Derick built his first mobile app straight out of high school in Italy. He has almost 5 years of experience working in App Design and iOS projects that started at Apple Developer Academy in Europe. He previously worked as a Chief Designer for a Stanford University incubated startup, Pactio and now a brand advisor for a Paris-based bread company, Pane Vivo.

Colby is a Marketing & Entrepreneurship graduate based in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was inspired by how his grandfather thought one of the early concepts of EdTech and E-Learning which gave him the motivation to build Hikre School. Colby also spent years working in videography, photography, and content marketing. 

Aayush is a systems architect and web developer based in Iowa working for a healthcare company, Wellmark. He's a computer science graduate and has more than 5 years of exploration and practice through different branches of computer science, with particular interests in AI and Machine Learning.

A team of futurists, visionaries, and educators because we need it to build the future of education.


Derick David

Co-Founder & CEO


Colby Hawkins

CMO & VP of Partnerships


Aayush Shah

CTO & Web & Career Development

Adriano Farano


In 2012, Adriano founded Watchup, whose goal was to reinvent the newscast. He did so while at StartX, the Stanford startup accelerator, where he was an entrepreneur in residence for a year. Watchup partnered with the likes of CNN, CBS, and the WSJ was featured by Apple and won a Webby Award. In 2016, Watchup was acquired by Plex where I served as Head of Content. In 2018, he founded Pactio, a crowdfunding platform for independent journalists.

Science-backed teaching style

Our classes are all based on Challenge Based Learning (CBL). CBL is created by Apple and it's a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.


Using CBL our mentors or teachers encourage students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems.


CBL is collaborative and hands-on, asking students to work with other students, their teachers, and experts in their communities and around the world to develop a deeper knowledge of the subjects they are studying, accept and solve challenges, take action, share their experience, and enter into a global discussion about important issues.


Hikre School's language of instruction is English.

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Enter our next batch!

(September 20th)

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