Edward Lando and Abhi Ramesh learned how to build software at Penn, but not in the classroom.
The recent grads spent their college years hacking together 70-some products, including Altair Prep, a tutoring platform that Ramesh worked on with a group of friends and that won them funding from DreamIt Ventures. (Ramesh took a year off to pursue the startup but they ended up closing it after two years.)
The experience made them realize that college computer science courses just aren’t enough. (They aren’t the only ones to notice.)
That’s why they teamed up with Northwestern grad Darwish Gani, who also worked on Altair Prep, to launch Horizons Academy, a dev bootcamp designed for college students.
“It’s amazing how many computer science majors come out of Penn that can’t build a basic app,” said the 23-year-old Ramesh, talking to us on the phone during PennApps, which he, Lando and Gani attend every year. This year, they were advertising Horizons. (The snowstorm didn’t keep students from attending the major hackathon, Ramesh said. Instead, more people camped out there. There were a lot more mattresses than last year, he said.)
Dev camps that aim to prepare beginners for careers in tech, like New York Code + Design Academy, Flatiron School, General Assembly and Dev Bootcamp, are big across the country. The City of Philadelphia has even funded two. The Horizons Academy team says theirs is different because it’s designed for college students. They spent the last year designing a curriculum for it.
Lando, Ramesh and Gani plan to launch their first session — an intensive, three-month program — this summer in University City. It’ll be competitive: there are only 35 spots and they’ve already received 150 applications, Ramesh said. The class costs $14,000 or 17 percent of your first salary, if you’re on financial aid or looking for a job upon completing the program. (For rough comparisons: NYCDA’s intensive program is $10,000 and Flatiron’s is $15,000.)
Ramesh told us they’re working on hiring developers from big-name startups as full-time teachers and marketing the program all over the city.
We also spotted their ads on Facebook.
Lando and Ramesh are splitting their time between Manhattan and Philly (a basement in University City, to be precise), but the team plans to move to Philly soon to be in the city as their first session launches.-30-
Online coding bootcamp Thinkful is offering Technical.ly readers $600 off courses
Backed by $250K, Coded by Kids will reach 120 kids per week at two rec centers
CS4Philly needs your help getting computer science into Philly schools
Join the team at Odessa working to shake up the global leasing industry
Meet the anti-hunger idea that emerged victorious from Jefferson’s Nexus Maximus
How I crossed the academic chasm and entered the startup life
How to build a technical team on a shoestring budget
How this Vistar Media software engineer succeeds on an ‘inclusive team’
Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia