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Welcome to our August Intro to Programming class!

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Yesterday was the start of our August Intro to Programming class and we had the pleasure to welcome our new students into their programming journey with SoftStack Factory!

For the next four weeks this group of motivated people will learn programming fundamentals using Vanilla Javascript and basic HTML/CSS, work on assessment projects and a final test to move into our 8 week MEAN Stack program. And for the whole way we will be here to help them achieve their goals.

From all of SoftStack Factory: Welcome to your programming journey!

San Diego Business Journal tells a little bit of our story

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Last week the San Diego Business Journal shared little bit of our story, including how our CEO Harold Gottschalk came up with SSF’s idea and also some of our total students numbers. The article also mentions where a few of our former students landed jobs recently as well as the story of our former student Jonathan Cole, who now applies the knowledge he acquire at SSF on his current job at the B2B marketing startup LeadCrunch.

Check the full article here!

Happy Holidays!

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2018 was a great year! 


We would like to thank everyone that was a part of SoftStack Factory during this year. 
To all of our facilitators, volunteers, team members, and students may your Christmas holiday be filled with cheer, warm memories, and happiness. Thank you for all your support and for helping SoftStack Factory grow in so many ways this year. 

We would also like to congratulate all of our current and past students for choosing SSF and being a part of our family. We are always looking for ways to improve and help you learn even more, for that reason we would like to invite you to further explore our new classes. 

For this new year, we are starting an Intro to Data Science and Machine Learning Course! 
Soon you will be able to find more information on our website and apply to those new classes. 

We wish you a festive and safe Holiday Season.  Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

SoftStack Factory Team 

Give Yourself Permission to Screw Up

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Are you learning how to code? The path is long, and mistakes are a natural part of it, for that reason, you should always allow yourself to screw up a little. Errors can lead to improvement and therefore be transformed into a good thing. 

On this text, Thomas Oppong talks about the importance of giving yourself permission to screw up from time to time! 

https://medium.com/personal-growth/give-yourself-permission-to-screw-up-2c5f55e9b9e6

4 Tips For Learning How To Code

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Are you learning how to code, or do you want to learn? If yes, then these tips are for you!

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#1 - Pick your language

It is a fact that you can’t learn it all at once, so the first step is picking what you want to learn! There are a lot of pros and cons to each programming language, but you have to keep in mind what your goal is regarding the platform you want to work with and your final product.

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#2 - Start from the beginning

We know you want to learn as fast as possible, but let’s agree, skipping steps will not lead to a good knowledge base. Programming is like building a house, if you leave out the foundation, it will probably not stand up properly.

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#3- Ask questions (a lot!)

Have a question? Don’t keep it to yourself. If you have a teacher or tutor don’t be afraid to ask questions (especially if you are a SSF student, our team will be always happy to help) and if you are learning by yourself there are a lot of forums online where you can ask questions and get some help.

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#4 – Practice, practice and practice

The best way to learn is actually coding and the best way to keep what you learned is practicing! So what are you waiting?

How To Develop An Instant Message App

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By Octodev blog

Did you know that the average person sends out up to 14 text messages a day? Many of smartphone users do so by using instant message application, such as WhatsApp. But how are does apps made? As a developer or someone learning how to program, you might be thinking, how hard it is to develop an app like this? Well, here is your answer! On this article from Octodev you can learn all the steps to make your own instant message application! Check it out!

https://octodev.net/how-to-develop-a-chat-app-like-whatsapp/ 
 

New friends, new possibilities and new graduation

Just like technology itself, SoftStack Factory is in constant change, always trying to improve. As we move forward and learn from each cohort, we decided to create a new model of learning and working.

From our qualifier to our course structure, volunteering options and new partnerships, we have different plans and projects for this year.

This year Softstack Factory started a partnership with LEARN Academy, also located in San Diego. Our new class structure allow classes to take place at our friends location at LEARN.

