French Billionaire Brings 'Most Daring Coding University' to Silicon Valley

French Billionaire Brings 'Most Daring Coding University' to Silicon Valley

HUNGER GAMES FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE: Another coding academy is opening up in Silicon Valley, but this one is different from many bootcamps. Called 42 University, the school is free and wants to educate 10,000 students within the next five years. It doesn't have teachers or classrooms—just a 200,000 square foot building in Fremont, Calif., with thousands of iMacs. The school relies on peer reviews, coding projects, internships and gamification, TechCrunch reports. It's the latest project from French telecommunications and technology entrepreneur Xavier Niel, who started 42 in France in 2013 and is investing $100 million to open the Silicon Valley school.

Calling itself "the most daring coding university," 42 selects applicants to participate in a four-week coding and logic challenge, in which students "come and spend 4 weeks, Monday to Sunday, day and night, coding [their] heart out with 1,000 other students all hoping to earn the same prize, to be a full-time student at 42," according to the company's website. Applications are open now, and the first students will start studying in November. May the odds be ever in their favor.

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