🚀 Инкубатор nFactorial 2022

Лето, которое изменит твою жизнь
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О летней программе

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10 недель веселья
6 июня (Пон) - 12 августа 2022 (Пятн)
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Оффлайн
Проведем лето в Алматы на базе Satbayev University
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Фокус на создании продукта
Придумаем идею, разработаем, создадим дизайн и продвинем ваше веб-приложение
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Для тех, кто уже кодит
Зайдете: студентами с опытом программирования, но без опыта в веб-разработке. На выходе: опыт создания приложений + живой продукт с пользователями.
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1 трэк
Вместе научимся создавать и запускать веб-приложения.
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Формат
10 недель = 2 недели изучение основ веб-разработки + 8 недель на создание и запуск вашего оригинального приложения.
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Творческая атмосфера
10 недель веселья: интерактивные лекции, интересные задания, мозговые штурмы, веселые мероприятия сообщества, обзоры кода, еженедельные игры и турниры с сокурсниками и наставниками, пятничные счастливые часы с онлайн-покером/скрэбблом/викториной.
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Наша цель
Не стартапы, а разработчики, способные создавать первоклассные продукты в одиночку.
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Философия
Мы не верим в "обучение ради обучения", "обучение по учебникам", "обучение, чтобы получить сертификат или устроиться на работу".

Создание и запуск своей идеи - это самый приятный способ обучения.

10 недель,
которые поменяют твою жизнь

Давайте примерим несколько шляп в это лето?
💻 Software Engineer, недели 1-2
Bring your original idea to life with a high quality code continuously reviewed by your mentors.
Mastery of Serverless Computing, BaaS, PaaS, FaaS (AWS Lambda, Vercel)
Backend for mobile developers (Server-Side Swift), Backend-Driven UI
CI/CD (Jenkins, Travis, Gitlab, Bitrise), Deployment (AWS, Heroku, DigitalOcean)
Software Design (architectural/design patterns)
Task runners, Build tools, Bash scripting
Advanced git flight rules, Agile, sprints, iterative development
Testing (TDD, BDD, Functional tests, Unit tests, Integration tests, Snapshot)
Modern frameworks: React + TypeScript + GraphQL + Firebase
🎨 Product Designer, Week 0
Learn the modern design tools (e.g. Figma) to create a pixel-perfect design for your web or mobile application.
Building the prototype of a mobile app
Design tools: Figma, Sketch, Invision, Zeplin
Building the product users fall in love with from first sight
Building the tutorial and effective on-boarding
Studying users' needs and problems they frequently face
UI/UX testing
Typography and fonts
Color theory: meaning, harmony
🔬 Market Analyst, Weeks 0-2
To come up with a novel idea, you will analyze the competitive landscape, study the markets in China/India/US, study the portfolio of venture firms focusing on SaaS, read hand-picked articles, and much more
How to build something no one has built before
How to find new and original user problems to solve
Quick competitive landscape analysis
Learning about the top tools in your category from China, India, and the US
Using Product Hunt for product inspiration
Studying the portfolio of venture firms focusing on SaaS, creator tools, and single player mode applications
Reading blog posts on workflows and automation to study demand
Mastery of nocode tools: Zapier, Webflow, Airtable, Bubble, Parabola, Glide
🏒 Growth Hacker, Weeks 5-7
"Advertising is a tax on being unremarkable". Mentors will help you come up with creative ways to get (paying) users for free.
Simple secrets of effective presentations. Learning the art of pitching.
Finding the best business model for your app
Marketing tactics of the most popular SaaS products: Buffer, Gumroad, Bubble, Zapier, Webflow, Airtable, etc.
Promoting your mobile app on App Store or Play Market: name, keywords, description, App Annie analytics
How to find your first 1000 users, conducting user interviews
Building an effective landing page, promo video, mailing list
Content marketing with newsletters, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Blogging on Medium and promoting posts on Reddit and Hacker News

🎒 Команда

Интересно, кто будет кодить вместе с тобой все лето? ;)
Айдар Нугманов, главный ментор и автор программы

Engineering manager в Pinemelon.com & Arbuz.kz. В прошлом: iOS Lead-инженер в pinemelon.com & goodapp.io. Teamlead alabs.team (150+ сотрудников), ментор в nFactorial School ’20, организатор hello-turing.github.io, инженер, arbuz.kz (500% YOY рост), ментор/организатор nFactorial Incubator ’18, инженер Zero To One Labs, выпускник nFactorial Incubator ’17 (Product Hunt PofD #4). Выпускник Suleyman Demirel University по специальности «Компьютерные науки».

