Powercoder Students

About

The ultimate goal of Powercoders is the permanent placement of trained refugees in IT companies and IT departments.

It all started with a trip to the United States. The American government invited an entrepreneur from each European country.

Founder Christian Hirsig met two other entrepreneurs there: one with a cooking school for refugees, one with a coding academy for women. At this time, the refugee crisis in Europe was all over the news. Driven by the energy to help, the idea of Powercoders was born with the mission to give people their independence back, reduce social welfare costs and fill the gap of open job positions in the IT-industry. A first program started already half a year later in Bern. An overwhelming amount of volunteers participated in this project as coaches or mentors. Additionally many IT companies offered internships immediately. After this promising start, the community keeps on growing and more programs are started in new cities. Be part of the Powercoders community and get involved.

If you are a company or foundation and would like to support us on a larger scale please download our presentation PDF and feel free to reach out to us.


Timeline

  • idea inception
  • incorporation non-profit
  • launch school in Bern
  • start internships in Bern
  • 1st student off of social welfare
  • expansion to Zurich
  • contract CH government
  • expansion to Lausanne

MEET THE TEAM

We are a non profit organisation that depends on volunteers.
Thanks to all these great people we are making a difference. Not all of our students, mentors and coaches are listed. Pictures to come.

Abdul Nawaz Bugti

Abdul Nawaz Bugti
Student / Zürich

Abdullah Msallam

Abdullah Msallam
Student / Zürich

Agnes Néméthy

Agnes Néméthy
Mentor / Zürich

Alan Omar

Alan Omar
Student / Zürich

Amani Izzatollah

Amani Izzatollah
Student / Zürich

Bashar Said

Bashar Said
Student / Zürich

Benjamin Vonlanthen

Benjamin Vonlanthen
Coach / Zürich

Bettina Hirsig

Bettina Hirsig
Vice-President

Chiar Evdi

Chiar Evdi
Student / Zürich

Christian Hirsig

Christian Hirsig
President

Christian Zosel

Christian Zosel
Coach / Bern

Christoph Isch

Christoph Isch
Coach / Bern

Christoph S. Ackermann

Christoph Ackermann
Coach / Bern

Damian Senn

Damian Senn
Coach / Bern

Ebrahim Khalil Mehrno

Ebrahim Mehrno
Student / Bern

Fortuna Mebratu

Fortuna Mebratu
Student / Zürich

Gajendran Packiyanathan

Gajendran Packiyanathan
Student / Bern

Agnes Gassert

Hannes Gassert
Industry Council

Hélène Portier

Hélène Portier
Lead Teacher / Lausanne

Hermi

Hermi

Hussam Allaham

Hussam Allaham
Program Manager

Ilya Shumilin

Ilya Shumilin
Coach / Zürich

Jamila Amini

Jamila Amini
Student / Bern

Julia Sharonova

Julia Sharonova
Coach / Zürich

Juliana Mourisca

Juliana Mourisca
Mentor / Zürich

Kurt Kammermann

Kurt Kammermann
Mentor / Zürich / Bern

Lena Götsch

Lena Götsch
Mentor / Zürich

Lhamo Gakyitsang

Lhamo Gakyitsang
Student / Bern

Luana Läderach

Luana Läderach
Media producer

Luc Hutter

Luc Hutter
Mentor / Bern

Madam Monorom

Madam Monorom
Lead Teacher / Zürich

Mahmoud Hallal

Mahmoud Hallal
Mentor / Bern

Mannar Hielal

Mannar Hielal
Student / Bern

Manuel Linder

Manuel Linder
Mentor / Bern

Marco Jakob

Marco Jakob
Teaching Council

Markus Gallagher

Markus Gallagher
Coach / Bern

Martin Baur

Martin Baur
Coach / Zürich

Matthias Hüni

Matthias Hüni
Lead Teacher / Zürich

Maximilian Sutkowski

Maximilian Sutkowski
Mentor / Zürich

Mohamad Husam Ebish

Mohamad Husam Ebish
Student / Zürich

Mohammad Altahan

Mohammad Altahan
Student / Bern

Mohammad Hadi Soroush

Mohammad Hadi Soroush
Student / Zürich

Mohammed Khairi

Mohammed Khairi
Student / Zürich

Muhammad Bashir Karimi

Muhammad Bashir Karimi
Student / Zürich

Nick Niles

Nick Niles
Mentor / Zürich

Nicolas Perrenoud

Nicolas Perrenoud
Coach / Zürich

Oleg Lavrovsky

Oleg Lavrovsky
Coach / Bern

Rafat Daghmach

Rafat Daghmach
Student / Zürich

Rami Jumaah

Rami Jumaah
Student / Bern

Ranny Kaddoura

Ranny Kaddoura
Student / Zürich

Raphael Gaus

Raphael Gaus
Mentor / Zürich

Sangeerththani Ramesh

Sangeerththani Ramesh
Student / Zürich

Sergei Schaub

Sergei Schaub
Mentor / Zürich

Stefan Schärmeli

Stefan Schärmeli
Coach / Bern

Stefanie Hess

Stefanie Hess
Mentor / Bern

Sujeevan Jeyapalan

Sujeevan Jeyapalan
Student / Bern

Sunita Asnani

Sunita Asnani
Social Council

Tenzin Dhondup Gyadhotsang

Tenzin Gyadhotsang
Student / Zürich

Tesfamichael Afewerki

Tesfamichael Afewerki
Student / Bern

Visakha Thongpetsavong

Visakha Thongpetsavong
Mentor / Zürich

Yoseph Endrias Lechebo

Yoseph Lechebo
Student / Zürich

Yusup Khashbulatov

Yusup Khashbulatov
Student / Bern