Christine is a student in the NYC Web Development Fellowship. She originally posted this story in her blog.
A man and a woman told me on two separate occasions “You don’t look like a programmer” and “You’re too creative to be a programmer.” Though their words were very discouraging to hear, at the time I understood their logic. Haitian born, Brooklyn raised, I graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art and a concentration in drawing.
Meet great people—and great developers
Good news! We’re about to graduate our biggest class of Ruby and iOS developers yet. In just 12 weeks, they’ve not only become promising developers, they’ve also built some mind-blowing apps.
Today, we’re celebrating all their hard work at our Flatiron School Science Fair. If you’ve never been to one before, it’s kind of like a career fair in reverse. Hiring managers and anyone else interested in the amazing things possible in just 12 weeks can swing by to meet our students.
This semester, more than 300 folks are joining us from companies like Makerbot, ESPN, HBO, and Hearst Digital Media. RSVP to mingle with hiring managers from all over and meet some great people who’ve just become great developers.
Time: 4:00-7:00PM (Drop by any time)
Place: 11 Broadway, Suite 260
Win two seats in Flatiron After School*
We’ll be drawing twice, each time for two spots in Flatiron After School—a coding conservatory for high schoolers. Don’t know a high schooler? No problem, the winners are welcome to donate their spots to students from the amazing ScriptEd.
To enter, just tweet about a student project you loved to #ScienceFair, anytime between now and 5PM on Friday. The app will do the rest!
Demo brand new student projects
Don’t know what to tweet about? Try some of these student projects or get even more inspiration from #ScienceFair.
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Hope to see you there!
* No purchase necessary, eligible participants must be over 18; void where prohibited. Starts now, first drawing at 7pm on August 14 and second drawing at 5pm on August 15. To enter, tweet about FS science fair projects under #sciencefair. Winners to be announced under #flatironschool. Each drawing will receive 2 seats to our AS program. Value of each AS seat is $2,500.
Today, the news gets even better! Stack Exchange has joined the Fellowship to offer another eight Flatiron women desk space in their office, experienced mentors—and all of the amenities, career support, and new friendships that go along with them. We hope this opportunity will help our grads land programming jobs they love and encourage other amazing women to join the tech community.
Flatiron grads will be working alongside employees in the Stack Exchange office.
The view from Stack Exchange’s office in the Financial District
These students have already used Stack Exchange’s indispensable network of Q&A websites (including Stack Overflow) as they learned how to program. Now they can further their programming careers straight from Stack Exchange’s Manhattan office.
The lower Manhattan ‘hood of the Flatiron School is steeped in history. But not just any history – Revolutionary History. And, as any red-blooded American with a patriotic tattoo will attest, there is no more historicky history than that because…‘Murica.
We had so much fun teaching more than 100 high schoolers how to code with The Flatiron School Summer Program that we want to do it all year long. Today we’re happy to announce that enrollment is open for Flatiron After School—a 12-week-long coding program where high school students can learn the skills real developers use every day. Best of all, we’ll teach them the same material we teach adults in our immersive programs—the ones that gets folks jobs at places like Etsy, Boeing, and The New York Times.
Classes will be held every week for a total of four hours, either after school or on the weekends. The schedule is pretty flexible, so students can make time for coding among all of the other extracurricular activities they’re involved in. Students who enroll will get access to passionate teachers and the tools they need to learn real coding skills—something that you just can’t replicate with online tutorials.
Real Code. Real Apps. No Kids Stuff
Let’s not underestimate high schoolers. They are capable of doing amazing things with code. We just have to show them what’s possible by letting teachers who are passionate about programming use real-world concepts to teach students how to love it, too.
Code is in everything we do. It fuels our economy, drives our day-to-day interactions, and has the power to inspire billions of people. Technology is changing everything, and one way to help drive this change is to learn how to program.
Even if the students we teach don’t ever want to become programmers, they can use programming as a tool to be even better at whatever it is they want to do. They can build things that enhance how they listen to music, design clothes, watch sports, or interact with their friends. Code is for everyone (not just people who like math or video games), and it can help high schoolers engage with what they do love on an even deeper level.
Enrollment for Flatiron After School is open today! Students can select from two formats: (1) classes that meet once a week for four hours or (2) classes that meet twice a week for two hours each day. The structure of the program is designed to allow for flexibility in schedules but also leverage the immersive nature of our teaching methods.
All courses are taught at The Flatiron School campus at 11 Broadway in the heart of Wall Street in downtown NYC. The program is led by Director of K12 and Social Impact Lyel Resner and Lead Instructor Victoria Friedman, as well as a number of teachers specializing in web development.
We can’t wait to accept our first class of high schoolers to Flatiron After School and meet the future coders of New York. We’re going to have so much fun discovering, learning and growing together. Visit our website for class schedules, pricing information, and more!
