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School days at Holberton are structured like work days around projects and deadlines, Bhatt says. “As much as possible, [we’re] trying to mirror what you’re going to have to learn to do in the workplace.” For example, every morning at 11:30, a few students get up on the stage—live or projected from home—for “standup,” involving a three-minute presentation on a topic of their choice, from how to play chess to, on one recent morning, the merits of “prog rock.”

- by Kathy Leonard Czepiel on November 18, 2020

What Tulsa and other cities are doing to woo remote workers away from Silicon Valley

The foundation is partnering with several institutions training talent in fields that are high in demand. They brought the Holberton School of software engineering (founded in San Francisco by two young French software engineers) to train Silicon Valley-grade developers in Tulsa and opened its campus there last January.

- by Matt Asay on November 13, 2020

7 Innovative Institutions Where You Can Learn To Code

"At #4 is Holberton School. Founded in San Francisco by Sylvain Kalache and Julien Barbier, it aims to help people develop the skills necessary to find a job in software engineering. The first three sprints of its intensive on-site program cover the foundations of computer science. Then, for the next three sprints, students can specialize in the emerging technology of their choice, such as machine learning and augmented reality."

- by Gregg Parker on November 03, 2020

Holberton School Tulsa helps Tulsa native pursue dream of bridging gap between science and tech

“Half of my own understanding of concepts comes from working with my friends, challenging each other and bringing up new ideas or questions I hadn’t thought of,” Merchant says, “It’s not just about learning how to code. It’s about learning the technical, teamwork, professional, and even personal skills to be a well-rounded and successful software engineer.”

- by Roxanne Downer on July 20, 2020

Legendary Songwriter Savan Kotecha Joins Holberton School Board Of Trustees To Increase Tech Diversity

“Pop culture has shown me the importance of representation. It's important that the people shaping the world via music, art, visual media and technology come from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds so that everyone feels represented. Holberton’s focus on that is very inspiring and is why I wanted to be involved. During this ‘new normal’ we’re experiencing during the pandemic, we’re seeing just how important software engineering is with regards to shaping our new world. Software engineers’ creativity and vision will be key in helping us all move forward,”

- by Yola Robert on July 13, 2020

Multi-year, $50 million commitment by GKFF boosts Tulsa Innovation Labs' effort to transform city into tech hub

“Having diverse backgrounds and experiences in the workplace makes for better business decisions, more responsive products, and a more inclusive ecosystem,” Libby Wuller, executive director of Holberton School-Tulsa, said in a statement. “As Tulsa strives to build a tech-enabled economy, we must do so with a diverse workforce. At Holberton, our deferred tuition model and living assistance program aim to create pathways to the software engineering profession regardless of an individual’s circumstances.”

- by Rhett Morgan on June 11, 2020

Ne-Yo helps open tech world to young people of color

“I just always want to be pushing part of whatever is pushing us forward as a society. And in that, this technology is changing the world for literally everybody on it. Every second, it’s changing for everybody. Everybody should have access to it,” Ne-Yo told Associated Press.

Ne-Yo hopes to infuse diversity into the tech world

“The school is important to me because it allows access to this technology education, to be frankly honest, to people that it wasn’t accessible to before,” Ne-Yo told the Associated Press. “You know minorities, people of color, women, people that are not represented as fully in the tech space as they perhaps should be or could be.”

Tuition-deferred coding school in Tulsa hosts grand opening

Libby Wuller, executive director of the Tulsa branch, said Holberton is all about bridging gaps, and the school seeks to answer the decade’s forthcoming demand for technical jobs with skilled workers, as well as give potential students with a knack for the industry affordable access to the career path.

Grammy winner Ne-Yo backs a tuition-free school that makes tech accessible to everyone

“I got involved because technology is changing the world by the second and it needs to be all inclusive. I love what they were talking about doing, I love the fact that there’s no upfront tuition so that debt hanging overhead isn’t there anymore,” Ne-Yo told Yahoo Finance. “I just love the fact that this is a company which is making it possible for everybody to gain this knowledge.”

Holberton School is coming to Tulsa, Oklahoma

The school argues that its admissions process has enabled it to recruit one of the most diverse classes in the tech industry and that it has placed students at companies including Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn and Tesla.

- by Frederic Lardinois on September 25, 2019

Tulsa Gets New Software Engineering School

"Tulsa is hungry for software engineering talent," she said. "There are thousands of open jobs and that number is actually expected to grow 12 percent every year between now and 2025."

- by Taylor Newcomb on September 25, 2019

Priyanka Chopra-Jonas Joins The Holberton School As An Investor

"Hence, getting involved with Holberton was a natural extension of this lifelong commitment. Holberton has an incredible track record of attracting underrepresented students, about 40 percent of whom are women, and 52 percent of whom are minorities. They’re completely committed to tackling the tech sector’s struggles with diversity -- and, because students don’t pay tuition until they land high-paying jobs at companies like Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, and Pinterest --- they’re also committed to tackling higher education’s long-standing struggles with affordability and accessibility."

