Top 20 Coding Bootcamps

Top 20 Coding Bootcamps

Today it is hard to find a recent college graduate who has not taken additional coursework outside of their college. With the increase in the demand for more technology savvy employees, students have flocked to alternative forms of learning online and offline. These options range from coding boot camps to websites like Lynda.com. However, the world of online and offline learning is shifting greatly. A new round of startups have been tackling this increased demand for alternative education platforms. One of the most progressive companies in this area is One Month led by Mattan Griffel, they were incubated by Y Combinator. One Month allows students to learn online at their own pace, but it also gives them the opportunity to do project-based learning. This setup allows the student to build something while they study, which helps to enhance their retention of material from classes. Another company targets the high school market, hackEDU allows high school students to build their own coding clubs. hackEDU provides new clubs with a baseline coding curriculum, free software tools, and community building training. Online education and school clubs that are online are the beginning of alternative education in the Web 2.0 age. Coding boot camps are the fastest growing education programs in the United States. The boot camp market will grow by 2.4 times, to an estimated 16,056 graduates in 2015, up from 6,740 in 2014. For comparison, estimates suggest that there were 48,700 undergraduate computer science graduates from accredited US universities in 2014. Below is a comprehensive list of the top 20 coding boot camps and the top 8 online coding schools. These...

Campus Pursuit: College Treasure Hunts

College Startup: College campus life is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to explore something new and altogether educational. In college, while I attended Hofstra University, there were treasure hunts that would be done by groups of Resident Assistants and Campus Life Ambassadors. These treasure hunts were fun, but unfortunately were lacking in creativity. The student Resident Assistants would simply hide a prize and announce a victor once the prize was found. Sometimes winners would not even report that they found the prize that was hidden. Campus Pursuit is changing all of this. They are putting college treasure hunts on the map in a BIG way by upping the technology used in college campus treasure hunts. They are also bringing treasure hunts to campuses that don’t have established treasure hunt programs in place for new or current students. To push the envelope even further they have made Campus Pursuit a game that anyone can enjoy on a visit to a college campus! You don’t even have to be a student! For example if I were to visit Cornell University and was not a student, I could login and select Cornell and be able to find the prize on campus. Read more on...

Alexis Ohanian’s Without Their Permission, at NYU

POSTED ON OCTOBER 29, 2013 BY NATE SUKONIK Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman have come a long way. They founded Reddit in 2005. Alexis wrote a book called Without Their Permission. In it he shocks and enthralls us. I hurried over from FITnyc to see Alexis speak at NYU. It was a crisp fall evening and I met some friends from Hofstra University on the way. At NYU he stirred the crowd, he stumbled with the mic as he toyed over memes and startup terminology. He kept urging us to take initiative, to learn code and to build, build, build!!! Reddit was not made in a day. Neither was WTP. “Permission-less innovation, is about creation. The world wide web is flat. We will see better art, better technology, better news and better games because of the internet.” – Alexis Ohanian @reddit co-founder @alexohanian at #NYU last night: “The Web is the world’s greatest stage & library, in one.” #WTP pic.twitter.com/FdowQXOaho At NYU Alexis spoke to us about the importance of the Web, how places like Twitter and Facebook, are only the beginning. Ideas will be born and companies will rise. Is it about raising money? Not really. Is it about making great things? Yes. Reddit raised less than $200,000 dollars. It sold for many millions, because it did something fun and exciting. How do you make something exciting? You focus on what people want. Do people always know what they want? No. Show them something they might want and make it fun. Alexis focused on the creation of aliens in the headline of reddit. This was his major differentiation...

Re3 Storyhack: A Hackathon for Storytellers

POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 BY NATE SUKONIK Storyhack is not your typical hackathon. Its not aimed at solely web developers or application gurus. In fact its targeted at writers, flim makers, bloggers, students, developers, artists, activists and designers. This should come as little surprise as the organizers are clearly from the creative world, example: Deroy Peraza (@deroyperaza), Co-Founder & Creative Director at Brooklyn’s graphic design studio: Hyperakt. I was fortunate to meet the other cofounder of Hyperakt, Julia Vakser Zeltser, back when I attended Hofstra University. I was aware that their studio would often be involved with interesting projects, much like this hackathon. Julia’s amazing project was called I Have PSD and you can witness it for yourself. Storyhack’s aim is get their participants to cover global issues like sustainability, education and medicine. You’re allowed to create anything that covers your groups issue. It could be an interactive exhibit, performance art, a Flash mob, a mobile app, sculpture or even a print. There is no limitation of medium for the teams’ final outputs as long as they tell amazing life changing stories. There will be more than 10 teams and at least 75 participants. Applications are due by September 10th, 2013 to participate or submit an idea. Please revisit the website for competition updates and follow the organizers on twitter. Update: The competition was held October 5th and 6th 2013 at: Parsons the New School for Design The Vera List Center 6 East 16th Street, 12th Floor New York City Some of the projects that came out of the competition can be found...

Fashion Institute of Technology Leadership Workshop

  Article from October 15, 2013 The Fashion Institute of Technology Leadership Workshop was a three day and two-night workshop that focused on student’s leadership communication skills. On Friday at 1:30 pm an unwary group of 50 students boarded the chartered bus to the IBM Learning Center in Armonk, New York. The bus trip was short, it took less than one hour to escape the hustle and bustle of New York City and to replace it with the hushed tranquility of Upstate New York. On the trip to the IBM Learning Center, I spoke to Christin, who is a student in the same major as me. We talked about how transferring colleges had benefited both of us. The IBM Learning Center is huge. It resembles a private liberal arts college campus. It contains a number of major guest room halls, we stayed in Maple where single bedrooms were assigned to each of us. We also had full access to the main hall where meals were all inclusive. The campus is rich and forest like, it has a number of large grassy hills (the vast majority of girls on the trip went to chill on the hills). The grounds have lots of animals too. Rabbits and deer are common. We did not have any issues with mosquitoes, as there were none. The activities consisted of typical college icebreaker activities like moving a hula hoop down a circle of college students via linked arms. The activities became progressively more intensive.In teams of 8, we began creating a country, we were told to make a country flag, shirts and song. Another one...