August update on COVID-19

Updated 11am Wednesday 11th August – subject to change

As anticipated we are looking at more restrictions due to COVID-19. We are hoping for the best (three days of lockdown in Auckland) and prepared for the worst (a six week lockdown nationally). Enspiral Dev Academy has been preparing for this situation for the last couple of months.

We have moved our Auckland-based Bootcamp from our Newmarket campus to online delivery from home as of today. Right now we are delivering our Wellington-based Bootcamp on-site and will continue to do so through Level 2. We are ready to move our Wellington on-site Bootcamp online at short notice. 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 used to remote working and online collaboration already. All of our curriculum, content and assessments are already online. Since NZ’s first lockdown we have built in the Discord and Miro tools to make online delivery stronger and better, and we’re confident this will be a seamless change. 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 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 April, our CEO and Co-Founder Rohan Wakefield 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? Rohan covers all of this and more as we look towards the rest of the lockdown period and beyond. Check out the Q&A video below:

Lockdown Q&A with Rohan Wakefield, Co-Founder

Co-Founder and CEO Rohan Wakefield answers our most frequently asked questions about lockdown. 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? Rohan covers all of this and more as we look towards the rest of the lockdown period and beyond.

Posted by Dev Academy on Wednesday, 15 April 2020

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 now accepting applications for our upcoming Hihi, Horoeka and Aihe (October) cohorts. Interviews with our admissions team are 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.

Hihi, Horoeka and Aihe will begin Foundations as scheduled on 31st August, with Bootcamp to begin on 12th October. Also...

Dev Academy Online

…we have 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. Learn more or apply now for Aihe, starting 31 August.


Our Auckland coworking space closed at 5pm on Wednesday, 12th August, in time for the regional lockdown. Community managers are making final arrangements with space users, so please get in touch with your community manager if you have any questions.


Our Auckland space is now closed, and we currently require sign in, hand-washing and appropriate physical distancing when visiting our Wellington space. We are holding our usual events online — join us virtually at our next Experience Dev Academy events, happening Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th September. Registrations will be available soon.


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 will be re-assessing things daily and you can expect updates to be posted here. 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.


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