DevLeague is Crushing It: Adds Local Devs, Ups Gender Diversity, Celebrates at Wetware Tomorrow

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DevLeague,  which bills themselves as “Hawaii’s first web software development bootcamp,” recently announced the graduation of their latest group of newly-minted coders. While that’s a fantastic thing, and Hawaii badly needs more tech talent to support Startup Paradise, what makes the announcement so special is that a full 50 percent of the grads are women.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow, you can’t be interested in tech or software or startups without reading of the lack of gender diversity in the industry. In other words, a gender mix of 50/50 in anything tech-related is huge. And while more and more talented and experienced women are fast becoming the new leaders of Hawaii’s startup scene, it’s great to see that DevLeague made a concerted effort to “push for gender diversity where the industry is dominated by men and only 14 percent of computer science majors are women.” Good for them!

To mark the occasion, HTDC’s Wetware Wednesday, happening tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th, is combining their monthly event with DevLeague’s graduation celebration. Wetware takes place tomorrow at M Nightclub, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., from 6 to 8 PM. Register here if you’re interested in attending.

DevLeague’s press announcement:

DEVLEAGUE’S GRADUATING COHORTS INCLUDE 11 WOMEN

Manoa Innovation Center Tenant Provides Hawaii with Much-Needed Software Developers

HONOLULU, HI — Hawaii will gain 22 more software developers when DevLeague graduates its latest cohorts from its intense programming bootcamp on April 8. And half of them are females, an effort on DevLeague’s part to push for gender diversity where the industry is dominated by men and only 14 percent of computer science majors are women.

“In the tech and web development sector, there is a major push to help women pursue meaningful careers in software development,” said DevLeague co-founder Russel Cheng. “Software programming is the great equalizer because if you can program, you have the opportunity to work in a diverse industry anywhere in the world. But more importantly, we are paving the pathway for a career for software developers in Hawaii, which is currently low on developer talent.”

DevLeague, a tenant at High Technology Development Corporation’s (HTDC) Manoa Innovation Center, conducts a 12-week program for 11 hours a day and six days a week (part-time program also available) in which students learn the tools and skills to become full-stack web developers specializing in Javascript. The bootcamp teaches foundation and core concepts in computer science and software engineering, client side-UX development to build a rich user interface with a focus on mobile-first development, server-side programming and project architecture that allows students to integrate with the local development community. Students also get to participate in public projects such as hackathons, civil events and applications for select business.

Some recent DevLeague graduates are now at major or fast-growing Hawaii and Mainland companies such as Uber, Sudokrew, Internet Brands, Upspring Media, MVNP, Thetus Corp., Metis and Ideas Health. DevLeague has a rich employer network and Cheng said the starting salary range for many of these graduates is $40,000 to $60,000.

Both DevLeague and HTDC hope that with more supply the demand for software developers will be met. DevLeague plans four more cohorts this year and expects to graduate about 100 more web software developers. HTDC has an ambitious plan to create 80,000 new technology and innovation jobs earning $80,000 or more by 2030.

“DevLeague and its bootcamp are serving an immense need in our economy and helping these students find fast-growing jobs that are in high demand,” said HTDC executive director Robbie Melton. “As they churn out more software developers each year, we are keeping our talented kama‘aina home and it is helping us reach our goal of creating more tech and innovation jobs in Hawaii.”

In Hawaii, there are only about 1,000 software and web developers, representing about 0.16 percent of the workforce, according to UHERO data. The U.S. Bureau of Labor projects that by 2020, 1 million programming jobs in the U.S. will go unfulfilled.

DevLeague is also getting Hawaii’s youth interested in tech skills and partners with Mid-Pacific Institute, Maryknoll and Punahou at the middle school level and Jarrett Middle School in teaching students some basic Javascript and game coding. Some college students are also participating in the bootcamp to learn the skills not available in traditional computer science classes.

DevLeague will celebrate its graduates — the biggest cohort classes to date — at HTDC’s next Wetware Wednesday software developers networking event on April 8 at M Nightclub from 6 to 8 p.m. DataHouse, Hawaii’s largest IT consultant; Rocket Communications, an innovative User Experience solutions provider; and IT provider CGI will be sponsoring the event and getting a first look at these new software developers. The event is free and open to the public. Register at htdc.org/wetwarewed.

The next full-time DevLeague cohort runs from May 26 to August 24 and the deadline to apply is April 26. DevLeague said more diverse offerings are also planned for the third quarter.

About HTDC (High Technology Development Corporation)
HTDC is a state agency established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1983 to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology industry. The state views high technology as an important driver in the diversification of Hawaii’s economy and one that provides quality, high-paying jobs for Hawaii residents.
For more information, visit www.htdc.org. Find us on Facebook or Twitter at @HTDCorg.

About DevLeague
DevLeague is Hawaii’s first web software development bootcamp to increase tech opportunities in Hawaii and beyond. Our company offers an immersive course designed to equip motivated people with the skills they need to find a career in the 21st century and bridge the employment and education gap all in the span of 12 weeks. Upon completion, DevLeague directly introduces the graduates to hiring companies.
For more information, visit www.devleague.com.