Impacting Lives by Teaching how to Code

Our program

Over 70.5 million refugees in the world. Millions of vacant IT jobs due to digitalization. Two problems, one solution:

A Coding Academy for Refugees & Migrants

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Our purpose

We believe in promoting equal opportunities for diverse talents in the IT industry. We are a non-profit association and our program is self-funded and free of charge for the selected participants.

Our impact


of our participants get an internship


of participants find a job (ongoing estimation)


Are you a refugee or migrant eager to find your way into the IT industry?


Are you an IT company looking for talented people no matter where they come from?

Job Coach

Do you want to support a refugee with becoming successfully integrated in the local IT labor market?

IT Trainer

Are you an IT professional who likes to share their knowledge with newcomers?

We offer the program in 3 cities


The next program in Zurich will start in spring 2021. Applications will be accepted as of December 2020.


The next program in Lausanne will start early next year, in 2021. Applications will be open in December 2020.


Powercoders Italy accept applications on a ongoing base.

News & Events

Career Day Zurich

The Career Day is the day when companies have the chance to discover our participants and select their top candidates to invite for an onsite or remote interview.

20th of October, 2020
SIX ConventionPoint, Zurich

Kids & Teenagers Camp

Give the opportunity to your kids to discover technologies!
CAMP #1 «Les robots et moi», for kids between 8–12 years old: 12–16.10.2020

CAMP #2 «Sur les pas d’un développeur», for teenagers between 13–17 years old: 19–23.10.2020

FREE for refugee families or families at social welfare.

Powerhouse Romandie

Located in the heart of Lausanne, the Powerhouse Romandie aims to be an inspiring place for IT passionates where meetups, conferences, hackathons, trainings, and coworking will take place. Come and have a coffee with us or book a desk or conference room.

Place de la Gare 10, Lausanne

A Message by Adobe

The Adobe Digital Academy was just introduced to Europe and in Switzerland they collaborate with Powercoders to educate IT talents. Listen to Adobe’s opinion about this collaboration by Michael Marth, Technology & Software Engineering Leader at Adobe.

Divio's appreciation of our collaboration

For our partner company Divio Technologies it is a “no-brainer to work with Powercoders”. Watch founder Christian Bertschy explain why in this 30sec video.

A declaration by Evolusys/Bechtle Group

Listen to Evolusys’ CEO Jean-François Saint-Pierre talk about what the most important skills were that the Powercoders brought to the table at the start of their internships.

Appraisal from UBS

Are you wondering why UBS already engaged 13 of our participants as interns in the course of the last 2.5 years? Watch Curdin Duschletta from UBS explain in just 1 minute.

A vacant IT job can be filled with a displaced person

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Success stories

Gajendran Packiyanathan

From Sri Lanka, 38 years old, now Software Engineer at Migros Aare.

Abdul Nawaz Bugti

From Pakistan, 27 years old, Junior Developer at Squirro in Zurich.

Ali Alshweiki

“Do you like the mountains? Do you like to climb?” – “I do now.”

Mannar Hielal

From Syria, 35 years old, apprentice at Liip in Bern.

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