Coding bootcamps: A strategy for youth employment in developing countries

“Coding bootcamps: A strategy for youth employment in developing countries” is the latest International Telecommunication Union’s Digital Inclusion report. It will be launched in the beginning of May, during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Coding bootcamps are the newest addition to the marketplace of spaces for learning how to code. Bootcamps gather young aspiring software developers to join intensive three-to-six-month training programs where they learn the foundations of programming. Students earn relevant hands-on experience, experience the whole product development cycle and get engaged in teamwork projects.

The report is based on reviews from 40 bootcamp providers’ websites in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the United States and Europe, as well as interviews with 22 of these providers and media coverage of the bootcamp phenomenon. It explores the history of coding bootcamps, identifies the primary models in operation, reviews how they contribute to the employment path, and considers their potential to improve employment opportunities for women and youth in some countries of the developing world.

The session will take place next Monday 2th of May from 13:15 to 14:00 hours. The main panelists will be Susan Schorr representing ITU and María Garrido, from the University of Washington, Information School. WSIS stakeholders may participate either in person or remotely via webcast.

Find more information about the session here