A trip to Berlin and Two Graduations in Iraq
In October, we wrapped up the last two coding bootcamps of 2018, graduating 34 young men and women in Erbil, Iraq. It has been an incredible year for our team in Iraq, who spearheaded our country growth with 5 new programs, including a tech startup pre-accelerator and a freelancing academy.
Meanwhile, a little north of Erbil, we travelled with a group of Re:Coded alumni to Berlin, where they immersed themselves in the local startup and technology ecosystem as part of German-Turkish Youth Exchange with Jugendhackt.
Plus check out the story of Girfan Bazaar, a startup founded by two Re:Coded fellows that is digitizing the old bazaar in Erbil!
Re:Coded Fellows Take Berlin!
From October 16 to 21, Re:Coded traveled to Berlin with 11 alumni to participate in a 5-day exploration of the local technology and startup ecosystem. During the trip, they visited Wikimedia and Mozilla where they learned about the importance of an open and accessible internet. Other stops included Cadus, a humanitarian makerspace, and Kiron, an online higher education program for refugees. The trip culminated in a 3-day hackathon in partnership with Jugendhackt with over 100 Turkish and German youth working together on technology-driven ideas.
“It really opened our alumni’s eyes to the possibilities of using technology as a force for social change, while also fostering long-lasting friendships in Germany”, said Re:Coded Co-Founder, Alexandra.
Thirty-Four New Developers in Erbil!
On October 27th, we graduated 34 students from our coding bootcamps in Erbil! Both cohorts from the Android and front-end web development bootcamps celebrated the end of their intensive 5-month training program, in which they gained the skills needed to go from code newbies to entry-level mobile and web developers. During the last 8 weeks of the bootcamp, our Android students worked as tech apprentices for startups worldwide, building products in an agile team and emulating a real work environment.
“One day in March we — three friends - came up with the idea to connect the shops in the bazaar with an online platform that would enable customers to easily find the items they were looking for using a mobile app…” Read about Mohammad’s story of launching his own start-up.