aspirations and what I wanted to get out of this program and most importantly she was honest. Alia was upfront about what Ironhack could provide and if it was a worthwhile investment for me. After our discussion, I talked with my family and we all agreed that Ironhack provided the best opportunity to my grow and achieve my aspirations.
When I started the class, I was a bit nervous. Others seemed to be far ahead of me because of prior coding experience. To be frank, I was intimidated, I wanted to quit and didn't think I could ever catch up. After the first few days, Ironhacks true strengths started to reveal itself. Nizar, my instructor, and Josh, the teaching assistant, were extremely helpful. To be clear, they helped me think through a lot of the problems or guided me to resources. I appreciate this a lot because it developed my critical thinking skills and also pushed me to become a better programmer. Josh and Nizar were able to do this because of the intimate class size, and I felt they were truly passionate in myself and other classmates.
I also felt that the entire staff at Ironhack was unbelievable and open to having discussions with me. Ariel, one of the co-founders, was always at the campus and made it his goal to know all the students. He was always available to talk and address any concerns I had, or drink a few beers with me and the other students after a long week.
At the end of the course Ironhack did a great job of prepping us for work. While I did not end up taking a developer job, Ironhack set me up for success in two ways. The first, Ironhack taught me how to learn. There was no answer in the back of the book, there were resources like stack overflow that I had to use to figure out my bugs. I had to be resourceful, and truly think through problems to see if they made sense, this was a skill that Ironhack defiiently helped develop. Secondly, while I did not take a coding job, Ironhacks location in a co-working space worked great for me. I was offered an unbelievable opportunity by a tech company that worked out the same space two weeks before the completion of the program. I would have not had that opportunity come to me otherwise.
Ironhack was amazing, and an extremely worthwhile investment for me. While I don’t program now, I work with many developers who are helping build our product and it has made the conversations easier and the process 50x smoother. If you are interested in coding and are willing to do the work and challenge yourself, then sign up for a coding boot camp. If you really want to make a difference in your life, then sign up for Ironhack.
I had a great experience at Ironhack! Nizar is an amazing and patient teacher, especially with someone like me who came from a marketing background and had zero coding experience/ knowledge prior to Ironhack. The T.A.s including Josh are also great at turning seemingly complicated subjects into something you can actually understand and apply. The classroom environment is a work hard, play hard mentallity. While everyone is there to learn and make the most of their experience, Building Co. & Ironhack also have many fun events and there is lots of time to make meaningful friendships and meet some cool people. The web development bootcamp was one of the most challenging (and rewarding) experiences of my life, I highly reccommend it to anyone curious about learning more about coding and/or the tech community in Miami.
I joined the first edition of the UX/UI Design Bootcamp in Madrid to give my career a new direction within the design world (I have a background in graphic design). The school fulfilled the education I was looking for in terms of knowledge, time and results (career support). It has been a challenging experience, but one I can say I am happy of having achieved. The course sets a strong foundation that anyone working in UX and UI design should know. It is varied, dynamic and demanding. It teaches you to be self-sufficient in a professional world, like this one, that is constantly evolving, in which you have to learn new things—almost—everyday.
Ironhack changed my life in a very positive way, I used to work as a server for a variety of restaurants in Miami and after graduating from the cohort I landed a paid internship for the leading IT company in the travel industry.
Even thought we were the first UX/UI cohort ever I found very valuable material, the environment was great as well as staff members.
In terms of job hunting, I believe that depends on each person aptitude and how they use this new skill to upgrade and add value to a new company.
Disclaimer: I currently work for Ironhack
Why & How
Before Ironhack I was a kitchen worker, albeit not by choice. I had always been a gamer, tinkerer, and someone that could generally figure out electronics, but I found myself working a job I didn't really like, for pay that I knew was below me (sorry kitchen workers, it's below everyone).
I began my journey by attending a local Pittsburgh school (where I resided previously), studying software development. After taking a host of prerequisite courses, I finally had one online coding class scheduled in after a semester full of speech, philosophy, and biology. Much to my dismay, it was outdated; generally not that well put together; and taught me no valuable skills related to the field, which I can now objectively say as I'm in it.
Fortunately, somewhere in that first semester of college, a family member told me about a radio show on NPR that mentioned coding bootcamps. As that second miserable semester and job-related stress began to grow, the idea seemed more and more like it should be a reality. I began looking into schools with none other than course report.
At the time in Miami, Ironhack was brand new, although they were an established brand in Madrid & Barcelona. There was another coding school in the area, but they lacked the international credentials and reviews from previous students that would allow me to feel comfortable in putting down a significant amount of money, move to another state, and restart my life. After the course, and being a part of the Miami tech scene, I can say that this was great intuition and am very happy with that decision.
Ironhack from the start was unbelievably helpful. At the time, the team was very small, but I always had the opportunity to be in direct contact with the co-founder; Ariel.
Ariel is an impressive co-founder and found a way to avoid the bad bits of Miami tech. At Ironhack, the people you will graduate with, be mentored by, and listen to as guest speakers are the top of the top. This is also reflected in the people he hires.
Nizar, the head instructor, is a legend amongst Ironhackers and this isn't without warrant. He's an incredibly patient, talented teacher and developer. This is an incredibly rare combination. Often times in traditional schools (in my experience) you will encounter good coders who just don't have the ability to teach. This is why so many people think they can't code coming out of school. From interview to graduation, and beyond, Nizar is a rockstar.
The interview process was a bit nerve wracking, as most interviews are; but if you follow directions, put in the work to study, and really want to change your life you will succeed. You will be expected to learn a few coding topics relatively quickly, and then be tested on it.
The course itself is more than likely unlike most academic experiences you've taken part in.
Often times in school, you'll be introduced to facts and then be expected to memorize them. Once these facts are memorized, you'll spit them back out onto a quiz, and some person in the ivory tower gives you a piece of paper that says you're smart.
This mentality is busted in development, and Ironhack's curriculum reflects that. You will be introduced to topics, given examples and the opportunity to ask questions, and then it's off to the races. You will build something. This is the X factor that online platforms such as codeacademy, treehouse, and others are missing. This is what propels you to be a quality developer. Building Things.
There are no easy A's. You're judged on what you build. That is life as a developer.
If you aren't happy with the way things are, change it. Do your due dilligence, sift through reviews, and call each bootcamp. I did this, I can say at this point based off of my skills and quality of life that I made the correct decision.
Hey! My name is Oleh Kolinko, I am born and raised in Ukraine. Also I am a recent graduate of IronHack and now I am full time web application developer. If you are reading this review you probably want to change something in your life, considering to attend this bootcamp and debating if it is worth it or not? Is it the right school for you? I was in your shoes and after graduation I can say 100% confident that going to Ironhack was one of the best decisions that I made in my life! The most important investment you can make is in yourself.
Before IronHack I studied two years in University majoring in Computer Science and I dropped out. I was working regular jobs, but I always was interested in technology so I started learning how to code on my own. It's a great way to start but If you want make into a career It's much easier with a real mentor and help from professionals. Compared to my University IronHack teaching the latest trending technology like MEAN stack and that's exactly what employers are looking for.
Learning process: your everyday routine will be starting with lectures and after more importantly - practice. You do some exercises in pairs and then individually. Lead instructor is Nizar - absolutely great teacher! He really knows what he is talking about and excellent with explaining, giving analogy examples to simplify things, and ready to help when you struggle. During lectures you can ask any question at any time. In class you will code along with instructor, there will be frequent stops where both Nizar and TA will make sure nobody is falling behind and everybody is on the same page. All staff is really friendly, cool and ready to help you. You can find yourself joking around with Ariel before you find out that he is actually co-founder.