Every month, we’re really happy to host ManhattanJS, a group of JS enthusiasts (including a bunch of our alums!) who bring great programmers together to talk about their work, passions, and sometimes cats. Yesterday evening marked the latest of these gatherings—and we had a blast. Here’s proof! All photo credits go to the talented Matthew Bergman.
Sara Gorecki, who recently graduated from our Web Development class, announced the very first QueensJS meeting, taking place on August 8. There are only a few spots left. Snag one here!
All ticket proceeds go towards charities that work to increase code literacy among NYC youth.
And Ruby alum Saron Yitbarek gave a non-technical talk about her passion/talent for drawing.
…in which she shared the drawings she made for her Flatiron School application (it was awesome), including one our CEO Adam’s face.
Pretty good, right?!
Presentations and Slides
Nicholas Ortenzio, a developer at the NBA, spoke about using D3 and Angular to visualize data. Here are his slides for your perusal.
Steve Klabnik of Mozilla talked Rust for Rubyists. You can find his slides here.
Finally, big thanks to the ManhattanJS folks, Zahra, Rushaine, and Brenda for showing us such a good time. The next meeting is on August 27. Visit their site to learn more!
Sweet! Today is the day we get to tell you about the new Fog Creek Fellowship.
We’re so excited to announce our brand new partnership with Fog Creek Software—creators of Trello, FogBugz, and Kiln. As part of a two-month fellowship program, Fog Creek will host and mentor a select group of freshly-graduated Flatiron women. Paired with a Fog Creek engineer, Fellows will get to spend their time honing their new skills with dedicated pair programming and full access to all of Fog Creek’s resources. Together, we hope to help awesome Flatiron School women land programming jobs they love.
Fellows will be spending time at Fog Creek’s offices in the Financial District.
Develop Great Talent
The Fellowship will give great talent a place to grow. Fellows will spend two months hanging out with Fog Creek’s team and participating in a structured mentorship and job training program. They’ll get interviewing practice and resume reviews with top-tier tech recruiters, a chat with the company’s founders Joel and Michael, and of course, a designated Fog Creek mentor.
Mentors will join Fellows for a weekly 1:1 lunch, a mock coding interview, a bi-weekly pair-programming session and more. In the end, Fellows will become even more talented programmers, bolstered by long-lasting relationships with both their mentors and with Fog Creek.
Encourage Amazing Women
Programs like our NYC Web Development Fellowship allow women to start closing a massive skills-gap in tech. Fog Creek’s Fellowship will pick up where we’ve left off and provide women who have just learned a new skill-set and are eager to kick off their careers in tech with the tools they need to get their first programing job.
We know how great the women who come to Flatiron School are. Unfortunately they are sorely underrepresented industry-wide—including at Fog Creek, where in the last six months just 14% of technical applicants were women. With the Fog Creek Fellowship, we hope to encourage even more great women to start programming, grow into senior positions, enrich the tech industry, and excite future generations of female programmers. Our goal is to ultimately see these efforts reflected in a higher percentage of women in applicant pools at Fog Creek and across the tech industry.
Our alums are great—we know they’ll help inspire even more women to start programming.
Why Fog Creek
We spend a whole lot of time making sure our grads get the best first impression of the tech industry possible. We want them to love their new gigs, and we’re pretty sure they’re going to love spending time at Fog Creek. They’ll get to experience what it’s like to work at a company built by developers for developers. They’ll also get to immerse themselves in a company culture that really values their people—so much so that every developer gets a sustainable workload and a private office.
Fog Creek’s culture in action
Fog Creek’s focus on people and collaborative learning has so far helped them attract some of the smartest folks around (their acceptance rate for full-time developers is .4%). We could not be more excited that Fog Creek’s exceptional people are donating their time to mentor and support our incredibly talented women—and encouraging even more to apply.
We can’t wait to start making it happen!
When walking to and from class every day at the bottom of Manhattan, I’ve noticed plates of text on the ground with a date and name of a famous person. I didn’t realize what these signs were about until I was walking out of the southmost Bowling Green stop and saw the initial plaque on the ground:
After that, everything clicked! They are commemorating every ticker-tape parade held on Broadway, starting with the first to commemorate the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.
Before I came to the Flatiron School, I was working as a moving image archivist. I primarily worked with collections of newsreels from the 1920s and 1930s. My job was to catalog them and put them online for access. When I realized what the text on the ground stood for, I immediately ALSO realized that I recognized so many of the names because I had seen some of the actual parades happen (on film)! The text that struck me the most while walking up the street was this one:
I’ve definitely watched this footage. I ran to the (digital) archive and sure enough, there it was.
Footage identification can be difficult when you don’t have a lead, but this connection was pretty easy to make. I watched the footage, paying attention to the structures of the buildings, and then pulled up Flatiron School’s address on Google Streetview. Boom! It was a total match!
Here is a screencap of the Amelia Earheart ticker-tape parade superimposed on top of Google streetview.
Bonus: The building that the Flatiron School is located in used to be the office building for the White Star Line, which built the RMS Titanic (and many other, sturdier ships). Cool!