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There's really not one answer to this question, I'm afraid.
Can you clarify a bit?
Where do you want to attend a bootcamp? There are plenty of good bootcamps in a number of cities, so it would help answer your question if you specify where you want to study?
Are you interested in a women's only program, or did you just mean good for women as well as men?
I'm in the Atlanta area and although I don't teach Ruby (I teach Node.js and Microsoft ASP), I know there are several good schools here for Ruby.
If you can answer my questions above, I think you'll have a better chance of getting relavant answers.
Good luck finding the right school for you!
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The previous response was reasonable - where are you based? Are you only interested in women only bootcamps, or is it a general question about which bootcamp would be best for a woman to attend?
If you're based in Europe, I can speak for Makers Academy - we're specifically committed to trying to move the needle on the "women in tech" problem. We actually focus on diversity in general (which includes, but is not limited to women), but I will focus on women specifically, since this is what you asked!
Our most recent cohort, which graduated a few days ago, was over 50% women. This is something we're super proud of, and has taken a lot of work. We've recently worked with Thoughtworks to provide subsidised places for 6 women, and will be doing more of the same next year. We have worked to have a good representation of women on our staff as well, and we host events for lots of women-focused groups at our campus in central London. Lastly, we offer a £500 discount for women - we know it's a little bit of a heavy handed tactic, but it goes some way towards us demonstrating that we care, and we're always open to ideas on how we can do better!
Our hiring partners cite the diversity of our students as one of the key reasons (there are others, of course!) why they continue to pay to hire our students, yet do not do so for any other bootcamp in Europe.
For more info, check out http://www.makersacademy.com/women/
Are you looking for a program specifically designed for women? If so, what is it about a program like this that is specific to a single gender? I am a female working in the tech industry, and I am always a little weary of things that target themselves specifically for women. Instead of limiting the type of person in the room, maybe we can focus on opening up the room to all sorts of people.
That being said, there some places that focus on women, Grace Hopper is one that comes to mind, in New York. One of their goals is to close the gap between men and women in the tech industry, and that’s a pretty noble goal. I attended a school in San Francisco that didn’t necessarily focus on getting more women in the tech industry, but to make education accessible, and that inherently attracts all sorts of diversity: and diversity in this industry is a key component to innovation.
The best is always difficult to say. So as with all too difficult questions, i'll answer a simpler one: What is a good bootcamp for women. And i would like to say that definately ours (https://webdev.camp) is.
What you ask, makes a bootcamp good for women? I think above all two things:
1. The camp has either courses for women, or is especially interested in diversity. Tick.
2. The camp is open to a diverse range of beginnners in general. This speaks of a more open mindset and general willingness to explain basics, go slower, not push so much and generally not make students feel stupid. Tick.
I am the course director of Web Dev Camp, and have been in the business for over 20 years. I am very glad there is open talk about diversity nowadays. Not that starting a discussion immediately changes everything, but it is an admission that there is an issue. And boy does this industry have a geek issue, with it's very strange form of competitiveness, weird comunication- and more importantly thinking-patterns.
I am personally very happy to see more women in the buisness and also happy to teach women. I started our camp with my wife, and we accommodate students during the course. This makes for a very personal experience, one in which everybody is treated equally well, nobody favoured or left behind. Especially women have found it nice to have Raisa (my wife) to talk to when in need of support.
We have regular women scholarships of 20% and have even sponsored some students completely, but only women. You can see on our facebook or web pages a high percentage of women, because we aim to have courses with a high ratio of women.
So, check the social media and reviews (here and on CourseReport), if the school is local, try talking to students or Alumni, and good luck with finding a school for you
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