Our Team

The people who make CodeSpace happen.

Emma Dicks

Co-Founder.

Emma is passionate about providing high quality education that enables young people to bring innovative ideas to life and play an active role in South Africa’s economy.

Aside from her work at CodeSpace, Emma advocates for tech education through acting as an Ambassador for Africa Code Week and coordinating the #eSkills4Girls network in Africa.

Emma has been recognised on numerous prestigious listing including: Fast Company’s 30 Under 30, Mail & Guardian Top 200 South Africans, Brightest Young Minds, Destiny Magazine’s Power of 40, VentureBurn’s Top 31 South African Entrepreneurs and Marie Claire’s Game Changing Women.

She has been awarded the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her work towards social justice which she received in June 2015 from her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Clint Clark

Co-founder.

Clint gained over a decade’s worth of experience developing software for clients and for his own entrepreneurial endeavors. He has built award winning websites and developed software that has touched millions of individuals.

He firmly believes that the most important skill an individual can possess is the ability to “keep on learning” and he has dedicated his life to imparting that belief and skill to others.

When not at CodeSpace he can be found tempting fate rock-climbing the nearest cliff face.

Stefan Louw

Co-Founder.

Stefan is passionate about unlocking the creative potential of young people to help them create resilient communities.
Stefan completed a masters degree in Energy and Development Studies at UCT. His thesis explored how to enable grassroots innovation by youth in Cape Town’s townships using an innovation challenge.

He attended UCT’s first d.school class in 2016 and was awarded the top prize for the EBE Post-grad Student’s Council Social Consciousness Challenge in 2014. Stefan’s background is in Mechatronics Engineering and in various education initiatives.

Nathan Banda

Coding instructor.

 

Web developer, teacher and barista with years of experience building, designing and programming web sites.

Nate has an absolute passion for learning and developing solutions to complex problems.

When Nate’s not at CodeSpace he is out there enjoying a pour over coffee, his favourite pour over brewing method is the V60.

Tegan Crous

Program lead.

Tegan heads up the high school program.

She is spurred on by a heart for people and seeing them pursue their potential in a safe, fun and nurturing environment.

She has experience working with youth in various formats and found herself in the tech industry quite by mistake, but with no regrets.

Tegan has a long history with the organisation and she has delighted in being part of its impact and growth.

Andrea Petersen

Operations Lead.

Andrea oversees operations for CodeSpace.

Andrea thrives on seeing key players in the CodeSpace ecosystem discover how they can make the greatest impact.

When she is not co-ordinating the CodeSpace family she can be found enjoying the diverse cuisine and great outdoors that Cape Town has to offer.

Our amazing Interns:

Shiriel King Abramson

Intern.

Sociology student with a minor in American Studies from Stanford university

During Shiriel’s time at Code4CT, she collaborated with Jomo to create a guide to applying to American Colleges, spearheaded a website overhaul, and served as blog editor.

Amin Azad

Intern.

Industrial Engineer graduate with a minor in Business Management from University of Toronto.

At the age of 20, he founded his company called Placey which is an architectural visualization firm focusing on virtual tours of  commercialized and residential houses. He has also done some great research on areas such as optimisation research and human centered design.

At his time at Codespace, he worked on advertising and marketing the coding classes, greatly improving the codespace website, finding placements for the graduates of Codespace Academy and designing a curriculum for high school students related to Ideation and Human Centered Design.

 

Crystal

Intern.

Symbolic Systems student with a concentration in Human from Stanford University

As an intern with Code4CT, she designed a machine learning workshop, refined existing beginner JavaScript curriculum, and created blog content for Innovate South Africa’s CodeSpace site. She’s looking forward to using what she’s learned at Code4CT to be a strong Curriculum and Outreach lead for Stanford’s Girls Teaching Girls To Code in the 2017-2018 school year.

Jomo

Intern.

Computer Science student with a minor in Education from Stanford University.

During his time at CodeSpace, Jomo worked on improving the process for identifying potential Code4CT students, collaborated with Shiriel to design a guide for applying to American colleges, and generated blog content on hot topics in education technology.

Kevin Zhao

Intern.

Finance student from University of Toronto.

During his time at Codespace he has helped Nate as a teaching assistant for DFF, supported the Raspberry PI workshop during Code Camp, and helped place 5 students from Codespace Academy.

Tracy-Anne Sikenjana

Intern.

Tracy facilitates coding classes and heads up the Post-Matric programme. Tracy is a Code4CT graduate and matriculated from Rustenburg Girls’ High in 2016. She believes in helping young girls realize the potential they have to become game changers in the local Tech industry.

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