To our alumni and community

I'm excited to share some news about the future of Bitmaker. Going forward, I’ll be taking on the role of CEO. I’d like to take a moment to thank the members of the Bitmaker team for choosing me to navigate our course going forward - I’m incredibly humbled by your decision.

Since this change, our team has been working together to bring a renewed focus on two pillars of our business: our amazing alumni and generous community partners.

To our alumni

You’re the reason we’re here. There’s not a day that goes by that the entire team isn’t reminded of that – by kind emails, personal messages, and friendly drop-ins.

On a personal note, I still keep in touch with all of the students from our first cohort three years ago. I also remember how every student in the second cohort stuck with us when the Ontario government investigated the legitimacy of our new form of education.

Really, you’ve always stood by us. In fact, over 90% of our customers are referrals. The whole team at Bitmaker wants to renew our commitment to you.

This means continuing to grow the size of our family by providing increasingly accessible options for learning. This means continuing to support you long after you’ve spent your nine (or twelve) weeks in our classrooms by providing you with additional opportunities to grow. This means knitting together the threads of our past students with our current ones by building out a comprehensive mentorship program.

To our community partners

Thank you for helping us change so many lives by hiring our graduates. When we first approached many of you before our launch, you were understandably skeptical of the prospect of hiring a junior developer with only 9 weeks of training, but you took a risk, and many of you attended our first hiring week. We'd like to thank every company that has interviewed or hired our students.

I remember having a meeting with a prominent, venture-backed Toronto start-up prior to our launch. The co-founder, a firm believer in traditional education, indicated to me that they would not be attending hiring week as they only hired “the best in the world” and were willing to relocate people from South America, Eastern Europe and Asia to come work in Toronto. Only a few weeks ago, a Bitmaker student was hired at that company – right after graduating! We're so excited to see our alumni succeed at this level.

The last three years have simultaneously been the most rewarding and the most challenging of my entire life. I’m thoroughly excited to be behind the wheel for the next three and beyond.

As always, if you have any questions, you can email me at amawer@bitmakerlabs.com