- by Yola Robert on July 02, 2019

Holberton opens its software engineering school in Medellin

Holberton School, which sees itself as a college alternative for budding software engineers, today announced that it has opened a campus in Medellin, Colombia. With this, it now operates two schools in the country after opening its Bogota campus earlier this year.

- by Frederic Lardinois on June 10, 2019

American students pledge future salary to avoid debt

A new platform, Edly, allows accredited investors to bet on pre-selected college programs. It has already raised $2 million for the Holberton Computer Engineering Training Center in San Francisco.

- by Juliette MICHEL on April 30, 2019

From PC to VC: Priyanka Chopra's third act

“NE-YO has been instrumental in inspiring black/African-Americans to pursue careers in software engineering at Holberton. We wanted to find a talent who could similarly inspire women. It just so happens that a very good friend of the school, Anjula Acharia, was also Priyanka’s manager. Both Anjula and Priyanka have long championed women and girls, and so our school mission and their personal missions aligned perfectly. Priyanka was eager to sign on with Holberton immediately upon learning about the school, and has been a terrific partner,”

- by SALIL PANCHAL, MONICA BATHIJA on March 01, 2019

Priyanka Chopra Talks Becoming a Tech Investor and Boosting Diversity in the Industry

I was instantly attracted to their way of thinking and operating. I was excited to learn that Holberton School teaches students from all walks of life how to code. Unlike traditional schools that cost a lot of money and can send students into lifelong debt, Holberton charges no tuition up front. Students repay the tuition from a percentage of their salaries only when they find a job. The graduates get meaningful, interesting, and well-paying jobs at companies like Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Tesla. I’m inspired by the school’s mission and am excited to show women what they can accomplish.

- by Hanna Howard on January 11, 2019

Holberton brings its full-stack software engineering school to Colombia

Holberton School, the full-stack software engineering school that opened its first campus in San Francisco in 2015, today announced that it is opening two campuses in Colombia, one in Bogotá and one in Medellin. This marks the school’s first international expansion and comes only a few months after it opened its first East Coast campus in New Haven, Connecticut. Applications for the programs in Colombia are now open, with the first batch of students starting in January 2019.

- by Frederic Lardinois on December 13, 2018

Priyanka Chopra Is a Tech Investor, Too

Ms. Chopra emphasized her support for Holberton’s mission to educate people from underprivileged backgrounds. Her investments will skew heavily toward companies with an element of social impact, and companies founded by women.

- by Erin Griffith on October 03, 2018

The Future Innovators Index 2018

Instead of paying tuition upfront, students who graduate and go on to make more than $40,000 a year pay 17 percent of their gross salaries to the school for three year and a half years—a way to open the door to more students who may not otherwise have a means of getting in the door with computer-science programs.

Ne-Yo wants to make Silicon Valley more diverse, one investment at a time

“Little black kids growing up don’t say things like ‘I want to be a coder when I grow up,’ because it’s not real to them, they don’t see people that look like me doing it,” Ne-Yo said. “But tech is changing the world, like literally by the day, by the second, so I feel like it just makes the most sense to have it accessible to everyone.”

- by Kate Clark on September 29, 2018

Are Robots Coming for Your Job? Eventually, Yes.

“In two years, you do learn a craft that is in demand,” said Mr. Barbier, Holberton’s chief executive. “But this is really about self-learning. If you can train yourself, you’re never going to obsolete.”

- by Steve Lohr on September 21, 2018

Big man, big heart

Kudos to left tackle Kelvin Beachum, who announced a $10,000 grant to the Holberton School -- a tuition-free software engineering school in San Francisco. His grant will help offset living expenses for students. Beachum said he picked Holberton in part because of its diverse student body and its proximity to major tech-based companies.

- by Rich Cimini on September 09, 2018

New tech school coming to New Haven

"The idea of having an advanced, world-class two-year training program means we will again start to meet the needs of our employers," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said during the announcement Tuesday. "Right now, there are thousands of unfilled jobs in Connecticut because we’re still catching up with the pipeline we need to establish."

- by Clare Dignan on September 05, 2018

Calif. School For Computer Engineering To Open Conn. Campus

“I went from someone selling potato chips to someone who was interviewing at Nike, Facebook, Apple,” Johnson said. “And just a couple of weeks ago I started a new job with this company called Pypsestream. It’s a great company and it’s doing great things. And they took a chance on me because Holberton took a chance on me.”

- by Lori Mack on September 05, 2018

Holberton alternative school for software engineers comes to the East Coast

This new campus, it's hoped, will enable Connecticut to double the number of locally-based software engineer graduates in a few years. This will bring the experienced, qualified, and diverse software engineers Connecticut needs for its growing businesses. 

- by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on September 04, 2018

New Haven school to be cutting edge engineering incubator

“And, by far the most important one is learning how to learn,” said Julien Barbier, Founder of Holberton School in San Francisco, “The second one is critical thinking - project solving, problem-solving - and the third one is teamwork.”

