Announcing 14 new mentors, including IBM Fellow & CTO and the Father of Symfony PHP

Today we are proud to announce 14 new Holberton School mentors, including Jerry Cuomo, Fellow and CTO at IBM, and Fabien Potencier, founder of Symfony and currently CEO of SensioLabs and Blackfire.io. They join our already impressive list of 81 mentors.

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Mentors are the backbone of our school, giving students a great way to network, gain insight into the “real world” and get some great projects. They create many of the projects for our students, interact with them as well as with other mentors to make the school reflect the creativity, innovation and working demands of building great software in the real world.

We feel very proud and honored to have such amazing people joining us today.

Please join us to welcome them to the Holberton School family!

Thank you!

Interested in becoming a mentor at Holberton School? Join us!

Using the blockchain to secure and authentify Holberton School certificates

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Today, we are proud to announce that we are now the first school in the world to deliver our certificates in the Bitcoin blockchain. Storing our certificates in the blockchain will simplify the verification process by employers, and help fight against fake certificates and false resumes.

Every Holberton digital certificate will be issued in a secure environment, 256 bits encrypted private key and 2 factor authentication to access the interface that will generate, sign and and insert the certificate into the Bitcoin blockchain, making the certificate’s content sealed and tamper-proof. In addition, each graduate will be given a paper certificate, and a Digital Certificate Number (DCN). This DCN can be included on resumes, so that any employer can easily verify the validity if the certificate.

This is all made possible by the technology developed by Louison Dumont and his team at Bitproof.

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3 weeks and 1000 candidates

It’s been 3 weeks that we have announced Holberton School. Three incredible weeks where we have witnessed the first candidates register and start the application process. You have been more than 1000 candidates to start the application process, reading your first Linux manual and decoding encrypted texts!

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Sylvain (who is now called Morpheus by our candidates), Rudy, our mentors and I are really impressed by the quality of the applications.

Good luck to all our amazing candidates, keep up the good work; And for those who already finished Level 1: Y29uZ3JhdHVsYXRpb25zIQ== , see in you a few days on Level 2! 🙂

Announcing 12 new mentors

Today we are very proud to announce 12 mentors. Please join us to welcome them to the Holberton School family!

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Thank you!

Interested in being a mentor at Holberton School? Join us!

 

Hello, World!

Today, we are thrilled to announce the official launch of Holberton School, an alternative to college to become a full-stack software engineer, in two years. We’ve been working around the clock for months and we are now ready to welcome our first class, starting January 2016. Applications are now open!

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A new kind of education

Using project-based learning and peer learning, our mission is to train the best software engineers of their generation.

At Holberton School, there are no formal teachers or formal courses. Instead, everything is project-centered. We give our students increasingly difficult programming challenges to solve, and give them minimal initial directions on how to solve those challenges. As a consequence, students naturally look for the theory and tools they need, understand them, use them, work together, and help each other. They will also regularly interact with industry mentors from small to big companies, including Facebook, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, Uber…

The combination of project-based learning and peer learning makes Holberton School more engaging for students. They are always hands-on, focusing on building actual applications and solving modern day challenges.

Learn how to learn

As the world is changing faster and faster, we do not teach our students specific programming languages, frameworks or tools, because nobody can predict what will be required of engineers in the future.

Instead, Holberton School teaches problem solving. Students learn whatever they need to accomplish an objective. They find solutions to problems using offline and online resources, imagination, creativity and communication. By doing so, they will be able to adapt faster to unknown challenges they will face in their career.

Betty Holberton

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Our school is named after Betty Holberton who was a software pioneer:

  • She was one of the six original programmers of the ENIAC, the first all-electronic digital computer.
  • She worked with John Mauchly to develop the C-10 instruction set for BINAC, which is considered to be the prototype of all modern programming languages.
  • She also participated in the development of early standards for the COBOL and FORTRAN programming languages with Grace Hopper.

And she has done all this despite being victim of discrimination: on her first day of classes at the University, her math teacher asked her if she wouldn’t be better off at home raising children…

We believe that Betty Holberton is a good reminder that women are at the core of software engineering and that more diversity in tech would have a big positive impact. No matter the gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity or social status, everyone should be given the chance to become the next Betty Holberton.

Join us!

Applications are now open for our class, starting January 2016 in San Francisco. Our selection process is based only on talent and motivation, and not on the basis of educational degree, or programming experience.

Rudy, Julien, and I, as well as the whole mentors team can’t wait to meet with the first Holberton School students! Apply now!