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Announcing the Redis Hackathon on DEV!

Update: On August 9, 2022, the Redis team increased the total prize pool significantly with the following breakdown:

  • Four FIVE Grand Prize Winners to receive $2,000 USD
  • Ten TWENTY Runners-Up to receive $200 USD
  • TWENTY FIVE participants who included the optional video in their submission to receive $200

Hello, dear DEV community!

We wanted to stop by and let you in on some exciting news: today, we’re launching a new way for you to build an interesting application in the open, learn something new, and win exciting prizes in the process…

Announcing the Redis Hackathon on DEV 🎉

If you’re familiar with our hackathons here on DEV, you know that the community has a lot of fun with them and gets pretty creative with what they build. Whether you’ve joined us in the past or not, we hope you’ll throw your hat into the ring by participating in the Redis Hackathon on DEV!

Keep reading to get all the details on how you can enter this contest, more about Redis, and the prizes they’re offering our community.


Why Participate? What's so interesting about Redis beyond caching?

Redis is the most loved open source database in the world! Over the last several years Redis has evolved from a caching database into a multi-model primary database. This means your cache is now your database, and your database is your cache!

Secondly, because it’s multi-model, you can use it for collecting billions of events (like Kafka), storing JSON documents (like MongoDB), querying and indexing your data (like Algolia or Elasticsearch), analyzing time series data (like InfluxDB), and recommending (like Neo4j) – you can do it all in a single system and do it fast.

Redis gives you unprecedented flexibility to build anything you want, or just simplify a complex backend that has multiple data systems(Kafka + MongoDB + Algolia + InfluxDB + Neo4j + AnalyticsDB) with just a single system (Redis).

Furthermore, if you are using a microservices architecture, you can use Redis to connect all those services and process requests and responses blazing fast in both parallel or in-order fashion.

For this hackathon, you’ll be building a new app that uses many of these capabilities or migrate an existing OSS demo app and show reduced complexity and improved performance.

P.S. Want to get a sense of the benefits of Redis before you get started? Take a look at this 6 minute video:

From now through August 29th, 2022, DEV has partnered up with Redis for a community hackathon that will give you the chance to build a new application using Redis or simplify a complex backend. Anyone who submits a valid project (including an official submission post, published on DEV) will be automatically entered to win a variety of fantastic prizes (including up to $2,000 USD).

Project Categories

The Redis Hackathon on DEV is calling for projects in the following four categories:

  • Minimalism Magicians: Simplify an existing OSS reference demo app from one of the cloud providers (AWS, Azure, GCP etc) that uses multiple data systems (such as ElastiCache, TimeStream, DynamoDB, Neptune, Kafka, etc) by replacing as many of the data systems as possible with Redis.

Notes for the “Minimalism Magicians” category:
• AWS examples: Samples repo, IoT Reference Architectures, Retail Demo Store
• Google Cloud examples: Samples repo , GCP Microserves demo
• Azure examples: Samples repo, Streaming at scale, Search with JavaScript. No need to create a new app, just port the backend of an existing app
• Be sure to show a before and after architecture diagram with a working demo application.
• Be sure to show the performance improvement between the new architecture and the old architecture.

  • Microservice Mavens: Build an event-driven microservices application that primarily uses Redis features such as streams, pubsub, queues, JSON, search, time-series, etc. to provide a blazing fast yet simple platform. (Inspiration: GCP Microserves demo

Notes for the “Microservice Mavens” category:
• Video explaining how to use Redis with Microservices
• Recently published e-book: Understanding Streams in Redis and Kafka – A Visual Guide

  • MEAN/MERN Mavericks: Build a new (or port an existing OSS) MEAN/MERN stack app and use Redis in one of the following three ways.

• Use Redis to your MEAN/MERN stack to add caching and advanced searching capabilities using JSON and Search modules.
• Use Redis as a primary database instead of MongoDB (i.e. replace “M” in MEAN/MERN with “R” for Redis).
• Use Redis along side MongoDB as a frontend database (“Write-behind” or “Write-Through”) in front of MongoDB (i.e. do all the CRUD operations directly with Redis and asynchronously send the updates back to Mongo for storage).

Notes:
Use Redis' Search and JSON modules for CRUD operations. Use Redis Gears to use Redis as a frontend database and asynchronously send updates to MongoDB ( Mongo Example ). Learn more about different ways (Cache-aside, Write-behind or Write-Through) of using Redis and Mongo here. Lastly, show the architecture diagram with and without Redis and performance improvements in your submission.
(Inspiration: Redis Launchpad.

  • Wacky Wildcards: Build a random app that doesn’t fit into one of the categories above. With this category, we are looking for some truly silly and/or fun submissions. Feel free to dream big and ridiculously — and utilize any offering that Redis offers.