- by Tony Terzi on September 04, 2018

Ne-Yo, Holberton school help homeless student become a software engineer

“Max didn’t give up for two very important reasons. One, Max’s spirit and two, the Holberton approach. Max is one of those people who has the spirit of a champion. The drive, grit, and other personal qualities that enable them to persevere through adversity. He is the real MVP,” said Ne-Yo. “Any employer is lucky to hire employees with these personal attributes because they translate so well into workplace success.”

- by Sequoia Blodgett on July 10, 2018

Beating bias in tech with fair, affordable education

Holberton’s mission is to provide high-quality education for all students, regardless of experience level or financial ability. “Ivy League are obviously doing a great job, but … it’s limited to an elite. A fraction of American people can access high-quality education. … Something is wrong with that,” Kalache said.

- by KYLIE ANDERSON on April 17, 2018

A Silicon Valley coding school — with no teachers

Wearing a black hoodie and a beaded bracelet on his tattooed arm, Ian Liu-Johnston tells me how he landed his first job as a software engineer at LinkedIn.

He told the interviewers he had hacked his college, the Holberton School in San Francisco. “They thought it was awesome,” he says.

- by HANNAH KUCHLER on April 17, 2018

I wanted a career change

"I wanted a career change," said Hedden, who struggled to make ends meet in the San Francisco area on his $22,000 teacher's salary -- a fraction of the compensation offered to software engineers.

- by Virginie Goubier on April 11, 2018

Holberton raises $8M for its full-stack engineering school

Everyone deserves a first-rate education. Students at Holberton come from all walks of life, from cashiers to musicians to poker players (as well as right out of high school) without the money, background and education needed to be 'Ivy League material'

- by Frederic Lardinois on April 09, 2018

Holberton School Raises $8.2 Million To Expand Its Engineer-Training Program

Peer into the elite technical ranks of companies like Apple, IBM and Tesla, and you’ll find a small but growing group of engineers who come from backgrounds far from the typical recruitment hubs of Stanford or MIT. You wouldn’t tell it from their work. But their résumés would say cashier, barista and Uber driver.

- by Alex Konrad on April 09, 2018

DeveloperWeek 2018 roundup

On the student side, while traditional University Computer Science departments were well represented, it was interesting to see new “software first” alternatives like Holberton School and Make School sending roaming groups of students, who always had smart questions.

- by Badri Rajasekar on March 22, 2018

What is the Future of Work ?

The future schools and their curriculum will resemble Holberton in San Fransico and Wildflower School in Boston.

- by Amrit Mirchandani on March 20, 2018

Jeffrey Reel: Embracing change — IT’s inevitable

What comes to mind are project-based schools, many offered by technology experts, from Holberton in San Francisco, to Wildflower School in Boston (founded by former Google executive Sep Kamvar),to Portfolio in New York. These schools set the stage for what future education will look like. We will rethink the way talent is developed and deployed, and prepare students for a lifetime of learning better paced to the rapid evolution of skills.

- by Jeffrey Reel on March 06, 2018

​Your website is under constant attack

Does that sound crazy? For people, yes, but bots aren't people. They're constantly scanning the web and attacking sites over and over again. Don't believe it? Let's look at the evidence. Honeynet, an international non-profit security research organization, with help from students at Holberton School, recently set up a honeypot to track security attacks on a cloud-based webserver.

- by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on January 23, 2018

Will 2018 be the year a robot takes your job? It's not clear whether AI and automation are our allies — or our replacements

“We have all the knowledge you could want online. The issue isn’t access, but how to navigate it and authenticate it and learn what you need to succeed,” said Holberton School co-founder Sylvain Kalache. “I can’t tell you that in five years or 10 years you would need these specific skills, no one knows what those are. What I can tell you is that if you’re trained to learn this skill of critical thinking, whatever comes at you will be no problem.”

- by Kevin Truong on January 04, 2018

Higher Education Innovation Summit

The U.S. Department of Education hosted a “Rethink School Summit” focusing on innovation in higher education. Education stakeholders from across the country talked about how moving away from traditional ways of college teaching had benefited their students and could benefit others as well.

This coding school in San Francisco has no fees, no teachers

Holberton’s education model is attracting students from all walks of life, and is providing them with the skills they need to take on a job after graduation, and more importantly to be able to continually retrain their entire life to take on new opportunities

This coding school in San Francisco has no fees, no teachers

“In their internships, students end up getting exposed to a pretty broad range of stuff at Google and that helps reinforce why they learned what they learned and why it’s important,” Vint Cerf, chief Internet evangelist for Google noted in an interview with Fortune.

The 19 hottest San Francisco startups to watch in 2018

Coding schools in San Francisco are easy to come by, but Holberton School sets itself apart by not charging tuition. Instead, it has graduates give back 17% of their salaries or internship pay for the first three years after graduation. It also doesn't employ formal teachers or give lectures, most of the curriculum is based around students working on specific projects and teaching each other.

