BornToCode Challenge: R10.7 million raised to teach people how to code

WeThinkCode, a non-profit initiative which will offer free programming training, recently hosted its 2015 Tech Leader Challenge to raise awareness and money for the project.

The Tech Leader Challenge gave South African tech leaders the chance to join the movement and demonstrate their coding skills.

The challenge raised R10.7 million for the project, which is enough to sponsor 107 students.

Dennis Wevell, Managing Director of Limitless Virtual, was the top-performing tech leader in the challenge.

He was followed by Nicola Harris from the Click Foundation, Brandon Stafford from FNB, Jan Vermeulen from MyBroadband, and Marc Kornberger from Student Village.

Below are photos from the BornToCode Tech Leader Challenge 2015.

Venue for the event
Venue for the event
BornToCode challenge
BornToCode challenge
BornToCode Tech Leader Challenge
BornToCode Tech Leader Challenge
WeThinkCode founders Camille Agon and Arlene Mulder
WeThinkCode founders Camille Agon and Arlene Mulder
Aki Anastasiou
Aki Anastasiou
Aki Anastasiou giving a tech leader some... encouragement
Aki Anastasiou giving a tech leader some… encouragement
Tech leaders taking the test
Tech leaders taking the test
Founders Arlene Mulder and Yossi Hasson
Founders Arlene Mulder and Yossi Hasson
Aki Anastasiou with WeThinkCode founders Camille Agon and Arlene Mulder
Aki Anastasiou with WeThinkCode founders Camille Agon and Arlene Mulder
Derek Wilcocks speaks at the event
Derek Wilcocks speaks at the event
BornToCode initiative banner
BornToCode banner
Challenge winners
Challenge winners

What WeThinkCode will do

WeThinkCode is a peer-to-peer tech institution launching in Johannesburg in 2016, dedicated to transforming technology education to address the IT skills shortage in SA.

In partnership with Ecole 42 in France, WeThinkCode will train software engineers in a problem-solving learning environment over a period of two years.

The programme is free and open to candidates aged 17 to 35 – regardless of previous education, socio-economic background, or financial means.

Student applications for the WeThinkCode programme will open on 1 October 2015. Those interested can visit www.borntocode.co.za for more information.

From 1 October, students will be able to play application games, after which the results will be processed.

“Students who score high enough will have to come meet us in person, and will then be allowed to start booking a space for the boot camps which will start in January 2016,” said WeThinkCode founder Justinus Adriaanse.

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