Engineering Empathy: Tears and Fears at Dev Bootcamp

Bishay built the empathy program for three reasons:

  • Most projects fail not because of tech, but because of the team, the “human element.”
  • A diverse group of people looking to change careers are signing up for the bootcamp, and the usual “brogrammer” culture would be problematic.
  • And, as a pastoral counselor, he saw an opportunity to coach a needy population.

Many students spoke of the empathy training, which involves intensely personal and difficult emotional sharing that leads to tears on a nearly daily basis, as a spiritual and emotional experience.

By Nellie Bowles