Our first cohort completed the new JavaScript MEAN Stack Spin-Up program and the students received their certificates on the last May 15!

 

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is here! As we look back and give thanks for all the positive things that happened this year we decided to continue with the SSF tradition of giving back to the community also.

Last Friday SoftStack Factory team and a few of the students got together to make over 70 lunch bags to give to the homeless of San Diego and handed them out around the school, in East Village Downtown. We hope to remind everyone that small acts like this is a great way of giving thanks for what we have by helping others in need! You can check here a few pictures of the event.

We are thankful for being able to change people’s lives, we are thankful to inspire and to be inspired by so many around us.

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and amazing start of the holiday season.

 

SoftStack Factory team.  

 

Creating new ways to help!

SoftStack Factory was created to help people find their passion for technology and grow, both professionally and personally. Every time the application process is opened we get to meet several new millennials that are motivated to learn and discover their potential for programming. This last application process was no different. We hosted a two day qualifier at Mindtouch one of our sponsors and by the end of the event we decided to create a new teaching approach to accommodate all the qualifier students within the next cohort given our limited physical space.


SSF can only function with the help of our amazing partners, sponsors and volunteers and that includes our current location, which is provided by one of our sponsors Heeron Law. To be able to teach more students with our limited space our CEO created a new process allowing all participants that qualified to become students of SSF. Now the students of this cohort are divided into teams that take turns being onsite and offsite, when a team is offsite they use hangouts video conference technology, allowing them to participate and learn with the onsite groups. To improve the learning process, we identified which students would be more comfortable rotating first and now two teams come in 3 days a week and one team 4 days a week, allowing all teams to be present each week.

We are currently on week number 4 of the 12 weeks of intensive classes, where the students spend an average of 8 hours a day Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 PM dedicated to learning a complete technology stack and best practices regarding technology and corporate etiquette.


Creating ways to help more students is just one of the ways that motivates  everyone at SSF!

Want to help SSF? You can be a sponsor, commission an app or volunteer! Find out more at our website http://www.softstackfactory.com/become-a-sponsor/
 

Did you miss this application period? Register interest on our website and we will let you know as soon as applications open again! http://www.softstackfactory.com/for-applicants/

 

Graduation and new cohort!

This last 5 to 6 weeks have been extremely busy at SSF! Our last cohort just graduated in September and we celebrated this achievement by handing out our certificates and one of our awesome sponsors provided us with tickets to a Baseball game that evening and we attended as  a large group.

As our 5 students wrapped up 14 full weeks of intense learning, this cohort was 2 weeks longer that our standard 12 week cohorts, a new selection process to fill up a new cohort also started.


We received 200 registrations of interest on our website prior to our application period opening. We invited all the registrants to apply via an email blast.  During our short application period we received 38 applications. From those, 30 were invited to continue on our rigorous process where they were challenged to work online and learn a little bit more about coding via a Khan Academy Course. Fifteen applicants finished the Khan Academy course and were further challenged with a JavaScript problem, where they needed to build a  functioning solar system using the knowledge they acquired during the Khan Academy course.

Eleven applicants were invited to the event to qualify for our 6 available spots for the upcoming  cohort that started on October 10. The event happened at MindTouch an SSF sponsor within one of their wonderfully equipped conference rooms. Nine applicants showed up to the event and worked the whole weekend learning HTML and CSS that extended their knowledge and got them ready to potentially join the next cohort. The applicants also had to take a problem solving test and do a small project with the knowledge they had just gained. All applicants showed a great amount of enthusiasm and motivation, that inspired us to create new a process for us to teach to more students with our limited space and allow all participants that were qualifying at event to become students of SSF.  Now the students of this cohort are divided into teams that take turns being onsite and offsite, when a team is offsite they will be using video conferencing technologies allowing them to participate and learn with the onsite groups.

Congratulations to all our new students!

We want to thank MindTouch for allowing us to use your conference room during the 2 day qualifier, special thanks to Erik Birkfeld and Oscar Cornejo for hosting us on the two days. Thank to our CEO Harold Gottschalk and our teacher John Brown for his support in running the sessions.

