Kanzler der CODE University of Applied Sciences Thomas "Tom" Bachem

Thomas Bachem: “I taught myself programming as a kid.”

7 November 2017

Thomas Bachem is at an age where he could still pass for a student - but he is also Chancellor of Germany's first programming university, the CODE University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, The entrepreneur and software developer wants to prepare the next generation for the digital future.

Thomas Bachem aka Tom


Founder and Chancellor of the CODE University of Applied Sciences



What is the Code University?
The CODE is a newly founded university for digital product development, where we use our innovative didactic concept to prepare the digital pioneers of tomorrow for the world of work.

Are you a digital native?
I’m principally a geek. I started to teach myself how to programme when I was 12.

“I started to teach myself how to programme when I was 12.”

Thomas Bachem

Which technical application is going to remain something of a conundrum even for you?
Elliptic Curve Cryptography.

Which five apps can’t you live without?
WhatsApp, Messenger, Slack, Facebook, DB Navigator.

And what app is totally unnecessary in your opinion?
airberlin ;-).

When were you last offline for 24 hours?
At the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert.

Do you take your mobile to bed with you?
I’d be lying to deny it.

The world needs a programming uni because...
... software has completely changed our everyday lives and is going to continue to change it.

Coding is …
... a creative team sport rather than a nerdy hobby for loners.

In five years, the Code University will ...
... have played a key role in changing the way in which skills are taught and learned at universities.

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