What is a code camp?

A code camp is, traditionally, an intense training program where participants learn computer programming skills over a short period of time with a focus on a specific job. For example, Code Camp Leipzig is a 3-month, full-time course training participants to become professional Junior Web Developers.

Will I only be learning code all day long?

The majority of the program involves coding, but at any given point during the course you will likely be learning many things at once. It may be professional skills, problem solving techniques, or how to work in digital teams. That said, we have many activities planned that do not involve coding to keep learning fresh and engaging.

How much will Code Camp Leipzig cost?

Code Camp Leipzig is either free or €1.500 depending on your application type and availability of company sponsored seats. Our company partners have reserved a number of seats that they will fill with candidates of their choosing. Those students will not pay anything for Code Camp Leipzig since the employer pays their training cost.

Those who do not wish to work with one of our partner companies, and are currently unemployed, or applicants not selected by a partner company can attend as individuals. The cost of attendance for individual applicants is €1.500. Additionally, for the 2019 class, we are offering a full-tuition scholarship that covers the cost for one individual seat.

How long is the application process? When will I hear back?

After successfully completing and submitting the first step of the application, applicants who have moved forward in the process will receive a personality assessment within two weeks of submission to complete online. After reviewing all documentation, we will select the top applicants for interviews with the Code Camp Leipzig team.

Candidates who applied for a seat with one of our partner companies will then be brought in for interviews with their HR and IT team members.

Candidates who applied as an individual will be notified of their acceptance and potentially of their scholarship award by August 15th.

In total candidates should expect a 6-week process from application to acceptance, however, the process could take as little as 4 weeks or as many as 8 weeks depending on number of applications received.

What will I learn at Code Camp Leipzig?

By the end of the Camp, you will have a foundation in computer science fundamentals. You will learn programming using the JavaScript language but merely as a vehicle; understanding of universal concepts is prioritized over memorization of language features. You will develop proficiency with command line tools, including Git, Webpack, and Docker. You will have experience using JavaScript/TypeScript, CSS and HTML to implement a variety of simple applications and websites, as well as major features on a large class project as part of a mock software engineering team. This will lead you to gaining proficiency with common and powerful JavaScript frameworks such as the Angular front-end framework, the Bootstrap CSS framework and component library, Express, and the Jest testing framework.

Am I guaranteed a job at the end of CCL?

We cannot guarantee anyone a job at the end of Code Camp Leipzig because we are not able to make decisions for companies. However, we have developed agreements with companies to accept students into internships after the camp with the potential of receiving employment after a trial period.

How much coding do I need to know to attend CCL?

Zero! This course is designed to take someone without any prior coding knowledge or computer science background and grow them into a productive Junior Web Developer.

Who should apply to CCL?

Anyone who has a passion for solving problems, an interest in technology, and the perseverance to work hard. You must be over 18 to apply to Code Camp Leipzig.

How should I prepare for classes?

Although there are no strict prerequisites, such as prior coding knowledge or a computer science background, you will be expected to meet some basic requirements:

  • You should have at least a high school (Abitur) level understanding of mathematics.
  • You should be able to use a computer for common tasks, such as web browsing, installing programs, and word processing.
  • You should be able to type on a computer keyboard using more than just your two index fingers.
  • You have to bring your own computer.

What language will the course be taught in?

Instruction will be in English but if you have questions or want one-on-one tutoring, most of the instructors speak German as their first language and can assist you in German.

My application was late, will I still be considered for the camp?

If your application was received latest 3 weeks before the start of the camp, we may be able to accommodate you. The results will depend entirely, however, on whether or not there are any free seats left and on our goodwill in taking time away from preparation for the camp to process your application last minute.

What does a day at code camp leipzig look like?

Arrive at 8:30 for community breakfast. Classes begin at 9:00 sharp. Your mother being on her deathbed is about the only acceptable excuse for being late.

Each day is broken up into 3-hour segments. This roughly corresponds to 1 hour of interactive lecture and 2 hours of exercises/project work, but it varies from day to day depending on the material covered that day.

There is a 10 minute break in the middle of each 3-hour segment.

A break for lunch begins at 12:00 or so, but may start as late as 12:15 in order to accommodate variability in the lesson material. Do not make plans with the expectation that you will be free at exactly 12:00.

The lunch break is approximately 2 hours long. However, at 13:30 there will be an optional 30-minute activity session to help you refocus yourself for the second half of the day; based on availability, this session may be stretching and Yoga or another activity.

The second segment of the day begins at 14:00 sharp and ends at approximately 17:00, but may end as late as 17:15 in order to accommodate variability in the lesson material. Do not make plans with the expectation that you will be free at exactly 17:00.

On some evenings, there will be community events scheduled. These may include bar crawls, movie nights, game nights, or other activities to offer students the opportunity to get to know their peers and instructors better.

How can my company work with CCL?

Our 3 month course is perfect for adding a technical dimension to your employees or for developing a culture fitting candidate that is missing the requisite skill set.

Our growing community offers a non-traditional source of professional, creative and technically inclined talent. Whether you’re looking for new employees or engagement from our audience, partnership is possible.

Our network of instructors and entrepreneurs will regularly be sharing their experiences and creations through a number of event formats. Your company is welcome to take part as a sponsor, a sharer of knowledge or a learner.

Any more questions?

If you want to get more information, join our community or just have a chat with us, we’re looking forward to hearing from you!