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from self-starter

to pro

LAB8 is a talent incubator for self-directed learners who want to become proficient programmers and developers. We help you finish a project for your tech portfolio while developing the technical skills, mindset and network to build a career you love.

THE LAB8 WAY

Don’t know where to begin? Your journey starts by determining your learning path for the coming months. Maybe you’re looking to change careers, or simply want to build a new skill in your current career, whether that’s in web or mobile development, prototyping connected devices, or creating video games or mixed reality experiences. Our mentors help you tailor your own personal learning path. How to get to where you want to go: what you need to learn and why.

 

PERSONAL CURRICULUM

You will build your own curriculum of online courses and books, with the advice of our mentors, andthat of your peers who can recommend resources they themselves had success with.

LEARNING CIRCLES

You will share, learn from and support others at your level in our weekly learning circles.

WORKSHOPS TO BECOME JOB READY

You will learn the fundamental skills you'll use in a work environment, through workshops created by top devs from places like Shutterstock, Shopify and SAP Labs.

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SOFT SKILLS EMPLOYERS LOVE

At every learning circle you will learn a new skill that employers wish their applicants had, such as collaboration, design thinking and communication skills.

INCREDIBLE MENTORS

Receive guidance from mentors who work in top tech companies, and past graduates who have taken a similar path to yours.

THE PITONNEUX FAMILY

You will join a growing community of 2500+ techies, entrepreneurs, designers, hackers, game developers, coders and friends.

WHO IS LAB8 FOR?

You are a self-starter, past the beginner stage and ready to level up. You like the freedom of building your own learning track, and you are looking to add more structure and accountability to your learning process. You have the time to make LAB8 your primary focus (20-40 hours per week is typical).

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CAREER SWITCHERS

You’ve been doing online programming courses and have a few small projects under your belt. You need to level up fast so that you can launch a new career in this exciting new field, with great compensation and meaningful work. Leveraging your existing skills, you set the foundation for your new journey.

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ENTREPRENEURS

You have an idea for a new project or business and you need to build an MVP. You will learn which tech stacks to choose, how to pick a CTO, build your MVP yourself, and at the end of the program you will be pitching your new startup in front of potential investors, team members and customers.

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SKILL BUILDERS

You want to add a programming skill to your existing career toolbox. For example, you’re a journalist and you want to develop data visualization skills to give you that extra edge. Or knowing the ins and outs of building Wordpress sites will help you score more marketing contracts.

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After my university degree in history, I went from one office job to another. After a few years staying at home with my daughter, I found work as an office clerk again and decided I’d had enough. I became a front-end web developer through freeCodeCamp online, and started freelancing. I quickly became curious about what was going on in the back-end though, and felt like I needed the support of others to make the most of my learning experience.

By joining LAB12, I had the opportunity to work in a team on a large project, and to get the support of my peers and of mentors. After those twelve weeks, I resumed a front-end developer contract I had, this time as a full stack developer. A few weeks later, I got a job as a Node.js developer at Autodesk. Aside from the technical skills I developed in the program, my involvement in the community and building a real world application with my team really helped convince employers of my value.
— Marie's story

WHAT OTHER STUDENTS SAY

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MARIE-EVE GAUTHIER, FRONTEND DEVELOPER @ BREATHER

I taught french in Spain for 7 years. When I came back to Montréal I decided I wanted to become a web developer. After I graduated from a full-stack bootcamp program, I wanted to get more experience before jumping in the real working world. I joined LAB12, and built a feminist movie recommendation engine with my team. Certainly, the dedicated tech mentors’ presence was a great help, beyond just the technical aspects, it was at a human level that LAB12 gave me the confidence that I needed to face my new career of web developer. After LAB12 it wasn’t long until I got hired.

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DAVID BRASSARD-POTVIN, FOUNDER @ CORIANDR

I was working on a startup idea and LAB12 had the startup mentors, support and technical environment I needed to take my project to the next level. I ended up pitching at a competition and came in first prize out of 20 other competitors. In addition to that I can now communicate business needs clearly to developers, can speak the same language they do and have an entire tech community from which to find developers.

THE LAB8 PROGRAM

The LAB8 program is built with three key components: Learning Circles, Team Projects, and Mentors.

LEARNING CIRCLES

In the weekly learning circle you will share what you learned or how you advanced on your project. We have hands-on activities to apply to your project, and we help each other out.

TEAM PROJECTS

Work on a meaningful, real-world project, with others who have complementary skills. After 8 weeks, show it off at MTL NewTech Demo Night before a crowd of 200 people from the tech community.

MENTORS

Mentors are always there to ask for help, either in person or on our community Slack. We also invite special guests, and tailored workshops are given by senior developers with a lot of experience under their belt.

