CloudNOW CEO & Founder to Join Holberton School Board of Trustees

We are on cloud nine as we welcome Jocelyn DeGance Graham to Holberton School’s Board of Trustees. Jocelyn joins us from CloudNOW; a 501c3 non profit organization she co-founded. CloudNOW is dedicated to women helping other women achieve professional success, and identifying the next generation of female technical leaders through their STEM scholarship fund.

Graham certainly isn’t new to getting involved throughout the tech community. With a résumé boasting credits like being named by the Business Journal as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley and by CRN as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in IT, she brings a lot to the table.

Jocelyn DeGance Graham being interviewed on The Cube

Jocelyn was attracted to Holberton School due to its approach to providing an elite education in the most inclusive way. “The diversity Holberton has been able to achieve is apparent in the composition of the student body. Holberton is just two years old and has already achieved gender and minority parity through a ground-breaking approach to admissions– a blind application process. This is a powerful way to establish equality but it’s not been done by any other academic institutions. I think Holberton is going to set a new standard for non-biased admissions, hiring, and talent recruit.”

CloudNOW embodies the desire to promote diverse groups through technical careers. At Holberton, Jocelyn says

“This is not about lowering the bar. Everyone at Holberton is there by their own merit, everyone has earned their way in. It’s about creating the same amount of opportunity for everyone- everyone gets to apply- and with the Holberton/CloudNOW scholarship program and key corporate partners, we are making sure that economics are no longer a barrier either to getting a top job in tech.”

Jocelyn also recognizes the project based curriculum at Holberton as a benefit to students. “Everything is moving to project based skills, education in general is moving from theory to actual skills and I think that’s because there’s been such a gap of people graduating from universities, crippled with debt and not being able to get jobs.”

Jocelyn notes the overall sense of community fostered by Co-Founders Julien Barbier and Sylvain Kalache is the driving force behind the school’s success thus far. “Students are cared for on an individual level and students that require coaching and additional help are able to get it. Holberton is really focused on the success of the individual.”

A diverse board of trustees is essential in following through on Holberton’s mission. “To me, it speaks volumes that at every level of this school the equality and fairness is reiterated.” notes Graham. We are as excited as Jocelyn about her addition to the Holberton School Board of Trustees and look forward to furthering our progress on our mission to provide quality education to the most.

Mentor Spotlight: Neha Jain

Neha Jain, Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn, definitively sets the example of how the tech community should mature. Neha’s résumé is impressive, and once you add on initiatives she’s contributing to outside of her 9-5 at LinkedIn, her work ethic becomes very apparent. Neha’s journey to tech was hard fought and well earned and it is her belief that if she doesn’t provide for aspiring software engineers the way her mentors did for her, then really… what’s the point?

Neha presents to Holberton School students and guests at a Meetup.

Neha very strongly believes in democratizing the knowledge and sharing the information across the industry and the world. “it’s important to me to pay forward what I received.” explains Neha. This notion coupled with her admiration for project-based learning made her a fit for Holberton School’s mentor program. Neha was attracted to Holberton’s curriculum in addition to its business model; no upfront tuition costs. Jain points out the benefit that “students are free to learn without the looming financial stress” and as she explains her draw to learning by doing, you could say that Holberton and Neha are a perfect match.

She shares how mentoring is gratifying in itself, but also mutually beneficial. When posed with the question – Have you grown professionally due to mentorship? – Neha emphatically explains how mentoring is a way for her to grow personally and professionally. Neha sets a scene where mentees are asking questions she never even thought to ask, or proposes a solution to a problem she had never considered. All of these things are of added benefit to Neha; tools and information to be stored in her toolbox of professional development. Framing her experience by stating “Mentoring has helped me to unlock the other side of my career” is perhaps the biggest example of this symbiotic mentor/mentee relationship. Through mentoring, Neha further developed her management and leadership skills bolstering her already glowing personal brand.

 

Neha participating in a Q&A with Holberton School students


By modeling the mentor behavior and cultivating a transparent view of her journey, Neha’s success is a roadmap for the next class of software engineers. Neha demonstrates that your education does not and should not end after your classes are complete. This type of example enriches the tech community on a broader scale, allowing future engineers to strive for the type of leadership Neha has displayed throughout her career.

LinkedIn CEO to Join Holberton as Investing Advisor

Exciting news is not in short supply at Holberton School. We are proud to welcome Jeff Weiner, Linkedin CEO, as an individual investor and advisor.

 

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Jeff was attracted to Holberton’s dedication to producing quality engineers. “Holberton is producing remarkable, Ivy League-caliber graduates, without the costs, the time or the prerequisites. I should know, we hired two of them before they even graduated,” said the LinkedIn CEO. Holberton School’s mission is to provide quality tech education to the most and it would seem the quality portion is already being noticed in the industry.

