About CodingNomads


We want to make your life better by teaching you to code.

CodingNomads was founded upon the premise that coding can change your life, because it changed ours. We’re a team of inspired developers, teachers, and digital nomads who are committed to helping you achieve your goals in learning to code.

We started building the CodingNomads framework in 2016, and have since created a community of CodingNomads around the world. Our team of instructors have more than a decade of software engineering and training experience in Silicon Valley and internationally. Working with countless self-taught developers over the years showed us that you don’t need a computer science degree to succeed – you’ve just got to prove it through your work. Also avid digital nomads, we’ve visited more than 30 countries while traveling, living and working remotely. Inspired by the countless travelers and locals we’ve met who long for skills to work from anywhere, we saw an opportunity to help people learn to code, and have fun while doing it.

Through hosting coding bootcamps both online and around the world, CodingNomads combines our software expertise and our passion for helping people of all backgrounds improve their skills to improve their lives. We teach practical software development skills that are in growing demand worldwide to help you pursue a solid career, anywhere you want. We’re not saying you have to work from a hut on the beach or a cabin in the mountains. We’re just saying that you can.

We're not just another coding bootcamp

Stand out with Backend Skills

Java/Android and Python are the most in-demand programming languages, but few bootcamps teach them. Set yourself apart with solid server-side software engineering skills!

More affordable, more epic

The average US bootcamp costs $12,800 [•_•] Our courses are half the price and twice the fun, and we offer coding bootcamp scholarships. Take a break from your routine and learn to code abroad.

Freedom to work anywhere

Software knows no borders. Whether you want to work in an urban hub, a tropical hut, or simply work from home, developers are in high demand worldwide. Learn how to become a digital nomad!

Our Team

Ryan Desmond
Co-Founder & Lead Instructor

For me it all started in a hammock, in Costa Rica, about 15 years ago. In typical backpacker fashion, I was strapped for cash and daydreaming of how I could make money from the road. I knew if I learned to code, I could work from anywhere.


I left Costa Rica and put in the work for a computer science degree. Upon landing my first job about 10 years ago, I quickly realized I had almost zero practical knowledge of how to deliver as a software developer in a startup environment. I worked long hours and learned many things the hard way, but it was all worth it. I’m lucky to have these skills. Through CodingNomads, I'm able to teach the real-world tasks of a software engineer that aren't taught in university, fast-tracking our students' abilities to learn critical skills that land jobs.


I’ve been able to work with incredible companies on incredible projects, and do so remotely from anywhere on earth. I’ve also led training courses, meetups and seminars on Java software engineering. I’ve taught topics ranging from how to build basic applications, to distributed fraud detection algorithms for major US financial institutions. In my training career I realized how much I enjoy helping other people learn software engineering. Even when the coursework got dense, we’d figure out ways to make it fun. I’ve also seen first-hand the economic mobility and geographic flexibility afforded by these skills, which makes me all the more passionate about sharing them with as many people as possible.

Ryan Desmond on LinkedIn

Kim Desmond
Co-Founder & BizDev

I got my first taste of solo, international travel when I was 20, and was immediately hooked to the adventure, freedom, and excitement of living in other cultures. After university I moved to Buenos Aires, then to San Francisco, and have traveled to more than 25 countries.


For the last 10 years I've worked in marketing, business strategy, product development and corporate social responsibility. Over the years, I built a burgeoning business’ marketing department from the ground up, fueling a 200% average year-over-year revenue growth. I planned and hosted dozens of training events and seminars. I've been a founding member of several start-ups, collaborating with design and development teams to build brands and products from scratch. I've also worked as a professional international tour guide.


CodingNomads combines my business development and marketing skills with my passion for travel and social upliftment to provide life-changing skills and experiences abroad. As the “group mom,” and resident yoga teacher, I’m also on the ground during our international coding bootcamps to make sure our students are comfortable, happy, and productive.

  Kim Desmond on LinkedIn

Caden MacKenzie

Combining my university degree in Computer Science and Biochemistry with my desire to see the world, working with CodingNomads is a dream job for me. My exposure to a variety of programming languages including Python, Java, SQL, and JavaScript enables me to help CodingNomads students learn and solidify concepts throughout the course. I am personally driven to encourage and excite aspiring software engineers, giving students the motivation and support they need to hack through problems, find solutions, and achieve breakthroughs.


During university, I worked as full stack developer to build a web and mobile fitness application for varsity collegiate sports teams. I also worked as a database management intern at the University of Colorado Medical Campus. My love of teamwork and travel stems from my experience as a collegiate soccer player. While traveling with my soccer team and studying abroad, I've spent time in Taiwan, Argentina, Cuba, Europe, Canada, and Mexico.


I thoroughly enjoy being able to apply my technical and travel experience to inspiring new coders at each CodingNomads bootcamp, making sure our students get the most out of their time both in and out of the classroom.


Martin Breuss

Ever since studying abroad in New Zealand when I was 17, I wanted to pursue a career where I could travel. I believe that one of the most universally applicable and future-oriented skills that allows you to work from anywhere is computer programming. So after completing my university Biology degree in my home country of Austria, I began to self-study Python programming. Tapping into the versatility of Python, I co-founded two startups and worked on a wide range of projects—including natural language processing, web scraping, creating scripts to automate workflows, and building fun side projects on the web.


