Were you born to code?

WeThinkCode, a new peer-to-peer tech institution which aims to eliminate the IT skills gap in South Africa, has opened the first round of applications for its training programme.

Those interested in applying for the programme can do so at the BornToCode website.

The programme is based on the model used by Ecole 42 in France, which doesn’t rely on tests, marks, teachers, or lecturers.

It gauges a student’s aptitude for programming and ability to work hard before allowing them into the unsupervised training programme.

To apply, candidates will have to face two games that test their aptitude for coding without relying on language proficiency or mathematics.

The first game tests your ability to see and remember patterns, and is played over a period of 10 minutes.

If you reach level 7 on the game, you qualify to attempt the second, which WeThinkCode said is harder than the first and takes 2 hours to complete.

Free tuition and internships

Those who meet the game requirements will be able to book their space in WeThinkCode boot camps, which start in January 2016.

If you make it through boot camp, you can begin your two-year training programme. If you work faster, you can finish sooner.

There are no tuition fees and students are paid a stipend every month. Part of the training programme are two four-month programming internships.

What you need to apply

Ensure you are on a stable Internet connection before beginning the application games.

Once you start a game you must finish it. You don’t need to play both games on the same day.

The organisation has partnered with libraries in Johannesburg to allow candidates to play the games on their computers.

What the WeThinkCode campus may look like

The photos below show the 42 facility in Paris. The South African facility will follow a similar design.

42 France computer lab
42 France computer lab
42 auditorium
42 auditorium
42 meeting space
42 meeting space
42-Amphitheatre
42 amphitheatre
42 bunker
42 bunker
Inside a 42 lab
Inside a 42 lab
42 students
42 students

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