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5 Campuses

Miami

Building.Co 120 SW 8th Street, , FL 33130

This 8 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.

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. 
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
None.
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
The Pre-work is a 40 hours self-guided content that will help you to understand basic UX/UI Design concepts and it will make you design your first works in Sketch and Flinto.
Jan 22, '18 -Mar 19, '18
10,000

In PersonFull Time40Hours/week24 Seats

Application Deadline:January 16, 2018

Apr 2, '18 -May 21, '18
10,000

In PersonFull Time40Hours/week24 Seats

Application Deadline:March 27, 2018

Jun 11, '18 -Jul 30, '18
10,000

In PersonFull Time40Hours/week24 Seats

Application Deadline:June 5, 2018

This 9 week course enables students to design and build full stack JavaScript web applications. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming, with a big emphasis on battle-tested patterns and best practices. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to evaluate a problem and select the optimal solution using the language/framework best suited for a project’s scope. In addition to technical skills, the course will train students in how to think like a programmer. Students will learn how to deconstruct complex problems and break them into smaller modules. However, the most important skill that students will take away from this course is the ability to learn. Technology is fast-moving and ever-changing. A good programmer has a general understanding of the various programming languages and when to use them. A great programmer understands the fundamental structure and possesses the ability to learn any new language when required.

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. Skills Fund + Climb Credit
Scholarship
$1,000 Scholarship for women, $1,000 Scholarship for Military vets
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Basic programming knowledge
Placement Test
Yes
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.
Jan 22, '18 -Mar 19, '18
11,000

In PersonFull Time40Hours/week24 Seats

Application Deadline:January 16, 2018

Apr 2, '18 -May 28, '18
11,000

In PersonFull Time40Hours/week24 Seats

Application Deadline:March 27, 2018

Jun 11, '18 -Aug 6, '18
11,000

In PersonFull Time40Hours/week24 Seats

Application Deadline:June 5, 2018

Aug 13, '18 -Oct 8, '18
11,000

In PersonFull Time40Hours/week24 Seats

Application Deadline:August 7, 2018

The Web Development Part-time course meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays with additional online coursework over a period of 6 months. This course enables students to design and build full stack JavaScript web applications. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming, with a big emphasis on battle-tested patterns and best practices. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to evaluate a problem and select the optimal solution using the language/framework best suited for a project’s scope. In addition to technical skills, the course will train students in how to think like a programmer. Students will learn how to deconstruct complex problems and break them into smaller modules. However, the most important skill that students will take away from this course is the ability to learn. Technology is fast-moving and ever-changing. A good programmer has a general understanding of the various programming languages and when to use them. A great programmer understands the fundamental structure and possesses the ability to learn any new language when required.

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. Skills Fund + Climb Credit

Scholarship
$1,000 Scholarship for women, $1,000 Scholarship for Military vets
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Basic programming skills
Placement Test
Yes
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.
Jan 22, '18 -Jul 16, '18
12,000

In PersonPart Time11Hours/week24 Seats

Application Deadline:January 16, 2018

Jun 11, '18 -Dec 3, '18
12,000

In PersonPart Time11Hours/week24 Seats

Application Deadline:June 5, 2018

Design, User Experience DesignIn PersonPart Time11 Hours/week24 Seats

This 6 month immersive course held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 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.

Application Deadline:May 15, 2018

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. 
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
None.
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
The Pre-work is a 40 hours self-guided content that will help you to understand basic UX/UI Design concepts and it will make you design your first works in Sketch and Flinto.

Madrid

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.

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. Skills Fund + Climb Credit

Scholarship
$1,000 Scholarship for women.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Basic programming skills, basic algorithms and notions of object oriented programming.
Placement Test
Yes
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/
JavaScript, HTML, Design, User Experience Design, CSSIn PersonFull Time40 Hours/week

This 8 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.