- by Caroline Cakebread on November 10, 2017

Holberton gets backing from more industry executives as it looks to scale its software engineering school

Holberton’s mission going forward is pretty straightforward: Kalache and Barbier want to scale the program up from the 100 or so students they are training right now to up to 1,000. That’s more graduates than even the largest U.S. computer science programs graduate in a year, so the team has definitely set itself up for a challenge, especially as it tries to keep its group of graduates as diverse as its first couple of batches.

- by Frederic Lardinois on October 26, 2017

The Holberton School, Building the Next Generation of Software Engineers

Holberton School students engage with real software engineers and industry leaders on a regular basis. These leaders act as mentors and are on-site frequently to help students become familiar with the technical industry. This help students gain connections in the field and learn how to build their network further as well. Kalache stated that the mentors are also there to guide the school’s curriculum by adjusting the focus and keepingit up to date. After all, they are the experts in the field and the ones that will most likely hire the students as well.

- by Jeffrey Lee on October 03, 2017

Google and Friends Help Students at This Elite Tech School Defray Costs

Vint Cerf, chief internet evangelist for Google, also known as "the father of the internet" for his work on the internet's TCP/IP protocol, is a fan of the school and its use of industry internships. The program is impressive and helpful to students and vendor partners alike, Cerf told Fortune in an interview. "In their internships, students end up getting exposed to a pretty broad range of stuff at Google and that helps reinforce why they learned what they learned and why it's important," he noted.

- by Barb Darrow on September 25, 2017

Learning to Code Changed Their Life

Whether they heard about Holberton through a friend, a newspaper article handed over by their father or simply by discovering it on the web, they felt it was a unique chance for them to get a foot into something fun and intellectually challenging. For Bennett, the recruiting process alone was a highlight. He originally completed the application for fun. The process got him to learn how to create his own website on a remote server – he hadn’t even started the school yet. This got him going. For Dora, who was working in a grocery store before starting Holberton, it was the variety of projects and the in-depth knowledge acquired during the course in such a short period of time that got her interested. Both Dora and Bennett agree with Electra, who says her experience at Holberton was everything she had hoped for, engaging, stimulating and fulfilling. All of them admit that it was an intensive course, staying days on end at the school and learning things they had never even heard of before.

- by Giorgio Regni on September 24, 2017

Ne-Yo Joins Google, Facebook Alums as Mentor at Silicon Valley Coding Camp

“There are so many kids out there wondering what they can do to make their mark, wondering how they can succeed, especially in San Francisco and Silicon Valley,” Ne-Yo said. “By bringing these kids in, showing them how much fun they can have, how much they can learn, I think we are giving them a great leg up.”

- by John Bonazzo on May 30, 2017

Ne-Yo Gets REAL!

Tech is changing the face of the world by the second, so it does not make any sense to have this available to only a certain group of people.

For The People! Ne-Yo Invests In Innovative Tech School For Youth

“Everybody knows that tech and all these things are the wave of the future,” [NE-YO] said. “I just love the fact of what they’re doing with the school — that they’re making it easier for underrepresented people in the world of tech. They’re giving them a platform and access to this knowledge that they probably wouldn’t get otherwise."

- by DANIELLE KWATENG-CLARK on May 01, 2017

R&B singer Ne-Yo joins coding school's trustees

"I invested in this not even for any financial gain, really," Ne-Yo tells Axios. "It was more about believing in the cause and believing in what these guys are doing—diversifying the tech world."

- by Kia Kokalitcheva on April 27, 2017

Ne-Yo Backs Coding Academy Eyeing More Diversity in Silicon Valley

Instead of up-front tuition, Holberton asks students to pay a percentage of their salaries for their first three years of employment in tech. If they don't get hired, they don't pay anything for the two-year program, which is project based

- by Marc Schneider on April 27, 2017

Ne-Yo makes his first move into tech with an investment in a coding school

Unlike other coding schools, Holberton doesn’t take your money until you get a job. Assuming that you do get a job, Holberton asks for 17 percent of your salary for the first three years of their new job. It’s also an IRL school that offers a two-year program, instead of a multi-week bootcamp, as well as mentors from companies like Google, LinkedIn, Uber and Instagram.

- by Megan Rose Dickey on April 27, 2017

Ne-Yo Invests in Tech Academy Aiming to Make the Industry More Diverse Read More: Ne-Yo Invests in Tech Academy Aiming to Make the Industry More Diverse

“I believe that a major key to success in life is the presence of opportunity,” said the R&B crooner. “Tech is an ever-growing, evolving industry, and I want to assist in opening doors for people across the country. Holberton School is in a unique position to train people of all backgrounds to lead in the digital age. I couldn’t be more excited about Holberton’s mission and model.”

