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We started SPICED Academy with a singular goal: to allow people to change careers at any point in their lives. Our intensive, 12-week coding bootcamp in Berlin provides a modern approach to lifelong learning. Our program focuses on the languages most in-demand in today's market, giving students the technical know-how and career skills to flourish in whatever they choose to do.


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 coding can help them to make an impact.

Empower people with life skills

Our graduates leave SPICED with a strong command of the technical side of code. 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 intimate class sizes enable students and teachers to connect in a meaningful way. The collaborative culture at our coding bootcamp 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. David lives with an unusually sweet cat named Mia.

Favorite color #CC6600
Most used app Snapchat
Work song Baba Yetu (Civilization IV Theme Cover) - Peter Hollens feat. Malukah
Shilpa Melissa Rodrigues

Shilpa Melissa Rodrigues

Director of Programs & Community

Shilpa specializes in creating and mentoring global, cross-functional teams to build something meaningful together, with a focus on education management, student experience, program administration and community partnerships. She moved recently from the New York City area, where she worked for 12 years as Product and Project Manager at brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Kaplan Inc. and Rakuten Marketing. Her goal is to hike all the 66 lakes around Berlin.

Favorite color #003366
Most used app Google Maps
Work song Non, je ne regrette rien - Edith Piaf
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
Matt Fewer

Matt Fewer

Teacher & Developer

A Long Island, New York native, Matt earned Bachelors degrees in Business Management & Spanish Language & Literature from Stony Brook University. He is also a graduate of General Assembly's Web Development Immersive program. Matt has worked as a front end and full stack web developer, focused on working with JavaScript and its many useful libraries. Matt is also a guitarist, songwriter, & music producer when he is not busy coding.

Favorite color #009900
Most used app Evernote
Work song Fickle Friends - For You
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

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.