I liked project weeks the most, that's where you apply everything you learned and build your own application. You come up with an idea, design database structure and app architecture. I learned how to manage your project and your time (you have to meet deadline) along with public speaking skills (presenting your project). In reward: You will get portfolio with 3 projects that will easily separate you from University grads and show employers that you actually can build fully working apps.
Your classmates will become your friends. You can find people with similar mindset and passion to create. Even having a full time job I am still working on side projects with people I met during IronHack. Also I moved in with two classmates, we extended our learning outside IronHack by helping each other after school and we became really great friends! Try to move in with somebody from your course, you will thank me later.
What can I say about job searching? - Shortly, I had two job offers just in two weeks after graduation. They have a designated man that works full time to make sure you get hired - Daniel Brito (placement manager). He knows almost everybody in MIami tech ecosystem and will introduce you to those who are hiring. You are going to learn with him how to be a real job hunter and how to crush the interviews. He can give you some additional personal advises and will be helping you even after graduation.
Sounds great right, but what's the catch? It's hard. If you are just looking for easy money that developers earn you are knocking at the wrong door. Course is intense and it's only begining, you will have to work hard to be successful. The most important skill that you need to learn is how to learn, how to be resourceful. On my job we use different tools than IronHack and you need to be ready for that. Be a coder means that you will have to learn all the time even after the course because there will be always new framework or new tool that just came out and you have to learn it. If you want to become a developer you have to love coding and be passionate about tech world. If you don't know if you will like it at all try free online courses like CodeAcademy.com
Hace poco, en el último Hackshow de Ironhack, comentaba con más ex compañeros la cantidad de mensajes que me llegan por Linkedin pidiendo referencias sobre los bootcamps. Lógicamente la gente quiere informarse antes de hacer una inversión tan grande, pero mi respuesta es siempre la misma... si pudiera, lo volvería a hacer. Que ni se lo piensen porque lo que se llevan es algo que no se paga.
Con el paso del tiempo, este tipo de mensajes se han convertido un poco en una rutina y las respuestas han pasado a ser algo más o menos del mismo estilo, pongo un ejemplo:
“Hola *Nombre del interesad@*
Encantado de conocerte y de poder ayudarte.
Te cuento un poco mi background por si te sirve de ayuda. Se que hay mucha gente con mi mismo recorrido que tiene las mismas dudas que he tenido yo antes. Por eso todo lo que pueda aclarar mejor. Antes de empezar el bootcamp, estaba buscando hacer algo así como un "curso de reciclaje". Vengo del mundo de la dirección de arte de publicidad, tenía mi propio estudio con un socio y cada vez más eran los clientes que venían pidiéndonos webs y aplicaciones de móvil. Cuando esto pasaba ya hacía un trabajo bastante grande de investigación, de organización de información, etc...Pero no tenía ni idea que eso tenía un nombre: Experiencia de Usuario. Fue así como un programador con el que trabajaba el que me dijo que por qué no me formaba un poco más sobre eso... Y aquí es donde entra Ironhack.
Ahora te cuento sobre Ironhack: sólo puedo decir maravillas. Es una escuela en la que te ponen a trabajar desde el minuto 0, es algo muy muy muy intenso, tanto para bien como para mal... todas las experiencias se magnifican mientras estás allí. Si de verdad quieres aprovechar el curso, cuantas más horas estés allí dentro y empapándote de todo lo que te rodea, mejor. Las dudas que te puedan surgir durante el curso, es más probable que las puedas resolver estando allí que en tu casa, bien con un profesor o con otro compañero. Incluso estás más pendiente de las oportunidades, estando en tu casa no te enteras de esas cosas. Nadie va a ir a tu casa y te va a ofrecer un trabajo, o te va a presentar a alguien que trabaje en alguna de las StartUps más punteras.
Yo me pasaba de media unas 11 o 12 horas todos los días allí... y es que aquí viene la segunda parte, que creo que es otro de los fuertes de la escuela: la comunidad. Conoces a muchísima gente tanto de contactos de profesores como de antiguos alumnos. Ese tema lo cuidan mucho, a los exalumnos nos hacen partícipes de todos los avances de la escuela, nos involucran mucho a la hora de ayudar a los nuevos alumnos.
Pero al final lo importante, conseguir trabajo. Aparte de que se preocupan un montón por tus avances, tus proyectos, tu portfolio, de ponerte en contacto con gente en las empresas...A parte de todo eso, hay muchos curros que salen de los contactos que haces allí, de esa comunidad que te comentaba. Mi actual trabajo salió de contactos de Ironhack... y me llegan bastantes ofertas a través de gente que conocí por allí (cerveceo de los viernes, eventos, charlas, Hackshows, etc.).
En cuanto a los conocimientos previos sobre diseño... de eso ni te preocupes. El mundo UX es mucho más amplio de lo que parece. No supone sólo el pintar pantallas como la gente cree (eso es sólo una parte pequeña del UI). En la Experiencia de Usuario hay espacio para todos, lo importante es aprender a pensar como un usuario, empatizar y saber medir todas esas necesidades que pudiera tener para aplicarlo al entorno digital. He tenido compañeros que eran arquitectos, gente de marketing, programadores, diseñadores, emprendedores, etc. Y todos encajábamos en algún punto de todo el proceso del diseño. Como curiosidad decirte que entré atraído (supongo que como todos los que tenemos un background más visual) por el tema de diseño de interfaces y acabé saliendo completamente enamorado de la arquitectura de la información...
Cualquier duda que tengas, por favor, no dudes en escribirme para lo que quieras. Estaré encantado de ayudarte e incluso enseñarte un día las clases y toda la gente (la familia) que trabaja por ahí.
Un saludo. “
La verdad es que es algo que es difícil explicar si no entras y se comprueba de primera mano. Lógicamente no todo el mundo está hecho para Ironhack, su ambiente y su ritmo intenso, pero sí el 95% de la gente que entra, creo que son gente que opina como yo. Merece la pena y es algo que ha marcado un antes y un después en nuestra carrera profesional (y probablemente en lo personal también).
The Ironhack UX/UI Design program was a great experience - one that led to the development of a solid skill set in all aspects user-experience design including user research, interface design, font-end development, design facilitation/implementation.
The cohort was full of dedicated individuals who devoted 10 full weeks to becoming experience designers and this was one of the most amazing aspects of the course - the people were all amazing and possessed an incredible amount of passion and drive. That - in addition the amazing instructors who brought significant real world experience and the incredible academic environment at Building.co - made this a one of a kind experience that facilitated my growth as a designer.
The Ironhack UX/UI curriculum established an epic foundation in user-centered design which combined with the experience that the instructors provided and the real world applications that were built into the program as well as career development opportunities not only led to a position as a User Experience Designer within weeks of graduation from the program, but also to the founding of a UX design agency with several classmates from my cohort.
If you are looking to begin a career as a UX designer, looking to make a career shift, or trying to build a foundation in user-centric design principles to apply to the work that you are already doing, then I would highly recommend checking out Ironhack's UX/UI design program. If you are dedicated enough and apply the skills learned throughout the program this is the place for you. Check it out :D
Let me start this review by saying that I was between in a rock and a hard place in regards to my career before finding Iron Hack. I have always been a creative person that has a passion for technology and learning but I found myself unsatisfied with my prior career path, I beleive that I should be passionate and love what I do.
