These Penn grads are launching a dev camp for college students - Philly


Jan. 25, 2016 9:12 am

These Penn grads are launching a dev camp for college students

“It's amazing how many computer science majors come out of Penn that can't build a basic app,” said Abhi Ramesh, who's part of a team that's launching Horizons Academy in Philadelphia.
Horizons Academy cofounders (left to right): Edward Lando, Darwish Gani and Abhi Ramesh.

Horizons Academy cofounders (left to right): Edward Lando, Darwish Gani and Abhi Ramesh.

(Courtesy photo)

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.

Horizons Facebook ad.


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.

You must appreciate accurate, relevant and productive community journalism.  Support this sort of work from professional reporters with seasoned editors.  Become a member for $12 per month -30-

Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the community
New call-to-action


‘Tech equals opportunity’ at CS4Philly’s kickoff to Computer Science Education Week

Girls Who Code is launching coding clubs in 6 Philadelphia public schools

TechGirlz will hold a summit ‘for girls, by girls’ in the spring



How the history of Linode HQ inspires its employees

Chesterbrook, PA


Software Consulting Specialist

Apply Now

1217 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Performance Marketer

Apply Now

Chesterbrook, PA


Software Implementation Consultant

Apply Now

The programming languages most in demand in 2019

Philly Tech Sistas’ Ashley Turner on why ‘you cannot go at your career alone’

Why this dev planted roots at The Philadelphia Inquirer after starting her career abroad



When it comes to diversity, Vanguard puts its money where its mouth is

Philadelphia, PA

Vistar Media

Software Engineer

Apply Now

Philadelphia area

Chariot Solutions

Mobile Developers

Apply Now

1217 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA


Director of Marketing

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!