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!

Welcoming Ne-Yo to our Board of Trustees

We are very proud to announce that the GRAMMY award-winning artist NE-YO has joined our Board of Trustees. He is taking an active role in attracting underrepresented groups to software engineering by attending Holberton. “I believe that a major key to success in life is the presence of opportunity. Tech is an ever-growing, evolving industry, and I want to assist in opening doors for people across the country,” said NE-YO. “Holberton School is in a unique position to train people of all backgrounds to lead in the digital age. I couldn’t be more excited about Holberton’s mission and model.”

NE-YO interviewed by Holberton students

Our first 3 cohorts have already brought together a diverse group of students, we have 40% women and more than half of our students are people of color. Ne-Yo will help us to bring our success to the next level and will especially focus on Black/African-America and Hispanic/Latino which represents 11% and 8% of Holberton students. Please join us to welcome Ne-Yo onboard, together we will fix education and train the next generation of highly-skilled Software Engineers!

Holberton featured in FastCompany

Holberton was recently featured in a FastCompany video explaining how its innovative education methodology will train highly skilled Software Engineers that the Tech industry is craving for. Inspired by Progressive Education, a pedagogical movement that started in the late nineteenth century, students are developing their problem solving, critical thinking and soft skills by working on projects. At Holberton, there are no formal teachers, no lectures, students learn by doing and collaborating with their peers. Students from Holberton’s first cohort, not due to graduate until early 2018, have already been hired or completed internships at Silicon Valley companies such as Apple, Dropbox, NASA, Docker, and LinkedIn.

Check out the video!

Holberton Wins the 2017 School Leader EdTech Award

What a great honor Holberton just received from EdTech Digest. We learned yesterday that we had earned an EdTech Leadership Award in the category “School Leader” as part of the 2017 EdTech Awards from EdTech Digest.

Here’s what they had to say:

“From old school to new school, 21st-century education is in the midst of a paradigm shift. Chalkboards have given way to smartboards, desktop clutter to digital clean, disparate data to dashboard clarity, and isolated teachers to connected educators,” said Victor Rivero, who as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest, oversees the program. “Yet while evidence of the power of technology’s transformative effect on matters of learning is all around us, the power to energize education still lies within us. Holberton is on the leading edge of providing a better learning environment for a new generation of learners, they are changing school culture with purpose-driven project-based collaborative learning and getting great results. We need more of this kind of energy and mission-driven leadership in education.”

Holberton wins the 2017 School Leader EdTech Award

EdTech Digest is a significant resource in the educational community so we are very excited to be recognized with such a prestigious award. Holberton’s mission is to provide high-quality education to as many people, from as many walks of life, as possible.

We are open to anyone — ages of 18 to 128, whether an experienced programmer or not. The selection process is based only on talent and motivation. We enable students from every community and background to have the opportunity to become a software engineer. That’s also why the school is investing in students with no upfront tuition at all. Students contribute back to the program when they find a well paying job, via a percentage of their income.

In fact, applications are now open for the May and September batches: Apply now.

Come see what all the excitement is about.

Happy Birthday Betty Holberton – Software Pioneer

Happy Birthday Betty Holberton!

That’s right, yesterday was the birthday of our namesake, just a day before (today) when we celebrate International Women’s Day in the month when we celebrate women.

Frances Elizabeth “Betty” Holberton (March 7, 1917 – December 8, 2001) was one of the six original programmers of ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer. Not discouraged, but spurred on when a math professor at the University of Pennsylvania asked her if she wouldn’t be better off at home raising children, Holberton computed ballistics trajectories during WWII and later also participated in the development of early standards for the COBOL and FORTRAN programming languages with Grace Hopper. She is literally one of the mother of the software technology that is all over our life!

Betty Holberton

And so, when my fellow co-founder Julien Barbier and I founded Holberton School to bring Full Stack engineering skills to those who have previously been denied access, Betty seemed like the natural “giant” for whom to name the school.

And we think she would be proud. In little over a year, more that 50% of our students are women and people of color. And they are succeeding!

After the first year, students found internships and jobs at major Bay Area companies including NASA, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Apple, Docker…

Happy Birthday Betty, and thank you for the inspiration!

StartupBegins features Holberton

Holberton School – We want to tell you the story of two french guys who are disrupting Silicon Valley teaching standards. Based in San Francisco, Holberton School offers a new type of education that is training the next generation of highly skilled software engineers. At Holberton, there are no formal teachers, but technical mentors. They just announced a $2.3 million fundraising with daphni. It’s just the beginning!

Posted by StartupBegins on Monday, February 27, 2017

Holberton School is training highly skilled Software Engineers and it turns out that the US economy will require a lot of them within the next decade: about 1M according to US CTO Megan Smith.
The school took inspiration from a methodology created in the 19th century: progressive education. Students learn by doing by working on projects with their classmates instead of sitting in hours of lectures.

Thank you StartupBegins for featuring us!