The symbiotic relationship is not lost on Holberton School co-founder, Julien Barbier. “When you think of jobs and networking, you think LinkedIn, and with Jeff’s long-standing commitment to education, he will be a valuable asset to the school and of course, our students,” Holberton students learn that networking and relationships are just as important to master as the technical skills.

Jeff’s views on recruitment strongly align with the Holberton model. Recently, Weiner voiced his opinion on the “skills, not degrees” mantra floating around the tech industry:

“These are qualities that you don’t necessarily pick up from a degree. There are qualities…that have a tendency to be completely overlooked when people are sifting through résumés or LinkedIn profiles. And yet, increasingly, we find that these are the kinds of people that make the biggest difference within our organization.

Increasingly I hear this mantra: Skills, not degrees. It’s not skills at the exclusion of degrees. It’s just expanding our perspective to go beyond degrees.”

Jeff also shares Holberton School’s passion for the peer and project based learning format. “Talent is everywhere, but with our education system stuck in a centuries-old training format, many are not even given the chance to try. And a lot of graduates are having a hard time keeping up with the rate of change once they become professionals. Holberton’s education model is attracting students from all walks of life, and is providing them with the skills they need to take on a job after graduation, and more importantly to be able to continually retrain their entire life to take on new opportunities.”

We are excited at the addition of Jeff to our team of investors working towards our mission of bringing high quality education to the most!

Who Run The World? Ada!

Happy Ada Lovelace Day, everyone! Software engineers, computer programmers, UX designers… you name the tech position, and chances are you wouldn’t have it without Ada Lovelace’s design of the first computer implemented algorithm. This makes Ada the first ever computer programmer.

Ada Lovelace Day is meant to recognize and honor the various women across STEM. Lovelace was a visionary; and her legacy is being used to inspire the current tech landscape. Ada’s ideas serve as a reminder that innovation is always happening. It was the 1800s when Ada was contemplating the idea behind the computer, pontificating a machine that would one day be able to react to things like ideas and opinions, not just numbers and letters.

The organization Finding Ada holds an annual event on the second Tuesday in October. The event is centered around women in STEM and features talks, workshops, and even entertainment. The main event is produced in London, but many individual ALD celebrations happen all over the globe. To find out what events are happening around you, click here.

Holberton School Announces Corporate Partners Network

Exciting news – Holberton is introducing a new Corporate Partner’s Network as a way for organizations to support the vision of bringing diverse and qualified talent to the tech industry. Joined by Google, Scality, Accenture, and CloudNOW, Holberton is creating a way to further its dedication to providing quality tech education to the most. These Corporate Partners are in the unique position of being able to nurture their dedication to diversifying the tech industry while simultaneously benefiting as a direct result.

Holberton School Students participating in a Scality Hackathon

 

Why should you be a part of this?

At Holberton, quality and diversity are congruent. One of the reasons Holberton attracts individuals from varied backgrounds is thanks to its automated application process. Throughout the process applicants are given problems to solve, while remaining anonymous. This allows prospective students to focus on the content rather than how they are perceived by an admissions panel. This underscores that talent and motivation are what’s important at Holberton.

The no-upfront-cost model also helps the school to offer opportunities to students of many diverse backgrounds. It’s not news that often times the barrier blocking individuals from post-secondary education comes down to the financial stress. Holberton’s chosen formula of learn first, pay later opens the possibility of further education to many that would otherwise not be able to afford it.

At Holberton School, quality is key. The combination of project-based and peer learning allows students to learn in a more creative way. “Holberton School offers a truly innovative approach to education: focus on building reliable applications and scalable systems, take on real-world challenges, collaborate with your peers. A school every software engineer would have dreamt of!” explains Kate Volkova, Sr. Software Engineer at Microsoft. They say the mark of truly mastering a concept is when you are able to explain it simply to a peer. Holberton’s curriculum is a crash course in exactly that methodology.

 

How can you get involved?

Recruit directly from our diverse and highly-qualified talent pool. Being a part of Holberton School’s Corporate Partners program offers organizations the exclusive opportunity to hire students directly from the source. Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and anointed “father of the internet”, boasts Holberton’s curriculum “In their internships, students end up getting exposed to a pretty broad range of stuff at Google and that helps reinforce why they learned what they learned and why it’s important…” Holberton School is producing talented software engineers who have landed positions with companies like NASA, Tesla, LinkedIn, Apple, and Dropbox. Our students are not only landing jobs, they’re receiving 95% positive feedback from their managers.

