Singapore, 10 November 2016 – Byte Academy announces the launch of its first international campus outside of New York City with programmes in FinTech, Data Science and Python Full-Stack Development. Byte Academy in Singapore opens its doors on 10 November 2016, to support Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative and help grow the local talent pool of industry-ready engineers and developers, alongside its strategic charter partners.
In Singapore, industry frontrunners from financial services, financial technology (“FinTech”), and start-up sectors are showcasing their support for industry-specific partnerships and education programmes such as that provided by Byte Academy. In spirit of this collaborative support framework, Standard Chartered Bank, IBM, INSEAD, Thomson Reuters and Microsoft have come together with Byte Academy to form the FinTech Skills Charter. This pro-bono advisory committee will help steer and set best-in-class standards for FinTech development in Singapore through active engagement with Byte Academy to configure all the policies and procedures for the benefit of the larger FinTech community in Singapore.
Byte Academy founder, Rak Chugh, believes that constant feedback and input by the industry leaders in respective verticals, can steer and better prepare candidates for tech jobs in industries such as finance and data science: “Technology is rapidly growing with new innovative solutions being created every day. This means that jobs and its relevant skill sets are evolving at a faster pace than ever. With the help from industry partners to constantly review and refine the curriculum, this will help ensure Singaporeans are better-equipped, better matched with the current industry demands with the applicable technical knowledge and skills.”
Nobuhiro Ito, Director, Developer Experience & Evangelism, Microsoft Singapore, adds: “Byte Academy’s presence here in Singapore will help accelerate skills development that will help contribute to a more vibrant FinTech ecosystem and build a stronger Singapore core. This initiative by Byte Academy is very much in line with Microsoft’s mission of empowering every individual and organisation on the planet to achieve more. We look forward to working closely with the Fintech Skills Charter Members to enhance the Fintech development, innovation and explore possible cross-border collaboration activities within the Fintech industry.”
On partnering with Byte Academy in Asia, Mr Shameek Kundu, Global Head of Data, Architecture and Innovation, Standard Chartered Bank, said: “Standard Chartered Bank is pleased to become a founding charter member of the inaugural FinTech Skills Charter. This signals our ongoing commitment to developing the talent pool which will support the growth of a vibrant FinTech sector. The establishment of Byte Academy is another progressive initiative which will help to fuel Singapore’s Smart Nation ambitions by adding to the country’s great ecosystem of financial institutions, technology companies, universities and research organisations.”
Annie Choy, Managing Director, IBM Singapore adds: “With a strong focus on innovation and the right technology in place, Singapore is well-positioned to become one of the world’s top FinTech hubs. At IBM, we are working extensively with government, industries and academia to co-develop solutions based on enterprise blockchain, cyber-security, and cognitive computing technologies to help serve the FinTech sector and further develop Singapore as a Smart Financial Centre.”
To bridge this engineering talent crunch in Singapore, Byte Academy has collaborated with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (“IMDA”) to provide individuals with a passion in technology, finance, and data science, a fast track to opportunities within the FinTech and Data Science domain through IMDA’s Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (“TIPP”).
“The growing trend of digitalisation and emerging financial technologies (FinTech) are reshaping the financial and insurance sectors. As a financial hub, Singapore is well placed for the development of innovative financial technologies. We are happy to have Byte Academy come on board IMDA’s Tech Immersion and Placement Programme, an initiative under the TechSkills Accelerator. With more programmes offered, particularly in Fintech and Data Science, Singapore’s manpower can enrich themselves with a strong variety of market relevant courses, enabling us to be in a better position to seize opportunities in these growing sectors.” Said Gabriel Lim, Chief Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority.
As part of this collaboration with IMDA, Byte Academy Singapore will offer its 12- week full-time courses and individual 8-week short courses focussing in FinTech and Software Development. Its 12-week full-time courses will provide the fundamentals for students to work on real, industry-specific problems and allow for interaction with industry partners to prepare individuals for direct placement and job matching upon graduation. Byte Academy Singapore is also replicating its New York placement and guarantee programme, offering guaranteed job placements to its full-time course graduates through key partners in major tech and banking companies. It stands by this guarantee, committing to refund the full course fee, should they fail to place its graduates in a role within 6 months of course completion.
Further, Byte Academy’s programme also enables the bridging of FinTech communities in New York, California’s Silicon Valley and Singapore together, allowing for long term strategic growth and knowledge sharing of some of the world’s top FinTech companies into Asia.
“We applaud Byte Academy’s efforts to educate the next generation of FinTech innovators,” said Stephane Dubois, Xignite CEO and Founder. “We are seeing accelerated growth of financial technology innovation in the Asian market and elsewhere around the world, so the Singapore initiative is well timed.”
Byte Academy Singapore programmes welcomes individuals from communities such as:
- Career switchers without programming background and interested in a career in tech
- Current IT and banking professionals interested in up-skilling for new tech positions, or exploring entering the Finance, FinTech and Data Science industries
- Newly-minted fresh graduates from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (“STEM”) and other disciplines, with no prior programming knowledge, and with a passion in FinTech or Data Science
- Start-up founders and early employees who are under-equipped to design, programme, and ship their own products.
To further the development of local tech talent and meet the demand for IT and FinTech / Data Science professionals, IMDA and Byte Academy supports this programme by providing subsidized rates for Singaporean citizens. Singaporeans keen in a career in tech or upskilling their craft in software development enjoy subsidies of up to 70% off the listed rate.*
* Applicable for full-time courses under Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (TIPP), other terms and conditions apply.
About Byte Academy
Byte Academy is a leader in industry-oriented technology education with courses in Python software development, FinTech (“Financial Technology”), Data Science, Blockchain and MedTech (“Medical Technology”). Byte Academy established the first short-format FinTech programme and the first Python full-stack software development bootcamp in New York City, where it is headquartered. It has raised S$3m in series A funding for its first international campus and ASEAN headquarters in Singapore, and opens in India at the end of 2016.
Byte Academy is recognized for its small classes, career services and sense of community. Students hail from all over the world including countries such as Australia, Chile, Finland, Siberia, and Tunisia. Byte has brought thousands together from diverse backgrounds around the globe via its hackathons, conferences, founders’ talks, meetups and other events.
Byte Academy is proud to be the Education Partner for Singapore's inaugural FinTech Festival and will be holding "Byte Learning" workshops during the FinTech Conference (16 - 17 November at Singapore Expo).
Check out www.byteacademy.co to learn more.
About the founder
Rak Chugh, has worked in the financial industry for 25+ years. He founded Byte Consulting in 2000 and ran a publicly listed real estate company in London. Mr. Chugh founded Byte Academy when he realized the need to bridge the gap between finance and technology and create a new class of financial technology experts. He came to this realization after financial clients of the consulting firm he founded, Byte Consulting, could not find qualified programmers in New York City. Initial curriculum emphasized the Python coding language due to its high analytical capability and usage in the finance industry. Byte was the first educational institution in New York City to have a full-stack Python programme and the first with a short-format FinTech programme.
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