Tip: If you are still struggling to come up with something, please follow the Redis Org on DEV and look out for upcoming project ideas and additional resources that their team will be sharing!

💰 Prizes 💰

Four FIVE Grand Prize Winners (TWO winners in a random category and one per category for the other three:

  • $2,000 USD gift card or equivalent
  • $300 USD credit to the Forem Shop
  • DEV Sticker Pack
  • DEV “Redis Hackathon” Grand Prize profile badge

Runner-Up Prizes (10 20 Total – updated on August 9th):

  • $200 USD gift card or equivalent
  • $150 USD credit to the Forem Shop
  • DEV Sticker Pack
  • DEV “Redis Hackathon” Runner-Up profile badge

Participants (with a valid project):

  • DEV Sticker Pack
  • DEV “Redis Hackathon” participant profile badge

Bonus #1: We will be awarding $200 USD extra for all Grand Prize winners as well as Runners-Up that have a 5 minutes video as part of the submission (max 14 winners 25 winners – updated on August 9th.).

Bonus #2: Redis will promote the winners and top submitters’ apps over social media, and invite them to write guest blogs on the Redis official website to promote you and your accomplishments. The apps will also be featured on the Redis Launchpad

How to Participate in the Redis Hackathon on DEV

1) Sign up for a free Redis Cloud account by clicking here. Be sure to use the Redis Stack database in the cloud.

  • Create a free Redis database, or use the special code DEVTO500 to get a $500 credit on a paid account with a larger storage (-- you’ll want to go this route if your project features a large dataset). Please note that you’ll need to choose a paid plan to use this coupon
  • If you prefer not to use the cloud, you can install the Redis Stack Docker image instead.

2) Create a new and original app during the contest period for mobile, desktop, web, or CLI using Redis that falls under one of the categories listed above. Use one of the following languages:

  • C#/ASP.NET Core
  • Java/Spring
  • JS/TS/Node.js
  • Python
  • Any other language of your choice (Note: Redis OM library only supports the above 4 languages but feel free to use any other libraries)

3) Use one of the following permissive licenses for your code: MIT, Apache, BSD-2, BSD-3, or Commons Clause.

4) Share your code publicly on GitHub and ensure that your repository:

5) IMPORTANT: Use this post template to officially submit your application for the hackathon. Be sure to address every prompt and instruction in the template.

6) Be sure to publish your submission on DEV between August 1st and August 29th, 2022 (@ 11:59 PM UTC), and provide your app’s URL, screenshot, description, and source code

⚠️ Heads-up that you'll only be able to view our submission template linked above if you're logged into DEV.

Bonus Points! (additional $200 prize per winner)

As an optional supplement to your project, we invite you to create a video version of your submission post!

Our judges will be awarding “bonus points”* to anyone who creates a 5-10 minute publicly viewable YouTube video explaining their project, which can be embedded into your submission post on DEV (instructions in the template). These projects must have also won a Grand Prize or Runner-Up award to receive this bonus cash.

In this video you must…

  • Talk about your app/project
  • Tell us how your project stores and reads the data and what the data modeling is like
  • Explain the architecture of your app
  • Show some of your data using RedisInsight,
  • And add a link to https://redis.info/try-free-dev-to in the video description in the first line of the description
  • “Bonus points” in project consideration means that our judges will consider otherwise valid projects with the optional video add-on FIRST when selecting winners.

Additional Resources

The Redis team has put together some resources to help you quickly get started. If you still have questions, feel free to ask them in the help thread or Redis Discord.

  1. Sign up for a free Redis Cloud account using this link and use the Redis Stack database in the cloud. For **datasets > 1GB **please use Redis Stack on Docker
  2. Libraries: JavaScript: Redis OM Node (video, guide); Python: Redis OM Python( video, guide); Java: Redis OM Spring (video, guide), C#: Redis OM .NET (video, guide);
  3. Redis Developer Hub for docs, samples and tutorials
  4. Redis Stack getting started page
  5. RedisInsight - Desktop GUI tool for inspecting the data

Additional Notes and Rules:

  • We encourage you to share update posts on DEV using the #redishackathon tag to keep us posted on your progress (hint: use series: [“series name”] in the markdown heading of all your Redis Hackathon-related posts to link all content in a series)
  • Multiple submissions are allowed
  • If you collaborate with anyone, please list their DEV handles in your submission post so we can award a profile badge to your entire team! DEV does not handle prize-splitting, so in the event your project is named a Grand Prize-winner or runner-up, you will need to split those amongst yourselves. Thank you for understanding!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to 18+. Contest entry period ends August 29th, 2022, 11:59 PM UTC. Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law or regulation. All entries must be new projects and created during the hackathon period. For Official Rules, see Contest Announcement Page and General Contest Official Rules.

