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.
The tech sector loves a hackathon, and in the wake of increased publicity about the refugee crisis in 2015 and 2016, a lot of tech companies responded in the only way they knew how. Hackathons are not in themselves evil — they are great at promoting common goals, building networks and supporting ideation. Quite often, however, they just become one-off events without planning or capacity to support the full life-time of a project.
Code Your Future is a community first and coding school second. It was started in early 2017 by Germán, the founder, as a response to the lack of anything real materialising from the big promises made by the tech sector to help refugees. Our goal is to support students all the way until they find a job in the industry. We don’t ask to see their papers or verify residency, we don’t care as long as they are people interested in tech and need support. I'd like to think that through this experience, I now have a much better understanding of what an open community means. And by that I don't mean just welcoming, but honest — about our intentions, goals and failures.
Update June 2020 — Code Your Future is a community unlike any other and community has never been stronger or wider. Whether you want to learn or help us grow, we'd like to welcome you in with open arms.