A close friend of mine put me onto Iron Hack, once I looked up what the UX/UI Design bootcamp could do for me I was extremely intrigued and reached out to Iron Hack to apply. Right away I was made to feel at home by the Iron Hack staff. Alia Poonawala, the director of admissions and one for the nicest people I've ever met, guided me through the admissions process and solidified my belief that I had made the right choice.
Once class began I was introduced to the whole Iron Hack staff who are all incredible people! What I learned in class was everything I had dreamed about and more. We learned the whole UX/UI process and I finally felt like I had made the correct career choice. Our instructors Joel Mena and Jaclyn Levi, both professionals working in the UX/UI field, were extremely knowledgable and did a great job of teaching us the material. Having someone who works in the field as an instructor was fantastic as they both taught us and gave us invaluable advice about the UX/UI field.
I would be remissed if I did not mention our TA, Eugy Alliegro. Iron Hack provides each cohort with at least one TA who is there to help guide us along the way and give feedback. Eugy was a TREMENDOUS help and was a key componant to myself and all of my classmates learning the material and becoming UX/UI designers.
For me, having a great time learning in an incredible environment (the Iron Hack workspace is BEAUTIFUL) was enough to be happy. Where Iron Hack went above and beyond was in helping me find a job once I graduated. Daniel Brito, the placement manager, is a rockstar! Daniel (or Brito as we call him) was in our ears about what we needed to do in order to gain traction in the tech community from day one. He is someone that deaply cares about the students and does everything in his power to place us once graduated. Brito's hard work and guidence helped me land a job right after I graduated from Iron Hack!
Overall, I am extremely happy with the choice I made to change career paths and do so with the help of Iron Hack. I reccomend that anyone who is in a similar place that I was at to reach out and join Iron Hack, it'll be the best decision that you'll ever make!
I started the Ironhack Web Development Bootcamp in Madrid in January 2017. I graduated in Law the year before and wanted to do something different with my life. I started to learn programation on my own with Codecademy and some other tutorials. After a few months, even though I realized that I could teach myself a lot, I still had no idea about how to launch myself into a developper career.
It feels really good to think that it was only a few months ago and that I'm now writing this review from my new job office.
I'm French and I came in Spain only to do the bootcamp. It wasn't an easy decision to invest all that money and that time. That's why I take the time to write an honest review of my experience. Reading student reviews helped me to take my decision, and I feel grateful to the people who took the time to write one. Besides, I heard that Ironhack is now launching in Paris and I really want to be a part of the french Ironhackers community :)
When I started my new job a few weeks ago, I was able to deliver something , and that felt good. Ironhack taught how to learn what I don't know and how to collaborate with a team. That means that from the beginning, the level will be really demanding (even the best student in my cohort would agree with that!). Days are usually 10-12 hours long.
In my case, we had a new teacher every week to teach us a module. They all have a deep knowledge of what they teach and a real understanding of the professionals needs (since all of them work as developpers). So every morning you'll a have class with the teacher, and every afternoon you'll put it in practice with an individual exercise and pair programming. That's probably the key of that bootcamp, a huge amount of practice. The teacher assistants, the most patient, dedicated, nice and skilled people you'll ever meet (really, where do they find them?) will help you to accomplish what will often seem impossible.
You'll code real projects. In my bootcamp, everyone made a game after two weeks (and some of them were quite impressive). We also made two websites: the first was to sharpen our back-end skills and the last one was a complete application using Node & Angular 2. In my case, I realized a project for a Madrid's Startup that is now a finalist in a local contest.
At the end of the bootcamp, Ironhack team presented us to 20 companies from the local scene. Being able of showing real projects is certainly what made that many of us found a job then, and that Ironhack hiring rate is so high. In a broader scale, Ironhack's success comes certainly from its high sense of community (you'll quickly learn about the Ironbeers;). I mean that in my bootcamp I had a great time with the other students and we still party together. In that matter, Ironhack definitely has spanish DNA. But it's more than that. In my case, Ironhack organized events where I got to meet people from the most interesting Startups in Madrid.
I have no doubt that Ironhack Paris will be as good (if not better) than in the other cities. If you have any question, I'll be happy to answer it!
Thanks to Ironhack, I was hired by my dream company, Valley Forge Fabrics, one week after they interviewed me at my cohort's January Hiring Fair.
Brito works very hard with what you give him to find you a great fit. I had ten years of web design and front end under my belt, which certainly helped, but I had applied to VFF online two weeks prior and was rejected. Having that opportunity to meet face to face with the Digital Marketing Media Director completely changed my life for the better.
My name is Walter Monecke and I recently graduated from the german University of Bayreuth.
I studied business but wanted to get into more technical stuff.
I read A LOT of reviews and the coding school that had the best reviews by far was Ironhack and I am writing this review to confirm it.
Ironhack is a coding school that teaches small groups (up to 14 people) to code in a very efficient way. Not only do you learn to really code and put out one project after the other, but you also make great contacts with people in the industry, so it is WAAAAY easier to find a job than being on your own. And yes many of my friends already have jobs. I do not have one because I chose to work on my own projects and follow the entrepeneurship that was always within me.
Ironhack teaches industry standard technologies like for example the MEAN-Stack and throughout the course you do three different projects on your own that help master each one of the tools that compose the whole stack.
By the last project, i.e. number three, you actually create a full web-app. You come up with the idea, you use your creativity and your learned skills to actually develop it.
I cannot tell you how much Ironhack changed the course of my life and how much I am grateful to have discovered this hidden passion for code. I am happy I can wake up and start building something out of thin air and say "This was done by Walter!".
Having a computer science major is cool. Having gone through this bootcamp is better.
Ironhack is a family to me and I will be always be a proud alumni.
PS: If you apply and get accepted I cannot tell you how important it is to do you pre-work.
The more you learn before going to Ironhack the more you are going to learn. Do your homework!
I had just been fired from a restuarant I worked in when I heard about 'coding'. I saw the "learning to code" video with Mark Zuckerburg and all those other CEO's and I was inspired to learn... After a few weeks of CodeAcademy learning HTML & CSS, I got curious and clicked on an ad mentioning a school in Miami that taught development over the course of 9 weeks.
To everyone's surprise, it was actually Wyncode! I immediately clicked on the link, reviewed their site, tuition, and material. I even signed up for their "Learn to Code in A Day" event where they taught basic Ruby... At that event, I met a guy who was also at the course trying to build his site. I told him my interest in Wyncode and the developer role where he immediately told me that if I was going to pay for a school, it should be Ironhack.
That was when I learned, that Ironhack is one of those schools that could have their doors packed with people & students if they really wanted to. But they don't! They have a selective acceptance process where they try to weed out those that want to 'code' and those that have a passion for technology + code.
It didn't occur to me at first but, that had been the single most luckiest and best decision I had ever made, choosing Ironhack.
And I can say that, why? Because I experienced both. Not only did I go to the "Learn To Code In A Day" but my brother, who also wanted to develop, took the web-dev course, but at Wyncode.
So here's my perspective on both, no strings attatched.
Ironhack's taught me how to be more comftorable with computers, code, and manage software and its archetecture. It gave me a chance to really sit down with technology and learn the in's and outs, talk the talk but also walk the walk...Of course, every web-dev program will (hopefully) do that.
The caveat is the people. The people here at Ironhack are phenomenal. From the lead instructor Nizar, to the wonderful ladies who tidy up the place when they need to; it was all wonderful. At first, my biggest fear was having this program be more oriented around business than the actual 'learning' part of everything. Kind of something like where you walk in, they teach you for 9 weeks and thats it, just a "good luck! goodbye!" That fear was immediately laid to rest when I met the team. If we are talking just culture, not even considering quality of the education, Ironhack has it down pat. These people truly care for you, and your future, as if your fate was their own. I have seen many of them go beyond their 'work' requirements to help a student in need; whether that be staying late to clear up some confusions for students or at times carpooling to a networking event. The Ironhack team is a team of focused, determined, and compassionate individuals who will get you to where you want to be, in your career.