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. 
  • Skills Fund
  • Climb Credit 
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
None.
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
The Pre-work is a 40 hours self-guided content that will help you to understand basic UX/UI Design concepts and it will make you design your first works in Sketch and Flinto.
Design, User Experience DesignIn PersonFull Time

This 24 week 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.

Course Details

Deposit
750€
Financing
Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. 
Scholarship
None
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
None
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
The Pre-work is a 40 hours self-guided content that will help you to understand basic UX/UI Design concepts and it will make you design your first works in Sketch and Flinto.
AngularJS, JavaScript, MongoDB, HTML, Git, jQuery, CSS, Node.js, Express.jsIn PersonFull Time40 Hours/week

This course enables students to design and build full stack JavaScript web applications. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming, with a big emphasis on battle-tested patterns and best practices. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to evaluate a problem and select the optimal solution using the language/framework best suited for a project’s scope. In addition to technical skills, the course will train students in how to think like a programmer. Students will learn how to deconstruct complex problems and break them into smaller modules. However, the most important skill that students will take away from this course is the ability to learn. Technology is fast-moving and ever-changing. A good programmer has a general understanding of the various programming languages and when to use them. A great programmer understands the fundamental structure and possesses the ability to learn any new language when required.

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
  • http://ironhack.skills.fund/
  • https://climbcredit.com/students?school=ironhack
Scholarship
$1,000 Scholarship for women, $1,000 Scholarship for Military vets
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Basic programming knowledge
Placement Test
Yes
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.

Barcelona

Carrer Pamplona, 96, , 08018

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.

Course Details

Deposit
750€
Financing
Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. 
  • Skills Fund
  • Climb Credit 
Scholarship
1,000€ scholarship for women.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
None.
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
None.

This course enables students to design and build full stack JavaScript web applications. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming, with a big emphasis on battle-tested patterns and best practices. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to evaluate a problem and select the optimal solution using the language/framework best suited for a project’s scope. In addition to technical skills, the course will train students in how to think like a programmer. Students will learn how to deconstruct complex problems and break them into smaller modules. However, the most important skill that students will take away from this course is the ability to learn. Technology is fast-moving and ever-changing. A good programmer has a general understanding of the various programming languages and when to use them. A great programmer understands the fundamental structure and possesses the ability to learn any new language when required.

Course Details

Deposit
$1000
Financing
  • http://ironhack.skills.fund/
  • https://climbcredit.com/students?school=ironhack
Scholarship
$1,000 Scholarship for women.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Basic programming knowledge
Placement Test
Yes
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.
AngularJS, Front End, JavaScript, MongoDB, HTML, Git, jQuery, CSS, Node.jsIn PersonFull Time12 Hours/week20 Seats

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:October 13, 2017

Course Details

Deposit
750€
Financing
Financing options available* with competitive interest rates. Skills Fund + Climb Credit

Scholarship
1,000€ Scholarship for women.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Basic programming skills, basic algorithms and notions of object oriented programming.
Placement Test
Yes
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/

Paris

WeWork 33 Rue la Fayette, paris@ironhack.com, Paris 75009

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.

Course Details

Deposit
€1000
Financing
Get in contact with us: paris@ironhack.com
Payment Plan
Payment in twice: - deposit: €750 (due before the prework starts) - final: €5750 (due before the course starts)
Scholarship
€1,000 Scholarship for women.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Basic programming skills, basic algorithms and notions of object oriented programming.
Placement Test
Yes
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/

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.

Course Details

Deposit
€750
Financing
Get in contact with us: paris@ironhack.com
Payment Plan
Payment in twice: - deposit: €750 (due before the prework starts) - final: €5750 (due before the course starts)
Scholarship
€1,000 scholarship for women and veterans.
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
None.
Placement Test
Yes
Prep Work
None.
AngularJS, Front End, JavaScript, MongoDB, HTML, SQL, jQuery, CSS, Node.js, Express.js, React.jsIn PersonFull Time50 Hours/week20 Seats

This course enables students to design and build full stack JavaScript web applications. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming, with a big emphasis on battle-tested patterns and best practices. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to evaluate a problem and select the optimal solution using the language/framework best suited for a project’s scope. In addition to technical skills, the course will train students in how to think like a programmer. Students will learn how to deconstruct complex problems and break them into smaller modules. However, the most important skill that students will take away from this course is the ability to learn. Technology is fast-moving and ever-changing. A good programmer has a general understanding of the various programming languages and when to use them. A great programmer understands the fundamental structure and possesses the ability to learn any new language when required.

