Inaugural Access Code 2013 Class

Twenty-one talented individuals graduated from the 2013 Access Code class, 84% of whom had little to no software development experience upon entering the class. To find the most promising students from a range of backgrounds, we partnered with local community institutions such as Upwardly Global, Chhaya, Queens College, and the CUNY Macaulay Honors Program. 

Drawing upon the great diversity of Queens and NYC, the class was over 50% women, 50% minorities, and 40% immigrants. Access Code graduates have embarked on their careers in tech, working at startups, and launching their own ventures.

Access Code focuses on practical, hands-on learning. Students worked in a pair programming environment and teamed up together to build applications. The course started and ended with weekend coding marathons, with students hacking away for 16 hours over two days. The students worked in a collaborative environment to design, build, and launch four iPhone applications into the Apple store.

The technical training portion of Access Code culminated in a public Demo Day where participants presented and launched their fully functioning iPhone app before leading members of the startup and technology community. Demo Day provided an opportunity for Access Code participants to practice their pitching skills and prepare a full demo presentation.