- by Daryl Nelson on April 27, 2017

Venture-backed schools want to disrupt education by not charging upfront tuition

“Our students are trained for two things, employability and efficiently right away is one,” Kalache said. “The second longer-term goal is giving them growth potential. Who knows in 10 years, the coding part of engineering may be done by robot, but our students develop the flexibility and self-teaching skills to be able to retrain and re-tool.”

- by Kevin Truong on April 04, 2017

The next revolution is here. Are you ready?

Similarly, educational establishments like Holberton School or 42, which teach coding, don’t have teachers in the traditional sense of the role. They have educators or coaches who guide the students through learning, but the students self-teach through reading and group project. These types of schools are in a minority today, but will, over time, become the norm.

- by Jérôme Lecat on February 20, 2017

The Holberton School Secures $2.3M to Increase and Diversify Accepted Students

The Holberton School, founded in 2015, offers those seeking careers as full-stack software engineers an alternative to college, online courses and coding bootcamps. The two-year program combines on-site project work with full-time internships at tech companies throughout the Bay Area, as well as an additional year of more specialized work.

New Age School Raises $2.3 Million to Train Techies

The program's goals are to help bright students find meaningful work and ease the shortage of programmers and software engineers in the Bay Area, a challenge that affects startups and large companies alike.

- by Barb Darrow on February 06, 2017

Holberton School raises $2.3 to train software engineers

Holberton was named after Frances Elizabeth “Betty” Holberton, one of the six programmers of ENIAC, the world’s first programmable, all-electronic computer. And in honor of its namesake the school wants to get more women into tech. Thus far it’s seen some success: More than half of those enrolled are women, Kalache said. And student ages range from 16 to 68.

Q&A: Sylvain Kalache of Holberton School Talks Training the Next Generation of Software Engineers

Holberton School in San Francisco is among a new breed of programs training the next generation of software engineers. It's neither a traditional college nor a short coding camp. The two-year program is project-based with no teachers that encourages students to work together. It charges no tuition. Students who get jobs pay back a percentage of their income over three years. They're already placing students in jobs and internships at Apple, Dropbox, Docker and NASA.

- by David Marshall on December 28, 2016

The Digital Transformation: Magic or Havoc?

the Holberton School and 42, both of which train coders, have dispensed with traditional teachers and courses in favor of a project-centric approach focused on coaching, collaborative peer learning, and gamification. These are prime examples of today’s pioneering techniques that will become tomorrow’s norms.

- by Jérôme Lecat on November 21, 2016

Is It Time to Kill the Whiteboard Interview?

“Asking someone to write a piece of code on a whiteboard is not natural at all,” added Sylvain Kalache, co-founder of the Holberton School, which uses whiteboard sessions as part of its curriculum because it’s useful for identifying which candidates understand macro concepts. Kalache added: Drawing an architecture diagram (which could be a web stack composed of databases, web servers, load-balancers, caching layers, etc.) is something that will allow the interviewer to assess if a candidate has a good understanding of how [a] software system [is] working and [is] articulated, where a system’s strengths and weaknesses are, and how evolve it. That’s a skill that will be required to do the job well. Software [systems] have to be designed properly so that the product/platform will be properly working.

- by Nate Swanner on November 21, 2016

Now You Can Sell Shares in Yourself to Pay for College

Traditional colleges, which get their tuition money up front, are focused on attracting freshmen and keeping students satisfied while in school. If, instead, colleges got some or all of their revenue only if their graduates succeeded, they’d focus on longer-term goals such as making sure their students leave with the skills they need. “We are much more motivated than a regular college,” says Julien Barbier, a co-founder of Holberton School, which is an unaccredited two-year software training progam that charges 17% of students’ income for 3-1/2 years. “If our students fail, we don’t get paid and we die. And we should die.”

- by Kim Clark on November 16, 2016

This school helps inexperienced programmers land jobs at Apple

"Software engineering is a craft," Kalache said. "You're better at it the more you practice. At a four-year college, you're passively listening to teachers and improving your mind but maybe not your application skills." "We don't care about age, race, gender, past professional experience or school experience," he said. "We removed every kind of human bias from the selection process." Instead, candidates are evaluated by how they problem solve, collaborate with others and their eagerness to learn.

- by Parija Kavilanz on November 11, 2016

Consider a Career as a Software Engineer

Holberton’s curriculum is based on collaborative peer-learning, a methodology where students help each other to learn and reach their goals. The school also uses a project-based approach where there are no formal teachers and no lectures. Students learn by building. This learning method guarantees that students are fully prepared to take on the most demanding jobs.

- by Jack M. Germain on November 08, 2016

Teaching Kids to Code – Is It a Bad Idea?

Holberton School of Software Engineering also features no upfront fees and uses an automated enrollment process that is impressively close to reaching gender parity with 40% women students.

- by Terri Williams on November 04, 2016

Gandi Donates Office Space to Holberton School Students

Holberton School is a disruptive college training the next generation of software engineer, offering a two-year program to turn students into full-stack software engineers. It focuses on project and peer learning, allowing students to explore their creativity and work as a team, in order to solve practical challenges – a system that is proven and widely used in Europe.

