Qwasar: A 21st-century Software Engineering School
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The Leading, Industry-aligned Software Engineering School in Silicon Valley, California, and the US.
Qwasar Silicon Valley is the only training provider that trains to Silicon Valley standards in software engineering. We do not compromise on computer science fundamentals, the rigor required to be an engineer, or the standards expected in writing quality code. We’re good at what we do and also boast one of the world’s best adult learning platform for software fields which we use to power our software engineering school as well as partner campuses.
Qwasar Silicon Valley was founded in 2019 following successful initiatives in the non-profit world for similar programs.
We’ve spent the last twenty years building training programs for software engineers, including other software engineering schools, and now we’re building an improved learning platform to train millions, not just a few thousand. Here are some of our accomplishments:
- 3 successful IT & softwareengineering schools aroundthe world
- Educated 25,000+ studentsover the last 20 years
- Won 3 awards including adistinguished WISE award
- Built a high school program for learning to code & pass the AP CSP exam
- Built a project incubator program
- Created an intensive one-year training program that placed over 75% of students in Tier 1 tech companies
Advancing Learning, Science, and Data
As a team and startup out of UC Berkeley, we’re proud to have participated in exceptional programs focused on startup incubation and market exploration.
The CITRIS Foundry focuses on high-impact startups using technology for the positive impact on society, both in the US and globally.
Kwame is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder based in Berkley, CA. Prior to founding Qwasar, Kwame was the co-founder and Managing Director of 42 Silicon Valley and co-founder of 42 in Paris. 42 is a computer programming school that reached international acclaim. Kwame opened both campuses and helped 12 other campuses around the world. Kwame led growth, expansion, and operations at Epitech, France’s leading private IT university and has a deep industry background, having worked with the national police force, France’s distinguished sailing team, and top tier tech companies in France.
Currently, his focus is on expanding new technologies and innovations in education to the Americas, Africa, and Asia, with a focus on digital economy workforce and skill development.
Gaetan is also a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Qwasar. He has an extensive background in software engineering, learning science, business, AI, and management. He co-founded an AI startup that was bought by SAP in 2018 and was the first employee of 42 in Paris as well as the founding team of 42 Silicon Valley.
Gaetan designed and built 2 programs in California that had significant impact on student employment rates and high schooler AP exam success rates.
Currently, his focus is on expanding the Qwasar platform and building the next generation of learning, working, and recruitment platforms using today’s technologies. He is passionate about the environment, nature, Corsica, automation, and ethics in AI.
Jennifer is a Qwasar co-founder, baker, writer, and loves sports. She has a mixed background with 10+ years in marketing, sales, business development, strategy and execution, customer acquisition, and operations, having worked in education, international development, broadcasting, and customer service industries.
Prior to Qwasar, Jennifer worked with Kwame at 42 Silicon Valley, doubled enrollment in less than 18 months and established the brand in the US. She also created and ran an incubator on campus, serving as an advisor to 10+ teams of projects and startups. In other roles, she was the ghost writer for the Chief Innovation Officer of the University of California in their Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and built digital marketing and market analysis systems for edtech companies in the K12 industry.
To have a globally impactful business, it’s essential for us to work with a global footprint of people who can help us think through how technology should be designed. This diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives is integral for helping us to bring Qwasar to the most difficult to reach places in Africa and Housseini’s perspective has been invaluable in helping us refine how we approach our implementation in Africa. His ambition to fill Africa’s technology gap is matched only by his determination to effect positive change across African countries.
Houssein is a passionate geek who uses his skills on projects that have a strong impact on the communities. He develops some apps such as YALI Learns App where you can take free courses on entrepreneurship, good governance, women’s rights, and public administration management. Recently he builds the curriculum and the platform of Niger First school with a focus on programming. His impact on the communities he served has naturally enabled him to win several national and international competitions. Houssein is an alumnus of Mandela Washington Fellowship, a prestigious program of the former President of the United State, Barack Obama. One of the strengths that Houssein defined for our company is improvement through iteration. This is not unique to startup philosophies but we have never worked with anyone who embodies the dedication to it as Houssein does. His lack of ego and dedication to teaching and documentation means that lessons he learns will always be share out to his peers.
