About BSD

“We are on a mission to make the learning and understanding of code and design accessible and at the forefront of education globally.”

Build Something Different
As future tech entrepreneurs, it’s important that our students build a strong foundation in both Code and Design. In the real world, code does not exist by itself; we must consider form and function. We encourage our students to blend design thinking and technical skills to build something different.

We provide workshops, courses, and long-form programs to people of all skill levels who want to learn code, design, or digital marketing in a practical, hands-on community.

BSD gives people the command of technology to impact their world

 

BSD Code and Design Academy was founded by a group of professionals in Hong Kong who share a common belief of competency led learning. BSD brings affordable, accessible and applicable technology education to the forefront of education for youth throughout Asia and the USA.

Qualified Instructors

Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds and industries, spanning advertising, publishing, design, F & B, retail, insurance, finance, and digital marketing

Making tech easy

We focus on making technology an enabler for youth by immersing them in real code from day one.

Global Experience

We’re an international company with presence in Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Philadelphia, with localized course offerings in each location

The BSD Team

PHILADELPHIA

Founder, North America

Ashley Govberg

Prominent Philadelphia-area business person and philanthropist with a passion for educational causes. Mother to two BSD Academy students.

Founder, North America

David Kaplan

Business and Technology Industry veteran with 20 years of experience leading digital marketing and technology teams. Proud father to 2 aspiring coders.

Academic Director

J P Sistenich

Former Private Wealth VP and English Teacher. Multi-lingual developer with experience in automation and operations.

General Manager

Gabrielle Iorio

Experience in marketing, branding, sales, events and visual design. Founded start up CMS company.

Lead Instructor

Mike Dixon

Enthusiastic developer with a designer’s sensibility. Master’s degree in Digital Media from Drexel University.

Director of Education Strategy

Scott Peterman

Social entrepreneur, with 10+ year’s experience developing and growing a number of educational programs in the public sector.

Course Instructor

Angel Wu

Front-end designer and developer, with a passion for robotics. Pursuing a BS degree in Interactive Digital Media at Drexel University.

Course Instructor

Vince Quarles

Designer and developer of interactive experiences and applications. Pursuing a degree in Interactive Digital Media at Drexel University.

Course Instructor

Tyler Swietanski

Aspiring game programmer and designer. Currently pursuing a BS in Game Art & Production from Drexel University.

Office Administrator

Gabriel Perez-Lopez

Business student at Drexel. Interested in learning more about the intersection between tech and business.

HONG KONG

CEO & Co-Founder

Chris Geary

Experienced entrepreneur with 10 years experience. Started and developed 6 companies, Founding Curator of WEF Global Shaper Program in HK

CTO & Co-Founder

Nickey Khemchandani

10 years experienced polyglot developer and digital marketer, heading up all things digital and tech in BSD

UX & Curriculum Director

Mo Qureshi

5 years experience in founding and building EdTech products and services. Works at the intersection of learning, design and technology.

Customer Relations

Ally Chiu

Experience in the education industry, deeply interested in coding and technology. Fan of sci-fi and superhero movies.

Marketing Executive

Xyra Sace

Passionate about bringing technology and gaming into education. Experienced in digital design and spare-time gamer.

Course Instructor

Alice Walker

Passionate about getting more women involved in tech and coding, studied Ethnographic Research at McGill University

Course Instructor

Gabo Tse

Former student of BSD, now full time web developer, passionate about developing her skills in tech and martial arts

Instructor

Nomera Ajmal

Former Fashion designer for various brands in Europe, Middle East and Asia, since moved on to teaching digital media

Course Instructor

Ken Huang

Full stack developer with 4 years experience in tech, currently an IOS app developer. Trying to create the most user friendly system.

BANGKOK

Development Team Lead

Neil McMillan

Highly experienced software engineer with a background in medical imaging, VFX crowd animation and video games.