Portrait of a Professor: Pierre Tillement's entrepreneurial journey
Bubble is a very complete Nocode Visual Programming tool, which allows to create without any design constraint websites and business applications. Nocode technologies now make it possible to simplify the creation of digital solutions for a wide range of use cases. To meet this growing need, Alegria.academy offers a 15-month training course, including a 12-month specialization period, to become an expert in automation or visual programming.
Today, focus on Pierre Tillement, Bubble trainer at Alegria.academy.
Pierre's entrepreneurial journey
Graduated with a Bachelor and an MBA in Economics, Pierre Tillement is a French Freelance Maker based in Paris, specialized in Bubble development and Nocode solutions. Before becoming a Bubble Freelance, he co-founded Hello Tyro, a platform that connects start-ups and interns. It was during the development of this platform that he discovered and connected his first Nocode tools: Airtable and Zapier. He developed the platform on Squarespace before migrating to Webflow. Unfortunately, Covid put a stop to this venture.
Pierre discovered Bubble in 2017 but got serious about it 3 years later, during lockdown. Although it wasn't an immediate crush, he quickly got to grips with the tool by creating a StackOverflow clone, before launching himself as a Freelance Bubble and Automation Maker. He also did some introductory courses on Nocode at Maestro and Contournement before joining the Alegria.academy teaching team.
Teaching by doing
Although Pierre is rather introverted, he finds great satisfaction in passing on his knowledge of Bubble and in seeing his students progress and marvel at using this tool. He is proud to be part of the creation of the Alegria.academy courses and has been teaching since the first class.
Pierre Tillement's courses take place over eight modules spread out over a three-week period. Pierre's teaching approach is practice-oriented, with 90% of the focus on concrete projects such as creating a portfolio or a marketplace, rather than on theoretical learning. However, a theoretical part is also included to explain what Bubble is, how it works and its possibilities.
Students have the possibility to recreate projects proposed by Pierre on predefined themes such as the marketplace, the portfolio or a to-do list application, or to choose their own project related to the topics covered in the module. Students work independently on their project, "every two hours, I organize a "Live Nocoding" session" explains Pierre. These sessions allow students to correct and discuss their current projects. It's also a time for Pierre to check that no one is lost in the course. The "Live Nocoding" sessions are recorded and made available to the students so that they can review them if necessary.
The future of Visual Programming according to Pierre
Pierre is convinced that Nocode's Visual Programming tools will continue to grow in popularity. According to him, this will lead to a professionalized ecosystem where certifications and expert developers will be increasingly in demand. Pierre also emphasizes the growing importance of efficient and user-friendly tools for web and software development, and sees Bubble as one of those tools that allows companies to meet this need, just as Notion is gaining ground in the organization and project management of more and more companies.
Pierre's advice to become a Visual Programming Maker
"It is necessary to join at least the French speaking communities of the Nocode, it is the easiest way to be aware of the news and to help each other" advises Pierre at first. It is important to subscribe to content creators who share their discovery and point of view on Bubble or Nocode in general on Twitter and Linkedin. He stresses the importance of being a bit curious, being aware that you learn by doing and having a positive attitude, even if you don't have much experience in coding or building applications because expertise comes with practice; exploring your abilities, rather than just watching tutorials.