Course Details

Deposit
€750
Financing
Get in contact with us: paris@ironhack.com
Payment Plan
Payment in twice: - deposit: €750 (due before the prework starts) - final: €5750 (due before the course starts)
Scholarship
€1,000 Scholarship for women
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Basic programming knowledge
Placement Test
Yes
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.

Mexico City

Varsovia 36 (WeWork), col. Juárez, Mexico City, CDMX 06600
AngularJS, Front End, JavaScript, MongoDB, HTML, jQuery, Node.js, Express.js, React.jsIn PersonFull Time50 Hours/week20 Seats

This course enables students to design and build full stack JavaScript web applications. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming, with a big emphasis on battle-tested patterns and best practices. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to evaluate a problem and select the optimal solution using the language/framework best suited for a project’s scope. In addition to technical skills, the course will train students in how to think like a programmer. Students will learn how to deconstruct complex problems and break them into smaller modules. However, the most important skill that students will take away from this course is the ability to learn. Technology is fast-moving and ever-changing. A good programmer has a general understanding of the various programming languages and when to use them. A great programmer understands the fundamental structure and possesses the ability to learn any new language when required.

Course Details

Deposit
$9,000 MXN
Scholarship
$9,000 MXN Scholarship for women
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Basic programming knowledge
Placement Test
Yes
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.

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Our latest on Ironhack

  • Meet Our Review Sweepstakes Winner: Luis Nagel of Ironhack

    Lauren Stewart8/10/2017

    Thanks to bootcamp graduates who entered our sweepstakes competition to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card by leaving a Verified Review of their bootcamp experience on Course Report! This time, our lucky winner was Luis, who graduated from Ironhack in Madrid this April. We caught up with him to find out a bit about his coding bootcamp experience and why he decided to attend Ironhack.

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    Meet Luis:

    What were you up to before Ironhack?

    Before doing the Ironhack’s UX/UI Bootcamp I had a long career working as a Marketing and Advertising Designer.

    What's your job title today?

    I’m a UX/UI Designer at Devialab, a UX/UI and software development consulting agency mainly focused on startups and based in Madrid. What makes Devialab special is that we launch every project like it were our own, and also work really close with the entrepreneur.

    What's your advice to someone considering Ironhack or another coding bootcamp?

    My advice to anyone considering Ironhack is DO IT! It is a great opportunity you are bringing yourself. It may be hard sometimes, but you will never regret it.

    Before starting, free your mind and your agenda, and be ready for a great immersive experience. You will grow as much as you’re willing to, and you will not only learn, but you will also experience what your job is going to be. And also, you will meet amazing professionals – networking is one of the best opportunities offered by a bootcamp like Ironhack.

    Congrats, Luis! To learn more, read Ironhack reviews on Course Report or visit the Ironhack website!

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    Need a summary of news about coding bootcamps from July 2017? Course Report has just what you need! We’ve put together the most important news and developments in this blog post and podcast. In July, we read about the closure of two major coding bootcamps, we dived into a number of new industry reports, we heard some student success stories, we read about new investments in bootcamps, and we were excited to hear about more diversity initiatives. Plus we round up all the new campuses and new coding bootcamps around the world.

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  • Campus Spotlight: Ironhack Paris

    Lauren Stewart6/16/2017

    Ironhack is a global web development bootcamp with locations in Madrid, Miami, Barcelona, and now Paris! We spoke with Ironhack’s General Manager for France, François Fillette, to learn more about their new Paris campus, launching June 26th. France is the second largest tech ecosystem in Europe – learn why Ironhack chose to expand to the area, read how the bootcamp will stand out from the rest, and see what resources are available to become a successful bootcamp grad in Paris.

