CodeBoxx: How it works?

1. Registration

The first step, for those who are convinced that CodeBoxx is a true option for them after reading the information available, is to fill out the registration form available on the website. We ask multiple questions in order to gather valuable information about your background, your education and your aspirations. All that information won’t disqualify you in any way. CodeBoxx is open to all! We truly want to put emphasis on the fact that filling out the form is already a step that confirms your interest in committing to a future cohort. Therefore, by filling out the form, you are demonstrating your seriousness to follow through with the entire enrollment process that will lead you to the first day of the cohort. The form is not an information request!


2. The Enrollment Process

Your registration triggers the enrollment process that is made of 3 steps. First, you must complete 3 quizzes:

  • General technology knowledge
  • English proficiency
  • Personality

We want to identify your type of personality so we can introduce you to compatible teammates and coaches that will know how to best assist you. Again, it is important to remind you that none of these tests will prevent your enrollment, but they are mandatory. If you complete all the steps of the enrollment process, you’ll be automatically admitted as a candidate.

Second, once your 3 quiz results are in, another email will be sent to you containing 2 contracts of 1 page each. One is for the duration of the training, the other is for the process beyond a successful or unsuccessful completion of the program. You are required to sign the agreements electronically and these signatures will trigger the 3rd step.

Third, a payment request for a 100% refundable security deposit of $2,000 will be sent. This amount will be refunded in full upon completion of the program. This deposit is the necessary skin in the game we want every participant to have so they have the motivation to finish the program, but also for them to fully understand how privilege they are to have a seat in a cohort. Moreover, it acts as a protection on the laptops we lend. Once the deposit is recorded, you are officially admitted at CodeBoxx as a candidate and you are committed to focus on the bootcamp for the full 16 weeks. The last email you will receive following the deposit will contain the mandatory preparatory exercises. Therefore, you will be able to start the preparation process ahead of the official start date. You must know the completion of these exercises plays a big role in your success at CodeBoxx. Then, it’s time to start the cohort!


3. Genesis: The selection program!

When the cohort starts, it begins with the selection program called ‘Genesis’, which lasts for two weeks. During these 2 weeks, you will be required to build, style, and deploy a website in a secure cloud with requirements that must be adhered to. This program is meant to evaluate if the participants have what it takes to move on to the next step. In other words, it can be compared to a training camp. The 2 main objectives of Genesis are the following:

  • For participants, validation of the motivation and the interest they have for the technology sector
  • For CodeBoxx, validation of the participants’ capacity to move on the Odyssey program

In other words, this program guarantees that the participants that successfully complete Genesis have the commitment, the attitude, the work ethic, the determination and the required basic skills and reflexes to be just as successful for the rest of the training, the Odyssey Program. The candidates that complete Genesis, but fail the reach the minimum requirements, are refunded their 2000$ deposit in full. Participants who give up during Genesis are not eligible for a refund.


4. The Odyssey Program

Following the two-week Genesis program, the selected candidates who are now participants begin this 14-week marathon that will lead them to launch their new career in tech. A new theme is introduced weekly, and deliverables based on specific requirements are due at the end of each week. Every week, our fictional company will submit you their requirements and their demands and you will have to fulfill them. The program is a combination of personal and collaborative work, plus a mid-program individual consolidation week that will validate your learning. The program is fast-paced and highly demanding on many levels. Here are a few important elements that will answer some questions:

