Bitmaker’s Back

People of the world:

On behalf of the entire team I’m happy to announce that our web development program is now back up and running! As most of you know, we were forced to stop operating last Monday under the threat of a cease and desist order from the MTCU.

We worked around the clock to come up with a solution and I’m pleased to say that the issue has been resolved. The MTCU was extremely helpful in working with us and we were able to find an exemption that will allow Bitmaker Labs to continue operating as an unaccredited institution. Our faith in the Ontario government is restored.

After last week’s break from their regularly scheduled programming, students are now diving into learning Ruby on Rails. We’ve been blown away by their dedication and teamwork. When we were forced to stop teaching, the entire class banded together to work through the material ahead of them. We’re proud to be training people who are so relentlessly resourceful.

We’re also extremely grateful for the support we received from individuals across the North American tech community. You kept us motivated! It’s hard to describe how surreal it is to wake up to read about your run-in with the law in Wired magazine and the front pages of every national paper. Even weirder to have your legal problems caused by teaching people how to code.

You might’ve noticed we redesigned our website while we were away. Upon receiving the word that we’d be back in action on Tuesday we gave ourselves the impossible goal of doing a full overhaul. We thought it could be a fun experiment in HTML5 video and responsive design. Like Icarus who flew too close to the sun, we got burned when we deployed too early. We’re ironing out a few bugs and promise the next release will be even better.

We’d like to give a special “thank you” to Brad Feld, Chamath Palihapitiya, Fred Wilson, Paul Graham, and Vinod Khosla. As entrepreneurs who eat, sleep, and breathe our desire to disrupt education, having your support means everything to us.

Finally, none of this would have been possible without the Ontario government’s receptiveness to innovation in education. We’re lucky to have leaders like Brad Duguid.