Q&A with Codeworks CEO Alessandro Zanardi
Hi, Alessandro! What motivated you to start a bootcamp?
We wanted to create the best coding bootcamp in Europe. We think Europe has a long way to grow in tech, and are looking forward to collaborate with anyone who shares this dream.
What challenges have you faced so far with starting your coding bootcamp?
It's hard to find the perfect campus, hire the best collaborators, and get your message through to the most ambitious students. I think we've passed the first two challenges and are now focusing on the third one. Luckily we already have amazing hiring partners!
What successes have you had with your first few cohorts?
Codeworks' first course starts on Sep 5, but our hiring partners are already excited about interviewing the first graduates that will come out of the first cohort.
What plans/dreams do you have for your bootcamp over the next 5 years?
We would like to be a point of reference for excellence among dev bootcamps in Europe, and are considering to start an incubator for students that have great startup ideas in coming years.
Any advice for students looking to join a bootcamp?
It really depends on what kind of bootcamp you're looking to join. In our case we suggest to study and prepare well for the interview (as outlined in the FAQ section of our website). Most of all though, be ready to give 110% of what you have in terms of commitment and dedication.
Any advice for people who want to start a bootcamp and/or start teaching code?
Try to figure out what market needs are not served yet, and how your bootcamp would be different from the ones that are already out there. There are good chances you might want to join an existing project and grow it with the founders. Starting a new one from scratch requires enormous dedication and motivation.
Do you see bootcamps replacing college for parts of the population?
Oh yes. Totally. It's a huge opportunity for people who want to start a new career without waiting years, while accumulating debt in the meantime. Good bootcamps are a great way to get started in the quickest possible way, and can keep learning once you have a paid job.
What is the job market like where your bootcamp is based?
We have hiring partners all across Europe. So, we currently have more requests than we can fulfill with our graduates, given that our course is very selective (around 10% admission rate). In our campus hometown in particular, Barcelona, the tech scene is booming.
Innovator, thinker, maker. Alessandro has more than 10 years of international work experience bringing fast growing tech companies one step ahead. He lived in 3 different continents, and visited over 30 countries. His background focuses on Innovation, Human-centered design, Software engineering, Lean product management, Strategic development, Finance, and Communication. He has an active passion for civic rights, sustainable and environmentally friendly policies. Throughout his career, he's run several non-profit initiatives, taught computer programming to "limited-access" students, worked with Google, and acted as CPO or CTO of several start-up projects. Reach out to him on LinkedIn!