Josh is a Program Manager at Qwasar and is based in Seattle, WA. He has an extensive background across the technology industry working in startups focused on healthcare, co-working, entrepreneurship and education.
Prior to Qwasar, Josh worked at Galvanize where he focused on building entrepreneurship education and mentorship programs. During this time he helped lead efforts to organize the nationwide team and establish virtual startup programming. Prior to his time at Galvanize, Josh worked at 42 Silicon Valley where he helped create and grow an incubator on campus. He also previously co-founded a HealthTech startup where he focused on lowering the cost of preventative healthcare.
At Qwasar, Josh is focused on managing our US based programs and ensuring our students have the top-level skills needed to have a successful career in tech!
Kristen is a Digital Marketing Coordinator at Qwasar and is based in Charlotte, NC.
Kristen graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT with a Master’s of Business Administration. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management. Kristen focused on Digital Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Project Management, and Advertising throughout her education at Quinnipiac University. She studied abroad in Ireland for a semester and really enjoyed learning about different European cultures.
At Qwasar, Kristen is engaged in content creation, social media and blogging, and website integration. She focuses on SEO, interviewing, email marketing and digital advertisements.
In her free time, Kristen enjoys skiing, cooking, and traveling. Kristen also enjoys learning about project management and process improvement.
Deidra is a Business Development Assistant at Qwasar and is based in the San Francisco, CA Bay area.
Deidra has a varied background in Finance and Administration working with small businesses, government and community colleges with account reconciliations and cash flow management. She also has provided an inclusive learning environment working in special education focusing on deaf/hard-of hearing learners and those who identify as neurodiverse.
At Qwasar, Deidra assists the executive team develop business and partnership opportunities. She is involved in business opportunity tracking/management, operations and administrative support. She focuses on writing proposals, events and project management.
Outside of work, Deidra enjoys learning about UX design. She finds joy in giving back by engaging in volunteer work, both domestically and abroad. Throughout the Bay area, Deidra embraces the diversity of foods, enjoying world-renowned locales, and accessing nature by exploring hiking trails.
John is a Technical Program Manager based in Central Georgia. His background includes corporate sales and management. John connected with Qwasar in the winter of 2020 and enrolled as a student, focused on utilizing his analytical skills to gain new qualifications.
Before Qwasar, John attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he focused on Business Management before moving to Hawaii to begin his professional career. Having lived and worked in locations such as Nevada, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, Indiana, Oregon, and of course Georgia, John has gained and fine-tuned his ability to communicate and serve many different communities and peoples.
Regarding his experience within the technical program and participation in the Qwasar social environment, John is well-suited to help lead future students on their journey with Qwasar.
TTY is our beloved mascot and favorite English bulldog. He brings love (and smelliness) to our team.
Our Advisory Board
Giorgio RegniGiorgio Regni is the co-founder and CTO of Scality. He has a deep background in software engineering, cloud infrastructure, databases, and business. He’s also a great musician!
Sergio LetelierSergio is the VP and Deputy General Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Professor Greg La BlancProfessor Greg La Blanc is Faculty Director of the Berkeley Fintech Institute and Professor in Strategy, Finance, and Law at UC Berkeley.
Roger Spitz is the founder of Techistential, the global foresight strategy and futures intelligence platform. He has two decades leading investment banking businesses, M&A, advising CEOs, founders, boards, shareholders and decision makers of companies globally on how to future-proof their business.
Cecile is founder and principal at Thirion Advisors and is an internationally recognized marketing consultant with a background in SaaS, sales, and digital marketing. Featured in two 40 under 40 lists, she also serves as a mentor to startups and focuses on helping them make an impact.
Nicolas is a Sr. Software Engineer at Amazon and was on the very early team of engineers who built S3 at AWS. He has a deep technical background in infrastructure, SaaS, and scalable systems.
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