Welcome to the Ada Developers Academy application portal!

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).

Winter 2017 - Cohort 7 Timeline

August 22, 2016 Admissions open at noon PST. An applicant informational informational will be held at the Ada office that evening. Sign up is required to attend and space is limited, please RSVP here.
September 6, 2016 Deadline for Round 1 applicants; all applications submitted by 5 pm PST are considered as our first batch of applications to be processed. All Round 1 applicants will hear back from Ada by, at latest, October 31, 2016.
September 20, 2016 Deadline for Round 2 applicants. Admissions close at 5 pm PST. All Round 2 applicants will hear back from Ada by, at latest, October 31, 2016.
September - October 2016 If you are invited for Phase 2 and Phase 3, interviews will occur from September through October. We will schedule all Round 1 interviews first. Final acceptances will be sent within a week of your Phase 3 interview.
January 2017 Jumpstart live sessions for admitted students begins.
February 6, 2017 Class instruction begins.

If you don't have one, you'll need to create a free GitHub account. You'll be using GitHub Gists to submit a few of the application sections.

Ready to Apply?
You'll need to prepare a few things for the application.

Step 1: Resume

Your resume, written in Markdown and submitted as a GitHub Gist.

Note: you're not expected to have previous experience with Markdown or Git. Part of the application process is demonstrating your ability to learn and apply new technologies.

Step 2: Essay Questions

For this portion of the application, you will answer 4 short essay questions about yourself.

What we’re looking for:

  • Grit and determination to enter Tech, including demonstration of exposure to the field and the ability to learn from their mistakes
  • Ability to learn something new and unfamiliar in order to accomplish a given task.


  1. 1. Why are you interested in programming? What have you done to expose yourself to programming so far?
  2. 2. If you are accepted into our program, where do you see your career in 5 years?
  3. 3. After reading Ada's Vision, Mission and Inclusivity Statement, how will you contribute to Ada's vision for an inclusive and diverse community? http://adadevelopersacademy.org/program
  4. 4. Tell us about a time you made a mistake that you learned a lot from. If you encountered the situation again, what would you do differently?

Step 3: Assessment

For this portion of the application, you will analyze some raw, publicly-available data.

What we’re looking for:

  • Demonstration of an aptitude to recognize patterns, try different paths, and conclude logical findings
  • Ability to clearly document thought process, assumptions, and conclusions

(Data from the National Climatic Data Center)

To open these data sets, you are welcome to use Excel, or the free alternative LibreOffice , or any other program that opens CSV files (Note: cloud-based tools tend not to work on moderately large files like these). If you cannot open the data set on your computer, you should try a local public library. If you have exhausted all options, please email contact@adadevelopersacademy.org.


Prior to question start, for all answers, exclude all rows that have a County/Parish, Zone, or Marine name that begins with the letters A, B, or C.
For each question, give an answer followed by an explanation of how you came to your answer.

  1. 1. Find the month in 2015 where the State of Washington had the largest number of storm events. How many days of storm-free weather occurred in that month?
  2. 2. How many storms impacting trees happened between 8PM EST and 8AM EST in 2000?
  3. 3. In which year (2000 or 2015) did storms have a higher monetary impact within the boundaries of the 13 original colonies?
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