YEI's Tech Bootcamp to Double Its Enrollment in Summer 2014

yei tech bootcamp 2014

New Haven, Conn.: After a record number of applications and a competitive multi-part application process, 30 Yale students have been selected to participate in the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s (YEI’s) Tech Bootcamp this summer, where they will learn to code and create their own web applications by the summer’s end.  The Tech Bootcamp was launched as a partnership between YEI and Yale’s Student Tech Collaborative (STC) in the summer of 2013 in order to provide interested students with coding experience that could be used to build their own startups or join an existing early-stage tech company.

“We were looking for students who wanted to use the skills to build compelling projects,” says Alena Gribskov, YEI Program Director. “That builder and maker mindset is so important in entrepreneurial ventures.”

Each student accepted into the Tech Bootcamp receives a full scholarship for program tuition, $1,500 in living expenses for the 10-week program, weekday meals and trips to area incubators and startups. The Tech Bootcamp launched with 15 students last year and has doubled to 30 this year. Classes will be taught by Casey Watts, assistant manager of STC, along with several teaching assistants at the Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) classroom on Hillhouse Avenue.

“I’m thrilled to be working with so many excited students, and I can’t wait to see what they’re able to create this summer,” Watts says.

Of the 127 submitted applications, 66 finalists were selected by a committee that included YEI and STC, technologists at local startups and previous Tech Bootcamp participants. These finalists participated in a three-hour workshop to learn basic HTML, CSS and Javascript and were given a week to complete their own project using the skills they had learned.

The final 30 are divided evenly between women and men and include students from each year in Yale College and four graduate students from Art, Forestry, School of Management and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. “It’s a diverse group that really represents the Yale student body,” Gribskov says, adding that there are English majors and Computer Science majors among those selected. Project ideas from applicants that won over the selection committee include an app to translate medical questions into different languages, a taxi-sharing app and a rhyming app for young children.

“YEI is excited to continue growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem and enabling students to create their own tech startups,” says Gribskov. 

The following students will be participating in this year’s Tech Bootcamp:

Henok Addis, Rockville, MD

Yale College (2017), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Jennifer Allen, Houston, TX

Yale College (2016), Cognitive Science

Natalia Bueno, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2017), Political Science

Benjamin Burke, North Andover, MA

Yale College (2015), Chemical Engineering

Joseph Calamia, Doylestown, PA

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (2015)

Patrick Casey, Chicago, IL

Yale College (2015), Economics

Natalia Castillejo Arias, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Yale College (2016), Undeclared

Dana Chaykovsky, Tewksbury, MA

Yale College (2017), Undeclared

Matt Cohen, Bay Shore, NY

Yale College (2016), Cognitive Science

Phil Esterman, Boca Ratón, FL

Yale College (2017), Undeclared

Nikki Feldman, Avon, CT

Yale College (2015), Chemistry

Tim Follo, New Haven, CT

Yale College (2016), Computer Science

Sahil Gupta, Stamford, CT

Yale College (2017), Computer Science and Economics

Jay Hou, Ann Arbor, MI

Yale College (2017), Undeclared

Aileen Huang, New Haven, CT

Yale College (2017), Computer Science/Economics

David Liu, Arcadia, CA

Yale College (2017), Undeclared

Loide Marwanga, Gaithersburg, MD

School of Art (2015), Graphic Design

David McPeek, Los Angeles, CA

Yale College (2016), English

Viveca Morris, Winston-Salem, NC

Yale College (2015), Environmental Studies

Andres Ornelas Vargas, Mexico City, DF

Yale College (2017), Undeclared

Sonja Peterson, Two Harbors, MN

Yale College (2014), English

Caroline Posner, Boca Raton, FL

Yale College (2017), Undeclared

Rachel Prince, Poway, CA

Yale College (2017), Undeclared

Chocku Radhakrishnan, Pittsburgh, PA

School of Management (2015), Business

Amy Rockwood, Walpole, MA

Yale College (2016), Mechanical Engineering

Taylor Stib, Scottsdale, AZ

Yale College (2015), Economics

Paul Styslinger, Birmingham, AL

Yale College (2017), Undeclared

E-Lynn Yap, Singapore

Yale College (2014), English

Zach Young, Cincinnati, OH

Yale College (2017), Economics

Aily Zhang, Castro Valley, CA

Yale College (2015), Environmental Studies

CONTACT: Brita Belli, Communications Officer, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, (203)436-4933,