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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.


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.


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
Shilpa Melissa Rodrigues

Shilpa Melissa Rodrigues

Director of Programs & Community

Shilpa enjoys working on all things data — processing, analysis, visualization — and using this data to make business decisions. She has experience in product management, operations and process improvement at companies including Johnson & Johnson, Kaplan Inc. and Rakuten Marketing. She excels at bringing together individual talents in global, cross-functional teams to build things. She was born in the seaside town of Mangalore in South India, lived in New York for many years and is now enjoying Berlin.

Favorite color #003366
Most used app Google Maps
Work song Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp
Paul Fowler

Paul Fowler

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
Ryan Francis

Ryan Francis

Teacher & Developer

After completing his Masters degree in Dramatic Literature & Criticism in San Francisco, Ryan moved to Berlin with the intent to research trends in the European theatre and develop new work. Somewhere along the way, however, he discovered a love for coding, joined SPICED Academy as a student, and shortly after graduating joined the Full Stack faculty. Someday, he hopes to merge the worlds of art and technology by developing applications that serve those working in the arts, as well as their patrons.

Favorite color #000000
Most used app BBC News
Work song Africa - Toto (Chicken Cover)
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
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 Podcasts
Work song Africa - Ninja Sex Party (originally written by Toto)
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

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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