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Israel Tech Challenge

Courses: Coding Bootcamp, Data Science Fellows Track, +-5 more.
Data Science Fellows Track

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Tel Aviv, +-6 more.
Tel Aviv.

About Israel Tech Challenge

Israel Tech Challenge is a not for profit company backed by the Israeli National Cyber Bureau. Located in Tel Aviv, Israel, they offer students the ability to learn from leading Israeli industry players and academics, combining inspiration and networking... Read More

ITC offers elite programs built with a deep focus on the STEM industry. Sourcing highly talented young professionals from Israel and around the world in order to develop their careers in technology while converging in the most in-demand skills in tech, with invaluable experience in Israel.

Graduates are screened, tested and prepared rigorously by expert mentors and professionals. Armed with these abilities, students can put their expert training and knowledge acquired in classes, standing ready to step into the Israeli tech industry. ITC's hiring partners include leading companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Taboola, Outbrain, Apple, PayPal and more.

TC offers three kinds of scholarships:
1) Excellence Scholarships:
Exceptional candidates who apply to ITC’s Fellows (Data Science, Cyber Security, and Hardware Engineering) programs are eligible for up to 20,000 NIS.

Criteria for eligibility include:
- Academic background – Academic Institutions, type of degrees, fields of study and GPA
- Relevant work experience
- Achievements in the program’s screening process
- Other relevant credentials

2) Masa Scholarship
Foreign citizens who are eligible for Israeli citizenship according to the Israeli government / Law of return, are between the ages of 18-30 are eligible* for $4,500 and up (Fellows Programs) or $3,000 for the Coding Bootcamp.
*Students who are eligible for the grant can apply for additional need-based financial aid depending on their country of origin and income.

3) New Immigrant Scholarship
New immigrants and returning citizens are eligible for 7,000 NIS. ITC is recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Aliyah and Integration that offers new immigrants and returning citizens a Voucher Project used to assist financially in professional training.

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Courses

Coding Bootcamp

  • Cost: $7,500 - $7,500
  • Duration: 20 weeks
Locations: Tel Aviv
Course Description:

Become a programmer in just 5 months of training & internship. An intensive training program for tech-savvy individuals who wish to launch a new & exciting career as developers in the Israeli hi-tech. The program offers a 3-month training in full-stack web development focused on Front-End and Back-End studies, and a 2 month internship in a Tel Aviv based start-up company where students can practice their new skills. Programming languages and skills acquired in the program: HTML, CSS, Responsive Design, Bootstrap, JS, JQuery, Ajax, Python, Django, React and more. Graduates will work with an experienced placement professional who assists and advises with regards to CV building, networking, interviews, and placements.

Applicants must have an academic degree. Applicants must be able to demonstrate excellence in their current fields of work. Applicants must be proficient in reading and writing in English*. Coding experience is an advantage but is not necessary.

Subjects: CSS, HTML, JavaScript

Data Science Fellows Track

  • Cost: $7,500 - $7,500
  • Duration: 40 weeks
Locations: Tel Aviv
Course Description:

Designed for excellent B.Sc/M.Sc graduates with programming experience.
The data science track is a 10-month elite program for STEM graduates with a strong mathematical background and coding skills.The program includes a 5-month intensive training focused on Data Science with specialization in Deep Learning & Computer Vision / Big Data, followed by a 5-month paid internship in the Israeli hi-tech.

The program includes:
350+ hours of classes and workshops with experts from ITC’s leading industry partners, including Intel, PayPal, CheckPoint, Taboola, CyberArk, and more. 5 months paid internship at leading hi-tech companies in Israel.

Applicants must have a mathematical, science or engineering degree (B.Sc. / M.Sc.) from a leading academic institution Applicants must have programming knowledge in one or more of the following languages: Python, Java, C, C#, C++, R Applicants must have knowledge of Probability & Statistics, Calculus, Algorithms and Data structures Applicants must be eligible for Israeli citizenship according to the Israeli government / Law of return

Subjects: Data Analytics, Data Science

Israel Tech Challenge Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.79/5

(19 reviews)
    3/1/2019
  • David Ondrich | Software Engineer
  • Coding Bootcamp
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Start a New Career"

ITC does a great job of teaching you the actual skills you will need to be successful in a web developer role, and they do it with a very relevant real-world ""stack".

Trying to learn web development on your own can be very over-whelming. It's a huge topic,... Read More

On top of that they do a great job preparing you for, and landing you interviews for internships with tech companies in Tel Aviv. This part of the program I thought was equally as important as the classroom learning because getting your foot in the door is often the toughest part of getting into developer roles.

Overall I found the experience and support excellent. I was hired by the company that I interned for and have been working there as a Software Engineer ever since.

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    2/26/2019
  • Kim B | Front End Engineer
  • Data Science Fellows Track
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Excellent programme"

The ITC Fellows program was very good. I enjoyed the quality of the classes and of the teachers. They offer great workshops with some of the best companies in Israel!

It really helped me to get into the israeli high tech society.

I highly recommend it

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    2/23/2019
  • Joachim Hagege | Deep Learning Engineer
  • Data Science Fellows Track
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Your entry to the Israeli AI/ML job market"

This course provided to me a lot of invaluable tools to enter the ML/AI job market.

I did the course at age 30.
Before starting the course, I had around 4 years of experience in the Israeli hi-tech industry in Software related positions (Full-Stack Web/Product... Read More

I felt I lacked the practical and theoretical tools to apprehend the ML market and transition to a Machine Learning / Deep Learning position in the industry.

After considering options to transition and brainstorming with people in the industry / ITC alumni that shared their experience with me, I felt ITC Data Science Fellows track provided me the best value for time / investment to accomplish my goals.