Did you miss this application period? Register interest on our website and we will let you know as soon as applications open again! http://www.softstackfactory.com/for-applicants/

 

Volunteer at SSF!

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So, as you probably know, we are a non profit, tuition-free immersive course and we try to make a difference in San Diego Millennials lives by introducing them to the opportunities of the tech industry. But, to keep helping our community, we also need help from the community! That is why we are always looking for people interested in supporting our goals! On this current cohort we have been having the amazing help from Robert Schmalz, our Teacher Assistant.

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Robert has 22 years of programming experience and after he retired from working with a big multinational, he decided to give back to his community, but in a way that he would still be in touch with what he loves to do, use his talent and also keeping himself up to date with the latest languages used in software development. He looked up coding bootcamps in the southern California area and was surprised to find that most of them were for-profit, “There are several "for-profit" code camps but I did not want to be part of a business enterprise with pressure for profits etc”. When he found out about SoftStack Factory, he knew it would be a perfect fit!

Robert got in contact with us and now he is a part of the SoftStack Factory daily life! He helps us as our Teacher Assistant, looking out for our students and our main Teacher, John, “our classroom is a collaborative team atmosphere which keeps it fun. I have filled in as the class leader/monitor a few times”, said Robert.

We are very happy to have Robert as a part of our team and extremely thankful for all his help! People like him and our amazing sponsors are helping us to keep SoftStack Factory up and running and creating amazing opportunities for San Diego Millennials.

We asked Robert to leave a message for those who think about volunteering or being a part of SSF:

“I highly encourage it.  There is something very freeing about being engaged in an effort that is not solely directed at generating income.  Also, it is very gratifying to help the next generation advance in their careers, just as people helped me when I was at the beginning of my career. You will find that SSF already has a proven track record of success. Just recently we held a reunion of sorts at a San Diego Padres baseball game.  As a newcomer I was impressed to see all the students who have passed through SSF and are now employed programmers return to say hello. So yes, it’s a great group.  Please join us! You will not regret doing so.

Do you want to be more involved in your community and help make a difference? We are always looking for motivated volunteers to help us run a cohort! If you are a retired software engineer, manager, leader, developer or just love the SSF idea, we can use your assistance!

http://www.softstackfactory.com/become-a-sponsor/

 

San Diego local technologist discuss hiring and working with our SoftStack Factory graduates!

 

The opportunities in the technology field are ever increasing and endless, everything we do or use nowadays is somehow connected to programming, for that reason the need for skilled software developers keeps growing. We believe that there are a lot of capable individuals that do not know of their potential and might not be optimizing their potential and instead are flipping burgers.  That is why our motto is “Flip Code, not Burgers!” and our mission is to introduce those young individuals to all the possibilities of being a developer!

At SoftStack Factory(SSF) we do much more than just teach how to write lines of code, SoftStack Factory focuses on many of the skills a student will need to jump in this new world! Learning how to build hybrid mobile applications from beginning to end, client and backend server side, they will be better prepared to face challenges that are presented to them by future employers.

On the last Friday in May our CEO Harold Gottschalk was joined by Erik Birkfeld, Development Manager at MindTouch and Etienne de Bruin, CEO/Founder of 7CTOs, Inc. two local San Diego companies on the Community Spotlight Radio show to discuss what it is like to work with our graduates.

Harold explained about how our 12 weeks immersive camp works, what the students can expect to learn and also, what companies that hire our graduates can expect of them. To explain that last aspect better, Erik and Etienne, who have hired a few of our SoftStack Factory graduates articulated about their experience with them.

Our students go to their new opportunites determined to win, since we are a non-profit and classes are fee free, we are selective with our candidates looking for individuals that are willing to learn, hungry for world experience and passionate about everything that they do. Once they graduate and enter a company they have learned enough to hit the ground running.

The nice thing regarding hearing from companies that have hired our graduates is to learn how they adapt to the students knowledge and how the students adapt to the company routine.  MindTouch and 7CTOs have 2 very different approaches and they both approaches work great, because when you are willing to improve your knowledge and be a part of the team, you can accomplish anything!

Erik started a 20 week training program. “During the training program SSF graduates work on different projects and in different parts of the company, so after completing the training program they will have a larger knowledge regarding how the company works and also of what is expected from them here. At the moment some of the graduated students from SSF are finishing the 20 weeks and enjoying every moment! “

Etienne has a different approach which is more efficient for his company and his objectives, he is testing how well they hit the ground running and independent they can be. His needs were different and is using the initial enthusiasm of what the graduates already know to create hybrid mobile application they need. During the process gaining the knowledge that they still do not know so they can fill in the blanks. “They are sponges, they want to know more, as much as possible” - Said Etienne.

Etienne gives StartUps the suggestion to at least hire in pairs - “because they are so good at pair programming and working together. Hire 2 at a time and let them run with what they know (...) and bring in the concepts that you need from them as opposed to taking them from the school and teach them something completely different”.

As you can see, SoftStack Factory is not only a way to change millennials lives but also creating the workforce that companies need. We are a non-profit that is helping the local deficit in software talent and we need the local community to help us and there are a lot of ways to help!

We need sponsors that can help providing a space for us to run our school, give us a paid project to do and individuals and companies that just believe in our project and are willing  donate operational funds. You can find out more about how to help on: http://www.softstackfactory.com/become-a-sponsor/

If you are a student and is interested in our program you can find out more and register interest in our next cohort going on our website: http://www.softstackfactory.com/

You can also hear the whole interview here: 

Be a part of SoftStack Factory story! Help us change the future of technology!

 

We had our second 2 Day Qualifier Event, Check it out!

 

On the weekend of 5/14-5/15 2016 we had our second official 2 Day Qualifier to qualify for our June Camp!  We received a total of 25 applicants for this qualifying event.

SSF is a new development bootcamp and we are continuously improving our selection methods and curriculum. For this up and coming  cohort we added a few more steps to our selection process, we added online pre-work that must be completed prior to being invited to the qualifier.  Our June summer camp is a bit longer instead of 12 weeks it will be  14 weeks, we  extended our midterm project by 1 week and we have one week off for summer vacations.

8 out of  25 students completed all the steps to be invited qualifier event to attend our fee free immersion program.  The qualifier event happened at our donated office suite that Satellite Phone Stores donated to us for 9 months,  the sub lease is expired and we are  moving to a new temporary location close to Petco Park home of the Padres.

On the first day our applicants were introduced to SoftStack Factory its story, mission and what to expect during the course.  The students met each other and our team. The first  activity  was to fill out some paperwork, take a problem solving, pattern recognition, algebra quiz and then a temperament questionnaire.  Then we started with an HTML and CSS course that spanned into the second day.   

The second day we continued with our applicants working on HTML and CSS course which was completed around 1PM.  We took a lunch break and upon return the students were given a Javascript project to do based on the pre-qualifier work that they had completed prior to attend the event.  We discussed a bit more about what the full 14 weeks would be like at SoftStack Factory once  again and asked about their interests to continue!   We were clear that only 6 would be able to attend since our cohorts are small due to space and level of attention we provide to our students. The week following we identified the 6 students that would be part of our next cohort and notified them.

We really appreciate all the effort to make this weekend happen and want to thank all of our Sponsors and the SoftStack Factory team for their support. We look forward to our new cohort and how the process will become a life changing for all of them!

If you missed our June Camp application opportunity you can still register your interest for our next cohort! Just use the following link and we will get in touch with you as soon as application process re-opens! http://www.softstackfactory.com/for-applicants/

Help SSF grow! Do you have a mobile development project? Send us request and become a SoftStack Factory Sponsor! Contact us for more information: http://www.softstackfactory.com/become-a-sponsor/

 

Ionic: What it is, and why we use it!

