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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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35 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

35 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, 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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“At 42 São Paulo, students don’t only fit — they belong!”

Karen Kanaan, co-founder and partner at 42 São Paulo, joined the campus when it was still a dream. Today, she shares with us some insight about her work for the students.Karen Kanaan, co-founder and partner at 42 São PauloHi Karen! What drove you to join 42 São Paulo in the first place?I’ve been working in the non profit sector for the past 10 years: in communication, in an ad agencies, co-founding a startup… After I had my kids and being a mom, I looked at my professional life in a different way. How can I do something that is going to not only leave something better, but is building today something that is better for tomorrow. 42 São Paulo is a huge opportunity, not only for me and adults, but for my kids ten years from now. When I’m inside 42 São Paulo, I see the opportunity to build and change not only the education landscape but to give the opportunity many others didn’t have. I love connecting, sharing, meeting people and recognizing a friend in them. It’s kind of a life project for me. I usually joke that I do what I love and I earn money to do something I would do for free!What do you think of the 42 method?I believe that the 42 method is a great contribution to the academic and the market. We are showing the academic world that we are not better or worse, we are just different. We can learn and do something together. For the market, we are bringing new people and showing that stereotypes do not exist anymore. People can learn how to code and people can code, whereas you are a man, a woman, old, young… You don’t have to feel trapped anymore because of a stereotype.What is your stance on what education should be today?I believe in lifelong learning and that 42 is the start of a life journey. Today’s world sets us apart not for what we know but for what we do with that knowledge. What makes us different ? Human competence and the ability to think creatively and self complex problems, to have the ability to work with people who think differently, and to really positively commit to create a collaborative set. At 42 São Paulo, students don’t only fit — they belong. They don’t only study or learn, they participate. They feel they are building 42 São Paulo with us. All the values we share here, they are carried over for the rest of our students’ lives.Students enjoying 42 São Paulo42 São Paulo is blessed with a lot of diversity. What are the reasons behind this and your view on this topic?42 São Paulo breaks two huge barriers in education in Brazil. One: if I study, I still won’t pass. The second: if I pass, I won’t be able to pay. Having no tuition and no prep open doors for a lot of more diversity and opportunities for people to be better as human beings. There is beauty in having people of completely different cultures, each with their own journey and income, working together. It is a reflection of not only the education we wanna see but the world we wanna see. We are human beings: diversity is our reality. It’s a reflection of our societies.Thank you Karen, looking forward to hearing from you!

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42 São Paulo: From a dream to a reality

Inside 42 São Paulo © Israel GollinoA unique city! Passionate people! Divine inspiration! The story of 42 São Paulo is truly a modern tale to be told.42 São Paulo’s tale starts a few years ago. The city is a metropolis. Like every other metropolis, it has its characteristics, a lot of life during day and night, a lot of access and a lot of opportunities. São Paulo is the place to go if you want to know what’s happening in Brazil. It is said there are 100.000 job vacancies to be filled every year!With a dream in mind, Guilherme Decourt met in 2018 Karen Kanaan, now co-founder and partner of 42 São Paulo. “I thought “This guy is totally crazy: he just left his 10 year position in a VC society, and now he’s talking about a school I have never heard of”. So, I just said, “Look, we’ve been talking for almost an hour and I love the idea. I think we can build it together — let’s do this”, recalls Karen.In December of the same year, when 42 São Paulo only had a small team, they were approached by Fundación Telefónica. After their visit in France, they wanted to support the 42 initiative in Brazil and greenlighted all the fundings necessary. The dream was starting to take shape.By that time we were three: Guiga, Guilherme and myself. So the main challenge now was to find the “dream team”. We knew we needed brilliant people to move forward, people that have the entrepreneurial spirit. The invitation was clear: do you want to change the way people learn tech in this country? We rescued Luiz, our partner, before his transfer to another country. Then Nina, Gus and Mari. Team: checked.The next step was to find a central point, where people that have money and others that don’t could access 24h a day. A place that was a little bit cool and with tech vibes, so it was a very specific neighborhood. We’ve visited many places. We ended up in a building that was totally empty and bare. They were trying to rent for the past 5 years. Suddenly,we saw on the floor a newspaper used in construction. It was 2 years old and had a piece about “Star Wars” on it. We thought “This is a sign”. Today the article is framed on the wall in our office.Karen Kanaan, co-founder and partner at 42 São PauloDo not panic — everything is normal at 42 São Paulo.The building was finished in 2019. Two weeks later, the website was online. And again, two weeks later, 42 São Paulo has received more than 12.000 applications. “It was a surprise for us, says Karen. We knew we had an opportunity in the market, but we couldn’t imagine it was this big.”42 São Paulo has a capacity of 176 students at the campus. Due to the Covid sanitary crisis, they are experimenting with success with Online Piscines called “Basecamps” and they have 300 cadets. Six Basecamps are planned in 2021 throughout December.42 São Paulo is the best 42 campus because: of our TEAM! Not the soccer one — even if we are all addicted to play this game in Brazil — but the 42 São Paulo Team !Karen Kanaan, co-founder and partner at 42 São PauloThe newspaper that started it all :)