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REGISTRATION

Book an appointment or join us at an info session or at a Coffee & Code meet up to find out if this is something for you. You can talk to former participants or discuss privately with mentor-facilitators.

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FOUNDATIONS

Form a team and decide on your project for the next 8 weeks. Attend the weekly learning circles with your cohort. Choose the technical workshops that will lay your coding foundations. Learn Git and GitHub, build a One-Hour Prototype, and settle into a collaboration routine.

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HACK&TOURS

For the next 4 weeks, focus completely on your project in our hackdays hosted by a variety of tech company offices in Montreal, so you’re ready to present it to the Montreal tech community.

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LIFE AFTER LAB8

Continue your growth as a developer by staying actively involved in the Pitonneux community. Keep building connections with hiring team leads, meet with startups at the Coffee & Code sessions, and give back to the community by volunteering for LAB8 to help someone else find their path.

MEET YOUR AMAZING MENTORS

We have partnered with startups and some of the larger tech companies, in order to give you privileged access to some of the most experienced and talented mentors in Montréal with skills ranging from Javascript, design, Front-end Development, IoT, Ruby and Python. We are extremely grateful for the time and dedication they are giving us. We can find mentors who are experts in almost any technology or subject you might be learning.

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ROBERTA VOULON, CO-FOUNDER @ LES PITONNEUX

After leaving behind a career in the game industry, she thought a talent incubator might be a great place to learn to code, if only it existed. And so now it does, after a whole community made it happen. Roberta has been helping others make a career change since 2015. Previously worked at Ubisoft, Orange/France Telecom and other companies, and designed retro game controllers and arcade cabinets. Currently learning Python and Data Science.

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PAOLO MELGAREJO, CEO @ IKIRU.AI

Your startup mentor, Paolo, is a full-stack developer and serial entrepreneur who has designed products for companies such as the Stanford Research Institute, Dow Chemicals and Konica Minolta. In addition to giving you a framework for developing an MVP, hiring the right developers, and technical roadmapping he will also help you nail job interviews, make your resumes shine and boost your confidence. Proficient in: Machine Learning, Javascript, Python, NodeJS, UX Research

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ANDRE-JOHN MAS, CTO @ AI MEDICAL STARTUP

As a software engineer with over 20 years of experience at top companies such as IBM and Morgan Stanley, his wealth of experience will be invaluable to help you think like a software engineer and become a better problem solver. His expertise includes: Javascript, Node, Java, database design, software architecture and security. He's also the VP of technical development at Otakuthon, one of the world's largest anime conventions.

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HANNAH COHEN, Co-founder @ Osmos Academy

She's the driving force behind Osmos Academy, a non-profit community initiative making emerging technologies like virtual reality accessible, and creating a positive impact for kids in hospitals, helping them escape reality for a moment. She's a data scientist by day, and rides unicorns on sparkling rainbows by night.

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ÉTIENNE CARON, ANDROID LEAD DEVELOPER @ GOOGLE

Recognized by Google as an expert in Android and Android Things, he's a speaker at Android conferences in Europe and North-America, including Droidcon and Google I/O. He is an instructor at Caster.io and has been creating mixed reality experiences through non-profit Osmos Academy as a co-founder. He can help you with best practices on developing Android applications, whether that's a mobile app or an IoT device or a VR experience.

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ILIAS BENJELLOUN, INTERPRENEURSHIP CATALYST @ DESJARDINSLAB.COM

Ilias is a rock in the Montréal tech and startup community, and someone who sees huge potential in the smallest of seeds. He drives MTL NewTech, and your one-on-one pitch training with him will make sure your presentation is on fire on Demo Night

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MAREK ZALUSKI, FOUNDER @ LAB ZED TECHNOLOGY

Creator and organizer of Startup Tech Talks, a technology advisor for Notman House and CTO in residence at District 3.

LAB8 FALL COHORT STARTS SEPTEMBER 3, 2019

We are now taking registrations for our seventh cohort, enroll below or attend one of our info sessions to learn more.

 

Groups are bilingual, instruction is both in French and English. Express yourself in the language relevant to you.

Dates for info sessions

Dates for the LAB8 Fall 2019 cohort

  • Starts September 3, 2019 @ 10h00

  • Every Monday or Tuesday for 8 weeks

Final Show & Tell and demo night on Thursday, October 24, 2019!

location: 5555 Ave de Gaspe, 3rd floor Montreal, QC H2T 2A3

Tuition: 900$ for the full 8 weeks

Need help with your tuition? Our program is designed to be much more affordable than the typical bootcamp, but our mission is to make a job in tech more accessible so please contact us if you'd like to work something out. We can help with a payment plan.

Let’s Start

If you'd like to make an appointment or just want some more info, you can find us in person at our demo nights (or you can email us).

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