Rocket Upskilling receives FIT support

FIT | 05 October 2020

The Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) has just awarded a Digital Grant of CHF 20’000 to Rocket Upskilling. The aim of the project is to design and develop tools based on artificial intelligence to facilitate coding learning.

The creation of Rocket Upskilling is based on a simple observation: in the field of coding there are considerable skill gaps from one developer to another, and those with specific skills are very expensive for companies. On the other hand, individual training from one experienced person to another is also expensive, and online coding courses have low completion and success rates.

Rocket Upskilling therefore offers learning tools based on artificial intelligence and adapted to coding, while maintaining a human dimension in teaching. Rocket’s artificial intelligence reads and understands code to create feedback and guidance like a human mentor. All this on a freemium model with a subscription at $20 per month.

The team consisting of Benjamin Russell, Thomas Boys, Antonio Fortin and two additional developers from the EPFL wants to respond to the upcoming shortage of highly skilled developers over the coming years by offering a flexible learning tool that can be adapted to the needs of each individual.

The platform targets both amateur learners who learn for fun and people in professional reconversion who wish to broaden their coding skills.  Rocket Upskilling is currently at the demo stage for the Python language, but the grant awarded by FIT should enable the team to launch its finished product. The team is already planning to extend its offering to other programming languages, including C++, Java, Rust, Julia, or SQL.

Benjamin Russel

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