Dev Bootcamp

Boot camp from Categories Chicago, San Francisco

Dev Bootcamp is an immersive 9-week Ruby on Rails programming program founded by Shereef Bishay, Jesse Farmer, and Dave Hoover in February 2012. It is designed to make graduates job-ready by the end of the program. Dev Bootcamp is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with an additional location in Chicago, Illinois.

The program is 9 weeks of intensive training in professional web development, including Ruby on Rails, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript. The program takes students with little or no prior programming experience and teaches them the fundamentals of computer programming. The program’s goal is to develop the necessary skills within the students to make them job-ready for an entry-level developer position. Applicants have varied backgrounds, ranging from students who have master’s degrees in computer science to Starbucks baristas.

The program values learning by building and doing; in contrast to traditional classrooms, Dev Bootcamp students work through a series of programming challenges, usually working in pairs or small groups, which culminates in a final group project.  The tuition costs are $12,200 for the 9 week, 40 hour per week program. Although traditional class hours are 9am-6pm on weekdays, most students stay nights and weekends, which amounts to an approximate 70-80 hours per week. Dev Bootcamp organizes hiring days for technology companies to interview students. They then collect a referral fee from employers that hire their graduates, and they pass along part of that fee to the graduate in the form of a hiring bonus. Of individuals who graduate from Dev Bootcamp, 95% find jobs with an average starting salary of $85,000

In December, Dev Bootcamp announced that they were expanding to Chicago, with a class launching in spring 2013


  • Startups Court Dev Bootcamp’s Ruby Grads: 88% Have Offers At Average Of $79K (techcrunch)
  • How Dev Bootcamp Is Transforming Education To Focus On “Extreme Employability” (techcrunch)

Dev BootCamp


TypeIn class
FocusRuby on Rails
Started in2/ 2012


Length9 weeks
Class size16/cohort
(3 cohorts at a
Sessions per year15
(every 3 weeks)
Dedication per week40 hours in-class
30 hours lab
Minimum skill levelBasic computer skills
Jr. programmer
Placement test
Coding challenge
Prep work before classes startYes,
60 days before
InterviewYes, In person,


Total Cost

Exclusive discount to visitors
Refund (if accepted job through program)$3,000
Financing / ScholarshipCase-by-case
$500 scholarship if
you're female, veteran
or ethnic minority


JobAssistance only
Student VisaNo

Phone #???
Address717 California St
CitySan Francisco, CA
Chicago, IL


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  • Silas Barta

    I’m not as satisfied as most people who graduated from it. I was basically at the top of the class (was in the Spring 2012 cohort), able to ace the interview questions that no one else was, and yet I still got almost no callbacks from employers. Shereef didn’t use any of his connections to get my foot in the door. I also think the instruction was very lacking when it came to the hard parts.

    I eventually got employment through the attention that my final project got (from the company whose product it imitated) but since this employer wasn’t one of theirs, I didn’t get the refund. Still, if you don’t have another way to get connected to the SF/SV employers or show off mad skills you’ve picked up, it’s probably worth it, at least on the payment plan.

    • YES WE CAN

      But you need to already have the skills, right? It’s not really for beginners is it?

      • Silas Barta

        Which skills? And yes it does claim to be for beginners. And, IMHO and from my experience, it fails to get people to the capable, app-a-day developer it claims it can. I sat through group coding interviews where my fellow classmates (and yes, me as well) could not complete the steps to create simple CRUD apps without extensive help.