As a software developer, and one that works with mobile applications (or someone interested in learning how to), you may have heard about Ionic. Today we are going to discuss Ionic framework, tell you why we teach it and love it here at our SoftStack Factory Code Camp and why you may want to use it!

Ionic is one of the frameworks that is a part of our curriculum here at Softstack Factory, we are actually proud to be one of the only coding bootcamps that focuses on this awesome tool. Ionic is an HTML5 mobile applications development framework, it is free, open source and relatively new, the DriftyCo crew has been working on it for 2 years. It uses the existing HTML5 and CSS3 capabilities to deliver fast experiences and is focused mainly on the look and feel, and UI interaction of the app. One of the things that makes it so good is that it is not just another UI framework, Ionic is targeted at building hybrid mobile apps, which has many benefits over pure native apps, specifically in terms of platform support, speed of development, and access to 3rd party code.

Ionic is built on top of AngularJS framework from Google and utilizes it to provide the application structure, while Ionic itself is focused on the user interface. Ionic provides the connection between the power of Angular and the beauty of Ionic UI components and offers simpler building blocks that can be combined to deliver rich user interfaces.It also comes with handy variables and mixins to extend the customized appearance and it’s packaged with its own open source icon library featuring over 440 icons to chose from.

All the functionalities that can be found in native mobile development SDKs are provided by Ionic. The apps can be built and customize for Android or iOS, and deploy through Cordova to allow it to run on your device. As we said before, Ionic is not just another just another UI framework it is a complete ecosystem that helps you develop and build great Software.

SSF is one of the only Code Camps that teach Ionic to its students, and we do so because we believe that this tool and the complementary technologies provide a comprehensive set of knowledge needed to enhance their future as a software developer. “One of the biggest reasons we choose to use Ionic was that mobile is big and our students get to learn web technologies that are in great demand. This provides them two in high demand skillsets.” Says Harold Gottschalk, SoftStack Factory CEO.

Ionic is not focused on the development of desktop applications, it has some limitations but can be used to deliver the application within the browser.  Ionic and it’s platform is focused on delivering hybrid mobile apps that run natively on (Android, iOS, Windows phone, Chrome and even Apple Watch) using Cordova. Ionic platform in itself is amazing and we talk about it in another post.

Check out some beautiful apps built with Ionic!

 

RideShare - The new SoftStack Factory project!

    SoftStack Factory is always innovating, this cohort we decided to create our own app, giving the students a chance to work on an original SoftStack Factory idea! The group is working together and developing an awesome app that can help the environment and also save people money!

    The SSF bootcamp is 12 weeks long, and as the students approach the end of the classes, comes the time to take all the knowledge they acquired into action and start developing! Usually the last six weeks of the program consist in developing the sponsor app, a real application, from a real client with a real purpose! This time the students, with the guidance of our experienced mentors, will create a SoftStack Factory app idea around ridesharing  that could go to the marketplace.

  RideShare is an application where drivers and riders can find each other, selecting their destination, preferences and even ranking each other after the car ride! It uses geolocation, name matching and other techniques to determine ride matches and it will be available on mobile device and web browser!

    Here is how it works: A driver is going from one point to the other and his car is not full, he can use the app to offer a ride in his personal vehicle to others that are going to the same destination, or even somewhere along the way! It allows both drivers to offer a ride and riders to request a ride to the same destination! This way the driver and the rider can share the cost of the drive, saving money and also helping the environment, since there will be less cars on the road.

    RideShare will also map the rider’s/driver’s location 10 minutes before the pickup, it will allow Facebook sign-up/login, showing mutual friends which could make you more comfortable choosing  whom they want to ride with!

    This final project provides the students the opportunity to experience a real development teams activity, with real set of tasks and timelines as they would encounter in the job market. This gives them the confidence  they need when entering the technology job market with the skills they need to succeed as they leave SoftStack Factory!  

