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We make digital an opportunity for all, everywhere.

42 is the first digital training center that is entirely free and available to students with or without degrees who are 18-years or older. Its teaching methods are based upon peer-to-peer learning: classless, teacherless, and participatory, 42 allows students to free their creativity through project learning.

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36 partners campuses
in the network 42

22 number of countries represented
in the network 42

12,000 + number of students trained
in the network 42

36 partners campuses
in the network 42
22 number of countries represented
in the network 42
12,000 number of students trained
in the network 42

Xavier Niel founded 42 in 2013; at that time, the French digital industry went through an acute shortage of IT developers. To train many talented future developers, our institution offers the best infrastructures at innovative and modern location in Paris. Recently, 42 planned a global development with now 35 campuses in Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Brazil (2 campuses), Canada, Finland, France (5 campuses), Germany (2 campuses), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco (2 campuses), Portugal, Russia (2 campuses), South Korea, Spain (5 campuses), Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey (2 campuses) and United Arab Emirates.
42 is what we believe the school of tomorrow should be.

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42 Madrid, where the sun always shines

Never a cloudy day at 42 Madrid: this campus has a lot to offer to students!Madrid is blessed with lots of daylight — it is one of the sunniest cities and capitals in Europe! As the capital and the largest city of Spain, it has an interconnected ecosystem of business, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition to traditional companies, a lot of startup incubators emerged and provided great opportunities for students.42 Madrid opened in 2019 thanks to Fundación Telefónica, the foundation of one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. The campus is located within the company’s headquarters, along with the business and innovation divisions, at the heart of the Telefónica´s HQ. 42 Madrid have spectacular facilities: 300 workstations, rest areas, food & drinks services, a digital ‘disconnection’ room called “El Templo” (“The Temple”) and Studio 42, an area to put creativity into action.“We mostly have Spanish students of course, but because of the language, we also welcome many students from South America, coming from Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Mexico… We launched the first piscine in Sept 2019. It was a huge event with a special guest, Spain’s number one sports personality: Rafael Nadal! Along with him, we shared values such as working hard, managing frustration and tolerance, with our candidates.”Inés Temes Fuertes, Director of 42 MadridSince then, 42 Madrid already hosted 10 Piscines for new candidates and is we´re not going to stop there. The team is also lucky to have a special staff member to help them: Marvin, straight out of the novel “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. He is loved by all, even if sometimes he is a bit of a paranoid android!42 Madrid also takes advantage of the Telefónica ecosystem, which is a leader in technologies such as IOT, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Cloud and Blockchain. Workshops, challenges and hackathons attract talent and even create new content for 42. Currently, 42 Madrid is working on cybersecurity content together with a team of experts from Telefónica and the Cybersecurity League composed of students.“42 Madrid is the best because of its community! We are very fortunate to have students committed to the methodology and who are able to form social relationships across the campus. It’s a tight-knit community!”Inés Temes Fuertes, Director of 42 Madrid

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Inés Temes Fuertes is the Director of 42 Madrid. After more than 10 years working at Telefónica Educación Digital, and two and a half years on employability projects, she embraced her love for education and learning methodologies.How are you feeling as the Director of 42 Madrid?“I feel privileged! I am very lucky to work with such a great, committed staff. I love being close to the students and watching them progress and shape their professional careers. It is exciting to see entrepreneurial projects from students and contribute to creating an ecosystem for companies to learn about the talent in 42 and help promote the goal of employability.”How is 42 Madrid received in the education community?“Sometimes schools or universities can feel that 42 is ‘too’ new — with no teachers or formal classes — and they may feel slightly threatened. They are, however, prepared to come to 42 Madrid and try to understand the methodology. They know they need to offer alternatives to their students, because sometimes traditional methods does not work well. When educators visit us and talk to the students, they become more open-minded. The 42 model works for some people and university works for others. There is a place for everyone and the idea is to have two different options.”What is the mood here at 42 Madrid?“Our campus, our gardens, and also our weather, encourages us to share more with others. For example, when we organize a hackathon, we have dinner that usually consists of pizza and a coke. At the moment, due to COVID, we are not allowed to have lunch or dinner inside. So, thanks to our campus, there is no problem to have pizza outside because the weather is amazing. It’s really nice to be able to share more between us.”Diversity is a strong value at 42. What does it mean to you?“What I love most about diversity is that it implies empathy, acceptance, coexistence, and tolerance. Because we are very connected with the Latin American population, diversity is more important than ever. 42 is a place for opportunities for everyone. Working in a place where your values are in tune with your work is really amazing.”What’s in hold for 42 Madrid?We’ve got two major goals already set. First, we are focusing more on female students: we wish to attract them and care for them at 42 Madrid! Also, I’m very interested in connecting 42 with 16 to 17 years old students. Even if they are not permitted come here at the moment, we have to start to inspire them. We have to do something in schools with the teachers, with the directors, and work more with this collective. It’s a huge challenge, but an amazing one!”

