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Jun 28

Alumni stories - Lily Bruns from CNX Web

What do a messenger bike service, a jewellery designer and an avant-garde nude photographer have in common? Lily Bruns – digital nomad, former IOC student and the #girlboss behind the startup Love is Creative.
Oct 03

Women In Tech Series Heather Cabot

Welcome back to our series focusing on amazing women-in-tech! In the second article in this series, we talked to author of Girl Geek Rising, Heather Cabot.

In this chat, we talked about Heather’s rise as an anchor-turned-journalist-turned-lecturer-turned-author, as well as some of her views about some of the most critical...

Sep 20

The best ways to keep your coding skills sharp

Keeping your coding skills sharp, especially if your job doesn’t require you to code regularly, can be quite difficult. One of the things that surprises new coders the most is how fast they find their freshly learned knowledge slipping away.


Learning how to code is learning a new language....

Aug 18

Women in Tech Series: Laura Roeder of Meet Edgar

We talk to Laura Roeder, founder of Meet Edgar, one of the world’s most popular social media scheduling tools, which turned over $4M in revenue in just 2.5 years. In this interview, Laura tells about her journey from running her agency to running an incredibly bootstrapped startup.

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Aug 09

How to prepare for your first web development job interview

Going for your first web development job interview can be especially daunting. It’s hard to know what to expect, and no matter how prepared you might be, there’s this perpetual feeling your interviewer will suddenly ask you a technical question that you’re pretty sure was phrased in some alien language.

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Jul 31

How to land your first digital marketing job

Digital media is now so deeply embedded into society it’s impossible to ignore the effects. We’re so chronically attached to our phones, to social media, to Googling things, that these things have just become extensions of our lives.

That’s why digital marketing is one of the fastest growing professions in...

Jul 21

7 ways to be productive working remotely

So you’ve landed the remote job of your dreams. Congratulations! Now the real work starts.

While there’s overwhelming research out there suggesting working remotely leads to better productivity, this doesn’t always happen automatically. Staying motivated and productive is almost an entirely new ball game when you’re working remotely...

Jul 12

Are coding bootcamps a scam? (Is Institute of Code a scam?)

A lot of people are very skeptical about coding bootcamps. In fact, not a week goes by where we don’t hear a student telling us, “I totally thought you guys were a scam when I first heard about you.” We have also had our fair share of worried parents calling...

Jul 04

The epic resource to building beautiful websites

A website can be the beating heart of many modern businesses. And how audiences engage with your website is often a make-or-break factor for your success nowadays. That’s why designing a website that not only functions well but looks good should be a top priority.

But designing a beautiful website...

Jun 26

3 Reasons to learn coding in an immersive environment

To start, I want to ask you a question. Think back to the last class you took. How much do you still remember?

If your answer is ‘not all that much’, that’s ok! You’re just experiencing the very natural phenomenon known as ‘the forgetting curve’, coined by Hermann Ebbinghaus, a...

May 31

Student Spotlight: Annie Moon-Arkell of Mo Creative

Better known as “Mo” to her closest friends, Annie is a bonafide hustler. She went from bartending to formulating marketing strategies for a major e-commerce retailer in one swift career move. Never one to get too comfortable, she took the ultimate plunge and decided to open up her own digital...

May 31

10 jobs you'll get if you learn coding

Coding is only useful if you want to become a web-developer. Right? Wrong.

So very wrong.

More and more employers are looking for people with coding skills to complement their existing skillsets. In fact, big players like IDEO CEO Tim Brown and Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal, are huge advocates...

May 24

Alumni Stories - Millie Cooper of Design by Mouse

Coming in hot at number one among search listings for “Sydney Freelance Designer”, Millie is a force to be reckoned with in her field. She came to us with a specific goal in mind: to finally be able to speak intelligently to her team of developers. As a business owner,...

May 23

How traditional education has messed us up

By now we have come to understand that traditional educations are a little bit of a let-down. While much of the criticism has been levelled at how performance is measured, we have yet to fully consider how damaging traditional education, particularly higher education, can be to someone’s ability to adapt...

May 10

Why you need to upskill now

Despite the name, disruptive tech is constantly changing our lives, making everything more convenient, more affordable and more accessible. It has made the world a much smaller place, putting everything right at our fingertips, making some of the most complicated processes possible with a swipe of a finger.

But disruptive...

May 05

5 of the best hangout spots in Canggu

It’s easy to understand why Bali is on almost every traveller’s bucket list – with lush greenery a common sight with every new turn. Yes, each spot seemingly more Instagramable than the last, and you’d be smart to bring some extra memory cards while exploring.

The Institute of Code...

May 04

Coding is so hard! Do I just suck?

A lot of people ask us – is learning how to code hard?

The rise of disruptive technology means that tech luminaries and governments want everyone to learn to code. This has given rise to the myth that learning to code is easy. After all,...

Apr 25

Is it still worth learning web development in 2018?

