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A World-Class, Tuition-Free,
Coding School.

Fundamentally, we believe that world-class education should be a fundamental right of everyone, everywhere. Restart Network is a non-profit that empowers people to achieve their potential through tech education.
We run 3 months long coding bootcamps to teach student refugees the fundamentals of web development. Our campus, at CiC Rotterdam, is surrounded by more than 100 tech companies. We rally together industry leaders to create an outstanding learning experience.

Why restart

World-Class Education

We believe money should play no role in access to education and career opportunities. We make sure our students have access to world-class resources to learn and excel.

Learn by doing

Our students spend most of their time coding. Less slides and more hands-on experience. We make sure by graduation every student has a portfolio of his work in the program ready to be shown to his future employers.

Succesful Graduates

Coding is a valuable skill irrespective of the future plans and ambitions of our student refugees. Our graduates will be on the right trail to become succesful members of our community.

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This is Restart Network
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    Restart Network 2017

    We will stop at nothing to achieve our mission: a world where grit and passion are the real drivers of success.

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    Graduation Ceremony

    What an amazing adventure this has been. Our first class of students steps into the real world more confident, prepared and ready to take on big challenges. We could not be prouder!

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    About to Graduate

    Months of hard work, community building and intense coding are coming to an end. Our students will make history by being the first cohort to ever graduate from a crowd-sourced coding bootcamp.

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    Last Week of Class

    Classes are over at Restart Network, with a two-day workshop from Facebook. It is now time to move to Project Week and code a lot until graduation!

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    This is Restart Network

    A short film. A glimpse into the past 8 weeks at Restart Network and what should you expect should you join this journey.

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    Cyber-Security aka Hacking

    Introduction to Cyber Security. How to build robust and secure applications on the web today.

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    SCRUM - The Rules of The Game

    ReStarters learned how companies such a KPN manage their development teams to address complex problems productively and creatively.

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    Entrepreneurship 101

    All about the market/product fit, creating value, validating ideas, social impact and start-ups.

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    Stop and Thank

    One of our greatest joys is being able to share the work we do at Restart with you, our community.

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    3D Printing Workshop

    If you could create anything you wanted, what would it be? Now production is democratized to our homes with 3D Printing.

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    We All Have A Dream

    Some of us want to be actors to entertain people, while others want to be doctors to help people. But who are the wizards and magicians of today's world?

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    Be a Virtual Reality Hero

    A peek into the Virtual Reality workshop, our students learn about what is possible with VR and how to create a simple game using the Unity 3D Engine.

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    Welcome to Rotterdam

    Sneak peek into the our first workshop "Welcome to Rotterdam". Every Friday we have exciting workshops on various topics ranging from Virtual Reality and Internet of Things, to company In-House days.

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    Showing support on #WorldRefugeeDay

    Imagine leaving everything behind except your hopes and dreams for a better future. #WorldRefugeeDay #ShowYourSupprort #WithRefugees

Discover our program, goals and curriculum.

Be part of Restart

Our Goal

The solution to Europe's refugee crisis takes every one of us doing a little part. At Restart we kickstart careers in technology by creating an intensive 3 months long coding bootcamp to teach our student refugees the fundamentals of full stack web development.

We need your help

We believe that the Restart Bootcamp will benefit both the refugees and their host community. We look to partner up with other companies and NGOs to expand and offer network and work opportunities for our graduates.


Start a career in tech

We live in amazing times, and one certainty the future holds is that technology will play a big part in it. Everyone can and should learn to code. In the Restart Bootcamp you will learn the fundamentals of web development and prepare to pursue a career as a developer. If you are a refugee with permanent residence in the Netherlands and want to kickstart your career register on our form below and we will be in touch soon.


Help tackle one of our grand challenges

Restart Network was started by people who want to use their skills to solve problems in their community and beyond. We live and die by our ability to have an impact in the lives of the people who need it most.
We always look for amazing people to join us in our movement and help us share our vision with the world. If you have a cool set of skills or just a shattering will of doing things that matter, we want to meet!

Our partners - Thank You

Restart Network is a crowdsourced school.
Our students have the opportunity to learn directly from the brightest minds in the industry.

  • fb
  • ibm
  • Microsoft
  • GitHub
  • kpn
  • AWS
  • base
  • The Things Network
  • vr

They believed in us when Restart Network was nothing more than an idea.

  • cic
  • Rotterdam Partners
  • ts
  • vencaf
  • ts

They contributed with expertise, network, and resources that make the program possible.

  • greyt
  • lsh
  • ts
  • daphne
  • enactus
  • vrowl
People behind Restart
Teodor Cataniciu
Chairman & Founder
Frederick Rustler
Operations & Founder
Stéphanie van der Wijk
Fundraising & Sustainability
Adam Shpilt
Program Innovation
Burcak Cabuk
Talent Scout
Shuker Barbour
Digital Marketing / Alumnus
Anas Alrz
Teaching Assistant / Alumnus
Roy Derks
Partner Outreach
Ruben Habraken
Partner Outreach
Alexandru Iosup
Professor of Computer Science, TU Delft
Advisory Chair for Education
Melissa Ablett
General Manager, CIC Rotterdam
Advisory Chair for Social Impact and Innovation
Johan de Boer
Partner at Greyt
Special Advisor for Finance and Budget
Samer Abdelnour
Assistant Professor, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Advisory Chair for Social Enterprise
Marie José Van Den Boomgaard
Liaison Manager Startups, KPN New Business
Advisory Chair for Corporate Relations
Job Nijs
Managing Director, Open-House
Advisory Chair for Entrepreneurship
Join the Bootcamp

In order to be eligible for admission at Restart Network you must be fluent in English, have your permanent asylum in the Netherlands - thus, you are able to work without restrictions, and be passionately curious about technology. Full time commitment is mandatory: you should expect to put more than 60 hours a week in the program. No previous coding experience is required, we look for outstanding individuals who are willing to put extraordinary amounts of work to learn, create, and build a new life in the Netherlands.

Our application process has 3 steps: fill your details by clicking the button below, if you meet the basic admission criteria we will schedule an interview, in-person or online. Next, a technical interview - with no prior knowledge required, helps us better understand how you work. Finally, up to 40 finalists are invited to spend a day at our campus, and take part in a set of fun group challenges that help us make the final decision.

It is true that admission is competitive, with about 20% of applicants obtaining a spot, but at the same time you have nothing to lose if you apply. We had students who received acceptance the second or even the third time they applied. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact our Program Director, Fred, at

Next Restart Class: June 19th - September 1st 2017