Бекнар Данабек, ментор Инкубатора

Лектор, nFactorial School. Разработчик, Palantir (Лондон, Великобритания). Бронзовый призер престижной международной олимпиады по информатике IOI (2016). Специальность «Компьютерные науки» в KAIST (Корейский ведущий научно-технический университет). В прошлом: разработчик в OptDyn (Бишкек, Кыргызстан), Skelter Labs (Сеул, Корея) и Yelp (Лондон, Великобритания). Тренер по спортивному программированию в American University of Central Asia.

Аружан Жаубасар, ментор

Ментор, nFactorial School. Разработчик, Rita (Бельгия).
В прошлом: разработчик, Humanise.AI (Великобритания); участник nFactorial Incubator 2017. Образование: Nazarbayev University (2022).

Есхат Куат, ментор

Ментор, nFactorial School. Разработчик, Rita (Бельгия).
В прошлом: разработчик, Humanise.AI (Великобритания); участник nFactorial Incubator 2017. Образование: Nazarbayev University (2022).

Айдын Ибраев, ментор

Ментор, nFactorial School. Разработчик, Rita (Бельгия).
В прошлом: разработчик, Humanise.AI (Великобритания); участник nFactorial Incubator 2017. Образование: Nazarbayev University (2022).

Глеб Глебов, ментор

Ментор, nFactorial School. Разработчик, Rita (Бельгия).
В прошлом: разработчик, Humanise.AI (Великобритания); участник nFactorial Incubator 2017. Образование: Nazarbayev University (2022).

Мурат Тишкул, ментор

Ментор, nFactorial School. Разработчик, Rita (Бельгия).
В прошлом: разработчик, Humanise.AI (Великобритания); участник nFactorial Incubator 2017. Образование: Nazarbayev University (2022).

Жанибек Калкаев, ментор

Ментор, nFactorial School. Разработчик, Rita (Бельгия).
В прошлом: разработчик, Humanise.AI (Великобритания); участник nFactorial Incubator 2017. Образование: Nazarbayev University (2022).

Ерлан Темир, ментор

Ментор, nFactorial School. Разработчик, Rita (Бельгия).
В прошлом: разработчик, Humanise.AI (Великобритания); участник nFactorial Incubator 2017. Образование: Nazarbayev University (2022).

Абылай Ержанов, ментор

Ментор, nFactorial School. Разработчик, Rita (Бельгия).
В прошлом: разработчик, Humanise.AI (Великобритания); участник nFactorial Incubator 2017. Образование: Nazarbayev University (2022).

Даулет Нуржанов, ментор

Ментор, nFactorial School. Разработчик, Rita (Бельгия).
В прошлом: разработчик, Humanise.AI (Великобритания); участник nFactorial Incubator 2017. Образование: Nazarbayev University (2022).

Далида Еркулиева, координатор

Программный менеджер, nFactorial School. Член независимой экспертной комиссии по отбору претендентов для присуждения международной стипендии «Болашак» по естественным наукам. В прошлом: старший консультант, EY (Ernst & Young); старший специалист, АО НК «КазМунайГаз». Образование: Queen Mary University of London (2014), Imperial College London (2017).

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💰 Pricing

Part-time
8 weeks x 20 hours a week
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$1999
Full-time
8 weeks x 40 hours a week
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$2499

Разрабатываем приложения с 2015 года

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Где сейчас наши выпускники?

Having my first iOS application available on the App Store was like a dream come true. It was even more exciting to have active users who were paying for the product!

Nurdaulet Bolatov, Software Engineer, Facebook (London, UK); nFactorial '15; built Syntle, iPhone app to learn programming language syntax using flashcards

nFactorial is probably one of the happiest times I ever had in life and one of the core reasons why I can do internship at Apple now.

Yersultan Sapar, Software Engineering Intern, Apple (Cupertino, CA); UC Berkeley '2022; nFactorial '17; built Platonic, an iOS app for learning solid geometry using augmented reality

During nFactorial I launched the Toybastar mobile app for hiring wedding professionals. The moment I presented the result of my hard work in front of the audience is one of my favorite memories from the program.

Nursultan Amir, Software Engineer, HBO (Seattle, WA); nFactorial '15; built Toybastar, iPhone app for hiring wedding professionals

This school taught me how to build a startup - from product development to design and marketing. Later on, that knowledge helped me found a startup in London & become a part of 'TechStars' accelerator program with investments of $120,000.

Didara Pernebayeva, Imperial College Business School '19; nFactorial '15; built Kelin, anonymous social network for women (250,000 downloads)

To say that nFactorial impacted my life is practically to say nothing. It was a truly wonderful journey, where over the course of 9 weeks I was given a chance to meet new people and do many new crazy things!

Anuar Serikov, Software Engineer, Google (London, UK); nFactorial '15; built iPhone game "Dilemma"

Once the app hits the App Store and the friends and family would poke you about different functionality improvements and bugs, that's the moment of realization that it's very much real.