Donate to help students with their cost of living. San Francisco’s cost of living is 62.2% higher than the national average. Our Corporate Partners are working to alleviate some of that financial burden. “Scality is excited to be a part of Holberton’s Corporate Partners Program where we can give back and positively impact our shared goal of removing barriers for those who cannot afford traditional higher education.” says Giorgio Regni, Scality CTO and Holberton Corporate Partner.

 

Holberton School co-founders, Sylvain Kalache and Julien Barbier pose with Board of Trustees Member Ne-Yo who is focusing on diversity at Holberton.

Interested in joining our Corporate Partner’s Network? Register here!

Batch One – Year One complete and it rocked our socks!

Our batch 01 students have graced the halls of Holberton and as their first year winds to a close, we have some exceptional success numbers!

80% of batch 01 students are already working in the tech industry as software engineers. WOOT!

 

 

Students have landed jobs and internships in companies like Tesla, Apple, NVIDIA, Scality, Dropbox, Docker, Shopkick and so many more exciting startups. Our program lasts a period of 2 years, but many of our students already have jobs within the first year! How cool is that?

If you haven’t checked out the video of our students story yet, take a few minutes and watch it here.

Hear what some of our students have to say about their current roles in the tech industry:

 

 

Swati Gupta, Software Engineer at NVIDIA says,

 

Holberton prepared me with tons of useful skills that are needed for a fast paced tech job, not just technical skills but soft skills too. I learned how to navigate, how to find the right tools and when to seek help. It made me a constant self learner, always adapting and accommodating to new information. The projects I did at Holberton were targeted at exposing all stacks of an application and based on latest technology, for instance the exposure to use docker containers. Because of the training I received at Holberton I feel more confident and prepared for my work life at NVIDIA

 

         

 

Anne Cognet, Software Engineer at TESLA says,

 

Holberton helped me get my internship at TESLA in so many ways. The school curriculum constantly pushed me to go deeper and do better. My classmates were very supportive, their approaches and questions helped me understand new concepts and gave me new ideas for solving problems. The school network helped me polish my resume as well. At my workplace, I am understanding & implementing the topics that I learned at Holberton. I believe the school gave me a strong foundation I can rely upon, and that makes me learn faster.

Before we look ahead to accomplishing anything further, we wanted to thank our community of mentors, students and team who helped make this year such a success.

Applications are now open for the January 2018 batch, you can learn more about it here.

Summer 2017 | Holberton Coding Camp

 This Summer, we introduced our very first Holberton Summer Coding Camp!

Eight shining stars from multiple different high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area went from no programming experience to web development rock stars in 3 short weeks.

 

 

Our campers were high school students aged 15-18 years old with no previous web development experience. They joined our camp wanting to discover new skills and explore the tech industry.

Over the course of 3 weeks, students learned the fundamentals of web development (HTML, CSS, JS), and then took their new found skills to build their own multi-paged websites from A to Z. They even added some extra pixel dust to their websites with super cool CSS animations, embedded links, menu bar and web content. An impressive feat for any software engineer, let alone beginners! 

Technical skills were the focus over the three weeks, but their soft skills were sharpened as well, especially public speaking! Our campers learned how to present in front of people and explore the art of networking with professionals.


 

Every week, students visited some of the hottest tech companies in the SF Bay Area namely Salesforce, Trinity Ventures and exciting startups like Scality and Twitch. They discovered what working in a tech company looks like and realized the value and importance of having a professional network. More than that, they understood what it takes to be a software engineer!


 

At Holberton we have no formal teachers, students learn by helping each other in the projects and our Coding Camp was no different. Our campers went through the sweet journey of practicing peer learning while working hard to code their websites, but were also well supported with current Holberton students and mentors, who are professionals working in the Tech industry.

 

         

 

Our amazing mentors held workshops for our campers to build new skills. Ayesha Mazumdar, UX Engineer at Salesforce, led our campers through an animation workshop. Jennie Chu, a Holberton student, now Software Engineer at SeeSaw, taught our campers how to solder to make keyboards from scratch. The cherry on the top was when NE-YO personally called our campers to talk about their goals in life and how they could achieve them after breaking the programming-ice with Holberton!

 

 

Every day was about having fun while learning with mentors, peers, staff and of course eating a whole lot of french brie & baguette (After all we are a french led startup)! 

The students had the motivation and drive within, all they needed was an eye opener like our camp to empower them to discover their capabilities in software engineering.

Hear what our campers had to say about their experience at Holberton:

“ Anyone considering being a software engineer would benefit extremely from this camp. What really sets the camp apart is that you get a taste of how the real world works in tech. The project of building your own website can be compared to doing a project in a company where you ask your peers/co-workers for help.”

