The founders of coding school Hackbright Academy explain why they went with an all-female format and how it’s working out for graduates.
By Jessica Stillman (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)
Startup fever may be raging like never before, but the number of women graduating from computer science programs is actually falling. Christian Fernandez, co-founder of Hackbright Academy, has his suspicions as to what’s to blame from this paradox.
“It’s purely anecdotal but there are a lot of women who
After 10-Week Python Training Program, Women Engineers Receive Job Offers From Silicon Valley Startups
Hackbright Academy in San Francisco trains women to be developers.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Andree Brazeau moved to San Francisco from Canada and began teaching herself to code. A year later, she still wasn’t able to find a job as a developer, so she applied for Hackbright Academy. The Python training program was already full, but Andree persisted. Thanks to a last-minute dropout, Andree was admitted to the all-female software training program in June.
The fact that computer science is ill-suited in preparing new engineers to enter the workforce opened the door for so-called ‘hacker academies’ to pick up the slack.
By Christian Fernandez (Co-Organizer, Hackbright Academy)
As I had grown into the role of technical lead in an engineering organization, I found that I spent significantly less time programming, and more time debugging other people’s problems. Oddly enough, this doesn’t involve protracted hours poring over code; most of the time problems can be solved by having someone ask the obvious questions. Here’s an example.
Engineeer: We have a problem! The server won’t talk to the database! I tried rolling back to an older API and everything!
Me: Is the database machine up?