Get to know the newcomers, activists and volunteers we met in Athens, Berlin and London, as they share their personal experiences of refuge, welcome and the digital city.
There were so many digital initiatives to help newcomers in Berlin at the beginning of the ‘crisis.’ The refugees were media-savvy and so technology was a way to help in a relevant way.
ReDI focuses on digital training, offering beginner to advanced classes in coding, digital literacy and design, among others. ReDI has only been around since 2016, but we already have partnerships with Microsoft and Facebook and have been recognised by the government. Both Mark Zuckerberg and Angela Merkel have visited us. We recently did a survey and found that 25% of our alumni that responded are now working in IT and more than 50% are or have been in internships in the digital sector. For us, digital skills are the tools but the goal is integration. It is a 'School of Digital Integration.'
Update June 2020 — After moving back home, I launched a ReDI School Digital Women Program in Copenhagen in 2019. ReDI now runs three Digital Women Programs in Europe: Berlin with 100 students, Copenhagen with 60 and Munich with 50. In addition to digital literacy and basic digital skills for women, we also offer training in UX and coding. As a result of these efforts, the advanced coding classes (now called Digital Career Program) has had a lot more women join its standard curriculum.