Community Support

To ask any questions about Redis or about the rules of this contest, leave a comment in the Redis Hackathon help thread. Our team will be monitoring this space to answer your questions in collaboration with the Redis team.

Need some external motivation and guidance? Who doesn’t! We encourage all participants to swing by our community discussion thread where you can share your ideas and get suggestions on improvements from the DEV community as you build your app. You can also use this thread to share your progress along the way to get support from others.

Important Dates 🗓

  • August 1, 2022: Hackathon Begins
  • August 29, 2022: Hackathon Submission Due at 11:59 PM UTC
  • August 30, 2022: Submission judging begins

Winners will be selected and announced in the weeks following the final submission deadline.


We’re so excited for you to join us for this brand new hackathon with our friends at Redis. Have fun, learn lots, and keep us posted along the way.

Good luck and happy coding! 🍀

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Let's go!! I'm so excited to see how our creative and resourceful community interprets this challenge. Thanks to the Redis team for sponsoring this contest!

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Tarwat

I'm really excited for this hackathon!

At the moment, I would only be a one-man team building a project for this hackathon. It would be great if there's a discord link so that people like me who don't really have a team to begin with, can find other fellow members of this community to collaborate with.

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Hi there! We encourage you to check out the community discussion thread for this very purpose!

The Redis team has also shared the following Discord channel with us. Check it out :) discord.com/invite/redis

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Tarwat

Just checked out the discord server; unfortunately there isn't a single channel dedicated for find teammates, or team building, for that matter.

However, Gracie thanks for mentioning that the community thread can be used as a place for this purpose. I'll be sure to see how it works out from there!

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Ah apologies for misleading you! But glad that the community thread will help :)

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Deva Kumar

@graciegregory

Can we still make a submission by any chance? 🥲

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Will Johnston

You can make a submission today!

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Ben-Aj

would be honored to do this with you..... Can we talk?

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Ranjit Kumar

Hello Tarwat. I am interested. Can I join hands with you for this hackathon?

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Raj Sahu

Hey, I am open to collaborate, you can ping me.

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Palash Johri

Referring to the MEAN/MERN Mavericks Category - No option to use Vue here instead? (MEVN Stack)

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Will Johnston

Any frontend framework works, MEAN/MERN are just the popular acronyms.

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Menard Maranan

How about Next.js? Because I'm thinking of just making serverless functions instead of making a separate back-end. Is it still applicable? Or an entire backend is actually needed for this one?
I'm actually a fan of the JAMstack and prefer development through this principle.

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Will Johnston

This works!

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Menard Maranan

Cool, thanks!

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Palash Johri

Thanks for the clarification!

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Hernán

This will be the first Hackathon I'm participating, very excited

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Al-Amin Islam

I want to join with you Hernan .

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Fadhil ⚡

Very excited to build something using Redis, I've always wanted to use Redis, but I often never find a use case to put it in. This will be a great chance to use & learn more about redis 🚀🔥

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Raja Rao DV

Good luck!

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Dulya Perera

Same here🤗. Wanna learn and use the Redis moreee.. So how can I miss this chance😇

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Chantae P. • Edited on

Is this good for beginners? Meaning someone with basic knowledge of JavaScript, HTML and CSS??

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Jacob Enders

I'd say go for the "Wacky Wildcards" submission. Try learning how to make a NodeJS app, and push data to a database.

Maybe add in expressjs for bonus points.

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Raja Rao DV

Go for it! Let's see what you can come up with :)

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Chantae P.

Yeah I'll give it a try. First Hackathon that I'll be participating in.

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Chantae P.

Yeah sounds doable. I'm already familiar with NodeJS and expressJS.

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grafeno30

I would participate but I use golang:

C#/ASP.NET Core
Java/Spring
JS/TS/Node.js
Python

It is a shame 😢 😢 😢

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Will Johnston • Edited on

We listed those languages since they are supported by Redis OM. You are free to use other languages with native Redis support, but they do not currently have Redis OM libraries.

We are updating the instructions to clarify.

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grafeno30

Yes, you are right, my apologizes, I didn not read the official documentation :

The following Redis OM libraries support Redis Stack:

Redis OM .NET
Redis OM Node
Redis OM Python
Redis OM Spring

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Raja Rao DV

@grafeno30 You can still use Go language and use a corresponding library. Redis OM is just a syntactic sugar on other core libraries to make things simple for developers. For example, Redis OM Node is a thin layer on top of Redis-Node library. and you can use Redis-Node directly also, you just need to send Redis commands like how you'd do in the CLI.

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grafeno30

Thank you so much @rajaraodv ! I am looking for examples to use Redis-Node directly. Have a niceday

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Sashe V.

