The meaning of the word in Russian: Companion, fellow traveller, the one on the same path.


training house for tech professions

Ruth Vakrat

I am the founder & CEO of Sputnik and a UX consultant with over ten years of experience crafting UX for companies like Microsoft, Barclays, Jaguar & Land Rover, UK Government, ARM and more.


For the last three years, I worked on refining and adjusting the PBL method for the UK Tech Education market and worked alongside my team to prove the effectiveness and the benefits of this method in training teams and individuals.

Jason MesuT

London Leader of IxDA (Interaction Design Association). Design strategist and UX protagonist. I help companies and their design teams focus on new product and service initiatives through an experience design lens.

I am passionate about design strategy, product strategy, service design, User Experience, User Research and Interaction Design.

Ben Gutkovich

Serial Entrepreneur, Start-up Mentor and Investor, with over 15 years of experience in strategy development, technology disruption, and consumer product development. 

As the CEO of Consulting Case Pro, I helped 100+ candidates secure an offer from top tier consulting firms. Since leaving McKinsey, I started my company to give more candidates access to its exclusive interview preparation techniques.

Douglas Bell


Founder & President of the Innovators Network - London's leading private network for visionary entrepreneurs and the founder of Penrose Awards - identifying the top 50 emerging UK innovations. Innovation, advisor speaker and mentor.

Lord Nat wei


Nat Wei is an English social entrepreneur with an interest in social reform. He is a member of the House of Lords, sitting as a Conservative. Previously an adviser to the UK Government on their Big Society project. Also the founding and former partner of the

Shaftesbury Partnership and a member of the founding team of Teach First.

Cassandra lewis


Technical Product Leader and a passionate technologist with a successful track record in launching global software initiatives for Amazon, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and LivingSocial directing vision, development, strategic initiatives, and coordination of engaging customer experiences across large-scale international commercial and e-commerce projects.

Why Project based learning?

As a child and young adult, I was a magnificent failure at school. I was great at coming up with unorthodox solutions to problems, and I was good with people. However, I found that in school having those qualities get you in trouble. This was a disappointment to my strict Russian parents and my teachers and I started believing that the only things I could do well are drawing cartoons and reading fantasy books. So, I went to study animation for computer games.

And then the world of Work started, and guess what? I discovered that the world of work has nothing in common with the world of school (or college).

Guess how many employers pay you to sit passively and memorise information? As you know - NONE. 


This was a great discovery. Suddenly the skills that got me in trouble in school became my greatest assets, and I started to take full advantage of my potential.

So, why does education prepare us for work by developing skills that have actually nothing to do with the world of work?

What a disconnection!

Sputnik was created to resolve this disconnection through a project-based learning (PBL) method. Here students are coached and mentored while working on exciting projects. They develop the skill-sets that the best teams are looking for.


A body of research shows that this is the best way to learn. This method celebrates the same values that good Work does - creative problem solving, curiosity, collaboration, true mastery and hands-on experience. 


Sputnik is a new gateway into the Tech world. Contact us to find out how we can help you to maximise your potential.


Ruth Vakrat

Founder, CEO


Sputnik Ltd