42 Madrid Fundación Telefónica

Can you imagine a school with no classes, no teachers and no age limit, that's open 24/7 and free? It's here and it's called 42.

42 Madrid is an innovative and ground-breaking concept which has been brought to Spain for the first time by the Fundación Telefónica. If you are over 18 years old and want to become a high-level professional, 42 is for you. You need no prior qualifications or training. You just need to have perseverance and be willing to “learn to learn”. 42 is free and open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you can work and learn at your own pace.


You will learn how to think, do, adapt and evolve to overcome any of today’s challenges or those you may face in the future.



What is 42 Madrid?


42 Madrid is a philosophy of life, a new way of relating to learning and the digital profiles of the future. It is a unique opportunity for comprehensive training in the digital skills and competencies that the labour market really demands. A space in which one learns through gamification, where each student is free to set their own pace of learning and in which collaborative work, effort and constancy are paramount.


The learning process usually lasts on average for 3 years and follows a project-based methodology covering the different branches of programming. 42 Madrid is a living school, as there are currently 250 projects that are growing and being constantly updated. These are organised according to a programming tree with 21 levels, which students face, as if it were a video game, overcoming the phases and acquiring competency-based knowledge.



It is an educational model where the student is free to choose their own path and in which the collaboration with fellow students is crucial. There are no books, no teachers and no tutored classes.


The ‘peer to peer’ concept is fundamental in the learning process and within the methodology itself. Students can’t advance through the levels if they don’t work with one another, because it’s the students themselves who evaluate each other. The effectiveness of this methodology has translated into 100% labour insertion of students in all the countries where 42 is found. In fact, during their time at the school, students receive an average of eight job offers.


Who can apply?


42 Madrid has no age limit and is open to everyone, although the most common age range among its students is between 18 and 35. The most important thing is that neither training nor previous qualifications are required to get into 42.


It is designed for all those who are passionate about technology or who are simply drawn to it; or they are aware that the world is changing, and that digitalisation is essential for almost any job. It is also for those who are unsure about what they want to study, or for those who want to retrain, start over or are looking for work.

How to register?


Anyone who wants to register must access the websiteand fill in their basic data. Afterwards, you will have to pass two online tests:

 A memory exercise (10 minutes long)

A logic test (2.5 hours long)


Those who pass this phase will be able to register until full capacity is reached in the ‘pools’:

 These are the decisive tests to be able to access 42.

 We come into contact with the world of programming through projects, audiovisuals and the collective knowledge of our colleagues.

 This access phase is the hardest and most demanding. Candidates must complete a total of 13 projects, and they will spend an average of 12-14 hours a day in the school for one month, where the most important thing is their attitude, their desire to learn and their collaboration with the other participants.

 For the moment, the pool will be formed during the month of September.


42 Madrid will be located in the Distrito Telefónica, in the Las Tablas neighbourhood, in the Norte 3 building. With almost 5,000 m2 over two floors, there will be a capacity for 900 students at the same time, with a ratio of 3 people per computer. The facilities will be open 24/7 and there will be open spaces for the computers, an auditorium for 150 people with non-stop programming, rest and leisure rooms, a cafeteria, an e-Sports room as well as work rooms for meetings.