Frédéric Bardeau, Erwan Kezzar, Andrei Vladescu-Olt and Victor Defontaine, co-founders.
The innovator is an Ashoka fellow (2015). Grand Prix de l'Innovation de la Ville de Paris, mention in Social Innovation (2014). Lauréat Entrepreneuriat du concours Samsung Launching People (2013).

An intensive training in programming aimed primarily at unemployed and underrepresented profiles in the digital sector (women, refugees, seniors). Its unique educational approach includes methods, such as learning by doing, reverse mentoring and peer education, that help participants develop long-term professional and social skills.

Impact indicators


  • In 2017, 2,265 people had been trained in programming and other digital skills.
  • Initially developed in France, Simplon has built an international network of 35 active schools in Belgium, Lebanon, Spain and Senegal.



  • 6 months after the training, 78% of participants have a positive exit (of whom, 84% gain employment and 16% engage in further training or internships).
Implementation progress

The initiative was presented in Barcelona (2017) and Rotterdam (2018) within the framework of the Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion (ACSI) project to explore its local implementation.

Factoría F5 is working on the implementation of the model in Spain through the country's first digital and solidary school. The first cohort was launched in April 2018, and the organisation is taking the first steps towards designing the national expansion strategy.

Última actualización 2020