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Cohort program

The Cherry on Tech Cohort program connects you with other like-minded individuals to form your own tech squad.

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🍒 Cherry on Tech is a volunteer-run organization whose mission is to support people of women, non-binary, and trans folks who are new to the tech world. We are dedicated to developing a community that empowers marginalized genders while promoting the power of being part of a tech squad.

Understanding Tech Squads

A tech squad is more than just a group – it's a supportive community committed to mutual growth and success in the tech industry.

For more insights on tech squads, check out our blog here.

👀 Curious to see the projects of our tech squads? Explore the Fall 2023 cohort summary page!

😍 Who Should Join?

To thrive in our program and tech squads, you should:

  • Identify as an underrepresented gender: Women, non-binary, and trans individuals.
  • Aspire to roles such as: Developer, Product Manager, or UX Designer.
  • Commit to a 15-week program: With a time commitment of 7-10 hours per week, including meetings and hands-on tasks. Hours may vary depending on your role and the project's specific requirements.
  • Begin or plan to start your job search within the next 1-3 months: Whether you're new to tech or lacking experience, our program helps you practice and develop essential skills.
  • Desire to enhance your portfolio: Add a real project to your portfolio while learning.
  • Interest in accessible web design: Learn how to build websites with accessibility in mind.
  • Empower others: Encourage growth, learning, and excitement within your tech squad.

🌟 Excited to learn more? We've got a bunch of events lined up for February! Check out our LinkedIn page for the latest news and updates.

📋 Program Details

Our Spring 2024 Cohort is now OPEN! Apply now!

The Cherry on Tech Cohort program connects you with like-minded individuals to form your own tech squad. Here's what you can expect:

  • Program Duration: 15 weeks with a time commitment of 7-10 hours per week
  • Weekly Tasks: Guided tasks and mentorship to define, build, and deploy a live website.
  • Weekly Meetings: Collaborate, share knowledge, and support each other on your tech career journeys.
  • Global Meetings: Engage with guest speakers, participate in breakout sessions, and connect with the wider tech squad community.
  • Cost: Participating in this program won't cost you a dime! You'll give back by volunteering your time to assist fellow community members and collaborating with your tech squad even after the program ends.

🗓 Important Dates

  • Registration Period:

    February 17th - March 2, 2024

  • Cohort Begins:

    March 16th, 2024

  • Cohort Ends:

    June 29th, 2024

👉 Ready to apply? Apply now!

📔 Program Structure

Week 0: Onboarding

  • Join the Cherry on Tech Slack and meet your squad.
  • Choose the problem space your squad will address.

Week 1-3: Discovery, Prototyping, and User Story Mapping

  • Conduct research, ideation, and test a lo-fi prototype.
  • Develop user flows and personas for a story-mapping workshop.

Week 4: Baseline

  • Establish a shared understanding of the Software Development Life Cycle.
  • Define practices for building quality software.

Week 5 - 12: Sprints

  • Collaborate as a cross-functional team in an agile workflow.
  • Deliver project features in iterative sprints.

Week 13: Final Presentation

  • Present your project and celebrate your achievements with your tech squad!

Final Week: What’s Next…

  • Set your own pace to continue working with your squad and supporting each other in your careers.

🔑 Key Features

  • Experience cross-functional collaboration in an agile environment: Work alongside developers, UX designers, and product managers.
  • Build a High-Quality Static Site: Take your project from concept to launch, creating a top-notch Minimum Viable Product (MVP) within just 15 weeks.
  • Accessibility Focus: Prioritize accessibility at every stage of the design and coding process to ensure inclusivity.
  • Ongoing Career Support: Benefit from continuous support and guidance from the tech squad community as you progress in your career.
  • Mentorship Program: Receive valuable guidance from seasoned professionals who volunteer their time as mentors.
  • Hands-On Experience with Essential Tools: Work with industry-standard tools and technologies used in the workspace, including:

    • Tech Tools: Work with React, npm, tailwind, ESLint, Prettier, and axe Accessibility Linter.

      • Note: These projects won't involve backend usage.
    • General Tools: Familiarize yourself with Slack, Figma, Jira, Notion, GitHub, and Netlify.

Join us and take the first step towards an exciting career in tech!

How to Join

👉 Apply now!

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