The Collab Lab / Apply for a cohort!

You can do this!

Collab Lab mentors and participants taking part in one of our weekly check-in calls
Cohort 3 and mentors taking part in a weekly check-in call

The Collab Lab exists to help early-career developers gain their footholds in tech. Our participants are all early career developers, many of them veterans of coding bootcamps or self-study, some of them a year or two into their tech careers.

We don’t teach coding, so you need to already have a baseline of skills to get in, but what you gain from Collab Lab is experience working on a software team, led by people in the industry, on a project structured in a way very close to what you’d see at many companies.

How to apply

Our next two cohorts will kick off on August 2, 2020. The application window will be open from July 5 – 11. We will notify you of your status the following week.

Return to this page between July 5 & 11 to submit your application.

If you’d like us to remind you by email that the application window is opening, submit your email address on this form (will open in a new window).

Get ready!

To help you prepare in advance for when the application window opens, here are the questions we’ll be asking you to answer:

  1. Name
  2. Pronouns – Your identity is important to us.
  3. Time zone – Our cohorts so far have all operated in North American time zones. We hope to run a Europe/Africa cohort towards the end of 2020.
  4. Do you agree to abide by The Collab Lab Code of Conduct? – This is non-negotiable. If you want in, you must agree to follow the Code of Conduct.
  5. Link to a code repository (e.g., GitHub, Gitlab, Bitbucket, etc.) or other example of your work – Point us to whatever work of yours best represents your skills in JavaScript generally and React in particular.
  6. What makes you interested in The Collab Lab? – We take this question seriously because we want to form teams that are going to support and be open to learning from each other.
  7. What have you done to learn coding so far? – There is no right or wrong answer to this one. Just help us get to know you by telling us about your coding journey!

What happens after I apply?

Not surprisingly, you’ll fall into one of the following categories:

  1. 🤗 You get accepted. Yay! We’ll be in touch with next steps.
  2. 😥 You get rejected. For now…try again!

We anticipate more applicants than we will have slots. If you’re qualified, but the numbers just didn’t work out, we’ll let you know that and you can totally apply the next time using the same info. If, on the other hand, we evaluated your experience and determined you didn’t meet the minimum requirements in some way, we’ll let you know that, too. That way you can put in the work to increase your chances of being accepted before the next application window opens.

So, yes, you may have to apply multiple times in order to be selected. The good news is, you’ll know where you stand!

Have questions?

If you have any questions about the application process or what it’s like to participate in a Collab Lab cohort, please don’t hesitate to email Andrew at andrew@the-collab-lab.codes.

Thank you so much for your interest in The Collab Lab! We look forward to working with you at some point in the future!