Today’s refugees, tomorrow’s programmers: be part of the solution to the migrant crisis.

We provide underprivileged groups with an end-to-end education in software engineering and entrepreneurship, empowering them to find employment and independence.

This is Social Hackers Academy.

What problem are we trying to solve?

Today there are 61,000 refugees stuck in Greece. Due to economic crisis the country is one of the least prepared in Europe to deal with this influx of people. Currently housing, food, water and other services are paid for in large part by government organizations and NGOs. But very little money is invested in sustainable solutions to the problem like formal education and skills training.


Our train of thought and actions to help solving the problem.

We live in Greece, and we’re programmers. Programmers have a problem-solving spirit that eventually works ;) So, the idea over coping with the refugee crisis, was:

  • Don’t give them fish, teach them how to fish: eating, drinking, the warmth of a house or clothes will not cease to exist as a need for refugees. They are in a foreign country with no means to integrate, unless someone provides these people with the necessary skills to be able to stand on their feet: we aim to teach them something useful to get a decent job, get a decent salary and buy exactly what they need all by themselves.


  • Mind the skills gap: There is more demand for high skill labor than there is supply of workers with those skills. Web developers and computer programmers fall in this category, so we thought there is a way to bridge this gap.


  • Teach them how to code: No doubt there’s amazing talent in refugee circles (musicians, actors, writers, lawyers, …) so why shouldn’t there be talent for web developers? All we needed to do is locate them, teach them the software engineering skills and…


  • Ensure a job position: Programmers and web developers are among the top sought after jobs by companies worldwide. Recruiters love them, multinationals love them, and a medium-sized Greek company could literally beg for them. We could definitely get jobs for our students if we tried. And we did. And it worked: a dozen of tech companies in Athens are now waiting for our first graduates.

This train of thought started as a wild fantasy, but as we started diving in, we realized there were people out there having actually materialized the same thoughts. There was no reason for us to reinvent the wheel: we came in contact with Hack Your Future, the successful coding school for refugees in Amsterdam, shared our ideas with them and collaborated closely to build our curriculum and get our teachers ready for action. We are now a member of  8 coding schools all across Europe.

How we are doing so far:

Our first coding course started in September 2017, with the financial support of local businesses that provided us with private funds, enough to cover the initial running costs. Since then we've launched 2 more classes and we're ready to launch another two in 2.5 months time.

By supporting our cause you’re helping:

  • 70 people in securing a job, with great potential 

  • 280 people learning the basics in our Computer Literacy Class

  • 84 students participate in our Wordpress Class


You can find our (future) Social Impact Report here.



Meet our Heroes aka Students

Why we need your support

We are launching a crowdfunding campaign to ensure the viability of our project for the next year. Reaching our crowdfunding goal will enable us to run 5 coding classes, 20 Computer Literacy Classes and 6 Wordpress Classes. We expect 56 people to work as software developers in companies or as freelancers.

Our aim: 12 months of runway. More specifically:

29.928 Euros + 7.9% Crowdfunding Platform Charges = 32.292 Euros


You can find our exact Financial Projections by clicking here.


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Website: http://socialhackersacademy.org
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