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‘What really motivates me, is being able to teach them something that can get them out of social isolation in just four months.’

Toby Versteeg

Tech coach

Before he came to Groningen, Toby lived in Naaldwijk, Rotterdam, Enschede and on the island of Terschelling. He has three daughters and worked as a software developer for the last eight years. Before that, he was a trainer, coach and team leader. Using his experience as a coach, he now gets his knowledge across to the Gorillas.

So he teaches participants to program, which means offering personal support most of the time. Toby thinks this combination of content and personal growth is ideal. The reason he quit being a full time developer, was in fact that he wanted to do more with people. At CodeGorilla, he can do that. And by giving everyone a chance to work as a developer and radically change their lives, he also contributes something to society. ‘What really motivates me, is being able to teach them something that can get them out of social isolation in just four months.’