ReDI School of Digital Integration was founded in 2015 by a team convinced that technology can break down barriers and bring people together to build new solutions to old problems. The idea of ReDI was sparked by the insight that amongst the refugee population there are incredible talents eager to learn and eager to contribute, who could help fill the 55.000 open IT jobs in Germany.
From the beginning, ReDI has been developed through co-creation between the Berlin and Munich tech community (incl. SAP, Facebook, Cisco and Microsoft) and the ReDI students. The aim is to provide students with valuable digital skills and a strong network of tech leaders, mentors and alumni to help create new opportunities for all. ReDI is a non-profit social enterprise offering several 3-months IT-programs, creative workshops, tech-talks, innovation projects as well as short term summer courses.
ReDI School has achieved tremendous impact thus far, with more than 380 students completing at least one course. The last survey conducted showed that almost 50% of the surveyed students were placed in paid internships or jobs. Furthermore, about 27% joined a university and 8% founded a company. Only 15% are currently looking for a job. The success stories have resonated with German and international media like CNN, BBC, die Zeit and Süddeutshe Zeitung. Several important visitors like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and (former) USA Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powell have visited ReDI School and exchanged perspectives with the students.