Woz U

Steve Wozniak's new tech education platform

#3 Product of the WeekOctober 13, 2017
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Woz U is specialized in technology and career-based programs designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably. Inspired by the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak.

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Reviews

  • Christopher LeachProgrammer and Student
    Pros: 

    Didn't really have any

    Cons: 

    Uses Woz's name thats it, cold calls you twice a day pressuring for decision

    I was interested in signing up with these guys and went through the application process. It was a pretty relaxed application process and I got accepted within the first phone call. I was a bit sketched out about how fast they wanted me to sign up and pay. They kepy saying the class started Oct 30 when that was two weeks away and I should pay soon etc. I eventually just stopped accepting calls because they would call me at work (I work nights and specifically said don't call that time.) Did further research and found out they where cold calling veterans trying to get them to sign up. Thanks but after all that I'm ok.

    Christopher Leach has never used this product.
  • benDirector of UX Engineering
    Pros: 

    None that I could find. Presumably aims to educate people?

    Cons: 

    Terrible signup experience; possibly a scam?

    I'm always looking for more ways to learn, so I eagerly downloaded this when I got the Product Hunt email about it.

    Went to sign up with email/password, and right away: there are hidden password restrictions. It says "must be at least 6 characters with one capital letter and one number", so a long 1Password random-word-string won't work, but I used a 32-character generated 1Password random string, and the fields stayed red. After a bunch of trial and error, I discovered that there's a max of 15 characters. Why 15? Who knows? Why not tell the user why the password is invalid? Who also knows?

    Then I did the Evaluation, which was intriguing and I was excited to see what it told me, but the (I assume) final screen simply says "Please enter your phone number so we may contact you about scholarships and additional free learning material." There's one form field, and a grayed-out submit button. No way to opt out or not provide phone number. No way to continue without giving it or agreeing to what are clearly spam phone calls. My phone is constantly getting unwanted calls already, so I'm not interested in giving it out with the expressed intent of increasing that volume.

    That's when I came back here and discovered the other reviews. I guess I don't know a ton about what Woz has been up to lately, but I'm surprised he would put his name and likeness on this.

    ben has used this product for one day.

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Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Woz U's focus is on making tech education affordable. From @stevewoz: "Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt" I'm curious how this is different from Codecademy, Udemy, Skillshare, Treehouse, and many other incumbents.
Charlie Benkendorf@cbenkendorf · Growth Marketer
@stevewoz @rrhoover IMHO, it's the packaging. You could find all the components on all the sites you named, but Woz puts it into a package like a bootcamp. https://avant.looker.com/looks/2... There's a certain level of trust built up when you can see how all the components tie together to achieve a result (ah yes, I see how all these skills add up to be a strong foundation to be a programmer. It's not just learning Ruby or X software). I think Treehouse is the closest thing from the incumbent list you named. But even then, the objectives are "build a website", or "learn Ruby", vs "get a career as a software developer" in Woz's site. Also Woz's site includes curriculum to become a computer support specialist, which is something I haven't seen too much of. Most online education has been focused on programming, design, or data science. Curiously the Woz site doesn't talk about how long it takes for students to get thru program, or even estimates. That worries me a bit. At least Treehouse mentions it's 6-12 months for students putting in several hours per day. Also no pricing also worries me a bit.
Vytas Butkevicius@vytasbu · Freelance designer
@stevewoz @rrhoover very interesting indeed. My guess would be that their courses are more similar to traditional CS degree. I've done Codecademy courses myself and they only give you the basic understanding.
Vytas Butkevicius@vytasbu · Freelance designer
@stevewoz @rrhoover @cbenkendorf it says the whole course takes 33 weeks (their about page).
Hayden Evans@hayden_evans
@rrhoover I think the “assessment” piece kinda differentiates this a little. None of the other platforms assess where you are currently at before suggesting courses to take next right when you sign up. That and Woz is involved!
@stevewoz @rrhoover @cbenkendorf You're right, it's packaging, or more accurately a repackaging of SCI's online program: http://www.scitexas.edu/programs... https://woz-u.com/curriculum-sof...
Mike Ohana@michaelohana · CEO, AlumnEye
it says "part of SCI" on the footer, which links to http://www.scitexas.edu/ suddenly this looks really cheap licensing of Woz picture on the front to sell traditional online courses...
Nicole Nelson@nicole_nelson1 · Arizona & Tech
@michaelohana @productpearson Hi Mike, I see the confusion with thinking Woz U is a part of SCI! I work for Woz U and would like to help clear this up :) SCI, along with many other schools such as Bethel Tech and NJIT, partner with us to gain access to our curriculum. Although SCI is our partner through our Education as a Service model (EaaS), we are our own entity and not owned by any other school.
John Blakley@inventanew · art teacher
The form to enroll on mobile doesn’t work on iPhone 6
Riel Roussopoulos@djriel · Producer
@inventanew or on desktop {"status": "success", "attempt": "59e0fcac-71ca-447a-a150-f3c04bec6e90", "id": "250259c3-ee56-4224-93d2-b28a394bd0ac", "request_id": "59e0fcac-71ca-447a-a150-f3c04bec6e90"} doesn't inspire confidence that's for sure :)
Jon Moore@shoshinzen
@inventanew @djriel You can bet @SteveWoz isn't the one answering tickets :)
Riel Roussopoulos@djriel · Producer
@inventanew @stevewoz @shoshinzen lol ... I'm guessing not :) Probably not doing the zapier hookup they screwed up either :)
Riel Roussopoulos@djriel · Producer
@inventanew @stevewoz @shoshinzen I feel bad for him, classic launch glitches I guess it happens to the best of them :)
Guus Hoeve@guus_hoeve · keydrop.co
Here's the thing and most of you should ask this question; say Wozniak wasn't the face of this platform, would you take the course? What's left or different then other courses out there?... To me this sounds like well branded course that is jumping on the bandwagon of online education for thos aspiring a tech carreer. So they pulled Steve in to persuade the flock that wants to jump on the bandwagon for people unhappy with their current jobs.
Sven van der Zee@svenvdz · Founder AcceptCrypto
When is the android version coming ;)