Alternatives I considered were:
- studying online with Coursera, Udacity, Udemy and like
- taking a master's degress in CS / Statistics in a well-known university
- learn on the job slowly and hope to transition at some point to an ML position

Although I believe I could have acquired some of the tools provided by ITC with studying online / learning on the job, to me it felt would take too long to become proficient, and was lacking the significant advantage of being around teachers/mentors that are leading practitioners in the industry, with whom you can interact (ask questions, "best practices"), and a community of peers (that became great friends) that would work together on assignments, brainstorm best ways to solve problems.
A master's degree was out of scope because it involved too significant an investment of time and was less focused on industry.

Out of the many tools I got from this very intense 5-months experience, the ones I value the most are the numerous workshops organized by ITC partners that are industry leaders such as Outbrain, Taboola, SparkBeyond, Chorus, MobileEye (and much more), that provided opportunities to solve hands-on real-life data science problems (with real-life datasets, that you seldom find in toy problems from online tutorials) that involved the whole DS lifecycle: data acquisition, data cleaning / preprocessing, exploratory data analysis, feature engineering, data modelling (with both classical ML models and deep learning models) and data visualization in both NLP, Computer Vision and classical Machine Learning.

On top of the technical tools and frameworks to do proper data science work, the exposure to many companies in the Israeli ecosystem helped me map the options in the industry and understand well the different players in the ecosystem, and helped refine my job search strategy to what interested me most.

I am very glad about the personal project we did that allowed to practice an end-to-end NLP project in the domain of HR analytics, that involved Data Scraping from leading job boards, data cleaning and modeling with Topic Modeling (an NLP model), in order to identify clusters of skills relevant for specific job titles.

Last but not least, the part that was maybe the most significant to me was the project we did together with BMW company in the field of Satellite Imagery Analytics, which involved problems in the Computer Vision domain such as Object Detection, Classification and Semantic Segmentation.
The project involved data acquisition / exploration (around 40k instances), modeling and finally presentation of results to BMW Data Science leadership.

The modeling part involved Deep Learning frameworks such as Tensorflow Object Detection API, and PyTorch, using cutting-edge techniques such as Faster-RCNN, and SSD + VGG16.

The tools we used for this project (and were covered mostly during the course of the ITC training) are: pandas, scikit-learn, jupyter, matplotlib, Flask, Keras, Tensorflow, Docker, AWS EC2, AWS S3, Nvidia DIGITS framework.

If you feel I threw a lot of buzzwords in this review, and feel a bit lost with all of those, then you probably feel the same I did before taking ITC course.

I guarantee you that after taking the Fellows program, you will understand each and every one of those, and will know which part are they playing for the different tasks involved with Machine Learning / Deep Learning positions in the industry, and know how to combine them to create value from data.

I would probably have had little chance to reach my current position without the tools and exposure to the industry I got at ITC.
I am surely glad I got the chance to be part of this significant experience, and would recommend it warmly to anyone considering transitioning to the Data Science industry.

Thanks to ITC for the amazing initiative, and בהצלחה to you if you are considering entering this exciting journey :)

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    2/21/2019
  • Jeremy A. | Data Scientist
  • Data Science Fellows Track
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Perfect transition between french high tech society and israeli high tech society"

The ITC Fellows program (Data Science track) is perfect if you want to integrate the Israeli high tech ecosystem.
It is designed for Olim because it has contains also Ulpan but you can skip it if you are already fluent in hebrew.
The content of the courses... Read More

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    2/20/2019
  • Benjamin SITRUK | Software Developer
  • Data Science Fellows Track
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Get ready for your next challenge"

Israel Tech Challenge has been an amazing experience the whole way.
During the first months of training, you have to hold on and give the best out of you, cause this is where you will learn essential notions, tools and skills for your new career.
Later... Read More

ITC is also an amazing human adventure. I met fantastic people, and the intensity of the program strengthened our links.

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    2/20/2019
  • Anonymous | Deep Learning Engineer
  • Data Science Fellows Track
  • Graduated: 2017

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"Breaking the Cycle"

Before ITC, I was stuck in the "can't find a job because I don't have experience"-"can't get experience because I don't have a job" cycle. The data science track provided me with the know how and connections I needed to land a job in high tech. This broke... Read More

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    2/20/2019
  • Hannah Moise | Data Scientist
  • Data Science Fellows Track
  • Graduated: 2018

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"Shortcut to enter the Israeli Hi-Tech Scene"

I was working as a Data Analyst in an Israeli company.
I was doing great but I felt I wanted to do more. To go from data analyst to data scientist should have taken me few years.
Instead I did the Data Science Fellow program.
And within 6 months, I was... Read More

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    2/20/2019
  • Elodie A | Data Scientist
  • Data Science Fellows Track
  • Graduated: 2018

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"ITC provides to student the key to the Israeli work scene"

Today, it's true you can learn everything online, mainly for free and especially for the coding area.
But once your resume is full of master degree / Coursera - Udemy - online course certification, reach the big companies even with an amazing resume is... Read More

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    2/20/2019
  • Ariel Kibudi | Data Scientist
  • Data Science Fellows Track
  • Graduated: 2016

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"Great way to enter the Data Science world"

It's a very intensive course. If you are motivated and have some technical background, it's an amazing way to learn one of the most required skill set in the high tech industry in only 4 month.
The teachers come from the top companies in the country and... Read More

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    2/18/2019
  • Jordan G | Data Scientist
  • Data Science Fellows Track
  • Graduated: 2016

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"You don't waste your time"

If you don't want to waste your time, and enter the HI TECH world, ITC is exactly what you need. Within few months, I became a data scientist ( originally a civil engineer) and was able to work in one of the best cyber security company in the world. The... Read More

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Israel Tech Challenge's average rating is 4.79 out of 5.0 based on 19 review(s).

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