Israel Tech Challenge
Israel Tech Challenge offers a range of programs in data science, software development, full-stack web development, hardware engineering and cybersecurity based in Tel Aviv, Israel. ITC aims to open the door for talented professionals to develop their careers in technology while focusing on the most in-demand skills in global tech.
Programs range from 3 months to 10 months. Each program is designed differently but each program is intensive and inspired by the Israeli Defense Force's "8200 unit" methods & job placement assistance. All programs give students an experience of the Tel Aviv lifestyle, with trips and events. Longer programs also include Hebrew classes, networking, hackathons and tech events. In addition to programs for professionals, Israel Tech Challenge also offers a 2-month Summer Internship program in a paid working experience at tech companies.
Applicants must be proficient in reading and writing in English, as ITC programs are taught in English.
Recent Israel Tech Challenge Reviews: Rating 4.23
Israel Tech Challenge Reviews
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This course provided to me a lot of invaluable tools to enter the ML/AI job market.
I did the course at age 30.
Before starting the course, I had around 4 years of experience in the Israeli hi-tech industry in Software related positions (Full-Stack Web/Product in a startup I co-founded and Back-End/Data Engineer in a data-intensive startup).
I felt I lacked the practical and theoretical tools to apprehend the ML market and transition to a Machine Learning / Deep Learning position in the industry.
After considering options to transition and brainstorming with people in the industry / ITC alumni that shared their experience with me, I felt ITC Data Science Fellows track provided me the best value for time / investment to accomplish my goals.
Alternatives I considered were:
- studying online with Coursera, Udacity, Udemy and like
- taking a master's degress in CS / Statistics in a well-known university
- learn on the job slowly and hope to transition at some point to an ML position
Although I believe I could have acquired some of the tools provided by ITC with studying online / learning on the job, to me it felt would take too long to become proficient, and was lacking the significant advantage of being around teachers/mentors that are leading practitioners in the industry, with whom you can interact (ask questions, "best practices"), and a community of peers (that became great friends) that would work together on assignments, brainstorm best ways to solve problems.
A master's degree was out of scope because it involved too significant an investment of time and was a bit less focused on industry.
Out of the many tools I got from this very intense 5-months experience, the ones I value the most are the numerous workshops organized by ITC partners that are industry leaders such as Outbrain, Taboola, SparkBeyond, Chorus, MobileEye (and much more), that provided opportunities to solve hands-on real-life data science problems (with real-life datasets, and not only toy problems you can find in online tutorials) that involved the whole DS lifecycle: data acquisition, data cleaning / preprocessing, exploratory data analysis, feature engineering, data modelling (with both classical ML models and deep learning models) and data visualization in both NLP, Computer Vision and classical Machine Learning.
On top of the technical tools and frameworks to do proper data science work, the exposure to many companies in the Israeli ecosystem helped me map the options in the industry and understand well the different players in the ecosystem, and what interested me most, and helped refine my job search strategy.
I am very glad about the personal project we did that allowed me to practice an end-to-end NLP project in the domain of HR analytics, that involved Data Scraping from leading job boards, data cleaning and modeling with Topic Modeling (which is an NLP model), in order to identify clusters of skills relevant for specific job titles.
Last but not least, the part that was maybe the most significant to me was the project we did together with BMW company in the field of Satellite Imagery Analytics, which involved problems in the Computer Vision domain such as Object Detection, Classification and Semantic Segmentation.
The project involved data acquisition / exploration (around 40k instances), modeling and finally presentation of results to BMW Data Science leadership.
The modeling part involved leading Deep Learning frameworks such as Tensorflow Object Detection API, and PyTorch, using cutting-edge techniques such as Faster-RCNN, and SSD + VGG16.
The tools we used for this project (and were covered mostly during the course of the ITC training) are: pandas, scikit-learn, jupyter, matplotlib, Flask, Keras, Tensorflow, Docker, AWS EC2, AWS S3, Nvidia DIGITS framework.
If you feel I threw a lot of buzzwords in this review, and feel a bit lost with all of those, then you probably feel the same I did before taking ITC course.
I guarantee you that after taking the Fellows program, you will understand each and every one of those, and will know which part are they playing for the different tasks involved with Machine Learning / Deep Learning positions in the industry, and know how to combine them to create value from data.
I have no doubt I would not have had a chance to reach my current position without the tools and exposure I got to the industry at ITC.
I am surely glad I got the chance to be part of this significant experience, and would recommend it warmly to anyone considering transitioning to the Data Science industry.
Thanks to ITC for the amazing initiative, and בהצלחה to you if you are considering entering this exciting journey :)
Before ITC, I was stuck in the "can't find a job because I don't have experience"-"can't get experience because I don't have a job" cycle. The data science track provided me with the know how and connections I needed to land a job in high tech. This broke that vicious circle and with ITC and that job in my CV even more doors are open to me now. It completely changed my life.