“This camp offers great opportunities, and the experience is amazing. They also teach very important skills that don’t only apply to the tech industry but life in general (ex. learning how to learn).”

“I had no idea how to code coming into the camp, and after 3 weeks I understand code and technology way better. It was a great experience overall. Also, the opportunity to visit big companies in the city is hard to find anywhere else.”

Our first summer camp was a success, and we will keep taking initiatives to give the world the talent it deserves. If you’re interested in enrolling for our next coding camp, please fill out this form and we will keep you posted on future camps!

New York Times features Holberton, now this is BIG!

Today we are super happy and we feel PUMPED! **insertmoonwalk**

We have smiles all around while we share this exciting news with you…  This morning, Holberton got covered in the  The New York Times, the source the world goes to for the facts!

 

“The main thing we’re learning is how to learn,” said Dora Korpar, Holberton student, who recently accepted a job offer from Scality, a Silicon Valley company.

In this article, Holberton, a Two-Year Tech School, Emphasizes Diversity’, Katie Benner delves into the world of Holberton, while capturing the very essence of what makes Holberton different from other schools and bootcamps.

The article also touches on how Holberton is removing barriers and motivating people from diverse backgrounds come and build a career in tech. With proven records of getting students jobs at Apple, NASA and LinkedIn, even though they have not yet graduated.

 

 

“We want to remove any barrier to a high-quality education,” said Sylvain, Co-founder, Holberton School. “No matter your age, gender, ethnicity or past professional life, you can come.”

“I was attracted to Holberton because my school is also about social justice and teaching populations that are frozen out of the information age, meaning people of color, women and people who are not wealthy,” said Vito Ferrante, A Director of educational technology at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco.

Thanks Katie Benner for interviewing our team and curating the fantastic story.

We feel honored and want to share our happiness with all of you – Thank you for being a part of our journey. We all are thrilled to go further and make our school even better.

Looking forward to more exciting times!

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Spot. Click. Share. Contest

Hello Friends, while you read this blog on your phone in BART, one of our students may be journeying with you! No, like SERIOUSLY! Our dear students are traveling with you in the subway trains every day… Haven’t you noticed them yet?

 

Holberton students are riding along with you in San Francisco Bay Area public transport BART on posters… Our students started to have some fun by taking cool selfies with the posters, so we thought of sharing the fun with you too!

 

We decided to organize a contest for all of you! Isn’t that a mega-exciting Llama farm fun news?

Ready…. Set…. ARDUINO….

If you have a passion for Arduino or you tinker, hack, make or create cool stuff, then this contest is for you! Tinkerers, rejoice! We are excited to announce the “Spot. Click. Share” contest that sponsors an Arduino Starter Kit for the winner.

Simple steps to enter the contest:

  1. SPOT: Find Holberton school’s poster in Bart while traveling.
  2. CLICK: Click a selfie with the poster.
  3. SHARE: Share it on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) with #YouCanToo and tag us @holbertonschool.

 

Rules for the contest:

  • Open to all BART travelers in the SF Bay Area.
  • The most creative picture with a caption wins.
  • The post must have the hashtag #YouCanToo.
  • The contest ends on June 22nd, 2017.
  • The results will be announced on June 26th, 2017.

To improve your odds of winning, you can make sure your picture receives more reposts/retweets/shares and likes. So put your creative caps on, share your picture with us in the most creative way you can.

The thought of winning this cool Arduino Starter Kit should alone be enough to make you break out your soldering iron!

Good luck and happy spotting, clicking & sharing!

Holberton launches Summer Coding Camp!

Holberton is launching it’s inaugural Summer Coding Camp! This is a 3-week Summer Coding Camp for 15 to 18 year olds where students will not attend class but will be learning through  building their first website, following our progressive education methodology focusing on learning by doing.

Over the course of the camp, tech companies will tour their offices to students, in addition to collaborating with current Holberton students and mentors, so that our campers will gain exposure and keen insights on what it takes to become a professional in the tech industry.

GRAMMY award-winning artist NE-YO is part of the mentor team, he recently joined the school’s Board of Trustees to help attract underrepresented groups to software engineering. NE-YO will be reviewing our campers’ progress personally.

NE-YO doing a Q&A with Holberton students

Following Holberton’s mission to make high quality education accessible to the most, the 3-week camp is totally free and can even accommodate for those who cannot afford transportation and food.

The coding camp will cover the basics of HTML, CSS and Javascript. Students will learn to build their first website and personalize it to their taste. Mentors from Silicon Valley Tech companies will come to the school to coach them and give feedback on their performance during the demo day.
The camps starts on June 26th and applications are now open! If you want to support this initiative, please help us spread the word!