Bridge brings together people who believe that we can and should remove barriers preventing members of marginalized groups from participating fully and equally in the technology industry. We do this by skilling up and supporting women via a free-for-students, 11 week software development and product design program. In small classes, and through hands-on project-based work, we improve junior developer’s and designer’s skills and greatly increase their confidence. We leverage the desire of more advanced developers and designers to instruct, providing a way to improve their core skills through teaching and mentorship. If your question is: “How do I foster a more diverse team?” Bridge is the answer.
Having tested and refined our approach, we’re currently building on the success of Bridge by forming partnerships with Toronto-based technology companies to grow the program. If you’re interested in having Bridge run in your organization, with your developers, contact us today for more information.
Key Benefits of Partnering with Bridge
Bridge is a tested, fully-packaged offering with the flexibility to work with your organization’s specific needs. As part of the program we:
Source and screen student developers with high hiring potential, tailored to your organization’s specific hiring criteria.
Give your company exclusive access to all contact information for all the applicants.
Train your developers in modern evidence-based teaching techniques.
Improve retention, both for marginalized staff and for staff who want to contribute more than code.
Bridge for Software Developers
Over 400 women have applied to Bridge since the beginning of 2017 alone. Students are carefully selected based on two key factors: hireability (as defined by our host company’s preferences) and existing technical skill. Our application process generates consistent results: hardworking, skilled women who are passionate about professional growth and interested in new opportunities.
Our classes cover:
React and Redux
Git, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery
Writing valuable unit tests
Agile product development and teamwork
"I had a chance to review the coding challenge for a few people from Bridge and...they were some of the best solutions I’ve ever seen. One went as far as implementing redux + redux observable for the react question – in jsbin!"
We ran a successful beta Bridge for Product Designers program at the end of 2017 with 6 amazing designers. We’re excited to offer a full 11-week program for product designers coming up in Spring 2018. Follow us on social media for updates on when our applications will be open.
Our product design classes cover:
Discovery & Facilitation
Empathy & Ethics
User Journey Mapping
Ideation & Prototyping
Feedback & Critique
Selling & Pitching
Let’s Change the Industry Together
Our industry has had a diversity problem for decades. We can’t fix it overnight, but if we work together, we’ve proven that we can make meaningful, impactful change in only 11 weeks. If you’d like to be a part of the future of diversity and inclusion in our industry, contact us today for next steps.