Friends of Hack and Tell, Hacker School have a new batch starting up. If you can take 3 months off from whatever you're doing, I'd strongly encourage you to apply. James was in the first batch, and had a blast. I've been wishing I could attend, but it doesn't seem to be in the cards (other than a day here and there).
Anyway, Nick bergson-Shilcock, one of the founders sent this blurb with more information:
Apply to Hacker School
Hacker School is a three-month, full-time school in New York for
becoming a better programmer. It's like a writers retreat for hackers.
Tuition is free, and we provide space, a little structure, time to
focus, and a friendly community of smart people dedicated to
We strive to make Hacker School the best environment to learn and grow
as a programer. Towards that end, we have explicit social rules (e.g.,
no "well, actuallys," no "feigning surprise," no "subtle sexism"), we
aim for gender parity (our past two batches were 37-45% female), and
we host amazing people as programmers in residence who work directly
with students (last batch: Jessica McKellar, Peter Seibel, Alex Payne,
Stefan Karpinski, and David Nolen).
Tuition is free, and we provide $5k, need-based grants to women for
We value free software, beautiful code, and personal growth. Apply now
to be part of our winter 2013 batch, which begins in February:
You can also learn about the type of people we look for and if we'd be
a fit for you:
We definitely approve of this message.
Wishing you Happy Hacking holidays,
Andrew and James