İstanbul Bilgi & Re:Coded: Training Displaced Youth To Become Software Developers


İstanbul Bilgi & Re:Coded: Training Displaced Youth To Become Software Developers

İstanbul Bilgi University in Turkey has parnered with RE:CODED, a humanitarian innovation organization dedicated to the training of displaced and conflict-affected youth to help them become software developers and tech leaders. RE:CODED  was founded in 2017 with a mission to bridge the education and employment divide which typically affects youth in the wake of conflict and displacement.

RE:CODED has teamed up with Bilgi University as implementing partner for two coding Bootcamps for Syrian refugeesand vulnerable youth in İstanbul and Urfa, Turkey. The university provides the space, logistics, faculty trainers, and partial funding for the Bootcamps and connected events such as hackathons, Startup Weekends, demo days, and speaker series. Additionally, Laureate is supporting the initiative by providing teaching support to RE:CODED trainers through the Laureate Faculty Development platform, English-language learning software and instructor support for all Bootcamp participants.

The 5-month immersive Bootcamp in Urfa began in October 2017 with 30 students and will be completed by the end of March. The İstanbul Bootcamp begins in early February. The programs offer students the Android application development curriculum designed by Udacity and Google. After the end of the Bootcamp, RE:CODED will provide 6 months of career support to help students with their career goals.

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