Frequently Asked Questions

This program is run by the people who started Awesome Inc, APAX Software, and RunJumpDev. We have a shared interest in enabling creators and helping people pursue their passions.

Awesome Inc exists to grow the technology-driven, creative, entrepreneurial community in Lexington. We provide co-working space that serves as an office for freelancers and startups. Our downtown space also plays host to events like the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame reception, the MobileX Conference, Kentucky Space’s HackerSPACE event, IdeaFestival’s IF University, Startup Weekend Lexington, and RunJumpDev’s Global Game Jam.

APAX Software is a Lexington Kentucky based software development company that specializes in cutting edge mobile application development, website design and development, and database driven applications.

RunJumpDev is a local game developers group. The group is committed to educating, promoting, and retaining local talent, as well as training new talent in the area. The group was created to grow and cultivate the local game development community in Lexington, KY.

Not only will you know how to code, but you will have written a programming application in the language of the course you complete.

You don’t have to be a genius to code, you just need to be determined.

Do I have to have coding experience to attend one of these courses?

No coding experience is necessary to attend a course. However, you do need to be proficient with a computer and show up with a good work ethic.

All of the courses require that you have basic experience using a computer to input text and manipulate graphics. All courses also require you to have the ability to work productively for about 6 hours/day in a social, experiential learning environment.

We recommend that participants in our courses bring their own laptop computer (specific requirements below). This enables you to go home after the course with a working development environment and continue working on your website, mobile app, or video game. If you do not have access to your own computer, we have a limited number of laptop computers for rent for $25/day.

Specific Requirements for Unity Gaming Engine Courses:

  • Laptop that can run Unity (see system requirements)
  • Experience playing a variety of video games (platformers, FPS, arcade, puzzle, etc)

Specific Requirements for iOS Courses:

Specific Requirements for Python Courses:

  • A stable Windows, Mac, or Linux laptop.
  • You can read more about getting started with Python here (don't worry, we'll help you through this if you don't already have Python installed).

Specific Requirements for Ruby Courses:

  • A stable Windows, Mac, or Linux laptop.
  • You can read more about getting started with Ruby on Rails here (don't worry, we'll help you through this if you don't already have Ruby and Rails installed).

Much more important than a certificate of completion, students will walk away with their own working application. As a piece of a developer’s portfolio, this aligns better with the demands of potential employers. If you require a certificate for your particular situation, we can provide one after the course upon request.

We don’t make any promises that you will get a job, but upon completion of one of our full length courses you will be a proficient programmer in the framework for the class you participated. We have relationships with many software companies in the region who are constantly looking for qualified programmers. If you are interested in employment upon completion, we will be happy to refer you to relevant job opportunities.

We believe that anyone can learn to code, no matter your age, gender, or favorite basketball team. There is no age requirement at Awesome Inc U. We've seen successful programmers as young as elementary school and several in their 60's. The average age of our students is 27, more than 25% of our students are female, and we've had students travel from places like St. Louis, Nashville, and Detroit to participate in our courses.

We don't offer refunds for our 1-day Crash Courses, but if something comes up, you may request to transfer your registration to a future course date.

Our next Bootcamp cohort (Spring 2019, i.e. S19) has classes from Monday, February 25th - Friday, May 17th. The application deadline for the S19 cohort is Friday, December 14th.