A photo journey through Dev Bootcamp
I’m not in the head-space to put my thoughts together about the closing of Dev Bootcamp. Instead, I’ll share some Instagram photos with you. I took these from 2012–2014. A bunch of wonderful people are missing from these photos, but here they are.
I found this incredible quote in the hotel I often stayed in when visiting DBC SF. I’m feeling this quote hard today. Here is the great Shereef Bishay teaching his first students. That’s the future CEO of Hack Reactor looking up at him. The great Jesse Farmer, masterfully teaching his students in SF. I spent a good amount of time at DBC SF in 2012 as I got involved in the company, and eventually decided I wanted to start Dev Bootcamp in Chicago. We ran a pre-launch event to help generate interest in Chicago. My new friend Diana was stopping off in Chicago and gave an inspiring talk. Building out our first space in Chicago was a lot of work, but it turned out beautifully. Sometimes I rested during the build-out. I love this photo of student-to-be Liz Abinante during our pre-launch open house event. This is the first day of Dev Bootcamp Chicago. You can tell because the carpet looked so clean. Our first cohort was incredible, and started the long-standing tradition of mentoring the students behind them. There is no one like Mike Busch, and I was lucky to have him there from Day 0. Once we had three cohorts in the Summer of 2013, there was something magical about the Chicago space. I liked buying inspirational stuff to put up around the office. Working closely with teachers like Nate Delage was a privilege. Recruiting and hiring friends like Ryan to teach with us for a while was really fun. Watching students graduate after all their hard work was inspiring and energizing. Allan Dayag’s positivity made a big impact on our 2013 student culture. Kevin Solorio was one of the best things about Dev Bootcamp. He was voted Teacher of the Year in 2013 by alumni. (Across all locations) It was awesome to watch the brilliant Abi Noda throw himself into DBC. Jill, Elliott, Alex, and Lucas (counter-clockwise) closing out 2013 at our final graduation of the year. This is a glimpse into the quirky culture that we loved so much. Jonathan Eyler-Werve created some awesome graphics for us. I learned a lot about systemic oppression working with Jonathan. Matt Baker joined us in early 2014. He was an incredible teacher and made a huge impact on our students. Elliott Garms was the co-founder of Dev Bootcamp Chicago. He worked hard to create myriad connections between Chicago employers and DBC grads. Just a really good photo of Matt Baker 😊 We took the afternoon off and ate some delicious ice cream. I wonder if Alyssa Diaz took this photo, because she’s missing! Watching our students take ownership over the space and teaching each other was incredible. Kevin eventually went on to launch Dev Bootcamp San Diego. He’s still there changing lives. ❤️