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“Great minds are everywhere!”

Louise Nobes is the founder and CEO of 42 Adelaide, the first 42 campus in Australia. Enthusiastic, she’s always wanted to solve the most complex social problems by working with the community.Hi Louise! I’ve heard you have a unique background as CEO of 42 Adelaide…“I call myself a little crazy and very passionate. I worked as a social worker across the community in mental health, foster care, disability including health services before founding the company, KIK Innovation, six years ago. We were really working with the most disadvantaged kids and teaching them entrepreneurship and innovation skills and then investing in their business ideas. We were looking to solve the real complex issues of unemployment and particularly youth unemployment. When there’s such a tech and digital demand crisis, we went looking for the best education models that solved those two really complex issues: growing the best IT talent for the future of work and making sure that everyone was part of the jobs of the future.”Now that 42 Adelaide is a reality, what do you get from it?“I’m a social work thinker first. I have always strived to look for ways to change the system and for education to be so accessible to everyone. For me, 42 is probably the most significant achievement I’ve ever made. Working with Mel Stirling everyday to bring 42 to Australia, I am very proud of that: we’re just a couple of women, not millionaires, but we actually believed in 42 enough and so we built a community around us.”What are your thoughts on the future of education?“The future of education needs to be really thoughtful and always changing. We need to ask this question to the people that want to be educated! We have to always go back to how people want to learn. We need to do that at the youngest age possible because the older you get, the more disillusioned you become and the more stuck in structures you become. At the moment, 42 is so important for software engineers, but I’ve already been asked how you can bring 42 into some other key disciplines.”What’s important for you in the 42 model?“At 42, it’s definitely the inclusivity that is the strongest value to me. You can say that you’re open to all, and you can say that it’s free, but that doesn’t mean anything if people don’t come in with that diversity lens. 42’s inclusivity drives all of us to keep being better and bring more people in from different walks of life. We don’t care about the background: great minds are everywhere!”

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42 Adelaide, a sense of community

Voted 3rd best livable city in the world, Adelaide combines the laid-back Australian way of life with stunning opportunities for a fulfilling career. With the recent addition of the headquarters of a new Australian Space Agency, its IT sector is thriving and up and coming. In 2021, 42 Adelaide opened its door in the business center of the city to be part of it.What makes the history of 42 Adelaide unique is that Louise Nobes, its CEO and Founder, comes from the social sector. As a social worker and entrepreneur, she was always looking for ways to bring new opportunities to youth.“I remember, about two and a half years ago, I was teaching at university. A lecturer told me: “Have you heard of 42?” And I was like, “no, what is this?” And he explained, “Well, it is a school that is founded in France. It started out from the desperate need for the best talent. You’ve got to go and have a look at it.” About 10:00 PM that night, I googled 42. I mailed Olivier Crouzet, and said, ‘I’m this little social entrepreneur down in Adelaide and I completely believe that 42 will be so important for us to open’.”Louise Nobes, CEO and Founder 42 AdelaideAdelaide and South Australia are known to produce the best wines in all of Australia, and host a lot of festivals. Even if the city of Adelaide is in itself very accomodating for student life, the 42 campus has still a lot of leisure to offer. It has a lot of breakout areas, a tennis table that is always taken, and a virtual reality room which is favored by the students. With 150 iMacs and a student capacity of 450 students every year, 42 Adelaide has set a target of 4 Piscines a year as a minimum. They are hoping to expand fast as soon as possible. Thanks to a very lively city, it should not be a problem: enough opportunities are knocking at the door.“The growth in software development jobs is unprecedented for us at the moment. We already have a list of hiring partners, about 30, and it’s growing every day. We have company sponsors like Lockheed Martin and Ozrunways. We couldn’t have opened without the support from our founding partner Loftus Technology and our inaugural partner Uniting Communities and funding from the South Australian government”Louise Nobes, CEO and Founder 42 AdelaideThanks to a 100% full women team, 42 Adelaide has gained a lot of traction in the city, showing that both the IT sector and the education market is ready for a change.“42 Adelaide is the best campus: there is no other 42 like us! We are a grassroots community of people that believe in the values of 42. We have really been able to cut through any sense of privilege and really show that even women in Adelaide that don’t come from a technology background can really still believe in 42. That’s our difference.”Louise Nobes, CEO and Founder 42 Adelaide

