About the LtC MeetUp Group
The LtC MeetUp Group offers two different kinds of meetings, where folks are welcome to join either or both of our meeting types:
1) LtC Informal 3rd or 4th Sunday MeetUp
• A casual monthly meetup for folks interested in chatting about software technology in Silicon Valley, what's interesting, and useful strategies/techniques for learning on your own. Here folks have the opportunity to meet others interested in coding, pick up & share ideas, and possibly find study partners.
2) LtC (Premium Training) Apps Workshop
• A focussed, low-cost, & schedule-friendly workshop that allows members to actively participate in building up a codebase for software that will be accessible by the public; and therefore something that can be used as an actual industry-experience reference. The workshop delivers in-person guidance customized for each participants' individual goals. Workshop meets with professional Trainer at least once a week to work as a software project development team for 3+ hours.
LtC (Premium Training) Apps Workshop Introduction
In the past, there was some confusion about the dual approach this MeetUp Group takes - where one aspect of the group is for informal meeting/networking of aspiring coders, but the other side of the group is for an organized workshop that has a fee because it entails operating costs.
The group now has a FAQ that hopefully addresses the common questions and concerns about the Apps Workshop. If any of your questions are not answered here, please send us a note.
LtC (Premium Training) Apps Workshop F.A.Q. [Frequently Asked Question]
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#1) What advantages does the AppsWorkshop have over self-study or going to another Training program?
The really big value of the Apps Workshop is that in our team, you can learn in 1-2 months .. what could take 4-10+ months if you are doing self-study and do not have an experienced mentor to help guide you around the pitfalls. And this value of content, is coupled with value in price - because most other training systems typically charge 2x, 3x or even more.
Our workshops are highly proactive for each participant, making sure all members have the information they need to continue moving steadily forward with their coding knowledge ramp-up. The workshop makes sure participants are able to reach meaningful milestones in their study roadmap on a regular weekly basis.
Because the workshop projects are for actual production (aka , real-world/commercial use), the workshop Trainer is regularly checking with teammates to make sure there are no "blockers" - aka, questions or technical issues that are blocking progress on a particular project task. And when a blocker inevitably does come up, this is where the training side of workshop really kicks into high gear, showing the teammates where to find answers for the current problem, and how to efficiently figure out the solution from the available information .. such that when they encounter it again, a workshop participant can handle that kind of technical challenge on their own as well as others like it.
#2) What are the qualifications of the Technical Trainer that leads the Apps Workshop?
The MeetUp organizer - Gene BK, is an experienced software developer. To see the type of software languages, software applications, and companies that Gene has worked with - here is his resume on CraigsList.
If you have questions about any of this experience, please send Gene a note
#3) Why is there a fee for the Apps Workshop?
The Apps Workshop is driven by a 20-year industry professional software engineer/technical-trainer, who puts 8+ hours per week into the workshop in order to manage, guide, & nurture the progress of each participant. With a low monthly cost to participants – we can ensure there is a highly qualified, dedicated, and reliable software/training professional to keep the LtC Apps Workshop study program going.
To get a person who is qualified in technology (and also tech. training!) - to proactively work on a completely volunteer basis, week in and week out - [in “our” opinion] is not very realistic if you expect such a program to stay afloat in a lasting way. Remember, to be qualified – the Trainer for this workshop normally earns $40-$80+/hr in today's SF Bay Area job market as an engineer. Life is busy after all and time is valuable. Therefore, the workshop does aim to compensate the Trainer's time, but to do this at the lowest possible cost.
#4) Does the Apps Workshop Technical Trainer have references?
Yes, references are available for Gene BK's training experience and the results students can expect.
One student Shawn got his first technology job as an Android developer in Santa Clara, CA after participating in Gene's 1-month Android workshop in Summer of 2013 . References from other students are available as well.
#5) Aren't all MeetUp groups supposed to be 100% free?
There are all different kinds of MeetUps. Some are for folks that get together and go for a hike, others meet up to play music together, and others still organize different kind of workshops where you buy tickets through places like EventBrite to participate in that meeting. In the case of the LtC MeetUp group, it is a mix of all the above.
#6) How much does the Apps Workshop cost?
General cost details are as follows:
• $12.50/hr, $50 for 1 session
• Workshop membership is available in 4-session blocks
• We understand some weekends are busy, so consecutive attendance is not required. However, to keep our projects moving along - participants have to use all 4-sessions within 8 weeks.
• INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL: With 4+ member sign-ups at 1 time , there is a 15% discount for participants - An additional savings of $30
#7) What is the AppsWorkshop schedule?
One Workshop Session:
• 3 hours for "team-work time", 1 hour for "office hours"
Available meetings times:
• 1p-5pm: Sundays
• 6p-9:30pm: Monday-Thursday (includes an additional 2 hour session)
Based on sign ups, we will determine the day that works best for members.
#8) How does the Workshop compare to a program like those courses offered from UC Extension?
Places like UC Extension offers good educational programs.
However, here are the considerations where we feel the LtC Apps Workshop can compete with such a program:
• WHAT MEMBERS WORK ON: The LtC Apps Workshop gives participants a live project to participate in and be able to reference. Most of the other programs typically offer a set of exercises, homework assignments, and tutorial projects that don't really go beyond the classroom. With the LtC Apps Workshop, our projects leave the classroom and are launched into the real world!
• COST: UC Extension can be very costly, as much as $1,000 or more for a single course. Consider this 1-month Python class through UCSC Extension is $580; where the LtC Apps Workshop can offer a comparable in-class training regiment for about 1/3 the cost. LtC Apps Workshop has almost zero overhead and can offer significantly lower prices than most any other in-classroom training academy in Silicon Valley (or even on-line for that matter!)
• YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT: We are constantly refining our process. Unlike bigger schools that are already positioned into a solid bureaucratic structure, where their members must adhere to a strict format ... With the modest size of the LtC Apps Workshop, each member will be able to contribute to helping us define a program that innovates on delivering agile high quality training; and without requiring the steep costs that so many other programs insist on.
• SCHEDULE: Given that the Workshop team will have small groups, we can easily figure out a schedule that should work for everyone. In the bigger programs, workshop participants usually must go with the schedule that is listed.
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