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Horizons One
For the crazy ones and misfits - the people who believe they can
fundamentally change the world with technolo...
Horizons One
Program Overview
Letter from Founders
We live in an era in which tech and software continue to eat the world....
Horizons One
Program Overview
How it works
Year 1: Learn
You will learn the skills needed to become an effective software ...
Horizons One
Program Overview
Course Overview
The Fundamentals
Aug 28 - Dec 22, 2017
Advanced Software Engineering Concept...
Horizons One
Program Overview
The Fundamentals
Aug 28 - Dec 22, 2017
Format: Immersive “Bootcamp”. 9-8pm+ M-F.
Technologie...
Horizons One
Program Overview
Specialization + Job Search
May 21- August 31, 2018
Format: Track-dependent schedule, Job Ma...
Horizons One
Program Overview
Job Placement & Network
It’s all hands on deck
What kind of companies do you expect students...
Horizons One
Program Overview
Through angel investments, we have also co-invested with some of the world’s best
In each of...
Horizons One
Program Overview
Tuition
We have made promising careers accessible to everyone
Tuition Free
Horizons One is t...
Horizons One
Program Overview
We broadens students’ perspectives and knowledge by bringing in successful entrepreneurs, en...
We don’t just teach students how to build, we
fundamentally shift the way they think and
what they believe is possible.
Horizons One
Program Overview
Caitlin Rubin
University of Pennsylvania 2018
Computer Science
If switching to computer scie...
Horizons One
Program Overview
Mojia Shen
Wellesley 2018
Technology, Innovation, Society
Horizons changed my trajectory. I ...
95%
of students agree that Horizons opened career
opportunities to them that were unavailable
before
Horizons One
Program Overview
Biology Major to Software Engineer
Serry graduated from Wellesley College in 2016 as
a biolo...
Horizons One
Program Overview
Software Engineering Intern @ Optimizely
Caitlin (Penn CS) took Horizons her Sophomore
summe...
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Horizons One

  1. 1. Horizons One For the crazy ones and misfits - the people who believe they can fundamentally change the world with technology. The time is ripe.
  2. 2. Horizons One Program Overview Letter from Founders We live in an era in which tech and software continue to eat the world. Learning to code has been and will continue to be one of the most valuable skills of the 21st century. From the largest financial institutions to remote villages in Africa, even the most arcane parts of society are being disrupted by technology. Products that required teams of engineers to build and maintain 10 years ago can now be built by one person with a computer. Now more than ever, Marc Andreessen’s prophecy that “software is eating the world” is coming to life. We created Horizons to help students launch successful careers in this new world. Our 3 month summer and 4 month study abroad programs are on track to create hundreds of alumni in 2017. We’ve laid a foundation for a community of engineers, designers, product managers, marketers, and entrepreneurs - the future leaders in technology. With alumni winning global hackathons, starting companies and landing promising opportunities at companies like Google, Slack, J.P. Morgan, Squarespace, EA Games and the Stanford Research Institute, we are excited about the steps ahead. Today, we use our 3 & 4 month programs to transform our students’ skills and perspectives. However, we believe there is an opportunity to do much more. Hence we created the Horizons One. We are rebuilding higher education in technology. We designed this program with a single goal in mind - to build tomorrow’s leaders in technology. Our singular focus on this goal results in an experience unlike that which any other academic institution has to offer. Horizons graduates will leave the program with strong problem-solving abilities, engineering experience at real companies, broad technical exposure, focused technical expertise, industry perspective beyond their years, and world-class communication skills. Furthermore, Horizons One is tuition-free. By lowering the barriers to participation, we will continue to attract amazing talent from across the world. Prior programming experience is not a prerequisite for our program - but focus, curiosity, and resolve are. If you are reading this letter, it’s because we would like to consider you for the inaugural cohort of our Horizons One. We are thrilled at the prospect of working with you and taking you to the next level of technological understanding. It will be an amazing ride and we look forward to welcoming you aboard. Best, Abhi, Darwish and Edward Horizons One - Reimagining technology education
  3. 3. Horizons One Program Overview How it works Year 1: Learn You will learn the skills needed to become an effective software engineer. You’ll build numerous in-depth technical projects using the latest technologies, work in a variety of programming languages, meet world-class engineering leaders and entrepreneurs, and the leave skills that make you highly sought-after in the job market. Year 2: Work You will spend your second year applying your skills in a company as a software engineer. Students will have monthly check-ins with the Horizons team for mentorship and career coaching. Your work will pay for your tuition, while you continue to rack up skills. Beyond: Graduate You are now a Horizon graduate with a job in hand, a year of working experience, debt-free and with an amazing set of experiences under your belt. You are no longer an entry level software engineer.
  4. 4. Horizons One Program Overview Course Overview The Fundamentals Aug 28 - Dec 22, 2017 Advanced Software Engineering Concepts Jan 15 - May 5, 2018 Specialization + Job Search May 21 - Aug 31, 2018 Work: Apply your skills in industry September 2018 - September 2019 Graduate!
  5. 5. Horizons One Program Overview The Fundamentals Aug 28 - Dec 22, 2017 Format: Immersive “Bootcamp”. 9-8pm+ M-F. Technologies: Javascript, HTML,CSS, JQuery, MongoDB, Express, Node, React, React Native, MongoDB, Heroku, Git Topics: Web and Mobile Application Development You will kick off your Horizons experience with our 4 month Fall Semester program. You’ll learn how to build end-end web applications and get your first experience building your own products. You’ll meet 20+ speakers from the Bay Area and spend over 1000 hours programming. Detailed Course Overview Advanced Software Engineering Concepts Jan 15 - May 5, 2018 Format: Classes 3 days a week. Group work 2 days week. Sample Technologies: Python, Go, SQL, MongoDB, SQL, Redis, AWS (S3, Elastic Beanstalk, and much more), Cassandra, Tensor Flow Topics: Scalability, Databases, Systems, Dev Ops, Architecture, Data Engineering, and Machine Learning Your feet are already in the pool. It’s time to swim. You will focus on what it takes to go the next level. You’ll solve problems that real tech companies face - both in lecture and in discussion-based formats. You’ll work on increasingly complex projects to gain an even deeper technical understanding. You’ll meet and interact with guest speakers from Bay Area companies that expose you to the career paths and opportunities. You’ll learn through technical case studies, discussion-based classes, scoped projects and personal projects that leverage your own creativity. You’ll learn to work with larger codebases, write shippable, production code and work in teams the way real product and engineering teams do. You’ll present your work and learn to discuss technical problems.
  6. 6. Horizons One Program Overview Specialization + Job Search May 21- August 31, 2018 Format: Track-dependent schedule, Job Match / Interview Prep (3x week). Tracks: ● Thesis project: Select a space you want to become an expert in. Work with our instructors and industry mentors to push boundaries. Projects can be pursued in teams or individually. ● Intern / Freelance: Take on an internship or pursue freelance work to continue building industry exposure. Students will have a more self-paced schedule during this period. However, regardless of the track, students will be responsible for participating in our job match program and interview prep 2-3 days week. Students interested in work-study (for housing stipends) will be asked to take the internship/freelance track. Detailed Course Overview (cont’d) Work: Apply your skills in industry September 2018 - September 2019 You’ve done it. You’re working now! You’ll have monthly check-ins with the Horizons team to discuss how you’re doing on the job. We’ll discuss next steps and help you think about your career. We’ll have quarterly meetups to chat with peers. Graduate!
  7. 7. Horizons One Program Overview Job Placement & Network It’s all hands on deck What kind of companies do you expect students to work at? We expect students to work across a range of companies including larger technology companies, high growth startups and smaller, up-and-coming startups. We will try and help students find opportunities that best fit their skill-sets and career interests. We expect the majority of students to work in San Francisco and New York in their second year, however, we do ask students to be open to other cities within the US. 90% of software engineering job openings actually exist outside of San Francisco. If you have any strong preferences on the city or type of company you want to work at in year 2, please make sure to discuss this with the Horizons team during your admissions process. How does the Horizons Network help? This will be our pilot launch of Horizons One. We are highly incentivized for you to be successful in this job search! While we don’t have guaranteed job placement for any student, we will be actively working with every student to make sure you are placed. Our team has an extensive network that will aid in the job search process. We have invested in over 50 companies to date We have made over 50 investments in companies directly over the last 2 years, providing direct access to founders of several companies. Many of our students already work at companies that we have invested in.
  8. 8. Horizons One Program Overview Through angel investments, we have also co-invested with some of the world’s best In each of these investments, we have co-invested with many of most iconic venture capital firms out there, further expanding our reach. These relationships provide strong unfair advantages for our students. This network includes investors across the East and West Coast. Other co-investors include: Ben Horowitz, Peter Thiel, Justin Kan, Garrett Camp, David Bonderman, Keith Rabois, Joe Lonsdale, Mark Pincus, David Karp, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Cuban, Xavier Niel, Ashton Kutcher, Scott Belsky, Yuri Milner, John and Patrick Collison, Matt Mullenweg, Kevin Colleran, Troy Carter, David Tisch, Pete Cashmore, Paul Buchheit, Dennis Crowley, Fabrice Grinda, Tikhon Bernstam (Parse, Scribd), David Marcus (Facebook), Chris Paik (Thrive Capital), Brian O'Kelley (AppNexus), Alex Chung (Giphy), Steven Alan, David Zwirner, Ricky Van Veen & Josh Abramson (CollegeHumor, Vimeo), Cory Levy, Jean-Baptiste Rudelle (Criteo) We are well on track to 200+ Horizons alumni in 2017 With our students landing opportunities across tech hubs, Horizons now has reach across the entire spectrum of tech companies. Our alumni comprise a very strong community and eager to help fellow Horizonites. By the time students in our pilot program enter the job search, we expect the number of companies in our alumni network to reach 2-3x its current size. Below are some of the larger companies our students are working / have worked at: Job Placement & Network (cont’d) It’s all hands on deck
  9. 9. Horizons One Program Overview Tuition We have made promising careers accessible to everyone Tuition Free Horizons One is tuition free. Students are expected to cover their own cost of housing, food and transportation throughout the program. Horizons will use income from the 2nd year of work to cover tuition. We will either collect tuition via an Income Share Agreement or a direct partnership with the company. Living Subsidy Students who need financial assistance with housing / living costs may apply for need-based aid. We will factor in a family's income and a student’s past financial aid status in determining an amount for the living subsidy. Living subsidies can range from $0 - $1500/month. Students who receive a living subsidy will be use their final specialization term as a work-study term. Students can work with the Horizons team during their summer internship as teaching assistants, pursue freelance work we provide, or contribute their internship income to further help with living costs. Deposit Students accepted into the program will be asked to make a deposit ranging from $800 - $8,000. This deposit will be returned upon completion of the 1st year of the program. The deposit amount will be determined based on a student’s demonstrated financial need. Leaving the program Students who chose to leave the program in their first year may do so. However, they will be responsible for a prorated tuition of $40,000. The deposit can count towards this tuition amount. International Students International students should speak with a Horizons Admissions member about tuition options.
  10. 10. Horizons One Program Overview We broadens students’ perspectives and knowledge by bringing in successful entrepreneurs, engineers, operators and investors as part of our tech speaker series. The learning experience goes beyond simply coding in the classroom. Students gain valuable insights into the latest industry trends, learn about careers paths, and hear the stories of successful technologists. Below are just some of our speakers from former classes! You will have 15+ speakers during your Fall Semester at Horizons! Marleen Vogelaar Shapeways | Founder 76M raised Christina Saas Andela | CEO 41m raised Fred Ersham Coinbase | CEO 106m raised, 5OOm val. Bing Chen Youtube Exec, Victorious 50m raised Laks Srini Zenefits | CTO Fastest growing Saas Company, 2+bn val. Michael Dearring Early Investor in Twitter, Heroku, Admob & more Punit Soni ex-Head of Product Flipkart Motorola-Google Moirey Uretsky Digital Ocean | Founder 700+m val. Mike Maples Early investor: Twitter, Twitch.tv, Bazaarvoice & more Tech Speaker Series
  11. 11. We don’t just teach students how to build, we fundamentally shift the way they think and what they believe is possible.
  12. 12. Horizons One Program Overview Caitlin Rubin University of Pennsylvania 2018 Computer Science If switching to computer science was the best decision I made in college, taking Horizons was probably a close second. To think that three guys could start a company that absolutely changes how I think about my future -- it's really an incredible thing. Sadiki Wiltshire Princeton University 2018 Physics, East Asian Studies Horizons brings together the world’s most promising future leaders and gives them the engineering skills, perspective and network they need to accelerate their success. I love this and everyone in this community. I have no doubt that many of the next great founders, engineers and world leaders will come out of this program. Jack McCarthy Babson 2017 Business Administration Before Horizons my business ideas only existed in the notes app on my phone. Now they're being built. Student Testimonials* (*)Testimonials are from our Summer and Semester programs
  13. 13. Horizons One Program Overview Mojia Shen Wellesley 2018 Technology, Innovation, Society Horizons changed my trajectory. I was always passionate about entrepreneurship and tech, but I wasn’t technical. Horizons helped me cultivate the right skills and mindset to pursue my dream in tech. Looking back at my 12 weeks there, I realize that I’ve learned the most I’ve ever had and probably ever will in such a short period of time. For the first time in my 14 years of formal education, I wanted to learn. Steven Lin NYU Stern 2018 Finance and Information Systems I chose to apply for Horizons because I realized that, after two years of college, my classes alone were not doing enough to expose me to the tech industry and get a broad view of my options after college. 12 straight weeks of hands-on learning allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills a real software engineer needs, and working together on a project with a team and a real client gave me valuable work experience I could add to my resume. Uriel Baez University of Pennsylvania 2018 Computer Science Student Testimonials* (*)Testimonials are from our Summer and Semester programs
  14. 14. 95% of students agree that Horizons opened career opportunities to them that were unavailable before
  15. 15. Horizons One Program Overview Biology Major to Software Engineer Serry graduated from Wellesley College in 2016 as a biology major. She took the Horizons Summer Immersive Program - upon completing the course, Serry joined Slack as a software engineer. Serry had almost no prior coding experience. Math Major to Freelancer + Software Engineer Cole is currently studying mathematics and religion at Middlebury College. He realized he needed practical software training to complement his theory-based education, so Cole took Horizons. He went on to work as a contract software engineer after the program, and is now interning as a Software Engineer at Squarespace. Case Studies* Making the case for Venture Capital Brandon used Horizons as a way to complement his strong liberal arts background. He found a perfect blend of his interests and will be working at Insight Venture Partners this summer. Winning the world’s Largest Fintech Hackathon Eagle took Horizons his freshman summer. After Horizons, he went on to win the world’s largest fintech hackathon and land guaranteed funding for his idea. He is currently working on a VR startup. We’ve helped many students make major career steps (*)Case Studies are from our Summer 2016 program
  16. 16. Horizons One Program Overview Software Engineering Intern @ Optimizely Caitlin (Penn CS) took Horizons her Sophomore summer. Prior to Horizons, she had taken several CS courses and built a website that amassed 100k+ visitors. She will be interning with Optimizely, one of the fastest growing SaaS companies (>140m raised to date) her junior summer. Case Studies* Lead Mobile Engineer @ YC Payments Startup Ying is a CS + Business major at BU. He leveraged his Horizons experience to lock down a contract software gig after the program ended. He worked with the company throughout his senior year and became their Lead Mobile Engineer in React Native. Image Processing Software Engineer @ SRI Cristian (Swarthmore CS) leveraged Horizons speaker series to build perspective as to the type of problems he wanted to solve. He’ll be interning as a software engineer for a startup with the Stanford Research Institute his Sophomore Summer Software Engineering Intern @ Pillow Brendan (Brown CS) has locked down an offer at Pillow (formerly AirEnvy). Pillow leverages technology & big data to build the worlds #1 hospitality platform for short-term rentals. Brendan also received contract software engineering experience while at Horizons and continued taking on work after the program. Complement your coursework with a slew of modern technologies and skillsets (*)Case Studies are from our Summer 2016 program

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