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Mission

Empower yourself with code

SPICED Academy is a coding bootcamp based in Berlin. We offer 12-week, intensive programming courses designed for people that want to become high-performing software engineers. We believe that anyone with the grit and motivation to learn to code can do so. Our rigorous courses accelerate learning and help our students be ready to excel – confident, prepared, and empowered.

GUIDING VALUES

Inspire

We want to encourage a diverse range of people to get excited about technology and its possibilities. By giving people the tools, resources and skills needed, our goal is to inspire people to see how coding can help them to make a meaningful impact upon the world.

Empower

We’re committed to empowering our students. We want each individual to leave SPICED with an exceptional self-starter attitude and creative problem-solving skills. Each graduate will be a team player, ready to make an impact not only on their next job, but society at large.

Collaborate

The collaborative culture at our coding academy fosters valuable team skills that set our students apart from the competition. We also collaborate with best-in-class companies, educational institutes and industry experts to provide the best learning experiences, ideas and insights.

Team

Frederik Aldag

Frederik Aldag

CEO and Founder

Frederik started programming on the Sinclair ZX81 at the age of 14 and went on to study Business Informatics in Germany, UK and USA. He has managed software development projects and data systems at Deutsche Bahn. He has 20 years of experience and a proven track record at all corporate and entrepreneurial levels at making ideas come to life and growing people to rise to their best professional potential. Beats and sounds make him stay awake at night.

Favorite color #000170
Most used app Gmail
Work song People Get Ready - Kenny Rankin (originally written by Curtis Mayfield)
David Friedman

David Friedman

CTO and Head Coach

David is a web developer with over 18 years experience at some of the leading technology companies in San Francisco and New York, including Klout, Yelp, Digg, and Razorfish. He has worked with a wide variety of tools over the years but has always maintained a deep focus on Javascript. Prior to becoming a web developer, David studied Classics at the City University of New York and taught many different courses on related topics. David lives with an unusually sweet cat named Mia.

Favorite color #CC6600
Most used app Snapchat
Work song Baba Yetu (Civilization IV Theme Cover) - Peter Hollens feat. Malukah
Shilpa Melissa Rodrigues

Shilpa Melissa Rodrigues

Director of Programs and Community

Shilpa specializes in creating and mentoring global, cross-functional teams to build something meaningful together, with a focus on education management, student experience, program administration and community partnerships. She moved recently from the New York City area, where she worked for 12 years as Product and Project Manager at brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Kaplan Inc. and Rakuten Marketing. Her goal is to hike all the 66 lakes around Berlin.

Favorite color #003366
Most used app Google Maps
Work song Non, je ne regrette rien - Edith Piaf
Paul Fowler

Paul Fowler

Marketing Manager

Paul has over 5 years experience creating international marketing campaigns for a range of exciting startups. An award-winning writer with a passion for combining marketing with design and UX, he focuses on building a unified, cross-platform message that resonates with people from all walks of life. He has lived and worked in Cardiff, London, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Berlin, and enjoys traveling and making music.

Favorite color #0D664E
Most used app Spotify
Work song Neutral Milk Hotel - Two Headed Boy Part Two
Julia Friesel

Julia Friesel

Teaching Assistant & Developer

After studying social sciences in Berlin and New York, Julia got her start in coding while working as a project manager at a web agency. Her main area of expertise is working with Javascript on the backend using Node.js. Julia is excited to help others learn to program because she loves explaining and learning new stuff herself. She's also involved in she.codes, a social coding school for women.

Favorite color #5C7E31
Most used app Pocket Casts
Work song Tina Dico – No Time to Sleep
Julius Sohn

Julius Sohn

Designer and Developer

Julius is studying communication design at HTW Berlin. He doesn't enjoy writing texts about himself.

Favorite color #0033CC
Most used app Sketch
Work song David August – Forgive Me If I Bleed
Matt Fewer

Matt Fewer

Teaching Assistant & Developer

A Long Island, New York native, Matt earned Bachelors degrees in Business Management & Spanish Language & Literature from Stony Brook University. He is also a graduate of General Assembly's Web Development Immersive program. Matt has worked as a front end and full stack web developer, focused on working with JavaScript and its many useful libraries. Matt is also a guitarist, songwriter, & music producer when he is not busy coding.

Favorite color #009900
Most used app Evernote
Work song Fickle Friends - For You