Our Team

CodeSpace Academy was launched in 2016 to meet the need for more skilled web developers in the ever growing tech industry. The organisation was derived from the success of Code for Cape Town – a bursary program to teach high school girls to code – which brought to attention the broader skills gap and the opportunity to develop work-ready individuals. Meet the team who make this happen:

The Founders

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.

Teaching Team

Our teaching team is constantly growing! It is made up of facilitators with industry relevant experience who have a passion for people and their learning journeys. Below are just a few of them… Would you like to join the team? Read more and apply here.
Clint Clark

Coding Facilitator

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.

 

Nathan Banda

Coding Facilitator

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 is out there enjoying a pour over coffee, his favourite pour over brewing method is the V60.

 

Sinazo Bangani

Coding Facilitator

 

Interns

John Mitchell

Intern

Field of Study: Computer Science and Education

Duration of internship:

July – August 2017

Crystal Escolero

Intern

Field of Study:

Symbolic Systems and Human Computer Interaction

Duration of internship:

July – August 2017

Amin Azad

Intern

Field of study:

Industrial Engineering and Business Management

Duration of internship:

June – September 2017

Shiriel King Abramson

Intern

Field of study:

Sociology and American Studies

Duration of internship:

July – August 2017

Kai Zhao

Intern

Field of study:

Finance

Duration of internship:

June – September 2017

Tracy-Anne Sikenjana

Intern

Tracy is a Code for Cape Town graduate and matriculated from Rustenburg Girls’ High in 2016.

As a fulltime intern she has headed up numerous projects and lead multiple coding classes which form part of Code for Cape Town’s bursary program for high school girls.

She believes in helping young girls realize the potential they have to become game changers in the local Tech industry.

 

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