Life at Holberton School, students’ perspective

This page is maintained by the students of Holberton School.

"Holberton School lets you dream. It also makes you believe that those dreams can be achieved."
- Zee, Student at Holberton School.
Group w2016 Class of January 2016

Diversity

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. Our student body is a celebration of diversity on every demographic scale, including academic and professional backgrounds.

School

The founders create a culture where each student feels like a valuable member of a thriving startup.

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"Since our students spend the bulk of their waking hours at school, it was important that the environment felt open and welcoming, just like they would feel at home or even better than home."

- Sylvain, Co-Founder of Holberton School.

That was the first thing we understood about Holberton School, that it was our home away from home, where we could complete our projects and learn new concepts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We get to help build the culture as a group, voting on rules and participating in the care of our excellent facilities. By working together in this way, we have made (and continue to make) Holberton School an amazing learning space.

Outfitted with the latest 27 inch iMacs, Holberton School is a large open space dotted with comfortable sofas and beanbags in bright welcoming colors. There are meeting rooms where students gather for peer learning, housing televisions that are retrofitted with Chromecast, and connected to each other using Raspberry Pis. Lots of plant life of various sizes thrive in every corner of the school, lending their own vibrancy to the space.

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San Francisco

The school is located in the heart of the financial district in downtown San Francisco. I can’t think of a better place to learn this industry... amongst some of the most reputable tech companies of our generation.

San Francisco downtown right by the Bart and new transbay terminal, a block away from SoMa and all its Tech companies (LinkedIn, Salesforce, Twitter, Uber, Dropbox, Google…)

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Life at Holberton school


Outside of the meetups we host, we also participate in building the community by speaking at meetups and other events.

Dora developer week Dora speaking at Developer Week
Kris dropbox Kris speaking at Dropbox

Visit mentors

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Field trips and clubs

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Contribute to technical publications

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Bilal on Linux.com

Cracking a Simple Passworded File: A Beginner’s Guide to Security
"Digital security has become very important in the past few years, with so much software being hacked everyday. This new trend has called attention to the need for better security with additional layers..."

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Gloria on Opensource.com

Why and how I became a software engineer
"The alien scratching noises that etched a simple text file onto the five-inch floppy sounded like beautiful music. For a while, that floppy disk was my most prized possession. I copied everything I could onto it..."

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Rick on Linux.com

4 Ways a Password Could be Hacked Using Common Linux Tools
"If you develop software in C (or any other language), you should know that using the strcmp function (or the equivalent in other languages) for password validation leaves the password and the program open to compromise..."

read more articles by Holberton students

Meet industry leaders

Nvidia Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia Co-Founder, President and CEO
Docker Solomon Hykes, Docker Founder, CTO and Chief Product Officer

Meet us!

As one of Holberton School’s core values, engaging with the community is essential and is promoted by our meetups, which are open and 100% free to the community.

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Come and talk to the mentors, the students, or the founders and get a feel for what Holberton School is like. You’ll meet some amazing characters, gain more knowledge, and start to build your network - a most essential tool for success in the tech industry.

Here are some of our past meetups:

Neha
by Neha Jain, Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn
Sergey
by Sergey Skrobotov, Software Engineer at Apple
Jaana
by Jaana Burcu Dogan (Software engineer at Google) and Franck Yelles (Senior Software engineer at Apple)
Nathan
Open-Source engineer at Docker

You can register to our meetups and learn more here.

Follow us!

You can follow Holberton School on:

We run our own Twitter account so tweet us directly to ask for personal and insider stories regarding our experience at the school.

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