Time is never on our side, which is why we have to invest our time in the things that matter. That’s why a lot of people ask us, ‘Is it still worth learning web development in 2018?’

If you’re interested in building websites, chances are you’ve come across online web...

Mar 25

7 things you can do now that you've learned to code

Learning web development can expand your horizons in much more ways than you might expect.

Yes, it’s true, you might now be able to build beautiful websites, and it’s true you’ll be joining an industry always thirsty for new talent. And while yes, it’s also true there will be over...

Mar 24

The best way to learn web development fast

When it comes to learning new things, we can’t help want to hurry the process along. It’s natural to want to learn faster so we can do the fun stuff – and get paid for it! 

Learning web development means learning several computer languages with their own syntax and rules....

Mar 11

Why every blogger should learn to code

It takes a lot of guts to become a blogger. You start with nothing and day by day, story by story, you begin to build your own following and create your own opportunities. 

But first things first. You need a website to get your message out there.

A ready-made Wordpress...

Feb 07

Learning how to code from scratch vs using drag-&-drop editors

There are now heaps of drag-and-drop web development platforms out there, all selling the premise you can build an entire website, without needing to understand a line of code.

Evolving web technologies have seen the proliferation of WYSIWYG web editors, otherwise known as drag-and-drop editors. Services such as Squarespace, Wix,...

Jan 30

The ultimate resource for getting traffic to your website (pt.1)

Getting traffic back your shiny, newly-built website is a challenge. So we’ve put together the ULTIMATE resource in acquiring visitors and sales. Part 1 of our epic guide!

You’ve slaved and labored over your website, built it up from scratch and torn your hair out a million times because you...

Dec 27

7 of the most important web design trends of 2017

Chat bots, micro-interactions, big, bold font and content-focused designs will be some of the most important web design trends of 2017.

So many exciting things design-wise happened in 2016. Video content and mobile-optimised websites came to the fore. Sites getting stretched out into long pages which encouraged lots of scrolling,...

Dec 27

3 surefire ways to help you keep your NY resolution


New Year’s resolutions have gotten a bad rap.

“Why wait for an arbitrary date to make changes to yourself?” your more cynical friends say. 

Then there’s those people who will make very enthusiastic, very idealistic resolutions… only to give them up a few days later.

Ok, so New Year’s...

Dec 19

How achieving 'flow' can maximize your productivity

Have you ever been working and felt as though the rest of the world had melted away? That instead of it feeling tedious and boring, work felt absorbing and invigorating?

Chances are you experienced a ‘flow state’, otherwise known as ‘being in the zone.’ This means you were fully engrossed...

Dec 15

10 CSS Tips that everyone should know

CSS (aka cascading stylesheets) is what controls the visual aspects of the web.

While parts of CSS can be tricky (we’re looking at you positioning!), the basics are pretty easy to understand. The basic css structure looks like this:

selector { property: value; }

Where we select the elements that...

Nov 27

5 tips to land your first paid web development job

One of the most common questions we get asked from students about web development is, “how do I make money off of it?” There’s always a perceived divide between pursuing an interest and earning money from it. Luckily there’s no shortage of people needing help with web development.

So...

Nov 18

The ultimate digital nomad's toolbox

The concept of always having to be shackled to one geographic location for work is slowly being torn down and replaced by the notion you could work from anywhere in the world. 

With advent of social media, team collaboration tools, and high-speed internet, working remotely has never been easier -so...

Oct 25

The 5 most common misconceptions about learning to code

A couple of ago if you asked most people if they should learn to code, the answer would be absolutely and unequivocally “no”.

This opinion has shifted somewhat since then. And many business owners, entrepreneurs, graphic designers and bloggers are starting to see the value of learning a digital...

Aug 24

How learning to code can benefit your business

When I first launched my business, the Media Institute, I pretty much had the web skills of a monkey. In fact a monkey probably had better web skills than me; my skills didn’t exist whatsoever. As a former journalist I’ve always been good with words, that’s my thing. Tech skills,...

Jul 22

Want a career in graphic design? Find out why graphic designers with coding skills are in high demand.

With so many graphic designers now working on digital products, it’s important to understand that digital media has become the canvas upon which you design.

Graphic designers who can code are a hot commodity, constantly being headhunted but agencies and recruiters alike  Colloquially, designers who can code are often referred...

Jul 09

Why I decided to learn to code in Bali with Institute of Code

Flashback to a year ago and you probably couldn’t pay me to learn to code. The task seemed overwhelming, impossible to tackle and frankly boring – especially when I envisioned my options: trying to go it alone with online courses or Youtube tutorials or signing up for a physical course...

Jul 08

Haley Unscripted - The Institute of Code

“Lifelong learning is extremely important to me. Attending The Institute of Code is a brilliant way of up-skilling while also being on holiday and enjoying every second.”

Haley is one of our past students who trekked all the way from United States to Bali to join us on our