Assan Toleuov, Software Engineer, Facebook (Menlo Park, CA); nFactorial '16; built Zheti Ata, iPhone app to build your genealogy (60K downloads)

❓FAQ

Here we gathered some answers on frequently asked questions

When will I know that I'm accepted?

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Applications will be read on a rolling basis. The decision will be made within a week of your submission. The earlier you apply, the earlier you will see the decision.

What is a typical day in the program like?

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• 10am-11:30am - interactive video lecture + Q&A with one of the mentors
• Most of the day will be spent working on the product
• 2-4pm - individual office hours with mentors
• 6-7pm - Group video call to wrap up the day. Rewarding yourself for a productive day with fun group activities. Playing board games online (Zynga Poker, Cards Against Humanity, etc.). Video game nights. True confessions. Movie nights. Karaoke nights. Socializing online over non-alcoholic drinks :D

I don't have an idea for an app. What should I do?

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We will help you pick an idea even before the program starts. To find an app idea which is perfect for you, we will make a ton of reading, conduct dozens of group brainstorm sessions, group presentations, etc..

What is the price of the program?

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1999 USD for a part-time program. 2499 USD for a full-time program.

Do you offer any grants?

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Unfortunately we don't offer any grants at this point. If you can't afford it, try fundraising using https://www.gofundme.com/start/education-fundraising

Do you have a physical office?

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No, the program is fully remote.

Can I attend remotely?

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Absolutely! That's the only way to participate in the program.

What do I need to know before the program?

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We expect you to have strong CS fundamentals before the program. Our 3-week iOS/Android/React module is fast-paced and designed for people with prior programming experience.

Do I need to have a computer?

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Yes. It can be either PC or Mac with your favorite IDE and programming environment setup.

How many hours will I have to dedicate to the program?

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40 hours for a full-time program, 20 hours for a part-time program. Saturday and Sunday are days off for full-time students. We will hold sessions for part-time students on Saturdays if needed.

I want to participate, but I have a full-time job. What can I do?

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You can participate in our part-time program. We will be recording all our group calls, lectures from mentors and guest speakers so you can watch them (at 2x speed) when it's convenient. We suggest that you participate in at least one group call a day (either morning or evening one). If our regular workday office hours won't fit your schedule, we will hold office hours on Saturdays as well.

I have zero programming experience. Should I apply?

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No. We recommend you to complete one Intro to CS course before applying. 3 possible options: Stanford's CS106A, Harvard's CS50, or Princeton's COS126.

How many students will you accept?

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We are ready to accept 50 students in this batch.

How many mentors will be teaching at the school?

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We will have at least 10:1 student to mentors ratio.

Any age restrictions for the candidates?

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Not really, but we're expecting this program to be of interest to developers from 16 to 35 yo.

What picture did you use in the header of this landing page?

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When we think of a single company symbolizing the fusion of creativity, storytelling and technology, we think Pixar. Hence, the choice of a picture!

What will I have at the end of the program?

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By the end of the program, you will have a live application on the web, App Store or Play Market. Apart from that, you will have a repeatable process to conceive original app ideas, design, execute and promote them.

What if I can't attend live sessions?

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You can watch recordings of our sessions and participate in our online forum discussions. We will also host live sessions and office hours on Saturday.

What am I paying for?

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Excellent question. You’re paying for: 1) interactive video lectures on development/design/growth/idea generation (see the curriculum above); 2) regular code reviews from experienced mentors; 3) individual office hours with mentors; 4) daily group sessions - project demos, poker nights, guest lectures, tournaments, resume refactoring, etc. Ultimately, the participant is paying for the fact that our program transforms a student without mobile/web experience and any individual projects into a developer with a live product. 

Will there be a selection process? Or if I’m paying, I’m in?

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There will be definitely a selection process. It took us a lot of effort and 5 years to build nFactorial brand, and we won’t compromise it for short-term profits. We make application decisions based solely on your past programming experience. You can pay for the program only if you were admitted. 

Will we be building products in teams?

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Nope, solo, not in teams. Our goal is to prepare autonomous developers who can 10x any team they join later in their career. 

I have an idea, but I don’t think I can launch it in 8 weeks. 

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We will help you break your big idea into complete sub-ideas which can be launched in time.

Do I have to pay for App Store developer account myself?

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Yes. Your nFactorial tuition doesn’t cover your personal additional expenses: service subscriptions, Internet, laptop, etc. 

What is more important for an admission committee: idea or  programming experience?

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The most important criterion for us is your past programming experience. Everything else is secondary. 

"Никогда еще не было лучшего времени для запуска цифрового продукта". -@naval, Навал Равикант

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