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French American Chamber announces keynote for 2017 fundraiser

School 42 co-founder and managing director, Kwame Yamgnane to speak at Rocky Mountain Chapter Le Gala


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The French American Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Chapter announces the keynote speaker for Le Gala 2017, its annual fundraiser. Kwame Yamgnane, co-founder and managing director of School 42 will present the successes of this unique and tuition free coding universities in the World.

42 is a private, nonprofit and tuition-free computer programming school created and funded by French billionaire, Xavier Niel (founder of the telecommunication company Illiad) with several partners including Nicolas Sadirac (previous director-general of the Epitech school in France), Yamgnane and Florian Bucher (former executives of Epitech). The school opened in Paris in 2013.

The school does not have any professors, does not issue any diploma or degree and is open 24/7. The training is inspired by modern methods which include peer-to-peer pedagogy and project-based learning. The school has been endorsed by many high-profile people in Silicon Valley including Evan Spiegel the co-founder and CEO of Snapchat, Keyvon Beykpour the co-founder and CEO of Periscope, David Marcus a vice-president of Facebook, Stewart Butterfield the co-founder and CEO of Slack, Brian Chesky the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb and more. 42 has now two campuses: one in Paris and the other one in the Silicon Valley.

“We are delighted to welcome Kwame in Colorado” says Omar-Pierre Soubra, President of the French American Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Chapter. “One of the challenges for companies in Colorado is to find great software developers and coders. Kwame and his team have created a tuition-free university which looks at what you are capable of doing, whatever your background.”

Before launching 42 in France with businessman Xavier Niel, Yamgnane participated in the creation of one the largest computer schools and has led a career completely dedicated to IT both as an entrepreneur and within major large companies.His background and his empathetic nature has led him to develop a strong social fiber. He is especially involved with underprivileged young adults in education regarding computer programming.


About the French American Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Chapter: FACC Rocky Mountain Chapter, based in Denver, promotes and facilitates business development, trade and investment between Colorado and France. With over 180 members representing 60 businesses, the Chamber organizes an array of events throughout the year including International Networking, Business Seminars, Panel discussions and brings valuable services to the French-American business community. More information at www.rmfacc.org 

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