Nicolas Bacca, IoT Security Expert, Joining Holberton School Mentors

Nicolas Bacca is joining Holberton School mentors team

We are very proud to welcome Nicolas Bacca to the Holberton School mentors team. Nicolas will design and lead the IoT security track at the school.

Nicolas is the co-founder and CTO of  Ledger, a startup designing Bitcoin hardware wallets and other auditable, open and secure Personal Security Devices.  He has been involved in the embedded security industry for more than 15 years as R&D engineer, independent consultant for major industry players; CEO and CTO of several startups. He built the most cost efficient FIDO U2F Security Key implementation with his team, is passionate about optimized code and well implemented security protocols, tries to push for more open standards at every possible opportunity. Also, he is not afraid of nudging closed objects into being more open when diplomacy fails.

In his own words:

The IoT design, privacy and security journey at Holberton will let you peek at interesting things happening at the bottom of the software stack, in this mysterious realm where you just can’t throw more RAM or servers at problems to make them disappear – what powers modern embedded systems such as the Nest, how your data is collected and protected in a network of connected objects, and how to recognize and implement good security and privacy practices.

You’ll build your own Open Source FIDO U2F Security Key from an open development kit that you’ll use to secure your Google, Github or Dropbox accounts even if your password is “Holberton1234” (*), then break your neighbour’s security and fix yours. You’ll acquire solid field experience to make educated decisions, kick broken designs before they get a chance to get implemented and sleep better knowing you helped making your favorite Agency job more challenging.

(*) graduation not guaranteed if you used this password

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!

Level Up!

Today, we are very excited to open Level 2, the last technical Level of the Holberton School application process. If you have completed Level 1, you should receive an email from us very soon (expect an email before Nov 1st).

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During Level 2, you will build your first website, from A to Z. That means that not only will you build a website with HTML, CSS and JavaScript but you will also install and run your web server (Apache) on your own Linux machine (Ubuntu). Note that most web servers out there are also running Linux as an operating system and Apache as a web server software; so you’ll be already using what industry professionals are using!

Here is an overview of what you will do and learn during Level 2:

  • Access a distant server using ssh
  • Learn the very basics of the Linux command line
  • Install a software on Linux
  • Use the Emacs text editor
  • Install a web server on Linux
  • Read a configuration file
  • Use HTML, CSS and javascript to build a website
  • And most importantly: search for information and help each other

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Many thanks to our reviewers and beta testers who spent countless hours with us, improving Levels 1 & 2: Ashlynn Polin, Lamia Himdach, Vanessa Rigot, Katya KalacheSophie Rigault Barbier.

2 great tutorials to better prepare yourself for Level 2

In a few days, we will open the Level 2 of the admission process.

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During this last technical level you will learn the basics of the Linux command line, and how to build your own website, from A to Z. You will also start to interact with your peers: get to know each other, help and get helped.

If you have finished Level 1, here are 2 great tutorials you can do while waiting for Level 2:

This is not mandatory at all, but doing those two tutorials will permit you to better prepare yourself for Level 2, and better help your peers.

If you haven’t finished Level 1 yet, today is the best day to get it done!

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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.

Read more about the announcement

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!