Big Nerd Ranch Turns 20! 

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May 4, 2021

Big Nerd Ranch Turns 20! 

Here at the Ranch, we celebrate lots of things—new students, seeing alumni succeed, working on fantastic projects with great clients, and more. But we are celebrating something very special, very soon. Our 20th Anniversary! If you’re already in and are ready to sign up, check out our 20th Anniversary page. If you need a bit more convincing, then read on. 

Big Nerd Ranch just turned 20 and a milestone like this deserves a party, right? So join us from May 18th to May 20th and help us celebrate! 

Our 20th Anniversary Party is shaping up to be the nerdiest virtual event ever (well, we have no facts to back this up but we can dream) with three days full of webinars, opportunities to reconnect with your favorite instructors, deep dives into the history of Big Nerd Ranch, amazing limited edition swag, and more. It’s safe to say that we’re celebrating in style, and we want you to be there! 

Part of what takes this nerdy event into the furthest, nerdiest reaches of the Nerdasphere is the fact that we’ve surveyed the breadth of the Ranch and wrangled some amazing, informative virtual sessions on top of everything else. Interested in or want to learn more about Flutter, SwiftUI, or Machine Learning? We’ve got you covered. And you won’t want to miss the Q & A with our founders, Aaron Hillegass and Emily Herman. 

Nerds love celebrating others as well as each other. From win to win, class to class and book to book, we’re all in it together. That is a big reason why we’ve been able to succeed and continue to grow over the past 20 years—that is two whole decades! Please don’t ask if that makes us feel old because, well, it does. 

But we’re already looking towards the future, to the next 20 years and we can’t wait to see what all of the Nerds get up to. Our culture is one of a kind. If you’ve taken a class with us, worked with us, or hired a Nerd (or Nerds), then you know what we mean. Hardworking, smart, engaging, and always smiling, that is what being a Nerd is all about. So we want to celebrate with all of you. This event is a celebration twenty years in the making, but it is also a celebration of every Nerd, friend of a Nerd, and future Nerd. Let’s create something wonderful together. 

We have limited openings for each webinar and talk so be sure to sign up soon! Check out our basic schedule below and head to our 20th Anniversary Event page to get all the details and register. 

May 18th: 

  • 3:00 pm: History of the Ranch 
  • 4:00 pm: Founders Q & A with Aaron Hillegass and Emily Herman 

May 19th: 

  • 10 am: Patterns are Garbage
  • 3 pm: Kotlin Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide – 2nd Edition 
  • 3:30 pm: Exploring Flutter
  • 4 pm: SwiftUI Essentials
  • 4:30 pm: Product Team Essentials
  • 5 pm: Machine Learning Session with Chris Morris

May 20th: 

  • 3 pm (closing): Engineering with Chris Stewart and Kristin Marsicano

We can’t wait to (virtually) see you there!

Juan Pablo Claude

Reviewer Big Nerd Ranch

During his tenure at BNR, Juan Pablo has taught bootcamps on macOS development, iOS development, Python, and Django. He has also participated in consulting projects in those areas. Juan Pablo is currently a Director of Technology focusing mainly on managing engineers and his interests include Machine Learning and Data Science.

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