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42, acclaimed for the excellence of its training and recognized for its social role, continues its…

42, acclaimed for the excellence of its training and recognized for its social role, continues its international developmentParis, September 14, 2021 — In the first place of the annual ranking of schools training the best coders (CodinGame), 42 gets a news international recognition by integrating 10th place in the Top 100 of the World Universities with Real Impact (WURI). It also ranks first in terms of ethical values, ahead of Harvard, Columbia and Yale. This distinction, alongside the world’s most prestigious institutions, reinforces the legitimacy of a unique pedagogical model that continues to be successfully exported: the 42 Network, launched in June 2019, now includes 35 partner campuses, including two new ones in Turkey (Kocaeli and Istanbul). On top of that, ten new campuses are being discussed to open their doors in the future.When excellence meets equal opportunityIn less than ten years, 42 became the IT best training reference in the world, with more than 12,000 students trained in 22 countries, demonstrating that diversity and inclusion are major assets for the future. Its training of excellence for all, which trains the best IT developers on the market, free of charge, with no diploma requirements and no age limit, is attracting a multiplicity of players around the world (governments, local authorities, large companies, universities, benefactors, etc.) eager to take up the challenge of a more inclusive and human digital transition of society.While the sector is growing, it suffers from a lack of qualified skills. 42 facilitates the training of young people without qualifications, the retraining of students and job seekers, and the creation of vocations among women who are far removed from the tech professions, enabling them to acquire the basics of programming, before offering them the opportunity to specialize in the field of their choice (data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, mobile web, network administration, etc.). Compatible with part-time work, it aims to give everyone the same chances of success, regardless of their availability or status. All the partner campuses adhere to a charter with 5 key values: free access, 24/7 accessibility of the premises, commitment to women and minorities, the principle of secularism and non-commercialization of the work done by the students.« We are extremely proud of the distinction offered by the WURI ranking. The international recognition of the positive impact of the 42 model on society and the growing interest of the world in our educational model demonstrates that digital technology can be a powerful vector of inclusion, even in less privileged regions. Today, the 42 network continues to grow at a steady pace: with 35 partner campuses integrated since its launch two years ago, we should reach our initial goal of 50 campuses by 2025 much faster than expected » said Sophie Viger, CEO of 42.Download the press release

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“42 allows access to a high level of education”

