Claim Academy Gears Up for Summer Demo Days

Any student who has attended Claim Academy knows that Demo Day is when things get really, well, real.

Prep for Demo Day starts as early as Day 1. That’s because on Demo Day, students have the opportunity to show off their skills in front of a group of community supporters, and, more importantly, employers.

This summer, Claim is hosting two Demo Days within a month’s time, which is unusual. These two Demo Days are full of students who came to Claim on the Facebook Scholarship.

Let’s rewind. In March, we announced a groundbreaking partnership with Facebook, which provided $250,000 in scholarship funds to students who could not afford to attend bootcamp at Claim otherwise.

Time has passed quickly for these students. The first Java cohort, full of Facebook Scholarship  recipients, is set to graduate in just over a week. Their Demo Day is on July 12.

Capstone projects reflect each student’s personal interests or hobbies; we believes in giving students the flexibility to build a software application or website that solves a real problem — any

Joseph Williams, Spring 2018 .NET graduate, presents his final capstone project on Demo Day.

problem — they have identified in their work or personal life.

At Demo Day on July 12th, student projects will include, among many others, an app to schedule hair bookings, a software to help us recover from natural disasters, and a supply chain logistics management system.

Claim Academy originally partnered with Facebook because they share a common mission to address the skills gap in technology. The lack of software developers who can write code in the St. Louis region often prevents companies from claiming their stake as members of the growing Midwestern tech innovation hub. Though jobs in technology are abundant, people lack access to basic education in coding and software development. Minority populations are even less likely to gain access to this kind of training.

Thanks to the Facebook grant, we admitted 25 new students from diverse backgrounds, including some international students from Uzbekistan, Kenya and Nigeria.

Whether you’re a St. Louis local or simply passing through, we encourage you to stop in to Demo Day. See what coding bootcamps are all about – and how they set students up for success in a tech career.

There are two upcoming Demo Days this Summer: one on July 12 and another on August 2nd. For more information and to RSVP, please visit: www.claimacademystl.com/demo-day.php.

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