5 places in Singapore that can turn your digital dreams into reality

The Straits Times

The future is digital, but if you’re not already on the bandwagon, the good news is that it’s still not too late too start.

Just last Saturday, Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced that it would be partnering Tanjong Pagar Community Club to launch the city-state’s first Digital Garage to provide lessons on coding and digital making. Each workshop will cost attendees just $10 to $18.

But if you are seriously considering picking up some neat tech and digital skills to future-proof your future, you could also explore more extensive courses which would equip you with more in-depth skills needed for the tech-dominated world.

With the tech scene in Singapore evolving at such a quick rate, many people are investing in courses and programmes such as these so that they can have a place in the future of tech.

We’ve done a little digging into what’s available in Singapore and found these five schools which can get you closer to fulfilling your Silicon Valley dreams.

1) Early Coders

A programming school with a focus on young children, Early Coders developed its own software to improve the learning experience for students of all ages.

Courses for adults include basic to advanced web app development and mobile app development.

One course is around 20 lessons long, and each lesson will set you back around $120. Take advantage of the two-hour preview class which is available to first-timers for free.

2) Alpha Camp 

Founded by Mr Bernard Chan, an MIT graduate, Alpha Camp offers 12-week immersive programmes in digital marketing, product design, iOS app development and Web development.

Two part-time programmes are also available, including a 12-week digital marketing course and a four-week iOS app development course.

A web fullstack course here costs $9200, or around $2,760 for Singaporeans under the Tech Immersion and Placement Programme.

3) Stackup Programme

A programme started by NUS-Institute of Systems Science, courses range from five-day coding for beginners, to 40-day full stack foundation lessons.

Fees start from $385 to $3,210 for Singaporeans and Singapore PRs.

4) TechLadies 

Who run the world? Girls.

A community-led initiative for women, TechLadies offers a 10-week part-time accelerated learning programme to help women who have some programming experience become professional programmers.

Participants will learn how to perfect their skills by creating real products for non-profit organisations. While there is a fee of $500, full scholarships are given to women facing financial difficulties.

5) General Assembly

The Outram branch of General Assembly is just one of many across the globe which offer a range of skills-building workshops and full-time and part-time courses.

A full-time course such as the 12-week Web Development Immersive costs around $12,500, but eligible Singaporeans who are successfully accepted could receive subsidies of around $7,000.