    First, as the France General Manager, tell me how you’ve been involved with the new Ironhack campus.

    Sure! As a General Manager, I have been involved in all the dimensions related to the new campus – finding an amazing place for our students, recruiting a team of A-players, setting up the docs and processes and so on. I have been working with Alex, our Head of International Expansion, who has been tremendously helpful. We have worked super hard over the last few weeks to make sure that our Paris campus will be on the same standards as the others.

    What’s your background and how did you get involved with bootcamps? What drew you to want to work with Ironhack?

    I was coming back from San Francisco, where I was working as VP of Strategy and Business Development for CodinGame. One of my VC friends told me that Ariel and Gonzalo (the cofounders) were looking for someone to launch Ironhack in France. I met the two of them and immediately embraced their vision, and got impressed by their ability to execute fast and well. I got super excited by the project and the team, so a couple of days later I was in Miami to work on the strategy and the launch plan for France! It’s been 3 months now and honestly, I’ve never been happier to wake up in the morning and start a new day!

    Ironhack is launching their Paris campus on June 26th. Why is Paris a great place for a coding bootcamp? Could you explain Ironhack’s motivation to expand there?

    In terms of funding, France is now the 2nd largest tech ecosystem in Europe, right after England. Over the last 5 years, it has grown exponentially and is now one of the key tech hubs in the world. Take Station F for instance – thanks to Xavier Niel (cofounder of Free), Paris will now have the biggest incubator in the world. That growth has fueled an increasing demand for new skills in the tech economy and the talent shortage is not filled by the traditional education players. There’s an amazing opportunity for us to expand here and we’ll do everything we can to reach our targets.

    There are a few other coding bootcamps in Paris. What will make Ironhack stand out amongst the competition?

    Several initiatives and players have appeared over the last couple of years, which shows you how dynamic the market is. I think 3 elements will set Ironhack apart from the competition. First, our courses are focused on the latest technologies – for example, full-stack Javascript for Web Development – and we constantly iterate to improve both the content and the academic experience. Then, we dedicate a large share of the course (60-70%) to hands-on, real-life applications. Students work on real projects, submitted by partners or by themselves if they want to create their startup/business. Last, we help with the placement of our students if they’re looking for a job (coaching for technical and behavioral interviews, connections to companies/startups, events, etc.). We have an average placement rate of 90% after 3 months across our campuses.

    Let’s discuss the Paris campus. What is the classroom like? What neighborhood is it in?

    The campus is located in the new space opened by WeWork. It is located in the 9th arrondissement, near the Paris Opera. It is accessible via 3 metro lines, 8 bus lines, 2 bike-sharing stations, and 2 car-sharing stations. It will be open 24/7 for our students.

    The place is absolutely magnificent, both in terms of design and community. Students will enjoy a large classroom close to the patio, and meeting/working rooms to complete their projects and assignments.

    What web development and UX/UI design tracks or languages are you teaching at this campus and why? Are the ones you’ve chosen particularly popular or relevant in Paris?

    The core curriculum is the same across the different campuses to make sure students have the same academic experience and that we have a strong expertise in our area. Then we tailor the mentors, the events and the projects to the local specificities of the students and of the ecosystem. So, for Web Development, we’ll be focusing on full-stack Javascript but we’ll be integrating events and mentors around frameworks really popular here (ex: React or Meteor) and industries that are the rising trends (ex: online media and entertainment).

    How many instructors and/or mentors will you have in Paris?

    We’ll have a lead instructor, who is a professional developer and highly involved in the open source community. He has several years of experience in startups and IT services agencies. He’ll be assisted by a TA, who is a bit more junior, but passionate about education and teaching students. Plus, we’ll have a network of 15-20 mentors to help and coach students, for coding as well as for management. Mentors will be chosen based on the projects of the students. Also, the students of the first Web Development session will be sponsored by Florian Jourda. Florian was the 1st engineer at Box and scaled their dev team from 2 to 300 people. He spent 8 years in the Silicon Valley and is now Chief Product Officer at Bayes Impact, an NGO funded by Google that uses machine learning to solve social problems like unemployment.