Coming from a family of teachers, I’ve always enjoyed helping others learn. I transitioned into teaching Python, and spent more than 3 years working for Udacity as one of the company’s first code reviewers and classroom mentors. High-quality feedback is a topic near to my heart, because I consider it essential for learning and improving. In addition to my classroom work, I dedicated myself at Udacity to continuously improving feedback quality for students and fellow mentors.


Teaching Python programming with CodingNomads gives me the chance to help others discover the thrill of exploring new countries and learning new topics both at the same time. I am excited to be by our students’ side to guide them through the ups and downs of this journey.


Roi Otero Morales

My passion for computers started when I was a kid, and my family got our first computer. I always wondered how it worked inside - what was the magic behind it? Since then I’ve had a lot of fun discovering that magic in computer programs and video games. Turning my hobby into a career, I obtained a university degree in Computer Engineering and Programming.


I began my studies in my home country of Spain, and finished my degree with Erasmus in Poland. I worked in Poland and Spain for a combined 5 years as a software engineer, also continuing to travel around Europe visiting friends and discovering countries. I discovered then how travelling improves everyone’s lives: getting to know new cultures, ways of living, landscapes, and experiences that make you grow as a person.


Over the last 5 years I have grown into a senior software engineer specializing in Java, Microservices, Spring, Kafka, and numerous other technologies. I’ve worked across a variety of sectors, including for multinational tech companies like Motorola, Infojobs and Schibsted Media Group. I’ve personally witnessed the huge potential of learning software development skills, and am excited to share my skills and experience with CodingNomads students. In addition to reveling in the magic of computers, I enjoy scuba diving, skiing, motorbikes, martial arts, music, and of course some drinks and dancing!


Rob Joseph

In 2012, I was sitting in my office cubicle at my corporate 9-5, bored out of my mind. Admittedly working on my hobby project rather than my actual job, I hit "publish" on an Android app that I'd been working on during the evenings and weekends. Eight months and four apps later, I quit that job to pursue a career in freelance Android development and have never looked back!


Since then I've published 20+ of my owns apps with ~300,000 combined downloads, that have been featured on Lifehacker, the Guardian, BBC News and more. I've worked with startups, corporate’s, agencies, social media companies and others building Android apps - constantly learning new technologies and gaining experience while getting paid to do so.


My life the past few years has been a perfect mix of digital nomad, travelling while working on my owns apps, and freelancing from my hometown of London. I typically work remotely or part remotely for a variety of companies for 3 - 6 months at a time - funding my next stint of travel 🙂


One of the best bits of doing what I do is imparting knowledge on the junior/new devs I work with. I thoroughly enjoy helping educate the next generation of developers 😀 By teaching with CodingNomads, I get to help aspiring debs skip the boring, "official" way to learn Android Development, and instead jump right into the good stuff - the skills companies really care about, and the things you really need to know to become that desirable hire for anyone looking for an Android app!


Mentors and Advisors

Austin Riba
Senior Software Engineer - Las Cumbres Observatory

Austin is the man. He is a semi-pro mountain bike racer, and work-from-anywhere software engineer from Half Moon Bay, CA. Austin has taken his job all over the world on many occasions. He has spent summers in British Colombia and winters in Nicaragua, all while keeping his day job. He is an incredibly talented senior engineer who brings great value to each organization he works with.


Austin has also created several applications and services just for fun. Most recently, being an astronomy enthusiast, he created AstroChallenge. Now, he works as a software engineer for Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO). "LCO is building a global network of astronomical observatories for educational outreach and scientific research." How cool is that? You can learn more about Austin, his projects, and what keeps him pedaling over at Pedal Driven Programming

Learn more about Austin on LinkedIn

Curtis Smith
Founder & President - Free and Easy Traveler

Curtis Smith is a bit of a legend if you ask us. Not only is he a genuinely wonderful human, but he is endlessly traveling the world and he enables thousands of others to do the same. Years ago, Curtis was full of inspiration from his experiences traveling the world. Wanting to continue exploring and sharing the joy of travel with others, he decided to start a travel company. Over the next 15 years his small company, Free and Easy Traveler, grew into a huge success, taking more than 7000 travelers on life-changing adventures across 15+ countries.


Through creating unique, memorable, and ridiculously fun experiences for their groups, Curtis and his team have fostered a global friendship network of nomads and adventurers. Curtis brings invaluable insight to CodingNomads on building an international brand with values rooted in community, adventure, and living life the fullest.

Learn more about Curtis and Free and Easy Traveler

Street Cred

  • "Ryan partners with the students...instead of developing a very formal student-teacher relationship. He is always cheerful, and his personality makes learning fun, giving courage to the students to tackle even the most daunting technical tasks. Read more."
    Supreet Oberoi
    VP of Engineering, IoT and Big Data
  • "Learning from Ryan, it's easy to see that he's passionate about what he does. Ryan is great at breaking down concepts and teaching them in a way that is tailored to how students will best understand them. Read more."
    Jeff Schobelock
    Software Engineer
  • "With Ryan’s help I was able to go from total beginner to a career in web development. He helped me from the very start and prepared me for the continual learning process that comes with software development... Read more."
    Jesse Garrison
    Home Grown Web Developer