About Us

Athena Project - Non-profit


We believe everyone has the right to have quality education!

Athena Project is a non-profit organisation that offers comprehensive resources for anyone looking to advance their tech skills.


About the non-profit organisation’s history

We started in 2017 as Social Hackers Academy, a non-profit organization that offers a holistic and immersive education in software development and entrepreneurship. Founded in 2017 in Athens, Greece, the academy is committed to providing individuals from underrepresented communities with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the tech industry.

We are excited to announce the launch of our new online platform, Athena Project, in the Netherlands. Athena Project is a comprehensive resource for anyone looking to break into the tech industry or advance their tech skills. It is designed to be flexible and accessible, with courses available online and on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace and on their own schedule.

Hear Our Story

The first tech education school in Athens for vulnerable groups.

In 2017, there were 62,000 refugees stuck in Greece. Due to the economic crisis, the country was one of the least prepared in Europe to deal with this influx of people. The basic necessities were paid for in large part by government organizations and NGOs. But very little money was invested in sustainable solutions to the problem, like formal education and skills training.

In September 2017, we launched a code school to teach students how to become web developers and started running in-person classes in Omonia, Athens.

We created another course that benefits the refugee and migrant population: Computer Literacy Class. By partnering with other NGOs in Athens, we have reached hundreds of people and given them access to build digital skills. 

We also started to improve our Web Development Course and created a network of volunteers and supporters in Greece. 

The need for accessing a future-proof career was not limited to Athens; that’s why we launched Social Hackers Foundation to scale our impact in other areas like Crete, Barcelona and Zagreb.

The COVID-19 pandemic disabled us to run our offline classes, but we said: “This might be an opportunity!” We developed an online Front End Web Development curriculum using innovative pedagogical approaches.

  • Developed soft skills track that prepares our graduates for the work environment

  • Achieved 88% placement rate out of our graduated students! 

We enhanced our Full-Stack Web Development course and:

  • 7 days of support is provided by the instructional team to support our students even more

  • Started using Discord for the class environment and started working with the community learning method

  • Implemented pair programming and code challenges to our program

We created Athena Project, an open learning community that gives access to everyone.

  • Developing more career tracks (Blockchain Development, Tech Recruiter)

  • Offering Job Guarantee to all graduates

  • Have placed over 110 underrepresented talent

Democratising Access to Tech Education for All
for over 5 Years



Damian Vavanos

Damian Vavanos

Social Entrepreneur

Director and Co-founder of Social Hacker NL

Damian is a passionate serial entrepreneur with significant experience in marketing and business development.

Slim Kasraoui

Slim Kasraoui

Web Developer and Instructor

Co-founder and Board Member of Social Hacker NL

A career changer himself, Slim brings empathy, technical experience, and management expertise to his role.

Nil Muge Felekten Larashi

Nil Muge Felekten Larashi

Marketer and Graphic Designer

Co-founder and Board Member of Social Hacker NL

Nil brings 10 years of graphic design and marketing management experience to support the growth of the organization.

100% of the fees go towards our impact initiatives in Athena Project and Social Hackers Academy.

What We Do

Creating Courses for Anyone to Access Technical Courses

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Support National and International Partners to Create Social Impact in their Non-Profit Organisations

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Bring Web Development Enthusiasts Together in Our Discord Community

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Creating Career Tracks to place Our Students in the Tech Industry

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