    Keep checking back for more news on this amazing app! If you or your company want to Sponsor a cohort and commission an app just get in touch with us on our website!


   Are you motivated and want to learn how to code? Or do you have a student that fits our profile or know someone that does? Apply or nominate someone here!

Why we love Mobile and Strongloop’s LoopBack framework

SoftStack Factory is much more than a Coding Bootcamp, here we believe we can change the future of technology instruction, starting by introducing young individuals to the world of coding and changing their future perspectives. But more than a teaching place, we also have a team of experienced developers that love creating exciting apps for enterprise, consumers and start-ups. Our mentors and developers use their expertise to elaborate amazing solutions in the form of mobile applications and use that experience to support their teaching.

We believe that mobile technologies are ever increasing in our daily lives. Mobile will continue to play a big part in the future of technology, this is why we focus on creating mobile Hybrid Applications. Our phones have the power of track our physical exercises, navigate our cars, create dinner reservations, plan our budget for the month, access our bank accounts, connect us to all around the world and much more.

So, since we focus on creating mobile applications, we use the best tools to efficiently deliver mobile applications across different device platforms. We already wrote about Ionic Framework and why we love to use it, today we would like to talk about another framework that we like to use, LoopBack, by San Mateo, Calif., company StrongLoop that was acquired last year by IBM.

LoopBack is a highly-extensible, open-source Node.js framework for creating APIs and connecting them with backend data sources. It is built with a very intuitive API explorer, that allows you to save time, it simplifies testing of APIs and provides self documentation for your API’s. It also comes with some built in APIs and has a lot of advantages and features. You can quickly creates dynamic end-to-end REST APIs, connects devices and browsers to data and services, also uses Android, iOS, and AngularJS SDKs to easily create client side apps, adds-on components for push, file management, 3rd-party login, and geolocation.  StrongLoop Arc to visually edit, deploy, and monitor LoopBack apps and runs on-premises or in the cloud are advanced features you can try and continue to use for a fee.

Because you can get a lot of out of the box, LoopBack saves you a lot of manual work and it allows you to focus on the business aspects and the product specific problems and logic!


You can check their website if you want to find out more: http://loopback.io/

SoftStack Factory is Sponsored by Zebit to Commission a New Budgeting Application

 

San Diego, CA (March 2, 2016) — SoftStack Factory, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering a 12-week immersion code camp with on the job training for young adults seeking entry in the technology sector, has partnered with Zebit, Inc. to develop an instant budget application.

SoftStack Factory’s mission is to create a highly skilled local workforce to fill the deficit of talent needed by the San Diego community. The education and training model uses a technology stack to fill an existing technology need by immersing students within it.  The initial stack is a hybrid mobile application development.

In the fall of 2015, the first SoftStack Factory class graduated, proving that SoftStack Factory’s education and sponsoring models are a good fit within the local community. The first corporate cohort was sponsored by Zebit, Inc., a local San Diego financial technology company that provides financial resources, education, and no-cost credit to working Americans. Zebit joined their marketing and technology teams with SoftStack Factory to execute their instant budget application concept.  At the time, Zebit’s technology resources were focused on developing their core offerings and had limited bandwidth to prioritize this project. The lack of available resources to work on promotional or prototype applications is typical of many marketing and business development teams. Their sponsorship provided SoftStack Factory students with hands on experience, while creating a functioning application.

Zebit CEO Michael Thiemann was intrigued by SoftStack Factory’s ability to teach young adults how to build hybrid mobile applications in real-world projects as its core curriculum.  Since Zebit had wanted to build a mobile application, and SoftStack Factory fit their “do it local direction”, they decided to sponsor the fall cohort at SoftStack Factory.

