FAQ


What is PhillyDevCamp and why is it important?

PhillyDevCamp is a 5 week intensive introduction to web development as a career. The goal is to take college students and recent high school & college graduates and give them the skills they need to be employable as junior web developers. 

Keeping talent in Philadelphia is crucial for the continued growth and success of the city’s tech industry. We aim to address the needs of both job-seekers and companies by contributing to the pool of qualified candidates and making it easier for local tech companies to find the talent they need to grow their business. 

It is risky for businesses to train candidates themselves given the expensive of training and the possibility of qualified candidates leaving after receiving training. We will remove that risk and make it easier for local companies to hire young talent and remove the need for either group to look elsewhere. Additionally, many startups are using the technologies we plan to teach; this course will give students the ability to start a business of their own or serve as a developer for an existing startup. 

I’m not an applicant, but I’m still interested in getting involved. What now?

We are currently looking for nonprofit organizations and sponsors to partner with, as well as volunteer Teaching Assistants. Reach out to us at info@phillydevcamp.com if you’re interested in getting involved!

What hands-on skills will I gain?

You will learn the problem-solving skills behind software development, as well as the technical skills required to use the languages that we employ in our businesses every day. Software development requires a firm grasp of applicable programming languages and the ability to reason through difficult problems. We will post a curriculum shortly that gives a more detailed description of the concepts and languages that are covered in the course.  

How will this help me get a job?

We will give you the tools and opportunity you need to succeed and create an environment where finding a job is a realistic outcome. Our goal for the course is to help people gain skills that will be valuable to the Philly Tech community. The course concludes with an exclusive networking event with Philadelphia area companies that are hiring web developers. 

How long will it take?

The program will be 5 weeks long, starting on July 21st and ending on August 22nd, and will include several weeks of classroom instruction, followed by 2 weeks of project-base learning where students will be able to practice and hone the skills they’ve learned. There will be a hiring fair in the beginning of September where PhillyDevCamp students will get to meet with and show off their work to local businesses. 

What qualifies you to lead this training program?

Zivtech has been designing and building innovative websites, web applications and web infrastructure using best-of-breed Open Source Software in Philadelphia for the past 6 years. We provide training to an international client base including top universities, government bodies, and Fortune 500 companies to empower their technology teams to more effectively leverage these powerful technologies. Additionally, we train our own staff in the latest tools and best practices to keep our knowledgebase as current as possible. 

Neomind Labs has been developing custom software in Philadelphia for 12 years and began using in Ruby on Rails in 2007. We taught our first Ruby on Rails class in 2013 and have been developing a curriculum to expand that program. Our lead teacher, John Parsons, has experience teaching web development to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Who is your ideal applicant?

We are accepting applicants who will be Freshmen in college by Fall of 2014, who are currently in college, or who have graduated from a Philadelphia-area university in the past 3 years (2011 and after). Applicants should have at least a basic familiarity with HTML & CSS and should be interested in becoming a Junior Developer in Philadelphia. We are looking for applicants who are eager to learn and prepared to spend between 5 and 10 hours a day for five weeks perfecting their web developing skills. 

When does the application close?

The application will be open from May 15th - June 22nd. 

What do I need to know prior to attending?

This program is designed for individuals with a minimal background in programming. We ask that applicants complete CodeAcademy’s HTML & CSS track prior to applying so ensure that they are familiar with the basic concepts upon which our course is built. The CodeAcademy track should take about 7 hours to finish and can be done over a weekend. We will ask for a link to your CodeAcademy profile in the application form. 

Will I get a job offer at the end?

We can’t guarantee you will get a job at the end of this course. We will teach you the skills you need to be employable as a web developer, but, like any skill, it’s going to require drive and determination on your part. Please don’t expect to automatically be hired because you took this course. Expect that you’ll have to continue studying web development practices, decide what language is best for you, and take a deeper dive into that niche. If you follow through with this task, you will be well suited for a development job.

Do I have to attend a Philadelphia-area school to qualify?

Yes. The mission of PhillyDevCamp is to encourage educated young people to broaden their skillset and apply their talents within the Philly area. 

What is the definition of Philly-area?

We will accept students from the Greater Philadelphia Area as defined by Select Greater Philadelphia. For more information on the area, please visit Select Greater Phiadelphia's website.

Pennsylvania:
Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties

New Jersey:
Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, and Salem Counties

Delaware:
New Castle County

Is this an internship? Will I be paid?

No, this is a training designed to give students the skills required to get a job or internship. Because the projects we will be working on are for local nonprofit organizations, work will be pro bono ("for the public good" in Latin). 

Where will classes be held?

Classes will be held in Zivtech's offices located at:

1315 Walnut Street
Suite 1500
Philadelphia, PA 19107