2018 has been another exciting year at HackerYou.
We’ve got a lot of things to be proud of this year, and a lot of people to thank for making the HackerYou community even more amazing with each passing day. In case you’re new to HackerYou, or you just want a reminder of all the great things that have happened in 2018, here’s a recap (and slight humble brag) of some things we’ve accomplished this year. Plus some of the things we’re excited for in 2019.
We won all the awards
In 2018 Switchup named HackerYou the Top Coding Bootcamp in Toronto, and 8th in the world. HackerYou was also rated as the Best Coding Bootcamp in Toronto by Course Report, and the Best Coding Bootcamp by Course Compare. It’s not only our hands-on, project-based learning, our great student to instructor ratio, or our downtown learning campus that sets us apart. According to these ratings our summer camp vibe and almost cult-like community following is what puts us over the top, and we agree. Our community is what we’re known for, so we just wanted to say thank you for being a part of it!
Continuing Education is booming
Our Bootcamp is better than ever
In 2019 we’re also excited to launch our first-ever post-bootcamp course to help our graduates level up and make the most of their job seeking time. This course will start two weeks after the end of each bootcamp, and run two evenings a week, for six weeks. This course will review and expand on some of the more advanced topics of our bootcamp curriculum, and teach grads what they should be learning next. Think this course sounds great? Stay tuned in 2019 to hear about how you could get involved too.
New and FREE workshops
In 2018 we also launched a series of free workshops, and the response has been so great that we’ve decided to make them a permanent part of our offerings. Our free Web Development Workshops are focused on giving absolute beginners a taste of what coding is like. We ran the first edition of this workshop in November, and will be continuing to run it regularly into 2019. The next workshop will be on Sunday January 6th - in perfect time to get back to learning after a nice long holiday break!
In 2019 we’ll also be putting a big focus on workshops, and providing content that can help our community learn and level up in just a few hours of learning. In January alone we have three new workshops running:
- Building your own REST API with Node.js on Saturday, January 19th
- CSS Grid: Simplifying Advanced Layouts Upcoming on Sunday, January 20th
- Web Accessibility for Developers: Essential Tools for Inclusive Coding on Saturday, January 26th.
Stay tuned for the launch of more new workshops, or check out our workshops page to secure your spot!
Our team is huge!
It’s not only our students who are growing, the HackerYou team has also changed drastically in 2018. At the beginning of the year we had a small team of just 14 people. After welcoming a number of new faces and adding a bunch of brand new positions to our team over the last twelve months, we’ll be up to 27 people at the beginning of next year. That’s almost double the size in only a year, and that’s not even counting all the dogs we’ve welcomed in!
New (and old) courses
Sadly this year we’re also bidding adieu to one of our existing courses - User Experience Design. We’ve had a great time running this course over the past three years, and it has brought some amazingly creative and inspiring new people into the HackerYou community. Though we know that User Experience is still a vital part of the tech industry, this course no longer aligns with the visions we have for HackerYou moving forward, and no longer caters directly enough to the development focused students that make up most of our community. For that reason, the last UX Design course at HackerYou led by Ricardo Vasquez, will kick off on April 1st, 2019. If you’re interested in taking this course before it’s gone you can find out more about UX and secure your spot here.
This year we ran a number of exciting new events for our community. Visibility hidden is an annual event we hold for our alumni where developers compete to code a website in a short amount of time, without being able to check their work in the browser. This has been a favourite event of the HackerYou community for years, so in 2018 we decided to take this event into the broader tech community, and held a special edition of Visibility Hidden for the opening party of FITC Web Unleashed. Not only did we have a number of HackerYou community members speaking at FITC this year, but we had a huge turnout for this event and had a great time opening our space to the broader Toronto tech community.
Impressive new stats
Last, but not least, this year at HackerYou we launched our first ever Student Outcomes Report. This report details the success of our bootcamp students for the entire 2017 year, and breaks down the numbers on their salaries, the gender gap, and much more. Though we’ve always known that HackerYou bootcamp graduates do extremely well in their careers, now we have the proof. With 97% of 2017 students being employed and an average permanent salary of $53,872, we’ve never been more sure that our process works - and we’ve never been more excited to perfect it even more in 2019.
Overall, 2018 has been one of the most exciting years at HackerYou yet. Though I may be biased because I only started on January 2nd, 2018 - I can tell that the HackerYou community is stronger and better than ever. With a growing team of passionate experts dedicated to building the best curriculum, taught in the best possible atmosphere, by the best possible people, 2019 is set to be even better than this year. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what happens.