“Denmark has a big volunteer culture where people want to do something voluntarily, especially when they have to share their knowledge. This has prompted many experienced people to join the teaching staff”
Hack Your Future is a new project started in Denmark early this year. For more information about it, New Times met the responsible of this program Christopher Kluter, a 30 year old German, and asked him some questions about this project:
What is Hack Your Future?
It’s a coding school for refugees and asylum seekers. It comes originally from Amsterdam. It started there for about two years ago, in March this year it started in Denmark. It’s a school which aims to educate people what development is as well as coding and programming in general. It lasts for 6 months with 8 modules that are 3 weeks each. We will try to cover all the basic concepts and try to teach our students what the most important tools for working in web development are. Also, we teach in how to find solutions to problems so you can actually find solutions yourself. Also, people will be ready to start jobs, but of course only the best people are ready to start job.
Did the idea succeed in Amsterdam?
Yes, it did. In Amsterdam, 60 people graduated from the course. 28 of them have got jobs and internship, so it’s almost 50%, and some of them are working freelance now.
Why web developing?
We have chosen web developing because this field has a lot of job offers, and we thought there are many refugees coming to the country who have a good education, but have a hard time finding a job. On the other hand, a lot of businesses in Denmark is in search of workforce for those web development jobs. So we thought we would combine these two issues to find a solution to create benefits for everyone.
What after graduation?
We are not a school who just let their students graduate and then send them out in the world. We try to find good connections and relationship with the companies so we can give individual help to all the people. Also, once the program is finished, we do different workshops in order to prepare people to tech interviews.
Who can apply for the course?
It’s designed for everyone, not just for people with a relevant background, but it helps if people already have a background in computer science, IT, or something relative with this. It will make it easier for them to understand concepts, but we don’t require the background at all. We have some students that had nothing to do with programing before, and if you spend enough time, do the homework and ask a lot of questions, it’s possible for everyone to follow along with our class.
What about the asylum seekers?
It’s more problematic for the asylum seekers who don’t have a permission yet, but for us, it doesn’t make a difference. Ee don’t care about what the status of a person is. If he wants to learn web developing and coding, we will be happy to teach them because these people can use these skills here as well as in their home countries. The need for web developers is all over the world.
A new, free IT coding class will start in early September. There are still available seats. If you want to have a career in web development, or if you are really interesting in programming, apply by sending an email with your CV and a short explanation about why you want to learn how to code to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find out more on www.hackyourfuture.net and on the FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/hackyourfuturecopenhagen/