South Florida is getting it first coding school. Wyncode, a nine-week immersion-style development boot camp teaching students computer programming and how to create their own web apps, will begin its first class in early May at The LAB Miami, a campus for creative entrepreneurs in Wynwood.
With the startup ecosystem developing in Miami, founders Juha Mikkola and Johanna Mikkola said they are launching Wyncode to contribute to the creation and growth of local developer talent, an area which has been a challenge for tech employers in the region. "By combining best practices from established bootcamp programs with a focus on business skills and a Made in Miami curriculum, we¹re looking forward to creating Miami¹s next generation of developer talent," said Johanna, Wyncode's managing director.
In nine weeks, the Wyncode student will create a variety of projects culminating in the creation and pitch of their own web application. Wyncode's first language of focus will be Ruby on Rails -- "the language of the future," it says -- and more languages could be added in future classes as demand expands.
Code schools are common in other tech and startup areas, such as Silicon Valley, Austin and Seattle. Wyncode's full-time bootcamp costs $9,000 (the first 20 students enrolled will get a $1,000 credit), competitively priced with what other code schools charge. Ed Toro, a well-known developer in Miami's tech community, is the lead instructor. Wyncode is working on developing a scholarship program with community partners.
Wyncode is holding free Learn to Code info sessions at 7 p.m. at The LAB on March 19, April 2nd and April 16. More info: Wyncode.co