New teacher-free coding school

grit:lab is a new innovative coding school in the Åland Islands. Zero tuition, zero teachers and zero classes.

Learn to code and change the game.

This is grit:lab.

Change the game – with code

Ever heard of a school without teachers? Welcome to grit:lab! Here, you’ll explore the world of coding in close collaboration with your peers and learn from both your failures and successes. Your studies will be shaped around levels and scores, creating a completely gamified learning experience where you’ll be able to see your progress in real time.

Love where you learn

Discovering hidden gems around the world is your thing? Then studying at grit:lab on the Åland Islands may be right up your alley. Our campus offers the highest technology and inspiring offices – and just so happens to be surrounded by some of Northern Europe’s most beautiful views.

Your coding journey starts here

Up for a challenge? The application process starts with two online cognitive games that will require about 2 hours of your undivided attention. No prior coding experience or degrees required – we only ask that you are at least 18, open-minded and willing to completely immerse yourself in the world of coding and the grit:lab mindset of always pushing for better.

Future-proof your skills

At grit:lab, you’ll study for a career that’s ahead of the game. The program is designed to put you at the forefront of technology and will empower you to build a career network that’ll last you a lifetime.

grit:lab in short

Key facts
Zero teachers
Zero classes
Zero tuition
Student grants eligible
100% coding
No prior experience needed
Application: 01.12.2021 – 22.02.2022 (2 hour online test)
Piscine: April 2022 or May 2022 (On location)
Program start: End of August 2022 (On location)

About grit:lab

grit:lab is an innovative coding program initiative on the Åland Islands, created for adults over the age of 18 looking to gain new skills and career opportunities in tech and development. The program is based on the 01 edu-system pedagogy and aims to make a beneficial contribution to the Åland society by bringing in new talent, furthering the growth of the Åland tech and startup industry.

At the initiative of the Åland government, Paf has been given the task of organizing the launch of the grit:lab program. In close collaboration with various tech companies on the Åland Islands, grit:lab has established a partner network with the purpose of connecting the students with the tech cluster on the Åland Islands.

Grit, or as the dictionary defines it: “courage and determination despite difficulty”, encapsulates the hard-working, straight-talking Åland mentality (also known as “egensinne” or “willfulness”) to a tee. We expect nothing less from our students, shaping grit:lab to become a “lab” of experimentation of collective creativity where talented and motivated individuals immerse themselves in the high-growth mindset of always pushing for better.

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