First Hackathon for Boba Team

Boba Team is made up of Holberton students Electra Chong, her twin sister Rona Chong and Daniel Alzugaray. This is the first Hackathon for all of them, outside of the Commando Hackathons that the school puts on for its students.

Half of High-Paying Jobs Require Computer Coding Skills, Research Finds

Whereas coding skills used to be required to be a software engineer, Barbier says they are now required to be a citizen of the world. “If you don’t understand code, you simply do not understand the world you are living in, and that’s why it is so important for everyone – not only computer science students – to learn how to code.”

- by Terri Williams on September 28, 2016

From LinkedIn to NASA, indeed closer than I thought

Get Coding Skills Using Alternative Learning Methods

a group of industry veterans from Apple, Docker, LinkedIn and Yahoo started a new hands-on education program called the Holberton School for training software engineers. This new type of school is a project-based alternative to college for the next generation of software engineers.

- by Jack M. Germain on September 21, 2016

Cracking the Bootcamp Interview: Holberton School

After interviewing Holberton School students, we noticed a trend: they actually enjoyed the application process for the San Francisco-based bootcamp! We wanted to find out what makes the Holberton application special and unbiased

Attempt Your Moonshot

But that student, Sravanthi Sinha, was accepted into one of the most famed engineering internships in the world—NASA’s Frontier Development Lab in California. The interns, gathered from around the world, came to help NASA plan for a potential cosmic Armageddon.

Student Spotlight: Marine Dejean of Holberton School

The fact that it is a hands-on program was meaningful for me because that's how I learn. You can teach me and tell me something 20 times, but I won't understand until I do it myself. Also, I enjoyed the fact that there are no courses and it is project based. There are some presentations in the morning, which are really helpful, but having Holberton School be project-based is really nice because you can manage your own time as you as long as you respect the project deadlines.

- by Lauren Stewart on August 29, 2016

At These Schools, You Don't Pay a Penny in Tuition Until You Get a Job

Once in the schools, few lectures, if any, occur. Rather, emphasis is placed on teaching students how to become lifelong learners who can work with their peers to solve problems. That's key in the field of software, where new programming languages are constantly rolled out and must be adopted by engineers. It's also critical to finding success in Silicon Valley, where problem-solving entrepreneurship reigns.

- by Salvador Rodriguez on August 23, 2016

The Rising Need for Blockchain Pros

“Every six months, we organize an event where we invite mentors to discuss courses,” Kalache added. “Depending on their arguments, we decide to keep some topics.” Students are “learning how to learn. Nobody knows what the next thing is in the next two months or three years.”

- by William Terdoslavich on August 16, 2016

Open source and saving the earth from asteroids

Most of us, despite being super heroes in our dreams, never get to save the world. Sravanthi Sinha, a first-year student at newly founded Holberton School, a Silicon Valley-based computer training school, was selected to work on a team at NASA to do just that.

- by David Both on August 13, 2016

Open source and saving the earth from asteroids

“This is a different approach than traditional computer science or software education and that has some intriguing element to it," said Bill Diamond, CEO of SETI. "I think the Holberton School, from an education perspective, is very much part of the Silicon Valley DNA in terms of saying we don't have to stick to same way we have been doing things forever. We've got a different education model that I think is powerful and impactful and innovative.”

- by Swapnil Bhartiya on August 11, 2016

Banking Is Only The Start: 20 Big Industries Where Blockchain Could Be Used

The Holbertson School, a California-based software skills program, announced it would use blockchain technology to authenticate academic certificates. This will ensure that students claiming they passed courses at the Holbertson School aren’t using accreditation they didn’t earn. If more schools began adopting transparent academic certificates, transcripts, and diplomas, fraud of this kind could more easily be combatted, not to mention the time- and cost-savings from avoiding manual checks and paper documents.

Real-world devops failures -- and how to avoid them

"Working in a devops environment pushes every contributor to work and contribute to different parts of the product," Kalache says. "Having a cohesive team is super important, and this happens by making people interact and help each other."

- by Bob Violino on June 27, 2016

SRE Weekly Issue #28

Students of Holberton School‘s full-stack engineer curriculum are on-call and actually get paged in the middle of the night. Nifty idea. Why should training in on-call only be on-the-job?

How DevOps Failed 60K Users

One of the main ideas behind DevOps is a greater sense of ownership over work responsibilities, and for that you need to give access to part of the infrastructure that developers do not generally have access to.

How 4 a.m. mock calls help teach DevOps

"nowadays, well established companies like LinkedIn, Facebook and Google are also expecting developers to be fully responsible for their code in production. Having production in mind and being ready for it is something that every good developer must have, yet no school prepares students to that.” No school until Holberton, that is.

