Cheat code: Apply today for a free intensive web development course

You could wind up like the guys from Silicon Valley, except for real life

You could wind up like the guys from Silicon Valley, except for real life

Maybe you love Vine or Yik Yak or Snapchat. Maybe though, you’re not just satisfied using these apps, you want to make the next generation of apps that leave adults scratching their heads and nightly newscasts warning parents that their teens are using these dangerous new phone apps for sexing. If it’s the latter, you’re in luck because you’ve got a chance for a totally free ride to learn the ins and outs and what have yous of every piece of mobile web design there is to know. Cashing Mark Andreesen’s checks here you come!

What is this magical, free web college that you have a chance to attend? It’s the Mobile Dev Corps, a program put together by the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline and The Flatiron School. If you make less than $50,000/year, are a resident of New York City that’s at least 18 years old and most importantly don’t have a single day of experience as a web developer, you’re eligible to apply for the Mobile Dev Corps and be whisked away to the magical world of programming. The program will teach you how to code in Objective-C and Swift, designing for mobile specifically and how to give your app special iPad features, among other subjects.

If you’re one of the 20 students picked for the intensive 16-week class, you’ll be looking at going to school Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm, January through April. Since it’s gonna be like Whiplash but with programming, the Flatiron School isn’t just looking for inexperienced people making no money, they’re also looking for people who are passionate, smart and will work hard. That puts us out of the running, but maybe you checked off all those boxes! In that case, apply today, and whatever you do, resist the temptation to tackle your teacher like that scene in Whiplash. If you’ll remember, it didn’t end well for that kid. And if you don’t get it, remember that there are other cheap ways to learn how to code.