Now, lets talk about the education. Nizar is the lead instructor here, and was the main instuctor in my course. The man is brilliant. Extremely patient with students, gives you room to fail and make your own mistakes when you need to but also catches you when you're going to fall too deep. The course itself is really well built, you pretty much have a couple hours of lecture everyday where they introduce you to the new material, followed by a pair-programming exercise and a do-alone exercise. We were also the first cohort where they introduced two other main projects to, whereas before you only had one final project that you had to present and demo for your graduation. This was one aspect that I feel Ironhack really excelled in. These first two projects really taught me a lot, not only about the actual code but also things like time management, soft skills and working with others, asking for help, etc that a lot of other courses didn't get to fully experience. Nizar does a phenomenal job taking care of his staff + students, and the quality of education really reflects that.
Now, what about finding a job? They have a placement manager here, Brito, who's job is to connect you to companies who are looking to hire developers, and kind of get the ball rolling... Daniel Brito is one of Ironhack's greatest commodities, because he knows everyone in Miami and will go to extreme lengths to putting you in touch with the right person/company.This guy could sell water to a ski-boat if he wanted to. He pushes you to be just like him, a go-getter. He willl call you non-stop to make sure you sent the right email, he will chase you down to make sure you applied for the right company and he will give you the necessary butt whooping if needed. The guy has experience, has been in the tech business for some time, and is super well connected and has those relationships that are really necessary when looking for employment in the tech-industry. Plus, he's funny as hell.
In the end, my brother needed to go back and re-learn a bunch of the material after his graduation. Till today, he calls me and asks for help and an extra pair of eyes for his code. And we took two different courses, almost simultaneously.
All in all, Ironhack has a top of the line team with top of the line skills, and anyone who walks into the building can tell the second they walk in. It has changed my life and the way I look at it, completely. I willl forever be in-debted to some of the people here that were so patient and took their time with me. I will never be the same, ever again.
Overall, I'm very happy with Ironhack Barcelona. I have been included in the last round of students spècialising on the Rails stack as compared to Node / Angular (which I think is what the new programme offers) and to be fair I'm very happy with it (plus the organisers made up for having changed the programme buy giving us extr material for free, which was really appreciated).
There are some organisational issues that they might want to correct. Sometimes there is little communications between a teacher and the next, which might lead to some loss of pace. I would appreciate a well structured programme to take the best final projects to the next level.
But nonetheless, the very fact here is that after Ironhack I am capable of building a web app on my own, I have learned plenty, I have gotten in deep in some areas while been given enough background knowledge to keep learning different technologies on my own.
I came from about 10,000 km away, Japan. At first I was so nervous because I have no design background and I have never been to Europe. But thanks to Ironhack and colleagues, I can make a personal design portfolio and projects. Ironhack is a gateway to the latest tech world and I can highly recommend it.
In this review, I introduce 3 good points and 2 not good points.
In Ironhack, I could meet so many smart and talented people, classmates and professionals. In UX/UI course, the class is consisted 8 students(6 Spanish, 1 Egyptian, and me) and basically 2 teachers( fixed and weekly professional). Classmates are from several backgrounds and I could learn many things. Teachers are very helpful and passionate, so I could learn from zero easily. This encounter lets me grow up at very high speed and I want to keep this connections.
It covers whole UX/UI theories and methodologies. The style( lecture & workshop) helps me to understand the new things. And it's very good to access the course materials even after graduating the class.
There are some interesting events during the course, for example the lecture of tech star people. And Ironhack gave me a chance to public speaking, called Hackshow. It deepened my understanding for what I learned in the class and gave me a confidence to overcome a challenging situation.
Not good points
Sometimes the class was not on the schedule and unpredictable. So it's not easy to make a personal schedule and I need to catch up the change of plans. This problem is probably fixed by using schedule management tools.
Sometimes it was so noisy that I could not concentrate on the class. The reason is probably the classroom is open space and the sound is easy to expand. This problem is probably fixed by the adjustment of events and the place of classroom.
Of course all things include pros and cons. Anyway, thanks to Ironhack, I could join the UX/UI desing field and open new opportunities I've never expected. If you want to change your career or life, it worth considering this bootcamp.
Ironhack gave me the confidance to build a tech startup after not being in technology at all. The course was very dufficult but that is what it takes to be successful. However, there was help at every step of the way from admissions to the final hack show to job assistance. I would recommend anybody to join the Ironhack team.
I was looking for a change for my job, I like computers and use them, but I didn't know nothing about programming. My friend, who works in programming, he told me that I should to try it.
I first heard about Ironhack from working in the coworking space where it is headquartered. I would see the students in the classroom from sun up until sun down with terminals and web browsers open, furiously typing away at their keyboard. I'd dabbled with learning how to code in the past through sites like Codeacademy and Udacity without much success, but working a full-time job meant I couldn't sign up for the course even if I wanted to. A month or so after telling myself it just wasn't meant to be, I received news that Ironhack was introducing a six month part-time course for the first time ever.
I proceeded to look at the time commitment involved. Tuesday and Thursday nights and half of my Saturday for six months? I could totally swing that. Again, the money wasn’t an insignificant issue, but how many more times would I be telling myself “Maybe next time”? How much longer could I go about seeing the developers at work go about their ways and find myself regretting not having pursued this endeavor years ago? How would I feel seeing the students in the program presenting their projects six months from now and knowing I could have been a part of it?
I submitted my application and was contacted by Alia, Ironhack Miami’s awesome Marketing & Community Manager, to schedule an interview. We spoke that same day, where I told her my reasons for applying for the program and how it would help me grow as a professional and as a person. To potential applicants, think of it less as an interview and more as a conversation.
After that, I scheduled my time for the second stage of the application process, the technical interview. Alia sent me an email with links to the material I would have to study, and when I wasn’t at work, I had my head down focusing on absorbing as much of the content as possible. When the day of the interview came, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t incredibly nervous about what task I would be assigned.
Nizar quickly proved that all of my fears were for naught. He walked me through the steps required to complete the task and offered to help if at any time I became confused, frustrated, or just hopelessly lost. Luckily, it didn’t come to that due to the thoroughness of the study materials, but it says a lot about the quality of a program when its instructors understand how intimidating this part of the process can be. I won’t describe the nature of the practical interview for the sake of keeping it fair for future applicants, but trust me when I say that the Ironhack team will give you all the preparation you’ll need.
I received my acceptance email the next morning and immediately paid my deposit so I knew it was real. A few days later, I received access to the platform I’d be using to complete the pre-work and some information on Day 0, the unofficial first day of the program.
The pre-work was challenging but presented at a pace that helped facilitate learning of the early fundamental concepts. This allowed me to walk into the class the first day and follow along with the coursework we were presented with. The teaching sytle was incredibly hands on, a combination of lectures and practical exercise to solidify what we'd learned that day. The instructor and TAs were always available to answer any questions in a matter that further helped facilitate learning - instead of providing a direct answer, they would ask questions themselves and guide you to think of an appropriate solution. The learning platform was available 24/7 with all of the lectures and exercises covered in class to help get as much practice as necessary.