The fall 2015 SoftStack Factory student cohort and mentors took on the Zebit project, just like any other development agency. The product development, coding, and application testing provided students with on the job training (OJT) that mirrors the skills needed within full-time employment within their field. As promised, at the end of December 2015, the final application was delivered to Zebit.  “We are really happy with SoftStack Factory and the project results. When I showed the instant budget app to others, they commented that this is one of the coolest apps they have ever seen”, said Michael Thiemann, Co-founder and CEO of Zebit.

SoftStack Factory also deployed the application, got it approved by respective mobile application stores, stood up the web version of the application, and the supported the backend within Zebit’s infrastructure.

“We are thankful for this partnership and for Zebit trusting our students and mentors,” said Harrold Gottschalk, CEO of SoftStack Factory.
 

SoftStack Factory’s result of this sponsored project is free and currently available from the following links:
 

Zebit Instant Budget Website: https://www.zebitinstantbudget.com/

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zebit.instantbudget&hl=en

iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instant-budget-by-zebit/id1077467430

Web Browser: https://app.zebitinstantbudget.com/#/app/landing
 

You can be a SoftStack Factory cohort sponsor and commission an application by sending an e-mail to hgottschalk@softstackfactory.com. For other ways to help, check out our website for more information: www.softstackfactory.com
 

About SoftStack Factory

SoftStack Factory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers a 12 week immersion code camp with an on the job training focus, focused currently on San Diego young adults that want to enter the technology sector. Our mission is to create high-skilled local workers to fill the deficit of talent needed by our local community.

 

About Zebit
Zebit is a free employee benefit that provides financial education, planning tools, and no-cost credit options that help working Americans take control of their everyday financial lives. By partnering with employers and leveraging advanced technology, Zebit provides a unique financial wellness offering that lowers employee stress and improves the corporate bottom line. Zebit is located in San Diego and is backed by VCs that include Crosslink Capital, Wildcat Venture Partners, Leapfrog Ventures and Correlation Ventures. Learn more at www.zebit.com.     
 

Become a SSF Sponsor

SoftStack Factory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers a 12 week immersion code camp with an on the job training (OJT) slant. Our mission is to create high-skilled local workers to fill the deficit of talent need by our local community.

Traditional higher education can be a less efficient path for many individuals seeking careers in technology.  SSF presents millennials with an opportunity to learn entry level skills within in a period of 12 weeks to enter the digital economy with the possibility of a wage growth that will persist for many years. Local companies benefit from programs like SSF and local companies should seriously look at becoming an SSF corporate sponsor.

One of the ways companies, entities and start up ventures can sponsor SSF is to  commision a mobile application built  by the SSF students and mentors.  A typical mobile application projects scope size is one that fits in a typical 3 – 5 person months level of effort that may cost around $50k when using  near or off shored resources.  SSF offers the opportunity to sponsor a cohort by sponsoring a project at our starting price of $35k and have that mobile application built by local talent. Project sponsors not only help our school grow but also provide an on the job experience to our students and sponsors end up with a brand new Hybrid mobile application at a fair price! SoftStack Factory provides sponsors a powerful new way to develop core software assets that are essential for their success and at the same time helping the local community.

Our first class graduated this last December, 2015 and completed a sophisticated application for one of our project sponsors, proving that SoftStack Factory really works and can help both companies and students!

Another way to help SoftStack Factory grow is to become a Corporate Sponsor. At the moment we are creating a program where we would have 4 levels of yearly support: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Members will get priority within SoftStack Factory for Projects and to hire our graduates! Because we don’t charge tuition and can be highly selective, our students are rigorously screened to check if they have the technical aptitude and grit to succeed in the technology field, making sure they will be the perfect addition to your company after they graduate!

We are also looking for individuals and or organizational sponsors that appreciate what we are trying to do and are willing to provide operating funds or in kind service or equipment we could use. Combining our sponsors  financial support with the expertise of our mentors, SSF uses an efficient learning immersion process to transform raw, local talent into productive participants ready to be part of the digital economy.

Become a SSF sponsor!  Contact us to get more information on how to help and benefit from sponsoring this great new San Diego nonprofit!