//Refugees on Rails started as an idea in August 2015. We imagined this as a solution to helping provide some needed tech talent to the local startup ecosystem and helping integrate refugees at the same time - as an increasing number kept arriving in the country. The community surprised us with their support and, before we knew it, //Refugees on Rails was growing as a grassroots movement in Berlin and other cities across Germany. We could have never done this without you volunteer, donor, supporter. Thank you all very much.
A special callout to the following people and organizations
This journey we are embarked on would not have been remotely the same, or even possible, without your support:
- Our first volunteers in Berlin: Nakeema, Özlem, Lana
- Deutsche Telekom for providing us with a booth at last year's night of the startups event which got the word out and our project started.
- The Firehose Project for sharing their online ruby on rails courses with us and saving us the trouble of coming up with a curriculum from scratch.
- Github for offering to buy internet USB sticks for all our students.
- The Cologne Ruby Group for the early brainstorming and help with the Ansible scripts.
- Mashable, and in particular Emily Feldman, for getting the word out with over 11 thousand shares with this article.
- Forbes for featuring us in their entrepreneurs section.
- Newsweek for their comprehensive article and far reach.
- The friendly guys at translation.io for their quick response and support to translate the website.
And a very special thanks to Anne Kjaer Riechert and Ahmet Emre Acar for their friendship and invaluable contribution in creating the core concepts and kicking this off the ground with me! -- Weston Hankins, co-founder //Refugees on Rails.