The course did reach a level of difficulty that had me wondering at times whether I was meant to pursue this path, but the Ironhack staff consistently encouraged us to keep pushing forward one day at a time, all the way until it came time to work on our final project. That's where all of the topics we'd covered over the past few months accumulated into one concentrated effort - we were able to achieve things we'd never before imagined possible with code, bolstered by the support of the instructors, the mentors we were provided with, and each other. It was at this point that I also realized how strong of a bond I had made with my fellow classmates - we were always willing to help one another with any tricky issues that would come up and celebrated each other's success.
The Hack Show served as a celebration of all the work we'd put in, where we each showed the collective product of our effort to a huge audience made up of friends, family, and members of the Miami tech community. I actually ended up winning the show with my project which was a huge surprise and sense of joy, but the overall purpose of the evening is to be proud of what we've done, not to chase a prize.
The connections made throughout the program are nothing short of phenomenal. Daniel Brito is a veritable juggernaut at getting students to push themselves as hard as possible and matching them with phenomenal web development job opportunities. We were also connected to hundreds of other members of the tech community through various Slack channels we were invited to, only helping to further foster the sense of belonging. We entered the program as outsiders and left as essential parts of the Miami tech community as a whole.
If you have any dobuts at all about going through Ironhack, I'd strongly encourage you to experience it. It's a life-changing opportunity that some people could only dream of.
I came from Puerto Rico, working a boring 9 to 5 job as a customer service agent and decided it was time for a change to do something that will make me happy so I moved to miami just to do the very first ux cohort and after about a month a landed my first internship at a start up company called blongg right in the same building. The staff is very helpful and they push you and motivate you everyday to make sure you are getting the material. You learn valubale design and research skills. Joining ironhack was the best decision i made!! And completely changed my life and i am forever grateful!!
It was December 4, 2015, when I heard the bad news: the public relations agency where I was working at suddenly went into bankruptcy and hundreds of people, including me, were laid off. Yes, this kind of things happens very often and when people lose their jobs they simply look for a different one. However, my situation was a little different as working at this company had been my dream.
So, here I was on January 2016 looking for a “new dream”, one that could not be torn apart so easily and big enough to keep me motivated. I wanted to take this setback in my professional career and turn it into an opportunity to grow. I have always enjoyed solving problems as well as trying to understand how the technologies that have marked our lives nowadays work. It was at this moment that I realized that I could make an interesting mix with these two ingredients by learning how to code.
I started looking online for possible ways to get into coding and that’s how I found out about Ironhack. I read excellent reviews about their programs, instructors, staff members and facilities, which motivated me to visit their campus in Miami. I was welcomed by Alia (Admissions), who kindly explained me everything about their coding school. At some point, after being amazed by her charisma, I even thought that Ironhack was too good to be true — Was it possible to learn how to code and launch a web application after only 8 weeks? Were their graduates really landing cool jobs with competitive salaries in the tech industry? I honestly was skeptic about it.
That day I also met Ariel (Co-Founder), who shared with me his vision and explained how he, coming from a family of educators, wanted to change the world of education. It was something that I had never heard before.
My visit continued with a tour around the facility and then I spent a few minutes talking to some of the students. It caught my attention that there were many students from different backgrounds and even different countries, including India! Why would someone from the other side of the world come to Ironhack to learn how to code? Maybe the reviews were true, maybe they knew what they were doing.
And that’s when something inside me said that I should give this a try. I was already aware that as part of the admission process first I needed to do a general interview and then a technical interview. Of course, I spoke with Alia for more than an hour, enough to come to the conclusion that my personality was “ideal to handle the intensity of the bootcamp”. That only left me with the technical interview before I could be considered for a seat in the March 2016 cohort. We scheduled my technical interview with Nizar (Head Instructor) for the following week and then I left Ironhack with the feeling that I had done the right thing.
Nizar, who by the way is very fluent in English and Spanish, explained me the format of the technical interview: I had to solve a coding challenge with 5 iterations and I was allowed to use my notes, but there was a time cap (I don’t remember if it was 15 or 30 minutes). While I was working on the challenge, I realized that I knew more than what I thought. I was able to finish the first 4 iterations before I ran out of time. Yes, it was challenging, but it wasn’t that bad. Nizar reviewed my solution and gave me good feedback. I could felt right away that he had the vocation of teaching.
I finished the pre-work during Week 0 and then we kicked off the bootcamp with Week 1. I truly loved the layout of the program and most importantly I always felt that I was surrounded by great and smart people, always willing to help me and with such an incredible amount of patience, including my classmates. Learning how to code is not easy, but when you are in an environment like this one, it makes the process very enjoyable.
By Week 2, we weren’t a group of strangers anymore, we were more like a family immersed in this new cool world. When we were not coding, we were talking about coding and in some cases listening even more about coding from other experts as every week Ironhack brought in speakers (senior developers, CTOs and CEOs) to give us insightful information about the tech scene in Miami.
Our regular schedule was from 9 am to 6 pm, but I don’t remember spending less than 10 hours at Ironhack every day. I didn’t know I was going to love coding this much. At the beginning, I was skeptic about what Ironhack was capable of doing, and now I was experimenting it. In 8 weeks, I learned how to code and I also built my first web application, but most importantly, I learned how to learn. Being a developer means that you will never stop learning and Ironhack gave me the tools to keep doing this on my own.
We concluded our cohort with a Hackshow, where everyone presented their web applications in front of 180+ people. This was a great way to celebrate our efforts and achievements, and a perfect opportunity to network as in a few days we were going to be in the job market as Jr. Developers.
And when it comes to job market, Ironhack has another killer player: Daniel Brito (Placements Manager), who is not Romero Britto’s cousin but still does cool things. Daniel helped us with our resumes and online presence, he prepared us for our future interviews and introduced us to many employers. Some of my classmates got job offers right away, and some others, like me, took a little longer. Daniel always kept me accountable and motivated to never give up. His phone was available 24/7, I called him several times late at night and even weekends looking for feedback and he always picked up the phone. You can surely tell that he loves his job, which is helping others in their quest of success.
I now have a job where I use technology to solve problems, where I’m constantly learning, and which has allowed me to improve my quality of life.
Ironhack is not only a bootcamp, it’s a life-changing experience and a family that will always be there for you. It was through Ironhack that I discovered this passion and set a new dream for my professional career.
I will never forget that deep breath I took before my technical interview.
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How did you become a successful UX Designer? Did you get a degree in “UX Design?”
I’m a career changer! My background was first in film and creative writing, and I worked in the film industry in Miami before I ended up in Boston, temping as a project manager for a venture capital company with an incubator focused on Harvard and MIT startups. I learned from really smart people about computers, software, graphic design, and project management; and IBM had their Lotus Notes usability labs next door, so I got to participate as a usability tester. I went back to grad school at Bentley University for my Masters in Human Factors in Information Design, and had a magical career doing ethnography and user research at Microsoft, Staples, Adidas, and Reebok, and UX design for Fidelity Investments, Staples, the Federal Reserve, JP Morgan Chase, H&R Block, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Zumba Fitness.
Two years ago, I moved back to Miami and started my own product, UX Gofer, which is a UX research tool.
After spending years learning User Experience and even getting a Masters degree, why do you believe in the bootcamp model as an effective way to learn UX Design?
I went through my grad program very quickly (in one year), so I believe that you can learn this material very quickly and then continue learning on the job. That’s exactly why I’ve had a successful career, by specifically going after different verticals, technologies, and platforms. If I hadn’t used something before, I wanted to try it. I believe that you can learn the fundamentals quickly and then refine them throughout your career.
What made you excited to work at Ironhack in particular- what stands out about Ironhack to you as a professional UX Designer?