    How many students do you usually have in a cohort? How many can you accommodate?

    For that first cohort, we plan to have 20 students maximum because we want to make sure we provide the best experience. That will ensure a strong monitoring of students, as well as a perfect operational execution on our side. For the next cohorts, we’ll increase the number of students, but we won’t go above 30 and we’ll recruit 1 or 2 more TAs to keep the same quality.  

    What kind of hours will students need to put in to be successful?

    Students often ask that question and it’s always hard to answer. Everything depends on their learning curve. On average, students work between 50 to 70 hours a week, mainly on projects and assignments. But we’re fully transparent on this – you can’t learn real hard skills and get a job in 3 months without fully dedicating yourself. We make sure that the atmosphere is as good as it can be so that students won’t see time passing by!

    How is your campus similar or different to the other Ironhack campuses?

    I think that our campus is pretty similar to Miami’s. We are located in an amazing coworking space, in a very nice neighborhood and with lots of startups around. The main difference would be our rooftop on the 8th floor of the building, where we regularly organize events and lunches.

    How are you approaching job placement in a new city? Does Ironhack have an employer network already?

    Job placement is one of the elements we tailor to the local realities and needs. We have already partnered with +20 tech companies, such as Drivy (world leader in peer-to-peer car rental), Jumia (the equivalent of Amazon in Africa and Middle East), Stootie (Europe leader in peer-to-peer services), Kima Ventures (VC fund of Xavier Niel, with +400 portfolio companies), etc. Usually, they are large startups (from Series A to Series D) looking to hire web developers. As a GM, it will be part of my job to support and help students accomplish their professional projects with our employer partners.

    What types of companies are hiring developers in Paris and why types of companies do you expect to hire from Ironhack’s Paris campus?

    I think there are 3 types of companies that could hire web developers who graduated from Ironhack – corporations in Telecom/Media/Technology, startups (from Series A to series D) and IT services companies. The demand is really intense for the last two options, as they’re looking for people mastering the latest technologies, in high volumes. Based on the enthusiasm they’ve expressed when talking with Ironhack, we know they’ll be great recruiting partners.  

    What sort of jobs have you seen graduates get at other Ironhack campuses and what do you expect for Ironhack Paris graduates? Do they usually stay in the city after graduation?

    Based on the metrics of other campuses, usually, 50-60% of people join a startup as an employee (a Junior Web Developer, Project Manager or Growth Hacker). 20-30% create their own startup after the course, while 20-30% become freelancers, usually in Web Development, and work on a remote basis. We’ll have a good share of students who are not from France originally, so we think some of them might leave Paris after the course. But we’ll help them find the right opportunity abroad and we’ll keep constant interaction with those students.

    What meetups or resources would you recommend for a complete beginner in Paris who wants to get started?

    France has some great players in the field. If you want to get an intro to Javascript, I would recommend you visit OpenClassrooms, Codecademy or CodeCombat. Then, in terms of meetups, The Family and NUMA are two accelerators with outstanding weekly events. Some of them are related to one specific coding topic and they’re usually apprehended at a beginner level.

    Any final thoughts that you’d like our readers to know about Ironhack Paris?

    We want to build something that is nothing like what exists in Paris. In 3 months, you’ll be operational in Web Development, you’ll meet awesome people (students, mentors, entrepreneurs) and you’ll accomplish your professional project. Send us an email to know more at paris@ironhack.com. We have a few seats left for the session starting on June 26th. Next session will start on September 4th. If you want to apply, just send us your application through this typeform.

    Read more Ironhack reviews and be sure to check out the Ironhack website!