  • There are no lectures at CodeBoxx. You will be teamed up with a coach who will be in charge of assisting you during the entire course of the program. On some weekly projects you will work in teams composed of 5 to 6 other participants. For other weeks, you will be assigned individual challenges. Some projects include a workload that will simply be too hefty to be handled by one individual, and it will have to be broken down and distributed among team members. Collaboration during these assignments will enable you to contribute to the success of a team and will most importantly develop your ability to trust others and get the most out of your teammates to deliver quality solutions and maximize your ranking.
  • The training is given in-class and it is very important that it stays that way for purposes of evaluation and success. Some participants in the past have tried to do it part time or from home and they failed every time.
  • A minimum of 50h/week is necessary to go through the program and deliver quality every week. This number is an estimation based on experience we have with past cohorts. A participant with past experience developing and using the technology we chose might be able to produce quality deliverables within 30 hours, while someone entirely new to these concepts might need to invest up to 80+ hours of work. The most important aspect of CodeBoxx is commitment: CodeBoxx is a very intense bootcamp that requires all your energy, your focus and your motivation. You will be transformed in many ways after the 16 weeks.. You have to dedicate 100% of yourself to the program for its entire duration.

Obviously, we took that specific reality into consideration when we designed our state-of-the-art classroom. Various functional areas are at your disposal to allow you to get the most out of your presence and optimize your performance and productivity. Special efforts were made to allow you to focus on your tasks. We provide individual and collaborative workspaces, a kitchen, an entertainment area (ping pong, televisions, consoles, foosball, virtual reality, etc), as well as a rest area with beds and work tables that have all been designed for your comfort. You also have access to our meeting rooms and our auditorium where our conferences and presentations are held, as well as the gym located within the building.


5. Graduation, Placement and Tuition

Every week of the program, you accumulate points that give you a rank in the power ranking that is updated every monday. Those points are accumulated based on your deliverables, but also on your soft skills like leadership, attitude, collaboration, etc. A minimal level of points is needed to graduate from the program. You are likely to reach the level enabling us to introduce you to potential employers ahead of the program’s end date. The points you accumulate every week are meant to secure your position within the ‘power ranking’ that is shared and closely monitored by our partner circle. A successful journey will open three doors for you, and your tuition payment varies:

  • You are hired by one of the businesses of our partner circle. We will therefore send you a tuition invoice that equates to 20% of your first year gross salary excluding bonuses.
  • You join the team at CodeBoxx Agency to help us out with our many products, projects and clients all around the world. It comes with a 46-week commitment at a salary of 25$/h that will enable you to gain experience in a controlled environment that deeply understands your capabilities, and aims to develop further the skills you acquired during the training. In this case too, you will receive an invoice corresponding to 20% of your first year gross salary.
  • If you become a freelancer or go back to work with a previous employer, a $14,000 invoice will be sent to you. If you are planning on launching your own startup, our CodeBoxx Ventures entity will be more than happy to help out in as many ways as we can in the early inception days of your idea.

Important to note that the invoice your receive is payable in 6 months without interest, or a longer period with interests, through a personal loan with our partner financial institution. CodeBoxx takes on all the risks by guaranteeing a job and by only billing graduates once they are hired. It is an amazing opportunity for participants from all backgrounds and situations! We will only be paid if you succeed and graduate from the training. It is also important to mention at this point that all the proceeds realized from this operation in the context of any given cohort are entirely reinvested in the improvement of our infrastructures, our program, and in the expansion of our classrooms and networks in other markets.


6. Beyond the training: CodeBoxx forever!

Throughout our publications, you have already understood that CodeBoxx is more than just a school; it’s a truly legitimate movement that we love seeing grow. It’s a pragmatic response to the growing tensions in the labour market in the technology sector, and we are finally a true solution. CodeBoxx is for those who dropped out of school too early, immigrants wanting a better life, or even those already experienced who simply want to make a career change quickly. This movement is in its infancy, and there is a truly special place in history for those who will honor us with their trust and join this movement. Once you become CodeBoxx alumni, you remain one for life. You are welcome to come back to our facilities, or ask for help when you start a new job, a new project, or a new task. If you become stuck, our growing community can help out physically or online via slack channels that remain open. We honor those who come back to help out and feed the community with their time and knowledge. Amazing success stories are meant to be shared with the newly integrated participants. It helps to imagine themselves in their new career. We are meant to stay around for as long as you have a career. Our philosophy extends well beyond the actual boot camp experience itself.

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