Birmingham, UK — 29th September 2017 — It’s been a good week for School of Code, a company dedicated to getting more and different types of people benefiting from technology. On Tuesday 26th September they threw a launch event for their first coding Bootcamp, taking 19 beginners to job-ready software developers in just 16 weeks. The following day, their Head of Marketing Nicola Cronin pitched in the 1776 Challenge Cup and won their spot in the global final in New York City in November.
Hosted at iCentrum on the Innovation Birmingham Campus, the launch event saw 150 people from Birmingham and beyond come together to find out more about the School of Code mission and support the first cohort on the beginning of their journeys into tech.
Pete Cripps from IBM, wrote about his experience at the launch event:
I’ve been following the progress of Chris Meah and his School of Code startup for well over a year now and have been highly impressed by Chris’ commitment and dedication to teaching people the noble art of coding. However, I was not prepared for how far he had come when I attended the launch event for his 16 week bootcamp at Innovation Birmingham’s iCentrum location this week.
Not only did Chris give an inspirational talk about his motivations for setting up SoC, fully illustrated with lots of lovely animations, he also had lined up a great set of speakers including Andy Street, Birmingham’s new mayor, Joanna Mason from Packt Publishing who are sponsoring the Bootcamp, Simon Jenner, co-founder of Silicon Canal and Joel Blake OBE, entrepreneur, public speaker and all round good guy in the Birmingham ‘scene’. However the real stars of the show were the 19 students who were the first intake for the SoC bootcamp. They came from all backgrounds, were a variety of ages and refreshingly were a balanced mix of both men and women. They all had one thing in common however which was to learn to code and change the directions of their lives.
What Chris and his various supporters are doing here is absolutely fantastic news for Birmingham and will, I hope, be the start of something much bigger that will really make an impact on the tech shortage not just in this city but in the UK as a whole. I really do wish Chris, his team and his students well and look forward to supporting them in any way I can.
The launch was a huge success for School of Code in terms of raising awareness and support for the Bootcamp, as well as engaging with potential employers for when the Bootcamp cohort graduate in January. Read more here.
Keeping up their success streak, School of Code went on to win the 1776 Challenge Cup on Wednesday – a global competition for the world’s most promising startups. 9 companies delivered their 60-second pitches and faced questions from a judging panel consisting of Tamlyn Jones from the Birmingham Post, Lisa Ward from Mercia Technologies, David Hardman from Innovation Birmingham and Aanisah Begg from Midven. The next round saw the top 5 companies face a further 5 minutes of questioning, before the judges chose School of Code as the winners. Nicola will be travelling to New York City 13th – 17th November, where she’ll pitch again at the Challenge Festival against the 74 other winning companies – best of luck! Read more here.
As well as the above, this week also marks the end of the first month of the School of Code Bootcamp! The Bootcampers have come a long way in the past 4 weeks, and still have 12 more to hone their skills and become first-class problem solvers. Keep up to date with their journeys on the School of Code Medium Blog.