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Mission

We started SPICED to provide people with a modern approach to lifelong learning and to allow you - at any point in your life - to learn, grow, and become the person you want to be. Our curriculum is crafted to address market needs, and our hands-on, project-based approach to learning enables you to build an exceptional portfolio of applications. Most importantly, our program hones your critical thinking skills and gives you the skills be an independent, high-performing professional.

GUIDING VALUES

Inspire people to build things

We want people to get excited about technology and its possibilities. By giving people the tools, resources and skills needed, our goal is to inspire creative, ambitious people to see how tech can help them to make an impact.

Empower people with life skills

Our graduates leave SPICED with strong technical abilities. We also strive to teach skills such as critical thinking and creative problem solving which will further empower students to be valuable members of any team.

Build a collaborative community

At SPICED you’ll never be just another student. Our collaborative culture fosters valuable team skills that set our students apart from the competition.

Team

Frederik Aldag

Frederik Aldag

CEO & 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 & 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.

Favorite color #CC6600
Most used app Snapchat
Work song Africa - Toto
Paul Fowler

Paul Fowler

Senior 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
Anne Luck

Anne Luck

Office Manager

Anne has over 15 years experience in the educational sector. After developing and managing a Student Partner Program at Microsoft Germany, she worked as an educational advisor and product manager in several StartUps in Berlin. She has a strong passion for education and the impact education can have on peoples lives. Anne has lived in U.S., Mexico and Egypt and loves to work in multicultural environments.

Favorite color #209E28
Most used app WhatsApp
Work song Guaranteed - Eddie Veder
Anna Alongi

Anna Alongi

Admissions Manager

Originally from Munich, Germany Anna grew up bilingual (English/German) in Atlanta, Georgia. While completing her MA in Sociology at the Freie Universität in Berlin, she discovered her passion for working with international study abroad students through working with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), where she gained 4 years experience working with predominantly American exchange students. After completing her MA and working a few months in recruiting for an up and coming IT-Software start-up in Berlin, Anna decided to return to working in education at SPICED Academy. Anna loves Berlin, her french bulldog Bruno and is a huge foodie!

Favorite color #FFFF00
Most used app Lieferando
Work song Screamin Jay Hawkins - I put a spell on you
Eileen McNulty-Holmes

Eileen McNulty-Holmes

Community Manager

Eileen has over 5 years’ experience managing content and community-driven projects across tech, arts and culture. They are an award-winning writer, award-nominated editor, experienced public speaker and journalism mentor. Their main focus is helping remarkable companies in Berlin's tech ecosystem to cultivate their communities through content, events, and strategy.

Favorite color #ff007f
Most used app Spotify
Work song Kelis - Jerk Ribs
Kristian Rother

Kristian Rother

Data Science Teacher

Dr. Kristian Rother earned his PhD at the Humboldt Universität, Berlin. He has worked six years as a professional trainer and delivered courses on Python, data analysis and communication throughout Europe. He has translated key data science books for O'Reilly, and is author of two Python books himself, "Managing Your Biological Data with Python" and "Python Best Practices: Debugging, Testing and Maintenance". Kristian is passionate about applying diverse teaching methods in the classroom to ensure a great experience for everybody. He believes everybody can learn Python.

Favorite color #80b940
Most used app Pen & Paper
Work song Dire Straits - Ride Across The River
Paul Wlodkowski

Paul Wlodkowski

Data Science Teacher

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Paul graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and German. While working for 3 years in a consulting firm in DC, he developed a strong interest in data analytics; he pursued this career further by moving to Berlin and enrolling in the Data Science program at SPICED Academy. After graduating, Paul was hired by SPICED as a full-time teacher — where he continues to help students make a career change into the growing field of Data Science.

Favorite color #800020
Most used app Telegram
Work song A New Error (Moderat)
Tommy Gadsby

Tommy Gadsby

Data Science Teacher

Before joining Spiced, Tom spent 10 years working in asset management in London's West End, before moving into product management for a fintech startup. He then took some time off work to earn a CS MSc from the University of York, then decided to take the SPICED Data Science course. Shortly after graduating he joined the teaching staff. Tom speaks 6 languages, having lived and worked in London, Paris, Berlin, Buenos-Aires & Beijing. In his spare time Tom loves to work on language learning and NLP.

Favorite color #7EB7F5
Most used app Google Translate
Work song four tet - angel echoes
Ivana Matijevic

Ivana Matijevic

Teacher & Developer

Before joining SPICED, Ivana earned her Bachelors degree in English and German Literature from New York University and spent years working in the New York start-up scene as an operations specialist in the farm-to-table food distribution space. After getting laid off, she decided to join SPICED's Full Stack program in late 2017 as a student, and she joined the teaching staff shortly after graduating. Ivana grew up in the US but is originally from Teslić, Bosnia, and spends her free time reading contemporary Balkan diaspora literature.

Favorite color #2ca1f9
Most used app Lime
Work song Africa - Ninja Sex Party (originally written by Toto)
Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson

Teacher & Developer

Peter moved to Germany in 2006 after completing his degree in Management with Marketing and worked for several years for a successful startup, Spreadshirt. Then, after 10 years of running his own online marketing business, he discovered a love of coding. After graduating from SPICED Academy in late 2018, Peter joined the Full Stack faculty. He was born in Scotland, and has traveled extensively before settling down and starting a family in Berlin.

Favorite color #034694
Most used app Sonos
Work song Weezer - Africa (starring Weird Al Yankovic)
Andrea Arias

Andrea Arias

Teacher & Developer

Prior to joining SPICED, Andrea studied the sciences, obtaining a Bachelor's in Biology and Chemistry and then a Master's in Biotechnology from Georgetown University. After graduate school, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 4 years in the areas of Quality Assurance and Project Management, specializing in biological products and medical devices. Although drawn to the sciences, she always wanted to learn programming and decided that it's never too late to start. She moved to Berlin in 2018 to learn web development at SPICED; shortly after, she joined the SPICED team as a full-stack instructor. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new restaurants in Berlin and exploring the city with her dog, Layla.

Favorite color #008080
Most used app Google Maps
Work song Africa - Toto x Peter Bence (Piano Cover)

Why Berlin?

Berlin is one of Europe’s biggest, most exciting cities. It’s also one of the most affordable. Here, a fascinating history and culture is compounded by arguably the strongest startup and tech scene in Europe. Millions of people are drawn annually to its addictive blend of beauty and anarchy. Spend just a few hours roaming the atmospheric streets and it will soon become clear why Germany’s capital city is one of the most exciting cities in the world right now.

Our coding bootcamp is found in the lively, beautiful neighbourhood of Schöneberg. Just around the corner from our spacious offices you’ll find plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops to explore when you're taking a break from coding.

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