HONOLULU–Hawaii will gain 22 much-needed software developers when DevLeague, the state’s first coding bootcamp, graduates its latest cohorts on April 8. Half of them are female, a record number for the company and a proactive effort on DevLeague’s part to push for gender diversity in an industry dominated by men, and where only 18 percent of computer science majors in the nation are women.
“DevLeague and its bootcamp are serving an immense need in our economy and helping these students find fast-growing jobs that are in high demand”
“In the tech and web development sector, there is a major push to help women pursue meaningful careers in software development,” said DevLeague co-founder Russel Cheng. “Software programming is the great equalizer because if you can program, you have the opportunity to work in a diverse industry anywhere in the world. But more importantly, we are paving the pathway for a career for software developers in Hawaii, which is currently low on developer talent.”
DevLeague is a tenant at the Manoa Innovation Center, an incubator for new and early-stage technology companies that is managed by the state-run High Technology Development Corporation, whose mandate is to facilitate the growth of Hawaii’s innovation economy. The work at DevLeague aligns with President Obama’s TechHire Initiative, which brings employers and local governments together to support innovative job-training programs such as coding bootcamps and online classes.
Some recent DevLeague graduates are now at major or fast-growing Hawaii and Mainland companies such as Uber, Sudokrew, Internet Brands, Upspring Media, MVNP, Thetus Corp., Metis and Ideas Health. DevLeague has a rich employer network and Cheng said the starting salary range for many of these graduates is $40,000 to $60,000.
Both DevLeague and HTDC hope that with more supply the demand for software developers will be met. DevLeague is planning four more cohorts this year and expects to graduate about 100 more web software developers, which falls nicely into HTDC’s ambitious plan to help develop 80,000 new technology and innovation jobs earning $80,000 or more by 2030. In Hawaii, there are only about 1,000 software and web developers, representing about 0.16 percent of the workforce, according to UHERO data. Similar to the TechHire Initiative, Hawaii’s tech leaders know that a highly trained workforce is critical to the growth of the state’s economy.
“DevLeague and its bootcamp are serving an immense need in our economy and helping these students find fast-growing jobs that are in high demand,” said HTDC executive director Robbie Melton. “As they churn out more software developers each year, we are keeping our talented kama‘aina at home, helping us reach our goal of creating more tech and innovation jobs in Hawaii.”
The next full-time DevLeague cohort runs from May 26 to August 24 and the deadline to apply is April 26. Tuition is $10,000 and scholarships are available, including financial aid for female applicants. DevLeague said more diverse offerings are planned for the third quarter.
DevLeague is Hawaii’s first web software development bootcamp to increase tech opportunities in Hawaii and beyond. Our company offers an immersive course designed to equip motivated people with the skills they need to find a career in the 21st century and bridge the employment and education gap all in the span of 12 weeks. Upon completion, DevLeague directly introduces the graduates to hiring companies.
For information, visit www.devleague.com.