Free coding course starts today in Saigon

Marcus (sitting) and Charles get ready for Demo Day.
Marcus (sitting) and Charles get ready for Demo Day.

Charles Lee and Marcus Ellison are engineers from Silicon Valley. They started to build a better engineer ecosystem. offers free courses for experienced engineers. Their training principles include real world examples (how does Facebook work?), hands on projects, and a “learn by doing” teaching strategy. All classes are taught in English. Their second course, on Apple’s Swift programming language, starts today.


Fifteen students graduated from their first course (Charles’ thoughts after the first week are here). After the course they present to a panel of judges at Demo Day. These judges include senior engineers and business leaders in Saigon. Each group explains the problem they’re fixing, their solution, and gives a demonstration of what they built. TeachMe! took home the grand prize of $1,000. Trifellow won the audience choice award of a 3-month membership at Dreamplex. Charles wrote a recap of the Demo Day here.

Charles and Marcus want to meet people in the IT community in Vietnam. Email them to eat Bun Rieu and talk tech.

Charles Lee

Charles has been a software engineer for the past ten years, and has spent the last five years working at startups. He most recently worked with CodePath, one of the leading providers of developer education in the SF Bay Area. He’s a traditional jack of all trades master of none type when it comes to languages; but these days he focuses on iOS, Javascript, and Ruby. He’s looking forward to getting more familiar with React Native.

Charles’ favorite thing about Vietnam is probably Bun Rieu. His goals for the next year include expanding to multiple classes taught by local teachers, and to learn a semblance of tieng Viet, so he can learn how to sing Say You Do by Tien Tien.



Marcus Ellison

Marcus is a co-founder of CoderSchool. For the past 10 years he has been a startup entrepreneur with ventures ranging across non-profit education, commercial real estate development, Music, and Internet Technology. He most recently worked with CodePath designing and implementing technical training programs with companies like Facebook, Walmart, and Dropbox. His commitments always follow the intersection of opportunity, passion, and purpose. He enjoys programming, product development, relationship building, optimizing systems, and systems based thinking.


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