Value of Bootcamps and the state of private education

  • Value of Bootcamps and the state of private education

  • hanqi

    July 28, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    I’m interested to hear about the community’s experiences learning from course providers in Singapore or online course providers.

    Personally, I went through Datacamp, DataQuest, Upcode Academy, snippets of General Assembly, Le Wagon (, Vertical Institute.

    The issue I come across is that staff from the course providing organizations who are interviewing teachers are unable to assess the competency of teachers, which cause wrong information to be propagated down the generations.

    Course materials may also have errors in them that go down the generations unless someone can identify them, and has the initiative to raise the issue, and that is assuming the course provider has a system open to feedback and changes. Also unfortunately, students are unlikely to have the ability to identify these mistakes since it’s their first exposure to the material.

    What are some confusions or difficulties in your learning journey?
    eg. Materials too simple, can’t remember/apply skills, certified but certifications lacking credbility

  • jerry.tan

    July 28, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    For those who are disciplined enough to self learn, I could recommend the AI applications learning resources at RoboCup@Home Education ( The materials are free and you can find open source information (or links to find it) for visual perception, speech interaction, autonomous navigation etc. If you are into robotics you can connect the AI learning to real hardware systems too. Enjoy!

    • Benphua

      August 2, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • siowy

    July 28, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Hey @hanqi ! I previously taught at General Assembly and also went through DataCamp courses. I resonated with your listed point of “can’t remember/apply skills” when going through DataCamp materials, partially because all the DataCamp exercises are done on their platform through the sterilized and guided web IDE.

    This is why we added exercises that you have to do on your own computer, in our AI For Industry (AI4I) programme (, so that learners get to apply their skills in a more realistic setting and face and learn from the accompanying challenges.

    In terms of bootcamps, I can’t speak to other bootcamps in Singapore but I’ve personally seen the effectiveness of the AI Apprenticeship Programme (AIAP) ( at AI Singapore because there are many mentors working on real industry AI projects and the programme is structured so that learners are pushed to really learn.

  • pskoo

    July 29, 2021 at 9:39 am

    I’m just going to say, Bootcamps/Boutique Training firms, what they can provide is just understanding what are the tools that are inside the DS or AI toolbox. If they are worth their salt, they will properly curate the content and the instructors, and whether they actually do, that is for another discussion.

    What your employer is interested in rather, is not how much of the tools you understand in the toolbox but rather, what can you “build” from these tools. That to them is the most important.

    Let me give another analogy. You don’t choose a plumber because he/she knows a lot of tools right? Rather you want a plumber that can solve your leaking pipe problem.

    At the end of the day, being a data scientist, or AI Engineer, you are trained to solve problems. 🙂

  • laurenceliew

    July 29, 2021 at 10:41 am

    hahaha @pskoo i like the plumber analogy.

    • pskoo

      July 29, 2021 at 10:57 am

      I wanted to say surgeon…but not many can or want to relate to it ah. 😛

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