…and so do you. Being accepted to Ruby on the Beach means that we'll ensure that you'll contribute to a great experience, shared by a group of great people. It's an admission process that's focused on learning about you, and how you'll deal with the technical and social challenges of an intensive multi-week course, not your existing technical expertise. That same admissions process is just as focused on answering your questions, so you'll know you're getting what you expect, too.
We believe that burnout and learning can't co-exist. So we built our bootcamp around being focused and relaxed; happy and working hard. The initial results indicate that our small cohorts and high instructor ratios produces learning rates 30% faster than many of our competitors.
Entrepreneurs, designers and aspiring digital nomads belong here, along with those whose goal is to be a junior dev. At Ruby on the Beach, you'll work with minds alive to the possibilities of code.
Ruby on the Beach was founded in 2013. I'd just come off a 6 month gig writing the curriculum and working as lead instructor for a large East Coast bootcamp. Having built a bootcamp in the late 90's, it struck me the same mistakes were being made, 15 years later: burning students out, and using bad teaching practices that left many behind; cohorts too big to be manageable.
So I started thinking how learning environment, and work/life balance could make a difference. Ruby on the Beach was the result, with our first cohort starting exactly one year after we began planning.
-- Dan Donaldson, Founder, Ruby on the Beach
Chances are, you're getting on a jet to join us. We understand - that's an extra expense. So we make it easier for you, subsidizing your airfare to up to the first $1000 US, on approved flights.
We don't want you to make the cost a plane ticket the reason to miss out on what will be one of the key experiences of your life.
Here's the choice: a converted office, or maybe a repurposed industrial space. Outside, Dunkin' Donuts or Quiznos. Or, you could be hanging with us. We've got a 7000 sq ft villa, with rice paddies out the window; just through the gate is Hubud, a fantastic co-working space, and an organic cafe.
Yoga outside the Villa, by the pool
It's lunch: you could go get that sub, although that might mean walking through slush. Or you could jump in the pool, and our Indonesian cook will prepare amazing meals for us. There are a dozen great restaurants nearby, with average prices around $5.
A bootcamp is more than tech: it's an environment. We think that matters. Because when you're happy, relaxed, taken care of, challenged and excited by where you are, you learn better.
Long day studying. Nice to come home. While on Ruby on the Beach, that's a beautiful villa, with wifi, private room and a/c, often with a swimming pool. We want an amenable environment, where you can really stay focused on your learning, to be part of your time away from class as well.
It's part of the package. Compare that to a $2000 room in SF.
The practical sides of life can be handled for you too: if you need a cook, cleaner, driver, someone to handle your laundry - or pretty much any other aspect of handling the day-to-day without losing focus, we can help you. We work with locals who can provide all the necessities of life.
Thinking of a spa treatment, gym, massage, yoga class, or outing? Not a problem, we can help you by organizing it.
Key to creating Ruby on the Beach has been our Bali partners, Hubud. These guys have been running one of Asia's best co-working spaces in Ubud, Bali since 2012. Out of it, they've created an amazing community that Ruby on the Beach participants become part of.
You can learn more about them on their own website, hubud.org.
One of our students put it this way "It's like a dinner party: 12 is great; 30 you don't even know who was there".
Our classes are small - 12 max - because we can do it that way. We know it's better, and so do our competitors: they just can't deliver it. We can, and that's why our classes are nimble, quick moving, fun and rewarding. We can be picky: they can't.
And that translates to a great learning experience.
At Ruby on the Beach, courses are modular. Take our intro course, Ruby Newbie: in 4 weeks you're prepped. Now you can take our Ruby and Rails course, Casually Impressive; or our JS/Rich Client course, Client Master.
That means you can come back. Our relationship to our participants is ongoing: and we want you back. We want Ruby on the Beach to be a part of your life - coming back to build skills, in amazing places around the world, staying competitive and always learning.
At Ruby on the Beach, our Instructors are currently devs - we don't let them stick around. That means they're talking to our classes about current development practice, not what was true at the time they stopped developing, and became a teacher.
For a class of 12 or less, we always have 3 full-time instructors, two of whom are senior devs. And supporting it, a kick-ass curriculum, that provides you with the deep resources you need for review - key to assimilating learning.
What do you look for in a bootcamp curriculum? The driving force of a bootcamp shouldn't just be the knowledge of the instructors. That stops working as soon as you can't talk to the instructor…maybe you're one of 30, maybe class is over, maybe the course has ended. Maybe you just learn best if you can go over material on your own.
Curriculum goes beyond the whiteboard
The fast pace of bootcamp learning means that things get missed. Without a resource to go to, that's a show-stopper.
Before we started looking for a single student, we boiled 15+ years experience developing bootcamps and teaching tech into a great curriculum. It took us six months to do it. But without that, what have our students really got?
And we built it on an industry-standard Learning Management System, that lets us manage and improve it all the time. And the bulk of our exercises are in Gists, available to you after the course ends.
Bali is one of the world's most beautiful places; culturally rich, accepting and with feet in an ancient tradition, and the modern world. Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali, is an amazing town, full of resources, a rich ex-pat and digital nomad community, and endless activity.
Our mission is to lead the world in destination-based learning experiences, and Bali is the perfect place to do so. The many, many cafes, restaurants, yoga studios, spas, art studios and cultural institutions are unmatched, and ensure your time with us will be rich, inside and out of the classroom.