Congratulations on taking the leap toward becoming a professional software developer by applying to Ada Developers Academy. Writing code is a fun and ever-changing career, and you'll enjoy the benefits of being in one of the most sought-after fields (job flexibility, choice of employers, better pay - the list goes on).
This program is only for the deeply committed: you'll be learning a lot of new material quickly and will have to continually demonstrate your knowledge through code reviews, quizzes, and product demonstrations. Students describe Ada as 'a lifestyle' and find they start dreaming in code. The intensity is required to sufficiently educate and prepare you in one short year. Once you graduate, you'll be well on your way to a full-fledged career in software development.
As we do not expect you to have previous coding experience, we have designed the application process to help us determine that you have the technical aptitude to succeed, and to help you determine if you would enjoy software development as a career. As you read through the application, you may never have heard of some of the items. Do not fear - the links below will take you to pages that will get you started on figuring out how to complete the tasks.
Applications must be completed and submitted by July 20th, 2015 at 5pm PST to be considered.
A YouTube video introducing yourself and answering the 5 below questions. The video should be no more than 5 minutes long and should reflect your personality and creativity. This video's privacy settings can either be 'Public' (everyone on YouTube can view) or 'Unlisted' (anyone with a link can view).
You have been hired by the eccentric leaders of the National Organization of Farmers Market Enthusiasts (NOFME)* to analyze publicly available data on farmers markets throughout the United States for their annual report.
They have provided to you a CSV data file from Data.gov containing information about farmers markets in the United States. Data for each market includes name, full address (including latitude and longitude), product types sold, seasonal availability, and more (see file's column headers). For all of the questions, exclude all markets that are located within a city with more than one word in its name. Use the data in the file to answer the below questions, giving an explanation of the techniques you used to arrive at each answer.
*Not a real organization.
All applications must be accompanied by two online recommendations from colleagues (preferably, at least one should be from a current or former manager). The online recommendations MUST be submitted by the application deadline, July 20th at 5pm PT.
Please complete the Ada applicant demographic survey. Responses are not reviewed as part of the application process and have no bearing on admittance decisions.