Our graduates are leaders in the tech community.
Access Code is dedicated to tapping latent talent in the Queens and larger New York City community. Our program is designed to target ambitious aspiring developers that are traditionally neglected by the tech industry, like New Yorkers without college degrees. Since Access Code's first cohort graduated in [year], our students have made enormous strides in the tech industry, proving that the source of tech talent isn't limited to college computer science programs.
As a former English major at CUNY Hunter, Paola developed an interest in blogging, and shortly thereafter, web design and coding. She was working as an administrative assistant when she applied to be in Access Code's first cohort; she viewed coding as an opportunity to change careers. After graduating from the course, she found a programming internship with Viggle, and then joined BuzzFeed as the company's first female developer. There, she helped build the BuzzFeed News app that became the most popular download from the iTunes App Store. Dedicated to creating a network to increase the representation of Hispanics in the tech world, she also founded the organization NYC Tech Latinas to pave the way for a more welcoming and inclusive entryway into the tech industry.
After immigrating from Egypt, Queensbridge Public Housing resident Moawia found solace in taking apart computers. He educated himself by watching online videos about programming, and eventually enrolled in Access Code. After moving onto and graduating from Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Moawia moved to San Francisco to participate in the prestigious Y Combinator accelerator program. He recently raised $1.8 million for his startup, Smartspot, a technology for gyms that tracks and corrects athletic form, allowing everyone access to a personal trainer.
Access Code students create incredible mobile apps just months into the program. In addition to programming basic apps in the beginning of the program and launching original, app store-ready ones at the end of the program, our students participate in a 48-hour hackathon. There, in the span of a single weekend, teams of students compete to produce a mobile app aimed at increasing individuals' access to community services. Check out their incredible finished products to the right, and go to our Android and iOS class pages to see previews of more Access Code-produced apps.