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Learn to code and don't pay until you land a high-paying job.

Founded by Heather Payne in 2012, the HackerYou College of Technology is an innovative technology school based in Toronto, Canada. With tuition that costs just a loonie upfront, our vocational programs train Canada’s best web developers, and our graduates only pay more once they’ve landed a job making at least $50,000 per year. We also offer dozens of Continuing Education courses every year led by industry-leading developers, on topics like JavaScript, Computer Science, User Experience Design and more. With thousands of alumni and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, we’ve attracted some of the brightest young minds in the country over the years, and we’re just getting started. We'll begin offering Income Share Agreements beginning with our Summer 2019 cohort, pending approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development.

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HackerYou throughout the years…

Why HackerYou is the coding school you should go to.

Learn with the best and brightest.

Our classrooms are filled with people excited to be in class each day. We interview everyone before they're accepted to ensure they're taking our courses for the right reasons. We’re committed to creating a social and collaborative learning environment with like-minded classmates, led by enthusiastic and talented instructors.

Join a thriving community.

We’re so proud of the diverse and welcoming community that we’ve built at HackerYou. It’s our greatest strength. And while we might all look different on the outside, when you come to HackerYou, you’re joining a community of people just like you - motivated go-getters who are ready to change their lives and take control of their careers.

Tuition is just $1 upfront

When you’re accepted to our Bootcamp, your tuition is just a loonie upfront. Graduates pay a percentage of their income after they're hired, but only if they're making at least $50,000 a year. It’s an innovative approach to paying for education that perfectly aligns incentives: when you win, we win.

The Team

We love what we do. Every person on the team is perfectly suited for their role, and we all take pride in the opportunity to help people change their lives. Oh, we have a lot of fun too.

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Heather Payne

CEO

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Heather Payne is a Toronto-based entrepreneur and angel investor with a passion for education and technology. In 2011, she founded Ladies Learning Code, now known as Canada Learning Code, a national non-profit serving Canadians in dozens of cities across the country. In 2012, she founded HackerYou to bring longer-term coding training to Toronto. She now operates HackerYou full-time, serving over 1000 students a year from HackerYou's 12,000 square foot space at Queen & Spadina. In 2013, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for her work exposing women and girls to programming and technology. Heather loves biking to work from her home in Parkdale where she lives with her husband and two young kids.

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Brent Charbonneau

CTO

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Tiff Nogueira

Tiff Nogueira

Director of Continuing Education

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Karley Potter

Karley Potter

Product Manager (JavaScript)

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Jenny Ngo

Jenny Ngo

Lead Instructor & Developer

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Shangni Hu

Shangni Hu

Instructor & Developer

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Adam McMillan

Adam McMillan

Lead Instructor & Developer

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Zoe Daniels

Zoe Daniels

Lead Instructor & Developer

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Suzette McCanny

Suzette McCanny

Lead Instructor & Developer

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Asaf Gerchak

Asaf Gerchak

Lead Instructor & Developer

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Colin D'Amelio

Colin D'Amelio

Lead Instructor & Developer

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Katie D'Angelo

Katie D'Angelo

Product Manager (Beginner Programs)

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Fatima Gueye

Fatima Gueye

Lead Instructor & Designer

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Mark Goldberg

Mark Goldberg

Product Manager (Advanced Programs)

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Our Hiring Partners

HackerYou bootcamp graduates are hired by amazing companies, in Toronto and beyond. Our graduates can now be found working at: