What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

Coding Schools Emerge in Era of High Demand for Programming Skills

August 22, 2014, 6:00 PM
Learntocode

Coding is hot. Real hot. Like Brad Pitt making you breakfast hot. And with the secret out that computer programming could be the trampoline to launch you toward a better career, new academies are popping up to teach those interested. Katrina Bishop of CNBC reports on the new coding curriculum, as well as how computer programming has become one of the job market's most desirable skills:

"The U.S. Department of Labor expects the employment of software developers to grow 22 percent between 2012 and 2022, compared to an average growth across all occupations of 11 percent.

And according to the Graduate Management Admission Council's (GMAC) 2014 report, employers in both the U.S. and Europe rank technical and quantitative skills – which include coding – as the third most important selection criteria when it comes to recruitment."

Bishop features several new coding schools including the London-based Makers Academy, which operates like a 12-week coding boot camp. These services cater to both millennials searching for their first high-paying job and mid-career workers yearning for a change. Schools like App Academy and Code Fellow are so confident that the skills they instill in you will lead to a new job that they base their payment on your career status.

For those who don't want to shell out for an expensive crash course, the self-taught route remains an option -- especially if time isn't of the essence. Training books and open source tutorials are both pervasive and useful, though the process of self-instruction can be an arduous one. Luckily, the need to self-teach may not be a need for much longer. School children in England will see coding added to their studies later this year. Companies like Google are investing to get American kids interested in programming as well. 

To quote Bishop, it may not be long until "coding is the C in children's ABC's."

Read more at CNBC

Photo credit: spaxiax / Shutterstock

Larry Wall on 5 Programming Languages Everyone Should Know:

 

Coding Schools Emerge in Er...

Newsletter: Share: