This week marks the halfway point for School of Code’s first coding Bootcamp. In September, the Birmingham based start-up embarked on taking 19 individuals from beginner to industry-ready software developers in just 16 weeks.
Now at the end of week seven, the first cohort is well on its way to becoming the start-up’s first group of programming professionals. To test Bootcampers’ knowledge so far, School of Code has teamed up with Dell EMC to set an industry-driven development challenge.
Dell EMC came into the Bootcamp, based on the Innovation Birmingham Campus, this morning to present the task to the cohort, leaving teams with the rest of the week to plan, delegate and most importantly, code their solutions. Dave Hanley, Programme Lead for Dell EMC at Entrepreneurial Spark said:
“We have taken a keen interest in School of Code from their time on Entrepreneurial Spark. They are now a Dell customer working in the crucial area of digital skills education. We are looking forward to the output of next week’s work and congratulate the whole cohort on their progress so far.”
This is the first time that the Bootcampers have completed a piece of development work for the real-world, and the initiative provides groups with an opportunity to test their new technical skills and project management.
On Friday 27th October, the teams will pitch their work to a panel of judges from Dell EMC, including UK Public Sector CIO, James Norman. Chris Meah, founder of School of Code and teacher of the Bootcamp commented:
“It’s great to see Dell supporting diverse talent coming through from a huge range of different backgrounds, and we’re looking forward to seeing the challenge.”
The winning team will be the one that shows the best aptitude, teamwork and a final product that has the potential to be used by Dell in its work supporting entrepreneurs.