Examining myths about coding bootcamps and sharing a little evidence to the contrary.

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Sitting on tables. Challenging the status quo one day at a time. ©Codeworks

Einstein once said: ‘ The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.’

Coding is partly about changing the way you think, so let’s start now. Let’s question how we think about coding bootcamps.

#Myth 1: You need to be a Maths or Science expert.

For lots of people, coding seems to come with a misconception that you need incredible knowledge of Maths or Science. In fact, to get a job you need high technical abilities. Those can be learned whatever your background. No higher maths required. If you’re not sure that your skills or background will fit, we’ll help you find out. Codeworks’ rigorous application process involves a tech interview, coding assignment and pre-course. …


Three Lessons Learned by Codeworks Students

It’s Barcelona. Imagine a sunny October evening. A group of Codeworks students are clustered together in a light airy space, designed for good things. We see elephant grey circles under their eyes. They definitely haven’t had 8 hours sleep last night. Like a gentle Mexican wave, murmurs of agreement fall from one student to the next. Yes, they’re exhausted. But you can almost smell the pride in the room.

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Remember everyone, this is a safe space. © Codeworks

These are Code-aholics, our latest Codeworks seniors, and they’ve all just built an app in 12 days for their Thesis presentations. Here we’re focussing on Rosa, Nicola, Carl and Rodrigo. …


An Emotional Meetup at Barcelona’s Codeworks

We know it’s true, you love your phone. It just doesn’t love you back. Yet.

At the latest Codeworks Meetup, we got a bit emotional with Alberto Betella discussing Empathetic Adaptive Systems, AKA Emotional AI. We discovered that maybe, just maybe, our phones needs to know us better.

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How many emotions could you measure in this photo? © Codeworks

What on Earth is Emotional AI?

There’s no big difference between Emotional AI and Empathic Adaptive Systems. We’re talking about a new generation of applications that modulate their behaviour according to the emotions of the user. Whether or not you’ve seen the sci-fi drama ‘Her’, you’ll know how alluring Alexa can be. We’re not pretending we haven’t found Siri just a little bit seductive either. But when Siri starts measuring our emotions? …


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An Instagram Inspiration for Young Women in Tech

Female computer scientists, techies, developers and programmers. The CodeHers series takes a look at godmothers of tech from the past, along with our students, the tech giantesses of the future. We caught up with current student Nathalia Rus to hear how she’s influencing girls around the world, through her Yeahgirlscode feed. With an organic following at nearly 15,000, she’s proud to inspire teenage girls to try coding for themselves.

Discount for Women

Another step we’ve taken is our discount: we offer 10% off the Codeworks course fees for women at our Barcelona Bootcamp. …


What to expect in your first role after Codeworks

If you’re worried about getting your first web developer job after Codeworks, stop. You have absolutely no need to worry. The job market for first-time developers is fruitful. What’s more important is choosing the ripe fruit. Not just the low hanging stuff. (Okay you get it, we’re talking about the right job).

We caught up with Codeworks graduate Hannah Redler. Here she gives us the lowdown on life after bootcamp and how she chose the right job at Glovo. So grab a coffee, have a read and weigh up Hannah’s ‘first-job criteria’ against your own.

First things first. Glovo.

Glovo plans to build its tech team by adding more than 100 engineers in the coming months — saying it wants to become what it calls “the most relevant technology hub in Southern Europe.” Hannah, a self-professed ‘nerd’ has worked at the Barcelona-based delivery startup for almost 8 months. She’s watched Glovo grow to become one of Europe’s most successful on-demand startups. …


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From Bootcamp Student to Frontend Developer at Holaluz

Female computer scientists, techies, developers and programmers. Mavericks who have been quietly changing the world before programming was even a thing. ‘Keep calm and keep on testing’ the voices told them, as yes, they coded too. In this 5-part series, we take a look at 3 ‘Godmothers of Tech’ from the past and 2 of our Codeworks students, past and present.

Discount for Women

Another step we’ve taken is our discount: we offer 10% off course fees for women at our Barcelona Bootcamp. …


Whatever your personality type, you can learn to present

You don’t have to be a naturally public or outspoken person to be good at presenting. Private, quiet people make brilliant presenters too. Whatever your personality, the Codeworks program puts a lot of emphasis on transferring these soft skills to our students. Each student presents several times during our course. After they graduate, they leave campus as not only better presenters, but better communicators for life. We’ve collected a few tips along the road in our teaching journey.

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Anna might not see herself as a super public person, but boy can she present. © Codeworks

On average, students will present two or three times during their course. That’s a lot. Through the students we release every 6 weeks, we play an important role in shaping the culture of the tech industry. Clear presentations play a vital role in making that culture more accessible to wider audiences. The need for these skills is inescapable. …


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Amazing Grace, Our Mother of Code.

At Codeworks Bootcamp Barcelona, we’re calling them CodeHers. Female computer scientists, techies, developers and programmers.

Join us for this five-part series, shining a light on famous CodeHers throughout history alongside Codeworks students past and present. It’s a small step in a continuing fight against the huge gender gap in the industry.

Discount for Women

Another step we’ve taken is our discount: we offer 10% off course fees for women at our Barcelona Bootcamp. Until we’re teaching both male and female students, in a healthy 50/50 split, we have work to do, positively discriminating towards female applicants.

First, we’ve been shining a light on three women from the past, and two from the present. That means we’re wrapping up the past with none other than Grace Hopper. So, let’s jump back to WW2, circa 1944 when Hopper began her computing career. …


What did we learn hosting a Hackathon?

‘Facebook Developer Circles’ sounds more like a hippy healing group than a hackathon initiative. The 2018 Global Community Challenge brings together developers and community leaders from around the world, helping people to build communities. Okay so it still sounds like that healing group. But we’re fine with that.

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Heal the world? © Codeworks

The first part of the challenge is a series of local hackathons in the participating countries. One of those countries is Barcelona, right where Codeworks is based. July 6th-8th saw Codeworks (Coding Bootcamp) welcoming participants and judges from across Europe for a weekend of innovation and learnings.

Home of the Mobile World Congress (the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry), and with our campus district (22@) dedicated to innovation, Barcelona is set to become the Silicon Valley of Europe. The ideal spot then for our hackathon participants to create a solution based, at least, on a Facebook product. That means Groups, API, Messenger, React.js or GraphQL to name a few. Here we share failsafe tips from all the participants, not only the…


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Shining a light on women who code

World-shattering. Lonely? Under-celebrated?

At Codeworks, we’re calling them CodeHers, if you’ll forgive the pun. CodeHers are women from all around the world doing cool things with code.

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CodeHers concentrating pretty hard. Image © Codeworks

Female computer scientists, techies, developers and programmers. Mavericks who have been quietly changing the world before programming was even a thing. ‘Keep calm and keep on testing’ the voices told them, as yes, they coded too.

In this five-part series, we take a look at three ‘Godmothers of Tech’. These world-famous CodeHers, and their relentless curiosity got us pretty inspired. We’ll also be meeting two of our Codeworks students past and present.

Why now? ⏱

As we mentioned in our previous post, we need to keep fighting against the huge gender gap in the industry. That’s why at Codeworks we offer 10% off course fees for women. …

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