Meet the participants

Nizar

Combining architecture with coding

Arrived to Finland: January 2016
Started Integrify: March 2016
Started working: August 2016
Employer: Nord Software
Position: Front-end Developer

Originally from Damascus, Syria, Nizar is exactly the type of multitalented professional that many companies are looking to hire: an architect with coding skills. In the future, he wishes to be able to combine his know-how of the two fields, and perhaps start his own business with his wife, who is also a trained architect.

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Eyas

Future tech entrepreneur?

Arrived to Finland: 2015
Started Integrify: March 2016
Started working: September 2016
Employer: Biddl
Position: Operations analyst

Originally from Baghdad, Iraq, the 22-year-old Eyas is looking forward to learning coding and getting to know the Finnish working culture at Integrify. In the future, he wishes to settle down in Helsinki, work in app development, and perhaps one day start his own tech company.

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Sharmake

“Integrify made me optimistic”

Arrived to Finland: December 2015
Started Integrify: March 2016
Started working: July 2016
Employer: Somali TV Finland
Position: Media producer

Sharmake, a journalist and radio station manager from Somalia, decided to leave his home country after almost getting killed three times. Now in Finland, he looks forward to learning how to code, finding a job in journalism and, most of all, being a good man and a good worker.

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* One of the pilot participants prefers to remain anonymous for security reasons.

Reza

Talented programmer with a lot to give

Arrived to Finland: January 2016
Started Integrify: March 2016
Started working: October 2016
Employer: Enpse Group
Position: Back-end developer

Back in Iran, Reza taught programming at the university. Integrify has given him new hope to be able to put his skills to use in Finland, and maybe someday even do a doctoral degree. He has already started a programming job at Nord Software, Integrify’s main partner.

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