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Coding as a School of Thought

We envision a world where education is self-sustainable, and where technology and humanity can work together in harmony.

REINVENT THE WAY YOU LEARN THROUGH CODE

Education today is preparing students for the past; it is time to prepare for the future. Today’s problems are global and complex and skills like divergent thinking, emotional intelligence and collaboration are needed to solve them. Code is the perfect medium to learn these skills, as they will help you build tomorrow’s world.

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Growing Human Potential

What has changed?

The speed of change is exponentially increasing
Teachers are no longer the most knowledgable
Individuals are growingly independent.

A shift in societal paradigm

Globalization and technology bring about a shift from an expert-based to a learning-based system.

The potential of people

AI can commoditize repetitive knowledge and math-intensive patterns. There is a new need for truly Human Qualities to bring the world forward.

Curiosity

Current education often dulls the natural human curiosity. By reigniting it, people can develop passion and find their purpose.

Collaboration

As competitive systems have hit their limit,
contributing toward others is the way to move society forward exponentially.

Divergent Thinking

Standardized tests teach us that there is only one right answer, and one way to get there.
True innovation requires understanding that there are multiple solutions to one problem.

Global Community

The world is a village. Ideas or Information that is not shared in an understandable way has no impact. When you share material goods, they become scarce. When you share information, they become abundant.

Self Responsibility

There will not always be a teacher to tell you what to learn, or a boss to tell you what to do.
In our age, humans must take more responsibility over their future, and understanding this is the first step to shaping it for the better. Ideas can only develop further when they are shared and iterated upon by others and it does not matter where in the world you are.

Problem Solving

Short term thinking does not bring about any long term benefit. Improving the world requires stepping outside of the current mindset and imagining what the world could be, which also requires contemplating how to divide the task and conquer it step by step.

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR

Penguin is active in 5 countries across three continents educating people through coding. The team has also developed a two week bootcamp curriculum that teaches the relevant skills to thrive in today's world. Over the last 18 months, Penguin has created over 60 coding activities across multiple topics to bring technology education forward. 

Penguin is a learning company: we iterate over the concepts we learn as we do them.

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Co(de) Learning

CODING COMMUNITY

Established a weekly 4-hour-long coding session at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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Hackademy

1 WEEK BOOTCAMP

Created a 5-day-intensive beginner's bootcamp to prepare students for the START Hack.

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China

ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK

Taught Coding, 3D Modelling & Application Prototyping and ran a leadership week in the city of Zhenjiang China.

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Paraguay

FIELD TRIP AND PROTOTYPING

Taught girls in the rainforest of Paraguay and explored the indigenous communities where we found Johny, a 13 yo. creating his own computer games.

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Summer School

2 WEEK BOOTCAMP

Designed the curriculum, taught and mentored at the first summer coding bootcamp of the Student Union of the University of St. Gallen.

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Philippines

FROM ZERO TO WEBSITE

Teaching 10-12 year olds how to build websites at the House of Refuge in Manila.

Our Team

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BJÖRN SCHMIDTKE

Board Member. Entrepreneur and Developer. All my work is focusing on creating great places for people where they can fully step into their potential, develop further and be happy. Passionate about sharing knowledge, which is why I am teaching IT classes to university and high-school students around the world.

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BRYAN GIGER

CEO. Tech Head. Previously worked as a developer for IBM and a former Chairman of IT & Campus of the Student Union of the University of St. Gallen. I've been coding for over 10 years and love to teach tech.

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PROF. ALBERTO BACCHELLI

Real Teacher. I am a Professor at the University of Zürich teaching Empirical Software Engineering. My current research is focused on improving the software development process through data driven decisions.

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YUMI KIKUCHI

Project Management. Currently studying Electronics & has worked on the diffusion of Science & Technology through experimental education. I consider that as the key to reach lots of people and build a tech community that is committed to give back to society.

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TETYANA DROBOT

The Keeper. Of institutional, academic and corporate relations. Clients give us challenging tasks and interesting data, and I find the talent and passion among our students to tackle them.

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DELIA GARCETE

Wonder Woman. A world traveller who is passionate about hospitality. Having worked at some of the top hotels of the world, I am applying what I learned to the Penguin House to create the ground Zero for tech in Paraguay.

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