August 26, 2014
The first class of Wyncode graduates are all working as developers, just a few weeks of the coding boot camp’s end in July, co-founder Johanna Mikkola said.
Wyncode, a nine-week immersion-style development boot camp teaching students computer programming and how to create their own web apps, began 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 launched 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.
Wyncode students create a variety of projects culminating in the creation and pitch of their own web application. Well-known South Florida developer Ed Toro is the lead instructor.
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, and that is competitively priced with what other code schools charge.
Of the 14 graduates of the nine-week program based at The LAB Miami in Wynwood, five are working on their own startups. Two stayed in developing jobs that they already had. Other graduates were hired by Wyncode’s local partners, including CareCloud, MDLIVE and Outform.
Matt Mawhinney, 29, signed up for Wyncode after leaving his job as a political analyst to try programming. The app he built during camp earned him an offer from Rokk3r Labs, a Miami technology portfolio.
Mawhinney said Wyncode is an example of one way the South Florida technology scene is starting to approach the caliber of Austin, Texas or Boulder, Colo.
“Miami would not be crazy to aspire to be those kinds of places,” Mawhinney said. “It’s inspiring to see something that works in those markets taking root and being successful in Miami. It’s a barometer for the overall health of the tech ecosystem here.”
Wyncode is in the midst of its second session and has almost filled up for its third, which starts in October.