Dominic Goulet is the CEO of Québec Numérique, a non-profit organisation that aims to gather the city’s digital community. He is also supervising 42 Québec.Hi Dominic! What’s great about being the CEO of Québec Numérique and in charge of 42 Québec?“The most motivating thing for me is the opportunity to think about the future. For 42 Québec, my role was to put together all the winning conditions for the opening of the campus. Today, when I walk around the halls, I know how to remain discreet, go unnoticed and observe the behavior of the students. I identify a lot with them and their different backgrounds. This allows me to think of solutions to their problems for their future and to think of what the community here in Québec City needs to move forward. That’s really what I like best: to propose solutions for the future.”Can you tell us more about your personal journey?“When I was young, I used to play video games professionally, before it became a career. Trying to get better at it, I discovered programming, started decompiling executables to see what was going on behind. One thing led to another and I learned how to program, which allowed me to start working at a very young age and later on to create my first companies. In 2014, I joined the board of directors of Québec Numérique, which allowed me to participate in the creation of 42 Québec from the beginning. In 2018, following the departure of the CEO and without asking me, I was unanimously appointed Interim CEO, initially for three months. Today, we realize that the “three months” has grown a bit long!”What can we do to improve the way education works?“Education does a good job in general for about 50% of the population. The problem is for the other 50% and all the atypical paths. 42 is a very good step to meet these people and value their strengths that are not even considered in the traditional education system. Soft skills are in my opinion more important than hard skills: emotional intelligence, feeling, ability to adapt… We have to go and find people who don’t necessarily feel comfortable in traditional education and offer them training opportunities to allow them to express their full potential.”What’s important for you in the 42 model?“One of the fundamental reasons why I wanted to build 42 Québec was because of the accessibility of education. My background is that traditional education has not worked. One of the strengths of 42 is that it allows all the people for whom it doesn’t work to have access to a high level of education and a significant technical background. Accepting new students regardless of their background and knowledge is very important to me.”Thank you Dominic, looking forward to hearing from you!

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42 Quebec, a campus at the heart of a digital community

Discover how 42 Quebec has become a key player in energizing Quebec City’s digital community.The convenience of a big city with the charm of a tight-knit village community: Quebec City, Canada, offers an ideal setting for studying. It provides opportunities for fun and tourism as well as for work and career. In the digital industry, it stands out with a strong focus on artificial intelligence and video game studios of all sizes, from the largest to the smallest independent company.42 Québec originates from Québec Numérique, a non-profit organization that aims to gather the city’s digital community to bring it to life and animate it. In 2015, a new challenge arose: how to deal with the developer shortage.“We started looking outside the traditional education system for solutions. We wanted to find new solutions to address this issue. During a trip to France, we had the opportunity to visit the 42 campus in Paris. The whole team fell in love with it. We saw what the training could bring, how it worked, we met students there. From that moment on, it was definite: there will be a 42 campus in Québec City.”Dominic Goulet, CEO of Québec NumériqueThe project developed thanks to Québec Numérique’s partners: the government of Québec, the city of Québec, as well as private partners. The campus opened in 2020 after convincing the partners of the relevance of 42’s dedicated model as well as that of the first francophone campus in North America.42 Québec is a campus capable of accommodating 600 students, with Piscines held twice a year. Located in the same place as Québec Numérique, it allows students to get directly involved in the community by meeting major players and participating in events, which gives them visibility on the objectives and opportunities upon graduation.What also makes 42 Québec so unique is its unofficial mascot: the rubber duck. He spreads the principle of “Duck Programming” on campus with him.“When you don’t understand something you’re doing in your code, explaining it to a rubber duck on your desk can help you move forward. You have to go through each step one by one, explaining the lines of code, until you find the problem. His advantage is that he is always available to listen! Rumour has it that there are 42 hidden ducks in the Google Street Maps virtual tour of 42 Québec.”Dominic Goulet, CEO of Québec NumériqueToday, with 42 Québec, Québec Numérique wishes to reinforce the attractiveness of the region, as much for the student’ community as for the industry. The goals are to give the opportunity to live in Québec city through studying at 42, to offer quality jobs, and to provide initiatives to develop creativity and entrepreneurship.“42 Québec is the best — and only! — french-speaking 42 Campus in North America! Our students are really lucky to be able to take an active part in the life of the Québec City’ digital community while studying at 42. We also have the best movies, the best humor, and the best festivals!”Dominic Goulet, CEO of Québec Numérique

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“What we can achieve is amazing”

