Hi, Lukas, Benas, and Tomas here, the Turing College co-founders. We are building a career school that ensures our alumni are work-ready on day one of their new data science position.
When the three of us entered university, we were taken back by the outdated teaching methods. We still smile when we remember learning Excel via a whiteboard! While studying, we were also running an IT and education consulting business that had an accounting return rate (ARR) of $0.6M and was expanding fast. This quickly taught us that the way developers are educated is not aligned with the hiring and onboarding processes of the tech companies looking to hire them.
We saw this issue from both sides of the hiring process. As students, we were learning subjects that didn’t prepare us practically to deliver results for companies from day one. As employers, we were frustrated when hiring students based only on their educational credentials, as these weren’t a good guide to future performance. So, we decided to change that, and so the Turing College concept was born.
Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator selects Turing College.
Turing College is the first Lithuanian company to be selected by Y Combinator, a world-leading tech accelerator based in California.
Turing College has joined Y Combinator’s W21 batch, providing it with new opportunities to rapidly scale its solution for hiring in-demand data science talent.
Turing College is founded, other activities transition completed.
Transition of Turing School & Turing Studio was completed - Turing School continued to grow with a newly appointed CEO, while Turing Studio was scaled down to maintain existing projects.
The final piece in the puzzle is us, Turing College. Founded in 2020, we represent the fullest realisation yet of the Turing Society’s vision: a data-driven, remote-first IT college that offers self-paced learning and ISAs to cover tuition fees. All so our learners can upskill and secure a well-paid position that matches their talent, whether they’re new to coding or have extensive IT experience.
Preparation for the launch of Turing College.
With experience gathered in education & tech startups, the founders began preparing for a transition towards Turing College. Fundraising for Turing College was commenced, and more detailed plans for its concept were formulated.
Monika Simaškaitė was appointed as the new CEO of Turing School - a early-supporter of Turing Society and an expert of IT education.
Turing Studio is founded to begin working with startups with the aim of helping them to build their MVPs & raise capital.
With Turing School established, Lukas stayed to lead it, while Benas and Tomas took on the task of starting the startup studio, Turing Studio.
Turing Studio grew to a team of 20, giving the team firsthand experience of the process of building products & the initial stages of a tech startup.
The initial benefits of having an education ecosystem in place soon became visible - students of Turing School began applying for internships at Turing Studio, with many noting that having an obvious next step once their education was completed incentivized them to progress further.
Turing School is founded to become a leader in digital skills schools for children and teenagers up to 19 years old. Turing School partners with Harvard CS50.elping them to build their MVPs & raise capital.
Turing School was founded in 2017 to teach digital skills to children. It is a non-formal school that focuses on IT and entrepreneurship, and has a strong background in academia. Soon after its foundation, Turing School established a partnership with Harvard CS50, Harvard’s introductory course to Computer Science. Guided by experienced academics, Turing School students learn skills like computational thinking and technological creativity that are fast becoming crucial in our digital society. Turing School’s goal is to provide outstanding scholarship that is accessible to every child and accommodates their talents and needs.
Lukas and Benas join Tomas as Co-Founders, and they focus on taking the Turing Society deeper into the field of IT education. The initial ideas for Turing School and Turing College are formed.
Working on similar issues as Teodor and Tomas, but in a different country, Lukas and Benas begun organising boot camps & tech events in Lithuania. They struggled for over half a year to attract interest because of their relative inexperience and young age. When a mutual friend introduced the group to each other, they found they had a lot in common and decided to join forces. Now that Lukas & Benas had joined Tomas as Co-Founders of the Turing Society, they had an international organisation behind them, which helped the organisation to pick up momentum & take off in Lithuania.
The group started working on a new strategy for Turing Society - the creation of a 3-stage fully-pledged IT education system that began by offering digital skills education to children, followed by an alternative IT higher education for adults and finally, a startup studio, where graduates could use their skills to build successful businesses.
Tomas establishes the Turing Society at Erasmus University, Rotterdam as a coding community.
Turing College’s origins lie with the foundation of the Turing Society in Rotterdam in 2015. And Turing Society all started with two students at the Erasmus University - Teodor Cătăniciu and Tomas Moška - who were passionate about coding and entrepreneurship, but just happened to be at a university with no IT faculty.
When Teodor and Tomas met, Teodor had just completed a coding bootcamp in Silicon Valley and wanted to start one in Rotterdam. Meanwhile Tomas, who had been coding for quite some time, was noticing he was the only person among his students and friends that people approached for tech-related matters. Something needed to change.
So they changed it. They founded Turing Society with the goal of giving students the tools to solve problems through tech. And it grew.
Co-Founder & CEO
Lukas created his first coding bootcamp at 16 years old. At 22, he became a lecturer in software engineering at ISM international university. Lukas has been the CEO of Turing School since 2017. He has continued working with the Harvard CS50 team and several top-tier academics on various EdTech projects up to this day.
Co-Founder & CBDO
Benas started out working with Invest Lithuania, a leading global Lithuanian diaspora tech network. After starting the Turing Society, he built a network ranging from education and business advisors to politicians. Today he leads the legal, community and business development of Turing.
Co-Founder & CPO
Tomas started his first company at only 17. At 20, he joined Dashmote at its founding as a core team member and quickly grew to become CTO. He is a self-taught engineer with a background in business who studied engineering at the prestigious tech university 42 in Paris, France. In Turing, Tomas leads operations and product development.