DockerCon Cool hack challenge: Tyrion Cannister neural style gui

As students at Holberton School, a software engineering school based in San Francisco, Siphan and I are exposed to lots of exciting technology! The main goal of the school is to produce full-stack engineers in two years. Although we are only four months into the program, we are already learning how to use the Docker platform.

- by Dora Korpar and Siphan Bou on June 18, 2016

Holberton School Wakes Students up to IT Operations

The Holberton School got its start in 2015, offering the promise of a new way to teach students how to code. Now the school is expanding further, with a new partnership with PagerDuty, an IT incident management firm, that aims to teach students the reality of modern IT. In a podcast interview, school founder Sylvain Kalache details what the new effort is all about and how he's teaching students about practices like DevOps by doing, rather than just listening to an instructor.

- by Sean Michael Kerner on June 15, 2016

Student Spotlight: Zee Adams of Holberton School

The magic of Holberton is that they don’t require any prior knowledge of coding, so it attracted diverse people from diverse backgrounds. It makes for a very rich environment. We have good strong debates, and when we are problem solving, everybody has a different way of looking at a problem.

- by imogen Crispe on June 07, 2016

Building DevOps Careers part #2

The Holberton School of Software Engineering uses fully practical methods with no formal teachers or lectures, only mentors. “Mentors are like managers in a workplace. I mentor, coaching students in their learning journey and giving advice when there are issues,” he says. Students engage in peer learning, working collaboratively on software projects, which encompass the skills they will need to demonstrate in their careers. Successful completion of projects, including solo projects, is proof of attaining the required skills. “Students must defend their projects with mentors ensuring that every student can present and explain the technical aspects of the project; if even one student can’t explain it, then the group fails on that project,” says Kalache.

- by David Geer on May 19, 2016

Building DevOps Careers part #1

in 2011, Sylvain Kalache was a software engineer at SlideShare, which LinkedIn acquired in 2012. Kalache was a senior systems reliability engineer (SRE) at LinkedIn, doing project management and planning, documenting and sharing knowledge tools, and adapting himself and his work to the LinkedIn organization and its technology. Today, Kalache is helping build DevOps careers as co-founder of Holberton School of Software Engineering in San Francisco, where students learn to code through “project-based and peer learning,"

- by David Geer on May 17, 2016

AI pioneer: AI will definitely kill jobs, but that's OK

Explaining the different approach taken by the Holberton School, Monier tells me: "Most classes assume so many years of programming and statistics and linear algebra—we don't. We teach with the goal of giving regular programmers access to an amazing new toolbox that is evolving very quickly, and will make a huge difference in their career."

- by Matt Asssay on May 12, 2016

How Automated Admissions Are Enrolling More Women to Become Software Engineers

With a 3% acceptance rate, Holberton School of Software Engineering in San Francisco is one of the most selective schools in the country. The acceptance rates at Stanford, Harvard, and Yale are 5.1%, 6%, and 6.3%, respectively, as a point of comparison. And yet, Holberton is open “to anyone who is between the ages of 16 and 128, whether or not they are high school graduates.”

- by Terri Williams on May 10, 2016

Schools are using bitcoin technology to track students

"Because of the design of the blockchain-distributed database, it cannot go down and cannot be altered, making the data always available and secure … the blockchain does this free of charge," Kalache, co-founder of Holberton School said.

- by Luke Graham on May 09, 2016

Can an algorithm remove gender bias?

[Barbier] added that while the industry is trying to solve the gender diversity problem, most organizations are taking shortcuts such as specifically selecting women based on their gender, having forced quotas, or offering a discounted price for women. “At Holberton, all women went through the exact same selection process, and they earned their place as much as men. And this is very important. Because if it is not the case, you put them in a position that you are trying to solve: men will think they are here not because they are good, but because they are women. And that is really bad. This is a cultural problem. And it will take a lot of time before it changes. And I believe the tech industry is really working hard to make it happen. I am confident that we (as the tech industry) will succeed.”

- by Swapnil Bhartiya on April 11, 2016

The Blockchain for Education: An Introduction

For their own part, a handful of schools have also started to experiment with the blockchain, primarily in creating cryptographically-signed, verifiable certificates. These include MIT (the Media Lab, specifically), the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, and the (unaccredited) Holberton School, an alternative, teacher-less software engineering school in San Francisco.

- by Audrey Watters on April 07, 2016

Engineers-turned-entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

Holberton is a disruptive project-based alternative to college for the next generation of software engineers. Founded by experienced software and operations engineers, Julien Barbier, Sylvain Kalache, and Rudy Rigot, these three young visionary and execution-focused talents started the school as a result of their passion for education and community.

- by Romain Serman on March 25, 2016

With Holberton School’s Pricing Model, Students Pay When They Can

Opting for this pricing model, Holberton School is not only helping to drop those numbers, it is also aligning the interests of both the school and the students: the success of the students becomes the only key performance indicator of the school.

- by Diogo Costa on February 22, 2016

Could Computer Coding Academies Ease the Student Loan Crisis?