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“Proud to be part of the 42 Network, looking forward to new partnerships”

“Proud to be part of the network, looking forward to new partnerships”David Giron, Director and founding father of Codam Coding College in Amsterdam, joined the campus during its inception in march 2018 and has been lucky enough to have a great impact on its development. Codam is the only peer-to-peer institution in the Netherlands.David Giron, Director and founding father of Codam Coding CollegeHi David! Could you tell us about your backstory and how did you become the Director of Codam Coding College in Amsterdam?I have been working in education my whole life. I’m even part of the few people who were there at the very beginning of 42 in Paris! I was assisting the head of studies before being in charge of the education team. After five years, I was ready to speed up my game, I had a good connection with the Dutch team during the creation of Codam Coding College and when they offered me the position as Director, I really dove into it with no regrets: it’s wonderful what I’m doing here.Are you still thrilled to be part of the network of 42 partner campuses?I’ve realized the potential and the impact we can make as a network together. We are spread across the world — more than thirty campuses at the start of 2021. I’m just amazed and excited by all the possibilities we have as a network. I’m really proud to be part of the network, and I’m looking forward to new partnerships with partner campuses. We are bigger than the sum of all of us!Codam Coding College is not afraid to promote gender equality for a better place to study. How are you achieving this goal?I studied in a school that had 90% men. It was a boys club. I don’t want that for the future generations, neither for the future of my children. I want a place where everybody can live in peace and can be respected and I believe that starts with gender equality. When I joined Codam Coding College at the very beginning of the project, I wanted the school to be inclusive — and I meant it.Exterior view of Codam Coding CollegeWe made gender equality part of our DNA and you can see it in everything. From the way our building is designed, till the way we communicate with our stakeholders. We have thought about everything. For example when we designed our building we made sure everyone would feel welcome, you can see that in our colours, the sizes of our windows, the toiletries we offer in the toilet and so on. We also organize women only check-ins and events for example to lower the threshold. I’m proud to say that we almost have a 50% gender balance in our Selection Piscines for 2021.We want to make this mainstream and not the exception anymore. I’m sick of the stereotype that programming is something for men and a man’s world, and we are not talking about gender diversity alone, we are thinking beyond that. Think of cultural diversity, racial diversity, religious diversity and people with a disability.What was the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on your admission process?The COVID-19 crisis has hit everyone. We were lucky enough to be able to run the selection Piscine during the summer 2020 onsite in the building. Obviously the health and security was drastic, but it did work. We were able to recruit our third generation of students. We are happy and are looking forward to the next ones, starting with our next summer Piscine in 2021!What do you wish for the future of education?I wish education stops being plagued by conservatives. The paradigms need to shift: students need to master the ability to learn! Trying to teach students with century ago methods just for the sake of it is outdated. It even damages capacities of what students could do. Right now, we need people who are trained fast, who are efficient, flexible but also who are able to adapt. What makes sense today is the capacity to be able to tackle anything thrown at you, including new technologies, new libraries, new languages and new documentation. Being able to learn and to try something new right away, without the fear of failure, without the fear of not finding what we are looking for, is most valuable and what companies need at the moment.Thank you David, looking forward to hearing from you!

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Codam Coding College: Welcome to Amsterdam!

Aerial view of Codam Coding CollegeIf there’s one thing Amsterdam is worldly famous, it’s for its bikes everywhere. However, since 2018, it’s changing: with Codam Coding College, the city also houses the only peer-to-peer coding institution in the Netherlands.It was Corinne Vigreux’s dream to import 42 in the Netherlands. She has co-founded TomTom and always been interested in education in the Netherlands but also in France and the UK. She was closely following the development of the first campus 42 in Paris, until 2017 when her dream started to become reality.Construction works began in march 2018. A former military base, not fit for studying, was repurposed in the heart of Amsterdam. Everything was teared down to build a beautiful building with lots of natural light.“The building itself was designed to make everyone feel welcomed for all and fit the needs of candidates and students. It was designed to be one third cluster rooms with computers, one third technical and administrative rooms, and one third chilling and relaxing areas.” David Giron, Director of Codam Coding CollegeMeeting candidates at Codam Coding CollegeAmong the facilities, Codam Coding College provides a library, a gaming room, ping-pong tables… and a huge grass field just in front of the campus. The global design ensures candidates and students will have the best experience possible in order to learn, having fun, be safe and feel included.In april 2018, the first 240 candidates for Codam Coding College’s piscines were recruited, and the selected students fully joined the facility in 2019. Thanks to the hard work of the team at Codam Coding College and some smart communication, the first students were able to find internships the next year. With word of mouth, and companies coming back for more, the campus provides now many job opportunities for everyone.One of the key points of the rapid integration into the local economy is CodamX Series, inspired by the TedX Series. Every couple of weeks, the campus invites professionals in the IT department to explain their job, their position in a company, and give the student a taste at what they will expect after graduation. The show is quite popular!“To me, Codam is the best campus in the network of 42 partner campuses… because we have everything! We have the place, the building, the team, the knowledge, the fun, and we have the city of Amsterdam. If you want to study, come to Codam and if you want to party, also come to Codam!” David Giron, CEO of Codam Coding College

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