    About The Author

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    Lauren is a communications and operations strategist who loves to help others find their idea of success. She is passionate about techonology education, career development, startups, and the arts. Her background includes career/youth development, public affairs, and philanthropy. She is from Richmond, VA and now currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Episode 13: April 2017 Coding Bootcamp News Roundup + Podcast

    Imogen Crispe7/21/2017

    Missed out on coding bootcamp news in April? Never fear, Course Report is here! We’ve collected everything in this handy blog post and podcast. This month, we read about why outcomes reporting is useful for students, how a number of schools are working to boost their diversity with scholarships, we heard about student experiences at bootcamp, plus we added a bunch of interesting new schools to the Course Report school directory! Read below or listen to our latest Coding Bootcamp News Roundup Podcast.

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  • Your 2017 #LearnToCode New Year’s Resolution

    Lauren Stewart7/21/2017

    It’s that time again! A time to reflect on the year that is coming to an end, and a time to plan for what the New Year has in store. While it may be easy to beat yourself up about certain unmet goals, one thing is for sure: you made it through another year! And we bet you accomplished more than you think. Maybe you finished your first Codecademy class, made a 30-day Github commit streak, or maybe you even took a bootcamp prep course – so let’s cheers to that! But if learning to code is still at the top of your Resolutions List, then taking the plunge into a coding bootcamp may be the best way to officially cross it off. We’ve compiled a list of stellar schools offering full-time, part-time, and online courses with start dates at the top of the year. Five of these bootcamps even have scholarship money ready to dish out to aspiring coders like you.

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  • December 2016 Coding Bootcamp News Roundup

    Imogen Crispe12/29/2016

    Welcome to our last monthly coding bootcamp news roundup of 2016! Each month, we look at all the happenings from the coding bootcamp world from new bootcamps to fundraising announcements, to interesting trends we’re talking about in the office. This December, we heard about a bootcamp scholarship from Uber, employers who are happily hiring bootcamp grads, investments from New York State and a Tokyo-based staffing firm, diversity in tech, and as usual, new coding schools, courses, and campuses!

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  • Instructor Spotlight: Jacqueline Pastore of Ironhack

    Liz Eggleston10/12/2016

    Miami coding bootcamp Ironhack recently launched an intensive course in UX/UI Design, where students learn everything they need to know about user research, rapid prototyping, user testing, and front-end web development to land their first job in UX design. We sat down with instructor (and UX superstar) Jacqueline Pastore on their first day of class to find out what makes a great UX/UI Designer (think: listening skills, empathy and communication), how the school produces User Experience Unicorns by incorporating HTML/Bootstrap skills into the curriculum, and the teaching style that future students can expect at Ironhack Miami.

    Q&A

    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 hold open houses and free introductory workshops to coding and design monthly, which can be found on the Ironhack Meetup page. Our friends at IxDA also offer some cool workshops on Meetup.

    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?

    If you have any more questions about the course, coding, or Ironhack in general, please e-mail us at admissionsmia@ironhack.com. We’d be happy to help you figure out what next steps might work best for your profile and individual goals!

    To learn more, check out Ironhack Reviews on Course Report or visit the Ironhack UX/UI Design Bootcamp website for more.

    About The Author

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    Liz is the cofounder of Course Report, the most complete resource for students considering a coding bootcamp. She loves breakfast tacos and spending time getting to know bootcamp alumni and founders all over the world. Check out Liz & Course Report on Twitter, Quora, and YouTube

  • Learn to Code in 2016 at a Summer Coding Bootcamp

    Liz Eggleston7/24/2017

    If you're a college student, an incoming freshman, or a teacher with a summer break, you have tons of summer coding bootcamp options, as well as several code schools that continue their normal offerings in the summer months.

    Wondering what a college student or a school teacher can do with coding skills?

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  • 5 Tech Cities You Should Consider For Your Coding Bootcamp

    Imogen Crispe2/18/2016

    We’ve picked five cities which are up-and-coming in the tech scene and have a great range of coding bootcamp options. When you think of coding bootcamps you might first think of cities like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle and Austin. But those aren’t your only options. There are now bootcamps in almost 100 cities across the U.S.
     

