Hackbright Academy – San Francisco
April 22, 2016 recode.net article, “Women’s coding school Hackbright Academy acquired for $18 million”.
Hackbright Academy’s About page states: “Hackbright Academy is the leading engineering school for women with a mission to increase female representation in tech through education, mentorship and community.” Courses are held at the school’s city of San Francisco location.
Full Time Course:
Four times a year, Hackbright Academy offers a 10-week full time, Monday through Friday accelerated Software Engineering Fellowship for those who are a bit beyond a beginner stage and who want “an immersive environment to become a good developer”. Applications are accepted until a deadline which is a few months prior to each session’s start date. The course includes mentorships, career services, field trips to top tech companies of Silicon Valley, and lectures on related software, programming, and career topics.
Part Time Courses:
There are also 10-week part time evening courses, and there are currently three to choose from. Held twice a week for three hours each evening,
See the Hackbright Academy FAQs for information about admissions, refunds, financial aid, etc. The FAQ page includes a description about the reason the courses are for women only, as a way to bring more women into the field: “We want to do our part to equalize this imbalance, and we felt that a program exclusively for women was a good place to start.”
The website includes a Blog section with articles on women in tech in the news, personal stories about women in the industry, and updates about the Hackbright Academy.
See the list of Hackbright Academy courses for the dates of the next sessions. Click the gray arrow on the right of each course to see more details about that course, including dates, times, and fees.
Susan Chin‘s July 2015 post series on her website, Susan Codes, describes her decision to attend a bootcamp, the Hackbright application process, and the structure of the course at the start. Her July post enumerated some advice tips about “pair programming” where one person is the ‘driver’ on the keyboard and the other is the ‘navigator’ guiding the typing.
Theresa C‘s April account of Hackbright week one is posted on Medium.com. Among her observations, she said she was excited, and found the lectures very interesting, though others found them dry.
Ashley McNamara‘s Dec. 2013 post, on her website, describes her application to Hackbright Academy and the interview process. Her writing is very personal, honest, and entertaining. Ashley has additional posts written in February, March, and May of 2014 about the course. At least it is assumed to be about Hackbright. The name is redacted in the titles and throughout the posts. Maybe because there are experiences she describes that aren’t favorable to the school? Click on her website’s home page to find links to additional posts. Her May post itemizes things she would do if she could do it over again, focusing on community and networking, and ways to start on a path to being a developer.
Here’s a Nov. 2014 profile of Ksenia Burlachenko, who finished the Hackbright program and was hired by Perforce, as reported by Liz Lam, QA Lead Engineer. Ksenia describes the intensity of Hackbright, which she must have completed in 2013.
Wendy Dherin‘s fall of 2014 post series on her website, describes her experiences week by week, including inner fears, great advice for getting the most out of it, topics of lectures, people observations, and more. Her Dec. 2014 post, “10 Tips on How to Hackbright, as Opined by Me” is positive and helpful.
An 2013 through 2014 post series on the website, All The Tech Things, includes helpful networking ideas about post-graduation and Tips on Life After Bootcamp, including Hackbright, and describes a common angst about graduation, and the benefits of attending a bootcamp. In a first post about Hackbright, the author titles the post “Room Full of Brilliant Women“.
Mica‘s Fall of 2013 post series on her website, MicaPie, includes photos taken at Hackbright and highlights efforts to nail interviewing, project showcasing, and some wonderfully candid shots and descriptions of her social aspects of the course. About Hackbright, she states: “One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” As described in her follow-up, she is now a full-time software engineer.
Michelle Glauser‘s Feb. 2013 post on her website, Circles and Dots and Other Distractions, is a Q&A format which answers questions such as why it’s beneficial to learn in a women-only class, reasons for choosing Hackbright and how to prepare for applying, finding housing in San Francisco, and finding a job after graduating. Michelle says she “learned to code at Hackbright Academy and happily became a software engineer and now I’m passionate about helping more women join and feel comfortable in tech.”
Annie Chang‘s Oct. 2012 post series on her website, Anniemal, summarizes her activities, schedule, friendships, difficulties, and successes during her time at Hackbright Academy. The personal tidbits make the reading very enjoyable!
(Information provided is as of August, 2015) The part time courses are $3,000, with financing available for those who prefer a payment plan, and a $250 credit is applied for those who have taken another part-time Hackbright Academy course.
The tuition for the full time course is $15,000. There are scholarships and financial aid options, a partial refund may be granted within the first two weeks, and a $500 credit is applied for those who have taken a part time Hackbright Academy course. A $3000 refund is given if the Fellowship graduate receives and accepts a full-time job offer from one of the companies in the school’s network.
A May 7, 2015 post on the online magazine Good’s Project Literacy section profiles Liz Acosta and her experience at Hackbright. The article also discusses other bootcamps. Acosta is quoted, “Hackbright gave me the structure to get started and now the rest is up to me.” The article includes photos of students.
A November, 2014 story with video by Ama Daetz on the Bay Area’s ABC channel 7 News, titled “ALL-FEMALE ACADEMY TEACHES HOW TO WRITE COMPUTER CODE”.
See additional media accounts listed on Hackbright Academy’s Press page.
HACKBRIGHT ACADEMY LINKS:
The Hackbright Academy YouTube channel has videos on events, profiles of women in tech, tutorials about programming, news items, more.
@Hackbright’s Twitter statement reads: “The Engineering School for Women.”
Hackbright Academy’s Facebook page reads: “Hackbright Academy offers 10-week accelerated software development engineering fellowships for women.”
Hackbright Academy’s LinkedIn company statement reads: “Hackbright Academy is a 10-week accelerated software development training program for women. We strive to create an environment where people learn by doing. Our curriculum is engaging and intensive. We provide a hands on lab setting Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. Our students learn Python, pair programming, git and source control, SQL, and more. Hackbright Academy is based in San Francisco, CA.”
The Hackbright Academy Pinterest page includes its blog posts, student blog posts, photos of classes, info about the jobs students acquire upon graduation, and inspiration and a board named “Girl Geek Humor”.