Beyond Coding

Helping students of New York to launch their careers in tech

About Us

The Program

Beyond Coding is a free 6-week summer program that gives emerging computer programmers in the New York City area the professional skills needed to help them succeed in their first job working with code. For 2016, Beyond Coding will host around 100 students through a partnership with Code to Work, a job seeker support program that places students into technical internships at Grand Central Tech companies. Each week, students will participate in one Beyond Coding course hosted at tech companies around NYC. At the end of the summer, as a celebration of the full program's completion, a workshop will be held to introduce students to recruiters and engineers so they can apply what they have learned and receive meaningful feedback on their job search.

New York City Tech Talent Pipeline

Launched in May 2014, the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline is a $10 million industry partnership designed to deliver quality jobs for our people and quality talent for our businesses. To deliver on this promise, the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline is working with public and private partners to define employer needs, develop training and education solutions, and deliver homegrown talent for 21st century jobs across the five boroughs.

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Fred Wilson

If you, like me, had that life changing experience some time in your childhood where you entered some instructions into a screen and the machine executed them, well then you know the power of coding to make you think differently, make you think more, and endow you with superpowers that others just don't have.

— Fred Wilson, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures

Your coding career starts here

You’ve mastered the art of algorithms and explored emerging technologies … now put those skills to the test in your job search as a software developer. Students will leave the course prepped for life as a developer with our custom curriculum that will help you through your first year as a programmer and make you more marketable to companies in the city.

By the end of this 6-week course, you’ll go inside the offices of 6 amazing tech-focused NYC companies and become armed with the tools you need to:

  • Build out your resume and programming portfolio
  • Pass your next technical interview with flying colors
  • Explain complex, technical projects to many different types of teams
  • Learn how to pick up and adapt to new technologies
  • Understand Agile code development methodologies
  • Work collaboratively in a way that best suits your leadership style
  • Network with other developers and companies in the NYC area

Schedule

Tuesdays Thursdays
WhenWhatWhere WhenWhatWhere
7/7/2016Program KickoffTumblr HQ
7/12/2016TrelloTrello HQ 7/14/2016TrelloTrello HQ
7/19/2016FoursquareFoursquare HQ 7/21/2016FoursquareFoursquare HQ
7/26/2016American ExpressAmerican Express HQ 7/28/2016American ExpressAmerican Express HQ
8/2/2016TumblrTumblr HQ 8/4/2016TumblrTumblr HQ
8/9/2016Stack OverflowStack Overflow 8/11/2016Stack OverflowStack Overflow
8/16/2016CodecademyCodecademy HQ 8/18/2016CodecademyCodecademy HQ

Courses Offered

Building Your Brand: Who Are You?

Trello

July 12th, 2016 & July 14th, 2016

In such a digital world, it’s more important than ever to actively develop your personal brand so that you put your best foot forward in every new professional setting. In this course we'll talk cover letters, networking, interviewing, how to pitch yourself with confidence, and which jobs to consider with your particular skillset. You’ll walk away with a better understanding on what stands out on your LinkedIn profile and how to deliver the best 30-second elevator pitch that shows off your best self.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Stack Overflow

August 9, 2016 & August 11, 2016

Your coding career probably didn't start with a textbook, and it certainly won't end in a classroom setting. As a professional working with code, your field is constantly changing, and it's critical to stay current on the latest developments in technologies, emerging languages, and new tools and resources. In this course, we'll show you how to teach yourself on the job, how to know when to specialize or stay general, where to find resources online, and how to keep up with the craft of coding on the side. Though you may work in sprints, a career as a full-time developer is a marathon.

The Secret Guide to Tech Interviewing: From a Tech Recruiter's Perspective

Tumblr

August 2, 2016 & August 4, 2016

Let’s face it: mastering the art of a technical interview is not an easy feat but the Technical Recruiters at Tumblr are here to help guide you to success! In this course, you will learn from a recruiter’s first hand perspective on what they’ve seen successful candidates do in order to land their dream job. The recruiters will go over what you should or should not do from the moment you apply to signing your offer letter on the dotted line.

