Chicago Bootcamps Info Session + Alumni Panel


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Ever say to yourself, “I wish I was doing something else with my life”? Well, if you have enough passion and determination anything is possible and here at the first ever Chicago Bootcamps Info Session, we are going to show you a variety of ways on how you can change your life.

Bootcamps a relatively new phenomenon. What is a bootcamp exactly? It's an intense hands-on approach to learning that isn’t like traditional education. You gain the specific set of practical skills that are actually used on the job. Bootcamps are designed to prepare you to get a job and be successful in your career. Whether your goal is to switch careers, climb the ladder where you work, or challenge yourself, bootcamps have proven to be the greatest ROI on your life and time.

Please join us to meet a variety of bootcamp programs that are available in the Chicagoland area which cover cyber security, software/web development, UX/UI design, and sales/marketing. There are both full-time and part-time programs being represented. You won't find more information in one place regarding a bootcamp education than here. We will be featuring an alumni panel so you can hear first-hand the experiences and stories each bootcamp offers.


6:00pm – 6:30pm: Eat, Drink, and Network
6:30pm – 6:45pm: Overview of each Bootcamp
6:45pm – 7:00pm: Introduction of each alumni panelist
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Alumni Panel Q&A
8:00pm – Networking


Evolve Security Academy:

A cyber security bootcamp that provides students with hands-on training from highly experienced industry professionals. Evolve partners with not-for-profits, performing security assessment work throughout the curriculum, giving each student the real project work experience and concrete practical skills that are needed to land or advance a career. Evolve offers a 12-week part-time program or 8-week full-time program. Evolve’s primary focus is on creating top-tier cyber security talent and placing them into high-paying jobs through professional staffing and direct hire services.


The leading digital design bootcamp. Over 12 in-person weeks, students learn the full stack of design skills—UX, IxD, and UI; research, practice, and presentation—then put those skills to work for real-world clients and portfolio creation. No other design bootcamp offers a curriculum as immersive or innovative. And DESIGNATION just launched Design Essentials, a six-week, feedback-rich, online course for those curious about UX/UI basics before joining the bootcamp.

Anyone Can Learn to Code (

A part time web development apprenticeship, consisting of a 15 week training program followed by guaranteed placement in our web development agency, The Difference Engine. ( We're educators first, and programmers second, and our commitment to educational best practices and pedagogy allows our students to become web developers while keeping their day job. After the 15 week Sundays-and-weeknights training program, our graduates spend up to 4 months as part-time developers at The Difference Engine, building projects for real clients, gaining real world experience and a portfolio which will be impressive to prospective employers. We train our developers to develop a success mindset and the skills to transition careers into full time software engineering, empowering them to launch rewarding lives and careers.

Dev Bootcamp (

Dev Bootcamp pioneered the short-term, immersive developer bootcamp, a model that transforms beginners into highly employable web developers in a matter of months. The 18-week curriculum, and one week of career training, teaches the technical skills people need to work as a web developer, but also the interpersonal skills that are critical to working in dynamic, cross-functional engineering teams. With more than 2,300 graduates to date, and locations open in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, and Austin.

Startup Institute (

Offers four full-time tracks in Web Design, Web Development, Digital Marketing, and Sales and Account management in Boston, Chicago and New York. The Startup Institute also offers part-time courses, a series of part-time introductory classes, in Ruby, Web Design, Digital Marketing, and JavaScript that meet one evening per week. Startup Institute has graduated over 1000 alumni, and they're currently working at well over 500 companies around the globe. As the program's alumni network continues to grow they are committed to keeping alumni connected and supported throughout their careers.



A $3.8 billion IT services company, known for excellence in the industry. We provide the best talent in the country by hand picking the best and brightest and placing them at our client sites. We have deployed over 2,000 Information Security consultants in the past two years. We currently have over 500 active CISSP certified consultants and 400 recruiters certified to identify top talent. We also stay informed on market trends by partnering with companies such as SailPoint, Curion, RSA, Oracle and many more.