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After living/working/traveling as a Digital Nomad for many years, hearing countless people ask how they can do the same and/or how they can learn to code, myself and a few friends have decided to start teaching coding class to aspiring Digital Nomads all around the world. We're kicking off in Bali, Indonesia in March! If you're interested to learn a bit more check out http://codingnomads.co. If you have any questions, thoughts or considerations please don't hesitate to reach out!

All the best,
Ryan
#626
Hi James, thank you for your question!

I think we are better than other camps in several ways. Here are a few off the top of my head.

- We focus on Java + SQL + AWS. Java is by far the most common and most in-demand programming language year after year (http://www.tiobe.com/tiobe-index/). It also has the highest earning potential (http://www.techworm.net/2016/06/15-high ... -2016.html). Beyond Java, we will learn about and use AWS extensively. Knowing the in's and out's of AWS is hugely valuable. Lastly, most these other bootcamps are focused squarely on web development. We focus on server-side application development and software engineering. This means our students have a deeper fundamental understanding across the board. A server-side engineer can quickly learn and use a front-end library, whereas a front-end developer will have serious challenges trying to make the hop to the server-side.

- Experience. I am the lead instructor. Our class sizes do not exceed 12. I have ~10 years of experience using Java + SQL + AWS for a variety of companies and start-ups (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanadesmond
). Our classes focus on real-world, day-to-day software engineering tasks and challenges. I know exactly what I'm talking about. Unfortunately, many of the other bootcamps are hiring their own recent graduates to be the teachers of the course they just completed. This means they can deliver the core material, but they lack an actual depth of knowledge from years in the industry. As an added bonus, I've also got two years of experience leading training courses on a variety of Java related subjects. I have gone inside several large organizations (CapitalOne and Amazon among others) to teach their engineering teams how to leverage Java more effectively.

- You are not a number to us. We are a small company who takes great pride in the success of our classes and our students. I see to it personally that our students have a deep understanding of the material and walk away with a comprehensive new set of valuable skills. As mentioned, our class sizes are small. We are not trying to pack as many people in as possible to pad the numbers and the books. Our mission is to help people improve their skills to improve their lives, and we take that very seriously.

- Our upcoming bootcamp is in Bali. This allows our students to escape the daily grind and really focus on the course. As an added bonus, you get to live in, be amazed by, and experience Bali every time you step outside the office.

- Our bootcamps are significantly more affordable than all of our competitors.

- I have lived the digital nomad life for years as a software engineer. If you're interested in this, I can show you exactly how I do it.

To be completely frank, here are some other, not-so-flattering things to consider:

- We are young and small. We will make some mistakes, and have some wrinkles to iron out. That said, we believe our students benefit from the personal attention each student receives. The success of each and every student is critically important to us.

- We do not guarantee jobs, or 6 figure salaries when you graduate our course. We thinks it weird (and maybe wrong) that other bootcamps do. We are very upfront that there will be a lot of hard work that each student needs to put in to succeed as a software engineer. Take a look here for a few more thoughts on this subject, http://codingnomads.co/realtalk/. We teach core skills that are incredibly valuable, what you do with them is completely up to you.

I hope this information is helpful for you. If you'd like to chat further just let me know.

All the best,
Ryan
http://codingnomads.co
#646
Hei @ryan.desmond! Nice, I really enjoyed your /realtalk/ page.

Sounds to me like you're making a realistic offering : )

Always happy when someone doesn't just promise that everything's gonna be rosy.

Here's a question regarding that: Do you require applicants to have coding experience? I looked around the site and didn't easily find that information, so maybe it would make sense to put it up more prominently?
Just a tiny feedback that's hopefully useful : )

Wishing you all the best with that!
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Thank you for your feedback @martin-martin! To answer your question, no, we do not require students to have any programming experience. However, we do strongly suggest that all students have a natural aptitude and/or curiosity about STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) related concepts as the material can get quite dense. We believe that with a natural curiosity for STEM and a whole bunch of motivation and determination, anyone can learn to code.

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