Powercoders is a coding academy for refugees. It consists of a coding bootcamp of 13 weeks and an internship that lasts 6 to 12 months. The ultimate goal of Powercoders is the permanent placement of trained refugees in IT-companies and IT-departments. While the project started in Switzerland, we now hope to grow and bring our impact to other cities across the world.
It all started with a trip to the United States. The American government invited an entrepreneur of each European country.
Founder Christian Hirsig met two 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.
Yes. Refugees with B or F permits are considered almost like Swiss welfare recipients. The state wants them to be integrated, have a job and become independent. The same goes for temporarily-admitted foreigners with F status.
Asylum seekers with permit N are theoretically allowed to work, but have more difficulties getting a work permit because of the priority for people living in Switzerland.