An update on COVID-19

Updated 11am Monday 1 March 2021 – subject to change

Our team has been closely following recent developments regarding the cases of COVID-19 in Auckland’s community and the subsequent move to level 3 lockdown. As per our plans regarding the re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community, we have closed our Auckland campus and moved all staff and students to remote work and study. Our Wellington campus remains open, with precautions in place for student and staff safety.

We will continue to closely monitor any updates on Government actions, and be ready to change our plans accordingly.

As always we continue to highlight the importance of scanning QR codes, having bluetooth tracing turned on, washing hands, and staying home if sick. Official updates and advice from the government can be found here.


How are we delivering Bootcamp online?

As we all know, Aotearoa is good at going into lockdown and following the rules to control the spread of COVID-19. As a software development school, we are also used to remote working and online collaboration already. All of our curriculum, content and assessments are already online. We use tools like Discord and Miro for online delivery and adapted our experience so it is fit for purpose in our rapidly changing world. 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 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.

In May, our Kaiarahi Māori and General Manager — Tangata Whenua Dougal Stott answered some of your frequently asked questions: How does Bootcamp work online – especially Human Skills and check ins? What impact are we seeing on the tech sector? When is a good time to study? Dougal covers all this and more in the Q&A video below:

https://www.facebook.com/1414902395407657/videos/287605125975142

Current and Future Students

Our Auckland cohort will be studying remotely to ensure their safety and in line with level 3 requirements. We do not anticipate any further major disruptions to current or future cohorts. We have the ability to set students up with the software and tools to continue Bootcamp remotely, and interviews with our admissions team take place online. 

Dev Academy Online

In July 2020, we opened our virtual doors to students across Aotearoa New Zealand for the first time ever! It has long been our dream to make our course accessible in other cities and across our regions, and we know many have been waiting for this. Our online bootcamp will have the same tried and true format with hands on coding, taught by industry professionals.

The inaugural cohort, Manaia, started June 22nd 2020. Read about one student’s experience on remote bootcamp, learn more about how it works or check out when the next online cohort starts.

Coworking

Our coworking spaces will close at levels 3 – 4. At level 2 we restrict access to coworking only (no visitors or dogs in the space). Community managers in Auckland and Wellington will make arrangements with space users, so please get in touch with your community manager if you have any questions.

Events

Our Auckland and Wellington event spaces will remain closed during levels 2 – 4. We currently require sign in, hand-washing and appropriate physical distancing when visiting our spaces for events. We are also holding some of our usual events online — find out when you can join us virtually at our next Experience Dev Academy events.

Team

Our teams are still working hard to deliver Bootcamp to our current cohorts, working on future planning, and above all caring for our amazing community.

We thank 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