In his past life, Leo Filardi used to teach entrepreneurship, innovation and digital transformation in Brazil, while building accelerator programs for big companies. After joining the team of 42 Rio in 2017, he is now the CEO of 42 Abu Dhabi.Leo Filardi, CEO of 42 Abu DhabiHi Leo! Being the CEO of 42 Abu Dhabi, what’s the best thing about your position?One of the things that I like the most is to have the opportunity to interact with a lot of stakeholders. I have the chance to discuss with all the companies that already partnered with us. At 42 Abu Dhabi, we also have the Government looking for us, helping us, providing all the needs that we have. Being the CEO with this kind of freedom thanks to the support we got from ADEK gives me the power to build whatever I want for the students and give them the best environment to work in.Education has not been the same since the COVID crisis. What do you think education will be in the future?I would say the future of education will definitely be based on technology. Due to the pandemic, everyone who was studying was allowed to keep going on with their studies. On one hand, students missed one of the greatest things: the human side of the process, the interactions and collaboration. But on the other hand, thanks to technology, we were allowed to keep moving on. I’m not saying that the path is online education versus in person education. It’s not about option A or option B. What if we merge, what if we understand the ways that we can work together?Abu Dhabi is a big city for expatriates. Did the different nationalities and backgrounds hold you back?On the contrary, during the first Piscine, the applicants were the best part of the process. They were so eager to begin that they helped us make the best piscine we could. One of the greatest things about 42 that I got to know, and one of the values that I love the most, is diversity. It’s amazing to interact with people with different nationalities, different ages, different genders, or different backgrounds. They work together because the 42 method makes them work together no matter what. Diversity is also for me connected to freedom. When I open a school and say “we are for everyone” this is a huge and very powerful and strong statement. Being able to do that on a day-to-day basis is even greater. What we can achieve is amazing, I can’t even describe it.© Fadi Deeb (Mojo)Do you have a secret to share about what makes 42 Abu Dhabi special?At 42 Abu Dhabi, we have a Chief of Student Experience: Sara. One of the things that her team does is to call the applicants who didn’t login during the Piscine the last day to know what’s happening and encourage them to come back. They are doing a fantastic job which is very helpful. In our first Piscine ever, we started with 135 applicants and ended it with 118. It’s a huge number, and it’s because we have someone to take care of our applicants when they are not inside the campus.Thank you Leo, looking forward to hearing from you!

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42 Abu Dhabi: a melting pot ready to thrive

Inside 42 Abu DhabiA new campus in a new country: learn more about 42 Abu Dhabi and what its city has to offer.On december 2nd, 2021, the United Arab Emirates will turn 50. Its capital city, Abu Dhabi, is one of the most biggest and vibrant cities of the middle-east. One of its main characteristics is its population: about 90% of the population are expatriates. Growing fast, eager to learn and a melting pot of culture, it’s the perfect place for 42 to thrive with 42 Abu Dhabi!42 Abu Dhabi is part of an agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the French Government. It was funded thanks to the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) as part of the Ghadan 21 accelerator program. It was officially opened earlier this year in January, but due to the global sanitary crisis, its first piscine was held a couple of months ago in May. Located in the middle of Mina Zayed Port, the campus retains the vibe of the area with an industrial look akin to a warehouse.“We are looking for new partnerships, not only to find job or internship opportunities, but to bring challenges for our students like in R&D labs. By the end of September, the first batch of students will be here with us, and we are planning a lot of activities with our partners. They are looking forward to working with us and we are looking forward to a better 2022!”Leo Filardi, CEO of 42 Abu Dhabi.© Fadi Deeb (Mojo)Already, future students and alumni are sought. Mubadala Investment Company and the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority have already agreed to sponsor each 50 students of the first batch. Other companies are also lined up to be part of the adventure, like Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, Huawei and du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company).For now, 42 Abu Dhabi is working hard during its first selections ever. Piscines are being held until August and have seduced a wide range of different people and personalities: The first Piscine gathered more than 50 nationalities, 40% of women applicants, and an average age of 28 years old, going from 18 to almost 50!42 Abu Dhabi is the best campus because I’m here! I’m Brazilian and we, from Latin America, have a very unique way to treat people. I try to build a very soft and light environment among my team. Even if we have huge responsibilities, I’m always here to say “Relax, let’s sit and play FIFA for a moment!”Leo Filardi, CEO of 42 Abu Dhabi

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