It was the people. I was referred to Ironhack by someone I’ve respected in the industry for years, and they were right. The people running Ironhack are what convinced me to work on this UX Bootcamp.
Did you have teaching experience prior to teaching at the bootcamp? What is different about teaching at a coding bootcamp?
I teach now at the University of Miami, at conferences, and bootcamps. At Ironhack, my personal teaching style is to lecture very little, and focus on hands-on work. It’s important to know the foundations and principles and science behind what we do, but at the end of the day, you have to deliver. So we spend the majority of our days doing activities, which means running surveys, doing interviews, running usability tests, designing products. I think it’s so important for students to create their portfolio pieces throughout the bootcamp, instead of just having one portfolio project at the end of the course. For someone breaking into the UX community, the portfolio is how students demonstrate their knowledge and how they approach projects.
This is Ironhack’s first foray into UX/UI design courses! Tell us about the curriculum.
Marcelo Paiva and I created the Ironhack curriculum based on what we would have wanted to learn in a bootcamp if we were to just get started in this field. We follow the user and product development lifecycles to make sure that our students have all the skills they need to be useful right now in the current marketplace.
We start with user research – how to talk to your target market, the methodology behind that research, what to do with that data, deliverables, and turning that data into concept design.
We move into information architecture and interaction design, with low-fidelity all the way into high-fidelity, and micro interaction models. We use Invision, Sketch, and Principal as the tools for that piece of the curriculum. Then we move into visual design for mobile and web, because they are two different beasts.
Then we move into front-end development, where students learn how to implement the designs they’re creating. This is what the industry is looking for right now: the unicorns that can do the HTML and bootstrap to implement their own designs. That will make Ironhack students really effective and marketable.
Finally, we move into individual projects. Ironhack students are building portfolio pieces from Day One, but towards the end of the course, they work on more specific projects and breakouts for additional topics that we haven’t covered yet.
I’m so super excited about this bootcamp and I think it’s really valuable.
Is the push for designers to learn to code the biggest trend in the UX/UI field right now?
It depends on where our graduates choose to work. As part of a smaller team, a UX Designer will have to be more of a generalist, and need to do research, design, and development. If they’re working for a larger organization, they can specialize in a particular field within UX like ethnography, or mobile design, or design thinking. As a whole, I think careers in the UX community are becoming both broader and more specialized. The UX community is both coming together and breaking into niches.
How many instructors, TAs, and/or mentors do you have? Is there an ideal student:teacher ratio?
The student:teacher ratio for the UX/UI course is 10:1. Many of the required activities are tackled in groups among the students in groups of 3 or 4. As the principal instructor, I lead and teach the main flow of the course, and we have subject matter experts and mentors come in to teach sections of the curriculum that are more specialized e.g. design thinking, front-end development, etc.
Can you tell us a little bit about the ideal student for Ironhack’s UX/UI Design Bootcamp? What’s your class like right now? And how do the UX students differ from the coding bootcamp students?
The ideal student for the UX/UI Design Bootcamp is someone who possesses strong communication skills, can use empathy to jump into other people’s shoes, and has a passion for user-experience. The current class is a wonderful mix of many professional backgrounds: for example, some profiles include a former Marketing Manager for Sony Music, a Research Director from the non-profit space, and an MBA grad looking to use their previous Business Process skills to crack into the UX sector.
This is a full-time bootcamp, but how many hours a week do you expect your students to commit to Ironhack Miami?
In addition to the daily schedule of 9am to 6pm, we expect students to spend approximately 20 hours outside of class time to work on assignments and projects- so about ~65 hours/week.
In a UX bootcamp, is the style largely project based? Can you give us an example?
Yes, students will work on 2 projects during the first 6 weeks (one individual project and one group project). These projects are a sum of the individual units we cover on a week-by-week basis. The capstone of the course is a 2-week final project that each student completes individually, as they go through the entire user and product development lifecycles. The result at the end of the course is that each student has 3 prototypes that they can use as portfolio pieces moving forward.
What’s the goal for a student that graduates from Ironhack (in terms of career and ability)? For example, will they be prepared for a junior UX/UI role? A senior role?
The goal of this course is to provide students the skills to carry out a UX/UI design process from beginning to end in multiple circumstances with varying goals. As a result, students will be prepared for junior and entry-level roles in UX/UI fields, depending on which part of that process most interests them.
For our readers who are beginners, what resources or meetups do you recommend for aspiring bootcampers in Miami?
We also really love the free Hack Design course which is a fantastic resource for someone who wants to delve more into this world!
Is there anything else that you want to make sure our readers know about Ironhack’s new UX/UI Design Bootcamp?
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What were you doing before you started at IronHack?
I was a freelancer for a year, focused on web front-end development. I worked at an agency before, also for a year. In terms of education, I didn't study anything related to computer science before Ironhack.
Did you have a technical background before you applied?
I’ve been developing since I was 14, and all that I know is self-taught, and not in any concrete platform, but having projects of my own where the need of learning more every time drove me to get them done.
Why did you choose IronHack? Did you apply to any other bootcamps?
I chose IronHack basically because it took very good advantage of Google Adwords so I could not avoid reaching its website and getting interested on it. They offered me a merit scholarship so I finally made the decision. I have never applied to anything like IronHack.
What was the application process like?
The application process was good. The interviews were more of culture-fit and they were not much separated in time with each other, so it took less than a month to have it all approved.
What was your cohort like? Did you find diversity in age, gender etc?
It was quite good for me. There was clear diversity in age, but not in gender at all, as we were just men. About the level, it was not as fair is it should’ve been, but in general the class was able to follow the course’s process.
Who were your instructors? What was the teaching style like and how did it work with your learning style?
There were many instructors, so trying to give feedback about all of them would be endless. The teaching style was agile, asking for feedback continuously and adapting the course to it, so it made the experience really enriching. I’ve never had a teaching style like this before and it really fit with me.
Did you ever experience burnout? How did you push through it?
I did not really experience burnout, but there was a week, when we learned about using Core Data, that I got really tired because it was boring to me. It was the “ugly” side of iOS development, but the professor was so good that I got it all and learned a lot those 5 days.
Can you tell us about a time when you were challenged in the class? How did you succeed?
For me the challenge was not in a concrete situation, but in following the course’s speed. It was the first time for me to need to learn so fast and so much.
Tell us about a project you're proud of that you made during Ironhack.
I’m currently working on an app, which is the one I started at IronHack as the final project, but I didn’t have time enough to finish it, so I’m still developing it in collaboration with my partner, who is a Graphic Designer and the one who designed the app. I will provide links as soon as it is released. It is called Snapreminder. Stay tuned! ;)
What are you up to today? Where are you working and what does your job entail?
I’m working at Rushmore.fm as a Lead iOS developer, building the new application we’ll be releasing soon. I’m currently the only iOS developer, but I’ll lead the team when it grows. I got this job because they contacted me directly.
Did you feel like IronHack prepared you to get a job in the real world?
It totally prepared me for a real world job. It was worth the money for me. I don’t regret at all.
Have you continued your education after you graduated?
Not formally, but I keep learning every day and trying to enrich myself.
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After working at an IT company managing programmers, Jaime Munoz decided that he wanted to learn coding skills, so he enrolled in IronHack, a coding bootcamp in Madrid (with locations in Miami and Barcelona). Jaime tells us why he chose IronHack, the technical and soft skills he learned in his course and the mentors who have helped him along the way.
What were you up to before deciding to enroll in IronHack? Did you have a technical background before applying?