ITC does a great job of teaching you the actual skills you will need to be successful in a web developer role, and they do it with a very relevant real-world ""stack".
Trying to learn web development on your own can be very over-whelming. It's a huge topic, and it moves/advances incredibly quickly. ITC provides you with a curriculum that is actually what you NEED to know to be successful and they do it using technologies that are very popular in the industry.
On top of that they do a great job preparing you for, and landing you interviews for internships with tech companies in Tel Aviv. This part of the program I thought was equally as important as the classroom learning because getting your foot in the door is often the toughest part of getting into developer roles.
Overall I found the experience and support excellent. I was hired by the company that I interned for and have been working there as a Software Engineer ever since.
ITC is the key to enter top high-tech companies.
It brings you first the theory by qualified teachers (Some of them are completely awesome). You may find the content on the web but you cannot compare learning on your own and being stimulated by 50 others students from 25 to 40 with different backgrounds and skills. You practice everything your learn with daily exercices and workshops directed by data scientist from high-tech companies (Taboola, Intel, MobileEye, CheckPoint, and more) and finally placed for a 5 months internship in one those companies.
Either ou are freshly graduated from a technical school ,or with work experience looking for jumping in the machine learning industry in Israel and also wants to meet people from all around the world on your way, ITC is made for you.
They are always looking for feedbacks and improving each year. For me it was a great experience I highly recommend!
Hope to see you making Alyah, behatslakha!
The ITC Bootcamp, as intensive as it was, allows any motivated person to obtain complete knowledge of coding and opens the doors to a whole new high-paying job market.
The teachers are very knowledgeable and helpful and take time to ensure you understand the material that is being covered. The curriculum is well designed to teach you everything you need to be a full stack developer.
There is also an excellent mindset between all students, really friendly, we all helped each other a lot.
After ITC, I was able to build complete websites/webapps with all sorts of functionality, design features, and user interactivity. Now, I am not only confident in web development, but I also got offered a job that surpasses all my expectations.
If you are considering it, just do it. Don’t hesitate, you won’t regret it! It will change your outlook, understanding of web technology, coding and yourself.
Being a student from last Coding Bootcamp’s cohort, I can write an honest review about the program. First of all, I’d like to state that I am a French new immigrant, 30yo, with past experience in marketing and sales, holding a Master Degree in International Business.
I decided to take a leap of faith and start learning to code a few months ago and thanks to ITC’s coding Bootcamp I am now working as an software developer intern in one of the biggest cyber security firms in the world. ITC empowers it’s students with a 3months long program designed to turn people without coding knowledge into full stack developers. The administration team, the teacher and the teacher assistants are always available to answer your technical questions,and they use a large amount of ressources in order to accompany us into successfully find an internship, find a job, and even assist us with bureaucracy! I can’t recommend enough enrolling to ITC if you are motivated in learning how to code.
It is purely down to Israel Tech Challenge that I am now working as a full-time Web Developer. My previous professional experience had nothing to do with tech, so for me to be able to come for 5 months, work hard, and find a career as a web developer is a truly incredible turn of events! The staff are super friendly and well-educated and the program is takes place in an awesome location. I'd definitely recommend it!
I highly recommend the CTO program they have connctions with industry partners such as PayPal, Check Point, EMC and startups such as Dapulse.
IITC had a real impact on my career. Not only it provided me a solid background in machine learning in just a couple of months but it opened for me doors that I would not have even looked at. It eased my integretion in Israel over my expectations.
I highly recommend
Worst experience of my life in Israel, welcome to a scammer world, ITC is a company it thinks first to their money before the success of their students. The courses are mediocre. The horrible conditions 50 in a very small room. And the incompetent staffs will not be there to help you. I advise all those who come here to have real information to really think before embarking on this horrible experience.
I echo the sentiments of the review left on 1/18/2017. One which I would have taken very seriously, had I seen another like it.
Plain and simple, would never recommend.
If there are graduates, particularly Americans, who feel that the education provided by ITC was anything other than a disorganized waste of time, please respond. (The French seem to have a very different idea of what it means to work and learn efficiently.)
Anyone can agree to appear in a company-produced video because they figure it will help in the long run to be a good sport about things, as he or she seeks out employment in a relatively small tech community. It's another thing entirely to write a hearfelt review extolling the educational benefits of having attended ITC for several months.
It seems that in previous cohorts, students were at least granted the freedom to go on interviews and learn as they pleased, for example working through the problems in Cracking the Coding Interview together prior to the job and intership search. Now things are dictated to students.
As much as I wish ITC to succeed, the bootcamp cohort W16-17, was one of the worst organized academic experiences I have ever had. This bootcamp had one teaching assistant for 26 participants. Lecturers were average and did not have much interaction with students and slideshows always seem put together at the last second full of typos and confusing content. Administration while claiming to care, does little to address lack of resourcing. The administration also does little to organize the day efficiently, and never adheres to schedules. All in all this organization is cheating participants of their money, would never recommend.