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CodeDoor [2] is a German organization that teaches underrepresented groups, in particular, refugees and women how to code and find a job. It started in March 2015.


CodeDoor launched as a side project. It was aiming to support refugee youth coming to Germany in 2014 and 2015. The major goal was to collect laptops and teach young people how to code.

The pilot started with a young refugee from Somalia, Liban [5] (26 at that time). The company Swiss Commerce [7] agreed to run a pilot and provided a desk and free Internet for Liban. Since the company was looking for PHP developers, Liban studied PHP development. Today CodeDoor has more than 300 students enrolled and classes are offered in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich.



CodeDoor offers scholarships to refugees, women and other underrepresented groups. The program starts with an intensive month of 140h of coding called The Key. During the first month, the candidates have to learn the basics of Object-oriented programming and web development while working in peer groups. Once the candidates have mastered The Key they are offered a full scholarship. The scholarship consists of gaining access to the study rooms of CodeDoor and its partner companies, the peers and infrastructure a laptop, free Internet, free access to a Nanodegree program by Udacity, personal tutors for 1:1 coaching, a laptop, free Internet, free access to a Nanodegree program by Udacity, free access to the Cisco Academy, personal tutors for 1:1 coaching (whom the students meet twice a week), access to the Slack Channel of CodeDoor.

The Key After The Key the students can select the following fields:

  • Android Developer
  • iOS Developer
  • Full Stack Developer
  • Machine Learning Engineer

The students also meet potential employees during the course and after graduation. The time from The KEY to graduation is not fixed. According to CodeDoor it is up to the student when she graduates.

Supported by leading tech companies

CodeDoor is strongly supported by Udacity, who provides 1,000 scholarships to the students of CodeDoor. The students are also supported by Amazon Web Services, GitHub, Salesforce, Cisco, and JetBrains.


CodeDoor was awarded as a national Lighthouse Project by the former vice-chancellor of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, the KFW Stiftung and Social Impact. They also received an award by Deutsche Bank and SAP.

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