Before being a programmer I was Project Manager in a big IT company. I hired programmers, and managed their work. After some time I began to be more and more interested in the work those programmers were doing. So much that I decided to quit my job and learn to code. I did a Master's degree of 400 hours in CICE (a IT school in Madrid) with the great luck to have an amazing teacher called Devta Singh. I learned much more than just coding from him. He showed me how to face the problem, find the better solution, and how to succeed on it. It was a personal revelation, and since this moment I knew that I wanted to be a programmer.
Was IronHack the only bootcamp you applied to? What about IronHack convinced you to go there (the languages they taught, instructors, price etc)?
IronHack was my first and last choice. Honestly, I didn't knew many bootcamps, but the main reason were the instructors and the great professionals they talked very good about the course. Many of the coders I admire like Keyvan Akbary or Carlos Blé were involved and interested on the bootcamp. This was enough to make the choice.
Can you talk about a time when you got stuck in the class and how you pushed through?
Fortunately I did not got stuck a lot in class, but when I did not understood something I asked for more explanations and I received it immediately and solved the problem.
What were your classmates and instructors like?
They were all amazing. I guess I was very very very lucky on that point, because all my classmates were amazing. Not only because they were friendly (they really were), but because they were skilled and interested to push like I was.
It's amazing when you share such experience with people they think and like the same thinks like you, because it pushed the level very high.
The instructors were also great. Very friendly and open to discuss or try whatever we asked for. I think they can't imagine how thankful I am. But not only with the teachers or students. Also with Ironhack's staff. They did everything possible to make us receive what we needed.
Tell us about your final project! What does it do, what technologies did you use, how long did it take, etc?
What are you working on now? Do you have a job as a developer? What does it entail?
Would you have been able to learn what you now know without IronHack?
Maybe I could be able to learn the technical part, but there is no way to learn it in 2 months without a bootcamp. It's just too much information to handle it alone. Besides, there is much more than the technical knowledge that you receive in IronHack. You also get a lot of contacts, friends, experience, knowhow and the most important thing: a perspective of what you don't know yet.
Marta Fonda needed to improve her web development skills in order to compete for jobs at her dream companies, so she enrolled in IronHack, an 8-week intensive programming course for developers and entrepreneurs. We talk to Marta about how she succeeded in the class and got a job as a front-end engineer at floqq.com!
What were you up to before deciding to enroll in IronHack? Did you have a technical background before applying?
When I decided to enroll in IronHack I had just finished my degrees in Software Engineering and Business Administration. When I finished my studies I realized that my background in mobile and web development was not enough, so I was looking for an opportunity in a company that would bet on me.
I'm a very motivated person and, in fact, I interviewed with companies like Google and IBM but I did not have enough experience. It was around that time that I found Ironhack bootcamp and I decided to try it.
I had technical background as a software engineer but most of my experience programming was based on languages such C, Java or SQL. I needed to improve my skills in order to become a better developer.
Was IronHack the only bootcamp you applied to? What about IronHack convinced you to go there?
This was the only bootcamp I applied to and the main reason was that they were looking for people like me. Motivated people who had the drive to become a great professional and were only lacking the opportunity to show their potential. They train people in modern languages like Ruby.
This was not only an awesome opportunity to learn Rails, but also to be in an environment that is difficult to find in other places. I was learning from the very best professionals and from an incredibly talented group of students.
Can you talk about a time when you got stuck in the class and how you pushed through?
IronHack is an intensive bootcamp, you must be sure that you are able to push through any problem you have and my classmates were an important point to lean on. On one of my very first days at IronHack I was having trouble understanding one of the concepts that we were covering and it was through teamwork with my other classmates that we were all able to understand it.
My classmates were as motivated as me so it was easy to find people to continue programming on weekends or after the class. It was great for me.
What were your classmates and instructors like?
In this bootcamp I was surrounded by the very best professionals from all over the country, so I can only say that it was a pleasure to convert their knowledge into mine. Being able to share this experience with my classmates was awesome. If I could have the opportunity to do another Ironhack bootcamp it would be amazing. They are the fastest two months I've ever lived.
Tell us about your final project! What does it do, what technologies did you use, how long did it take, etc?
At the end of those two weeks I had a huge frontend project, which was more than I'd ever expected. Thanks to my hard work and efforts in this project I was one of the finalists in the Hackshow (the IronHack final show where the finalists can show what they have made in two weeks) and I could show my project to more than a hundred people.
What are you working on now? Do you have a job as a developer? What does it entail?
Thanks to the Hackshow two days after the end of IronHack I was working at Floqq.com, the biggest online education marketplace in spanish all over the world. Nowadays, I'm frontend developer and product manager at Floqq.com and I'm working doing what I love to do.
IronHack gave me the opportunity that other companies didn't give me. I had no experience and nobody wanted to hire me and now I'm still learning and improving my skills in the best place I could ever find.
Would you have been able to learn what you now know without IronHack?
It would be impossible to learn what I've learned in IronHack in two months on my own. But it's not only about the development skills that I've improved in those two months, it´s also about the personal skills that I´ve been able to develop and the opportunity to meet the best IT professionals from all around Spain. IronHack was just a 180º experience that changed my whole life, and that allowed me to do what I believe I was born to do.
IronHack is an 8-week coding bootcamp with campuses in Madrid, Barcelona, and soon, Miami! We talked with cofounder Ariel Quinones about their Rails curriculum, how they attract American students to "study abroad" in Spain, and what sets Ironhack apart.
Tell us about how IronHack started.
I come from a finance background- I’m originally from Puerto Rico, but spent 5 years in New York. My cofounder Gonzalo comes from the construction industry; he’s a civil engineer and he built all sorts of major infrastructure projects in Europe. Having said that, I come from a household of educators. Both of my parents were teachers when I was growing up and my father actually started a private university in Puerto Rico 20 years ago that started with 15 students and now they have 6 campuses and over 10,000 students enrolled.
I think education was always a part of my DNA and I wanted to do something after completing my education. I met Gonzalo during our MBA; we were both at Wharton. He also wanted to do something in education in Europe and possibly in ed-tech as well. During those 2 years of the MBA we were iterating ideas, constantly and I think had the same issue that most non-technical founders have in the U.S., which is having brilliant “ideas” but once you get to the point where you need to execute them and produce an MVP, you’re not able to do it. It’s incredibly challenging to find a cofounder and it’s incredibly challenging from a cost and also from an operational perspective to outsource the development.
Gonzalo and I took a 2-day course at Wharton where they taught us to do very basic Rails. Even though we didn’t acquire the skills necessary to build our MVP, we were excited about the possibility of teaching both technical and non-technical people these skills through a highly intensive and compressed time period. After that experience, we started looking at the boot camp model. At that point, the earlier ones were starting to get a little bit of traction. We thought it would be interesting to do this somewhere abroad. I’d done a lot of business in Latin America so I had some ties to the region. Gonzalo, my partner is Spanish, so our first bet was Spain.
Would you say that IronHack is more geared towards makers or technical cofounders as opposed to people who want to get a job at an established company as a junior developer?
We’ve had both profiles. We’ve been selective in the people we admit from a technical background. We’ve been hesitant so far to say “go from total newbie to professional web developer in X weeks.” Our approach is appealing to folks that are maybe already in close touch with technology and code. Developers that want to professionalize their skills and take them to the next level, or people that are very smart, analytical and are looking for a hardcore experience that will allow them to learn from these types of people.
When was the first cohort?
The first cohort was in October of 2013. Each course is 8 weeks long.
What was the biggest lesson that you learned after running your first cohort?
One thing we learned is that the 8 weeks just fly by. When you plan for people to be coding 10 to 12 hours a day- that seems like a lot but every day goes by so quickly.
