An update on COVID-19

Subject to change — accurate as of 25 March 2020

Over the last few days, we’ve been moving quickly to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of our students, team and community. In line with the government update on 23rd March, we have transitioned to fully remote delivery of our Bootcamp, with all staff working from home (WFH). Official updates and advice from the government can be found here

As a software development school, we are used to remote working and online collaboration already. All of our curriculum, content and assessments are already online. We also count ourselves lucky to be working in service of an industry and sector that is best set up for remote working — the technology sector. 

We’ve now adapted our experience so it is fit for purpose in our rapidly changing world. It is different from before, and it will enable folks to work as a software developer with the familiarity and skills for remote work. Having taken direction from our community and the industry, we know that working well in a remote environment is – and will continue to be – a challenging but essential move for many. 

The team is united, alongside the rest of the country, in the fight against COVID-19 and our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by this situation. Although this is hugely disruptive for our communities, we are committed to delivering a high standard of education and outcomes for our students.

Current and Future Students

We do not anticipate any major disruptions to current or future cohorts. Current students have been set up with the software and tools to continue Bootcamp remotely, and we are in the last weeks of accepting applications for our upcoming Kōtare and Mataī April cohorts. Interviews with our admissions team are now taking place online. 

The first part of our course, Foundations, is (and always has been) delivered fully remote and online. We are currently doing lectures, pair coding, Human Skills, and check-ins during Bootcamp — all remotely. What has not changed is our team’s dedication to students and the learning experience. We will always maintain a high teacher to student ratio, with the same levels of availability and care from our staff.

Kōtare and Mataī will begin Foundations as scheduled on 13th April, with Bootcamp to begin on 25th May. 

Coworking

Our coworking spaces will be closing as of 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday 25th March), in time for the nationwide lockdown. Community managers are working on final arrangements with space users, so please get in touch with your community manager if you have any questions.

Events

Our Auckland and Wellington spaces are now closed. We are looking at how to hold our usual events in the virtual realm, so watch this space for more information!

Team

We’re fortunate that none of our work whānau have been directly impacted. Our teams are still doing the mahi to deliver Bootcamp to our current cohorts, working on future planning, and above all caring for our amazing community.

The current lockdown period is set for four weeks from midnight 25th March; we will be re-assessing things then. The situation continues to develop, so please keep an eye out on our social media channels for updates if anything changes. 

We thank you, our extended community, for the ongoing support as we work through this time together ❤️ Should you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Arohanui,

Dev Academy Whānau