WeThinkCode has opened its new campus in the Johannesburg CBD, with its first bootcamp starting on 26 January.
WeThinkCode provides young South Africans with free programming training, and equips them with the skills to “become world-class digital problem solvers”.
The training system has no lecturers, and students study through peer-to-peer learning – jointly solving complex challenges.
The course is open to anyone between the ages of 17 and 35 with the relevant permissions to live, work, and study in South Africa.
The training will take two years to complete, while its incubation programme provides a stipend of R2,000 to all students for food and transport – until their first paid internship.
The project is a joint venture between Arlene Mulder, Camille Agon, Justinus Adriaanse, and Yossi Hasson, who partnered with Ecole 42 in France to get access to their successful training programme.
“There is a shortage of coders and other skilled people in the tech value chain,” said Agon.
“Computer programmers are going to be designing the future Africa. We need women and men from all backgrounds to ensure we create a future world that works for all of us.”
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the new WeThinkCode campus in Johannesburg.
Preparing the WeThinkCode campus
“We have more than 100 motivated and excited young people who are all #BornToCode and eager to learn more about the world of tech,” said Mulder.