The other thing we learned was that no matter how much you filter to make sure you don’t have disparate levels prior to arriving, people just learn differently, at different velocities with different learning styles. So within the structure of 8 weeks we needed different exercises and flexibility to give people the chance to learn right at their own pace, while ensuring that everyone’s learning fundamentals.
Do you have students do pre-work before they get to IronHack?
Yeah, they do 100 hours of pre-work.
What cities are you live in now?
We’re live in Madrid and Barcelona and we’re launching in Miami in September.
Could you tell us about the tech scenes in the locations that you’re live in- Madrid and Barcelona?
People love to come to Spain and study abroad. It’s a country that has a lot to offer from the lifestyle perspective; you know, you have great food, the parties… study abroad in Spain has been an integral part of Spanish society for many years, within the traditional higher education arena. In our case, we’re trying to position Spain in a similar fashion. In the first cohorts we trained a lot of people from Spain, but going forward we want to make it attractive for foreigners to come over and enjoy everything that Spain has to offer and at the same time, learn how to code.
Barcelona is very exciting because you have people from all over the world that are launching startups there. Obviously within the EU there’s a lot of mobility; if you’re a European Union citizen, you can go anywhere without any sort of visa requirements. And I think a lot of northern Europeans and people from Germany for instance, love Barcelona for weather reasons, the great beaches, the lifestyle… so a lot of them are coming over to Barcelona to launch their own ventures here. In Barcelona, the tech ecosystem is thriving and it’s very international. There’s a lot of mobile startups that are getting traction over there.
Madrid is still very much a cosmopolitan city and we’re seeing a lot of traction in the startup space. It’s obviously an emerging ecosystem, nowhere near Silicon Valley, but we’re seeing early stage companies get either acquired or go for substantial rounds of financing here in Madrid, which is ultimately a driver for our type of business. Companies need funding to employ engineers and we’re seeing that capital flow to early stage projects.
Do you get interest from people in the U.S.?
Yes; right now we’re getting a lot of interest from people all over the world, including the U.S. I interviewed a few candidates from the Northeast, we have another student from California who’s enrolling in our June course.
Is it possible for someone from the U.S. to complete IronHack and then work in Spain or in the EU?
Yes, it’s definitely possible. It’s not as challenging as someone from Europe to go to the U.S. For sure, there’s still costs that the employer has to incur but it has nowhere near the costs and all the red tape that you have to deal with in the U.S.
Has IronHack raised any money?
No, right now we’re bootstrapped and we want to keep it that way as long as possible.
So tell us what programming languages students are mastering at IronHack; tell us about the teaching style.
We have two courses that are live right now: Web and Mobile.
I’d say 90% of our content is practical. We’re big believers in the flipped classroom model, so we want to make sure that we reduce the amount of theory time to the extent possible. We get them all the resources, videos and exercises to complete at home prior to arriving here. While they’re here we give them homework and assignments for the weekend so we can reduce that theory time.
The technology demands in Spain are very fragmented. It’s not like San Francisco where you can produce a gazillion Ruby on Rails grads every year and they’ll be hired by Rails startups. Here, we’re seeing some demand for Rails startups – but also Python, PHP, etc.
Do you expect that after completing your course, a graduate would be able to learn Python or PHP on their own?
A hundred percent, and we’re seeing that. Even though love the technologies we work with, we’re not obsessed with them either. To us they’re an instrument to teach good development practices. I think one thing that differentiates us from boot camps is our focus and obsession with good coding practices. We’re obsessed with testing, clean code and good design patterns. We’ve done our job if the student get a good background in technology but more importantly, take away those good coding practices that they apply to whatever language or framework they use.
Is the mobile class structured the same way?
Same format, exact same structure; slightly higher requirements to be accepted. In order to be accepted into the mobile course, you already have to program with another object-oriented language. Our first course is focused on IOS development.
Do you think you’ll ever do an Android course?
We’ll probably do Android in the near future.
How many students do you have in each cohort?
Right now we’ve capped at 20. We can probably go a bit more than that but we don’t want to do more than that.
How many instructors do you have per class?
We always like to have a ratio of at least 6 students per teacher. So when we have 15 students, we have one main professor and two teaching assistants. Our view is that if we’re going to teach you one technology, we want to make sure that the person that is instructing you is the best, most capable person and is highly specialized in that language.
How have you found instructors?
We went to the best companies here in Spain and other parts of Europe and basically found the best people there. They work part time for us. It’s very different to have someone who’s fulltime boot camp professor versus someone who is a developer and is teaching at a boot camp for 2 weeks.
And also from a recruiting perspective, a lot of our students have been hired by their teachers. Also, our students have a network that goes beyond their peers and the Ironhack staff; they have a network that connects to all these companies that these professors are coming from.
You said that potential students should have some vested interest in programming and should have some background and be able to prove that they can really handle the material. What’s the application process?
We have a 3-step application process. The first part is a written form that we screen and then we do two 30-minute Skype interviews. The first 30-minute Skype interview is to get a sense of who you are, why you want to do this, and get a sense of is you fit within our culture, and if you have that intrinsic motivation to make the most out of the 400 hours that you have here.
We say “Listen; you’re going to be coding Monday through Friday, 10 hours a day and then you’re going to have work every day on Saturday/Sunday…” When I tell them that, we want someone who beams energy and positivity. If they make it through that interview, we have a second round, which is basically to assess technical skills. We’ve actually accepted a bunch of people that have never programmed before, but we want to make sure that you have the motivation and the analytical skill set to be able to catch up prior to arriving to our camp.
In some cases, we have people that we think are very smart and incredibly motivated but have never coded in their lives, have never even worked with HTML. We admit them subject to another valuation post that second interview. So we’ll get them to complete 60 hours of pre-work and then see where they are.
How does IronHack prepare your graduates to find jobs?
The demo day is a great way to showcase our talent to our employers, and you have all sorts of employers there from the founding stage where they haven’t raised any money or are still pre-product, to tech employers who have technical teams and more than 30, 40 employees
On top of the core curriculum we have speakers like employers come in during the 8 weeks to present their products and also it serves as an opportunity for them to get in touch with their students and identify potential hiring leads.
We also bring in leading HR people from some of our top tech employers here to offer workshops on how to set up your CV, how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, SEO and all these things. And we coach them on how to conduct an interview. Right now we’ve had the luxury of being small so we’re all very involved in the process.
Are those companies paying a fee to get into the demo day or are they paying a recruiting fee once they’ve hired someone?
Right now we’re not charging employers. We’re focused on placing 100% of our graduates and giving access to great companies (even those that wouldn’t be interested in paying a recruiting fee!).
Have you been successful in placing your graduates?
We’re starting to place a second cohort but in our first cohort, we placed nearly 100% percent of our graduates. I think in the first cohort we placed 60% of the people 3 week after the first course, and then the rest over the next 2 months.
Is the accreditation buzz that’s happening in California anywhere on your radar? Do you get any pressure from the government in Spain or are you thinking about going through the accreditation process when you expand to Miami?
We’re definitely going to pay attention to this in Miami. We’re all for it if it helps the student, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the model and doesn’t limit the ability of these institutions to offer education that’s agile and that can adapt to the times and the technologies.
Are you planning on expanding beyond Miami anytime soon?
I think for the next year or even beyond that, we’re going to focus on Miami and Spain. However, we’re going to use Miami and Spain as hubs for other regions. We’re getting a lot of interest from Latin American Students to come to Spain, so for those who would rather come to Miami because it’s closer, we can offer that as well.