     

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  • Cracking the Code School Interview: Ironhack Miami

    Liz Eggleston9/2/2015

    Ironhack is an immersive iOS and Web Development bootcamp that started in Spain and has now expanded to Miami. With a hiring network and happy alumni, Ironhack is a great Florida bootcamp option. But what exactly does it take to get into Ironhack? We caught up with the Ironhack team to learn everything you need to know about the Ironhack application and interview process, including how long it will take, their current acceptance rate, and a sneak peek at the questions you'll hear in the interview. 

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  • 14 Best Coding Bootcamps in the South

    Harry Hantel7/27/2017

    (updated August 2016)

    Slide across the roof of the General Lee, we’re heading south of the Mason-Dixon to check out the best coding bootcamps in the southern United States. There are some fantastic code schools from the Carolinas to Georgia and all the way to Texas, and we’re covering them all. Talk about Southern Hospitality!

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  • Student Spotlight: Gorka Magana, IronHack

    Liz Eggleston10/1/2014

    In this Student Spotlight, we talk to IronHack graduate Gorka Magana about his experience at the bootcamp based in Spain. Read on to learn about his application process, the project he created during the course, and how IronHack helped him nail a job as an iOS developer at Rushmore.fm!

     

    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. 

     

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

  • Exclusive Course Report Bootcamp Scholarships

    Liz Eggleston8/12/2014

    Looking for coding bootcamp exclusive scholarships, discounts and promo codes? Course Report has exclusive discounts to the top programming bootcamps!

    Questions? Email scholarships@coursereport.com

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  • Student Spotlight: Jaime Munoz, IronHack

    Liz Eggleston7/18/2014

    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. 

    After the degree I started to work in a digital advertising company called The Fact. We worked for traditional offline advertising companies they needed digital development for his clients. I improved my php and javascript skills there during almost 2 years, but I had the feeling I wasn't improving faster enough. I tried to look for something new to stimulate myself and began to teach coding in a IT academy from Madrid called Trazos, but I needed a change to keep pushing my skills. That's why I turned to IronHack.

     

    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? 

    ​For my final project I used Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, HTML, CSS and Javascript​, to develop a online medical appointments application. It took a week to have something working and able to be shown in the demo day.

     

    What are you working on now? Do you have a job as a developer? What does it entail? 

    ​I'm working now in MarketGoo.com (a website marketing and SEO online "do it yourself" tool​) as full stack developer. I use PHP, MySQL, HTML5, LESS, Phinx, PHPActiveRecord, JavaScript and other technologies every day, but the key is that I'm not only a developer there. I'm also involved in the product management, collaborating every day in decisions about the product, his look and feel, his behavior and the business itself.

     

    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.

     

    Want to learn more about IronHack? Check out their School Page on Course Report or their website here. Want to catch up with Jaime? Read his blog or follow him on Twitter!
     

  • Student Spotlight: Marta Fonda, IronHack

    Liz Eggleston7/15/2014

    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? 

    Well, my final project was about a travel application. With this web application you were able to save, organize and share all your trip information. This project was developed in two weeks and in order to achieve all the features that I wanted to include on it, I used Rails. As I wanted to demonstrate all the things that I had learned in IronHack, I decided to include Responsive Web Design (using CSS3) and JavaScript, jQuery and HTML5 functionalities like geolocalization or web storage to improve the user experience.

    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.

     

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

  • Founder Spotlight: Ariel Quinones of IronHack

    Liz Eggleston4/21/2014

    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.

    The Web course is an 8-week course. I’d say on average, students are with us in our offices 10 – 12 hours a day. We cover HTML, CSS and JavaScript on the front end, and then on the back we work with Ruby on Rails and teach a little bit of Sinatra as well. The first 6 weeks we’re teaching those core technologies. And the last 2 weeks, students are working on their own project from scratch. The culmination of the program is a demo day where they present their projects to the community- developers, startup cofounders, that type of audience.

    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.

     

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