About

Feeling shocked and helpless about the flood of images and news on the refugee crisis in 2012, founder Christian Hirsig, a sucessfull business innovator and young father, wondered how he could make a difference. Later, he met two other European entrepreneurs in the US: one with a catering project for people from refugee backgrounds, the other one with a coding academy for women. Inspired by their projects and driven to help, the idea of Powercoders was born and launched by Christian and his wife Bettina Hirsig in 2016. The mission was clear from the start: help displaced people regain their independence, reduce social welfare costs and address the shortage of talent in the IT industry.

The first Powercoders program started in Bern in the beginning of 2017 with an overwhelming amount of promising applicants, volunteers participating as Job Coaches and IT trainers, and with many enthusiastic IT companies offering internships.

After an incredible start, the Powercoders community kept on growing with programs launched in Zurich, Lausanne, and Basel. Eventually, the model was shifted towards having permanent programs in Zurich and Lausanne, in order to serve the communities in the Romandie and German-speaking part of Switzerland. During the pandemic, the team decided to integrate the two locations, blending remote and on-site learning, and serve the entire Switzerland with one offering.

Milestones

Watch Our 5-Year-Video

Watch the TEDx Talk by Christian Hirsig

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Team

We are a team of passionate individuals, eager to create impact together. We believe in the power of collaboration and the benefits of working together towards a common goal. As an agile team, we are able to adapt and change quickly in order to achieve our objectives. Impact is at the heart of everything we do, and it is what drives us to be better every day. We also believe that work should be fun and enjoyable, and we strive to create a positive and supportive environment for everyone on our team.

By working together, we can achieve more than we ever could alone, and we are committed to making a positive impact in the world.

  • Bettina Hirsig - Powercoders team

    Bettina Hirsig

    Lead Powercoders

  • Chaewon Yoo - Portrait - Intern Powercoders

    Chaewon Yoo

    Web developer Intern

  • Christina Gräni - Portrait - Team Powercoders

    Christina Gräni

    Company Relations Manager Romandie | Media Relations

  • Geges Löwl - Portrait - Team Powercoders

    Geges Löwl

    Company Relations Manager | Deutschschweiz

  • Géraldine Zahnd - Powercoders Team

    Géraldine Zahnd

    Program Manager Futurecoders & IT Trainer Coordinator

  • Giada Fallo

    Giada Fallo

    IT Instructor Co-Lead

  • Hany Wassef - Portrait - Team Powercoders

    Hany Wassef

    Job Integration Manager

  • Hélène Portier

    Project Leader

  • Linus Murbach - Portrait - Team Powercoders

    Linus Murbach

    Program Manager

  • Lucy Jager - Powercoders Team

    Lucy Jager

    Futurecoders / HR & Finance

  • Romain Geiser - Portrait - Team Powercoders

    Romain Geiser

    Company Relations Manager | Futurecoders

  • Stacy von Cranach - Team Powercoders

    Stacy von Cranach

    Impact Initiatives Lead

  • Sunita Asnani - Portrait - Team Powercoders

    Sunita Asnani

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Susanne König - Powercoders Team

    Susanne König

    Training & Talent Development Lead

  • Ya'ara Segal - Powercoders Team

    Ya’ara Segal

    Job Coaching Lead & Volunteer Coordinator

Board

  • Carine Schnetzer

    Board Member

  • Christian Hirsig - Powercoders board

    Christian Hirsig

    Founder / Board Member

  • Gabriel Abu-Tayeh

    Board Member

  • Portrait of Lynn Blattmann, President of Powercoders

    Lynn Blattmann

    President

  • Portrait of Nurulla Cildag, Alumni Action Boardmember at Powercoders

    Nurullah Cildag

    Alumni Action Board / Board Member

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