The Holberton School, which bills itself as a project-based alternative to traditional colleges and a peer learning software engineering school, is open for business with a tuition model that requires no upfront costs to students and no secondary school credentials. It’s a brick-and-mortar school, located in San Francisco and open seven days a week.

- by John Sandman on February 01, 2016

Cloud academy: Rudy Rigot and his new Holberton School

Holberton School is a 2-year community-driven and project-oriented school, training software engineers for the real world. No classes, just real-world hands-on projects designed to optimize their learning, in close contact with volunteer mentors who all work for small companies or large ones like Google, Facebook, Apple, …

- by Thomas Campbell on January 25, 2016

Banking Is Only The Start: 12 Big Industries Where Blockchain Could Be Used

The Holbertson School, a California-based software skills program, announced it would use blockchain technology to authenticate academic certificates. This will ensure that students claiming they passed courses at the Holbertson School aren’t using accreditation they didn’t earn. If more schools began adopting transparent academic certificates, transcripts, and diplomas, fraud of this kind could more easily be combatted, not to mention the time- and cost-savings from avoiding manual checks and paper documents.

School in Silicon Valley aims to train more software engineers

“We believe we offer a program that is a very good alternative to college for a lot of people -- who like us when we were students -- found school boring and did not want to sit for hours in amphitheaters, but rather spend most of their time creating and building applications,” Barbier said.

- by Bianca Spinosa on January 04, 2016

TheFamily bets on Holberton School to disrupt Education!

Education has not changed since the 18th century. Students still sit for hours in front of a teacher telling them how to think. This model is completely obsolete. The Holberton School curriculum is 100% hands-on, challenging and exciting. Unlike bootcamps and other trendy options they train high-quality engineers that our startups need.

- by Alice Zagury on December 28, 2015

This software engineering school uses blockchain technology to authenticate its graduates

Enter the blockchain. The school becomes the world's first to deliver academic certificates secured and accessible via the blockchain. In doing so, they not only get to look very cool to their target constituency, but more importantly they ensure a high-quality certificate recognition for Holberton School students while tackling the threats of false resumes and fake certificates.

- by Ben Kepes on November 16, 2015

New-Age Engineering School Taps Old-School Mentors

Holberton School taps IBM chief technology officer Jerry Cuomo and Symfony founder Fabien Potencier to join other tech superstar mentors for first class of software engineering students.

- by Barb Darrow on November 12, 2015

Holberton School Offers Disruptive Software Engineering Curriculum

It brings a new kind of education, offering a two-year program to turn students into full-stack software engineers. The education is project-based, with a strong focus on peer learning, which allows students to unleash their creativity and work as a team to solve practical challenges.

- by Diogo Costa on November 10, 2015

How One School is Using Bitcoin Blockchain to Authenticate Degrees

Aiming to discourage the shockingly common practice of job applicants ’embellishing’ or outright lying on their resumes, the San Francisco-based Holberton School is now using blockchain technology to authenticate the degrees that it offers, allowing employers an easier way to check candidates’ credentials.

- by Kimberley Mok on November 06, 2015

Holberton School to Authenticate Its Academic Certificates With the Bitcoin Blockchain

Holberton School announced it has become the world’s first school to deliver academic certificates secured and accessible via the blockchain, the technology behind bitcoins, ensuring a high-quality certificate recognition for Holberton School students and tackling the threats of false resumes and fake certificates.

- by Richard Kastelein on October 30, 2015

Authenticating academic certificates on the Bitcoin blockchain

The HireRight report revealed that 50% of employers check education verification. To make academic verification easy for employers, a school for software engineers has taken the initiative. Holberton School is to become the first academic institution to authenticate its academic certificates on the bitcoin blockchain,.

- by Luke Parker on October 27, 2015

Will Blockchain Be Able to Verify Your Degree?

With both degree and CV fraud increasing in an ever more competitive job market, this presents a fast, secure way to verify qualifications, empowering students and potential employers alike. This shift to verifiable degrees could change the employment market with wider adoption, effectively ending misleading claims on CVs.

Software School Tackles Fake Degrees Using the Blockchain

It is much more efficient, secure, and simple than what you can find today in the industry. We think first about our students – we want to make sure that our certificates will always remain valid and verifiable by employers. It will also keep them safe and impossible to copy or hack.

- by Grace Caffyn on October 23, 2015

Holberton School partners Bitproof to put diplomas on blockchain

Every Holberton digital certificate will be issued in a secure environment, 256 bits encrypted private key and 2 factor authentication to access the interface that will generate, sign and insert the certificate into the Bitcoin blockchain, making the certificate’s content sealed and tamper-proof,

- by Maria Rudina on October 22, 2015

Engineering school simplifies verifying certificates using the block chain

Holberton School will issue digital certificates in a secure environment. Accessing the certificate interface will require 256-bit, encrypted private key and 2-factor authentication. After the certificate has been inserted into the bitcoin block chain, the content is sealed and tamper-proof

- by Elliot Maras on October 22, 2015