About Qwasar

Enter a new universe of top-level, affordable tech talent programs for the digital economy.

WE’RE ON A MISSION TO TRAIN MILLIONS FOR THE DIGITAL WORLD & MAKE TRAINING ACCESSIBLE.

Our Mission

The 4th industrial revolution is here and most companies will become technology companies as digital transformation continues. Today, there’s a huge demand for high-quality digital training to equip the workforce with both hard skills and soft skills that are far beyond what machines can do. We’re on a mission to help as many people as possible train for the digital world, to make our training accessible, and to change diversity in tech.

Our History

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, 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.

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Our Team

About Qwasar - Kwame Yamgnane

Kwame Yamgnane

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.

About Qwasar - Gaetan Juvin

Gaetan Juvin

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.

About Qwasar - Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer Robertson

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.

Houssein Ahssimi

Houssein Ahssimi

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.

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Terence

Terence hails from France and is a Jr Software Engineer, focusing on program implementation and back-end engineering. He previously worked at Tesla on their auto-pilot team and is passionate about building a better future for the world using technology.

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TTY

TTY is our beloved mascot and favorite English bulldog. He brings love (and smelliness) to our team.

Our Board

About Qwasar - Giorgio Regni

Giorgio Regni

Giorgio 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!
About Qwasar - Sergio-Letelier

Sergio Letelier

Sergio is the VP and Deputy General Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
About Qwasar - Greg-La-Blanc

Professor Greg La Blanc

Professor Greg La Blanc is Faculty Director of the Berkeley Fintech Institute and Professor in Strategy, Finance, and Law at UC Berkeley.
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Our Science

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Our Cutting-edge Platform

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Contact Us

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