The Importance and Best Practices of Technical Communication

Foursquare

July 19, 2016 & July 21, 2016

In school, most projects are completed individually or in small groups. Your work is graded and requires no further explanation. As you move on to industry, you will be working with many people on far more complex projects. No matter what role you take at a tech company, you’ll need to continually communicate your ideas and contributions. In this course, you’ll learn about:

  • Getting people excited about your ideas.
  • Speaking to audiences in various roles, both technical and non technical.
  • Anticipating objections and listening to feedback.
  • Advancing your project by conveying progress and roadblocks to your team.

Agile 101 Survey

American Express

July 26, 2016 & July 28, 2016

“Agile Development” is an umbrella term for several iterative and incremental software development methodologies, including Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum, Kanban, Lean Development, and others. In this course, we’ll review the core values and common vision that each of these development methodologies share, review the Agile Manifesto and understand why so many companies are choosing to develop in this way. We’ll understand the most basic concepts of backlogs, and look at a few of the software packages that enable developers working with these methodologies. We will also take a quick look at Waterfall development and discuss some of the reasons that people choose each of these toolsets.

Workplace Interactions: Feedback & Inclusion

Codecademy

August 16, 2016 & August 18, 2016

The workplace isn't always only about work. Often times, some of the most impactful interactions at the office revolve around giving/receiving feedback from your colleagues. In the first part of this course, “Feedback", you’ll learn how to use non-violent communication (NVC) to:

  1. Deliver effective feedback
  2. Receive and respond to feedback
  3. Increase your overall effectiveness of workplace interactions

Offices can be incredibly diverse places, but that also may not always be the case. Understanding the diversity at your workplace can be critical when seeking to understand perspectives that may differ from your own. In the second part of this course, “Inclusion”, you’ll learn to:

  1. Increase your conscientiousness of diversity at the workplace
  2. Empathize with a variety of perspectives

Workshop

In August, Beyond Coding will host an end-of-program workshop for students who complete the entire 6-week course. Students will be given the opportunity to show off resume, interviewing, and networking skills they've learned throughout the summer. Tech recruiters and engineers will be in attendance to give students final tips, advice, and feedback they can apply to their individual job search.

Workshop location, date and time to be announced later this summer.

General

  1. What is Beyond Coding?

    Beyond Coding is a free new summer program that sets out to equip emerging computer programmers in New York City with professional skills needed to help them succeed in their first job working with code. The program, slated to launch early July, is a direct response to the City's Tech Talent Pipeline efforts to grow our local tech ecosystem. Beyond Coding is a joint partnership among the following companies in New York City: Code to Work, Trello, Foursquare, American Express, Tumblr, Stack Overflow, and Codecademy.

  2. Why was this program created in New York City?

    With nearly five open jobs for every available software developer, the need for qualified technical talent is higher than ever. In New York City alone, there are currently 13,000 firms hiring for highly sought-after skills, such as web development, mobile development, and user-interface design. To meet this demand, it’s critical to rapidly onboard more software developers to the workforce.

  3. What’s the association between Beyond Coding and the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline?

    Beyond Coding was inspired by the mayor’s call to action to support the City's Tech Talent Pipeline, which is working to grow the city's tech ecosystem and prepare New Yorkers for 21st century jobs. We’ve developed this industry-led program as a way to support and amplify the Tech Talent Pipeline’s work in this arena.

  4. I’m seeking my first job as a programmer, can I join Beyond Coding?

    The 2016 Beyond Coding courses are generally only available to students involved in the Code to Work summer internship program at the moment. However, if you feel this course would greatly benefit you and you have completed a programming degree or bootcamp or similar undertaking, please contact us. We would be happy to discuss possible program entry.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected] and be sure to check out our LinkedIn and Tumblr pages.

If you are currently enrolled in a CUNY College, please register with our partner Code To Work