Cool. Cool. Cool :)

I will participate too. I've already come up with an app idea.

But I have a question:

When do we need to publish the template post - when the app is ready or when we have a clear idea?

Also, I want to start publishing updates on my progress, so do I need to publish the template post before I begin using the tag #redishackathon?

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Hi there! You'll want to publish using the template once your app is ready to show — this will act as your official submission! That said, we highly encourage you to post another thread about your idea if you like as well as any updates on your progress in separate posts! You'll want to use the series: label in the markdown editor for each post in order to link them in the same series. Good luck!

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Sashe V.

Thanks :)

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Osama • Edited on

Hey, i'm really excited about this hackation, though its my first time with dev.to hackathons.

but i have some issues, first of all i'm in a country that all the cloud providers either blocks my country or they need a credit card where it's not available for me (I'm from sudan in africa), so what should i do? can i just use heruko as my server host and connect it with redis cloud if that is possible ?
i really want to participate this hackathon.

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Will Johnston

You can use a local Redis environment, such as the redis-stack docker image.

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Osama

you mean i can run my server locally and do all benchmarks before and after implementing redis ? is that ok ?

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Will Johnston

Yes, that will work!

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Osama

many thanks, I think I should start building!

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tq-bit

At the risk of sounding cheap: Can we migrate a ME(RVA)N - Stack app we built for an earlier hackathon? ;-)

& thanks a lot for this hackathon, I'm excited to see the projects this community comes up with.

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Will Johnston

Yes, one option for the ME(RVA)N Mavericks is to port an existing app to use Redis + JSON + Search.

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Abdi Urgessa

so it is already started **

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raddevus • Edited on

Searched for acronym OSS, couldn't find it.

Anyone? Thanks
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Oh, it's Open Source Software, right? I usually see that as FOSS (Fully)

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Pandademic

The 'F' tends to be for free.

So FOSS is Free & Open Source Software

Do note that the the 'free' is like free in freedom, not (necessarily) free as in price.

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Gourav Singh Rawat

Hope WEB 3.0 projects will be appreciated too <3

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Raja Rao DV

Yes, definitely!

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Anas Nabil

Good luck to all the participants

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Mostafa Said

This is so interesting! I might contribute in this one 🤩

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Mohammad Javed

This is going to be fun.

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Jennifer Davis

This sounds pretty awesome! If you're looking to build on #googlecloud and integrate your Redis solutions, we've got a bunch of samples and sample apps

From GitHub you can find them via https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform?q=sample&type=all&language=&sort=

You can take a peak at samples that are per language like for python at github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/pyt...

or leverage a template to start your sample app off
github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/clo...

or per product samples that have some examples of pubsub or Cloud SQL
github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/clo...

Good luck!

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Andrew Baisden

This one looks fun 🤩

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Paweł Świątkowski

Have to ask: is this some kind of a weird joke with a closed short list of allowed languages?

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Will Johnston • Edited on

We listed those languages since they are supported by Redis OM. You are free to use other languages with native Redis support, but they do not currently have Redis OM libraries.

We are updating the instructions to clarify.

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Chris Greening

Can't wait to see what everyone builds - good luck everyone!!

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Muhammad Uzair

These kind of project based hackathons are awesome

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Dendi Handian

I'm looking forward to see everyone hacks!

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Alper Güven

Hey! I published an NPM package for templating & creating Redis keys. But it seems like The Redis Hackathon does not have a relevant category for it. Is it possible for me to join using my NPM package (which I created this month)?

See my introduction post on DEV for Create Redis Key:

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Harshita Arya

When the results are going to be announced @graciegregory ?

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Planxnx

it’s very exciting and interesting 🥳

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Dhravya

any ETA on when the winners will be announced?

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Zain Ul Abideen

sure! simply observe that only one team member can submit the project and in case you win, we'd distribute the prize to best the individual that posts, with prize distribution to be labored out among yourselves.

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Dennis m

Ayy this is great 😃 Can't wait to participate

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ecyrbe

Are we bound to use Redis OM ? can't we just use Redis Command API ?
Also, is it mandatory to create a redis cloud account ? can't we just run a Redis instance on our local dev environnement ?

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Will Johnston

You are free to use any library or just use the API. You are also encouraged to use Redis Cloud, but a local environment will suffice.

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August Vilakia • Edited on

Is it ok to participate as a team ?

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Brian Bethencourt

Yes! Just note that only one team member can submit the project and if you win, we'd distribute the prize to only the person who posts, with prize distribution to be worked out amongst yourselves.

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BARTHOLOMEW SHEKARI

Ok I'm a newbie and I'll like to collaborate with anyone who is willing to assist me. Thanks

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