The current (#Laptops4Developers) campaign that's going on right now was started for two main reasons;
- To reduce the number of people learning Programming with Phone.
- Reduce the unemployment rate in the country the little way we can( Just in case you are asking how bad the unemployment rate it, "The number of unemployed Nigerians rose by 3.3 million to 20.9 million in the third quarter of 2018 (Q3’18), a report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown."
When it comes to supporting the upcoming developers in Nigeria, one man leads the way; Prosper Otemuyiwa (@unicodeveloper). Well, I can surely say more than 1000 paid Udemy course have been shared; directly or indirectly through him.
Laptops4Developers is a project created to support upcoming developers in Nigeria with;
A good laptop,
A mentorship program, and a
Yes, we have a lot of free course website online, but nothing beats having a mentor you draw inspiration from and can easily access on your WhatsApp or Slack, whenever you need him or her.
We actually started this small, the aim was to raise 1million naira ($2,777) to support 10 upcoming developers, well things expanded when I got flooded with DMs and comments, we had over 1000 request in less than 48 hours.
Name cannot be blank@hacksultanI want to publicly fund raise 1m to support 10 upcoming developers to get a good laptop + free course.
1. We will be giving out the laptops not the money. Buying in bulk
2. All core i5 and hopefull 128gb SSD or 500gb HDD
You want one? Indicate and tag potential sponsor.12:08 PM - 20 Mar 2019
So yes, if we are able to start with 20 Developers yearly, that's a pass mark. Next year, these 20 Developers will already have a stable career and they'll join our mentor's list. Yeah, it's a continuous program.
I started out sharing programming courses late last year, I've shared over 200 paid course on Udemy to upcoming developers alongside Prosper Otemuyiwa (@unicodeveloper) VSCode courses of over 300 sponsored by James Quick on Udemy. A lot of them were sponsored by Authors and volunteers.
Later on, I discovered that a lot of these people we gave courses are coding on mobile phones and a lot on bad laptops, this is either like a waste of course or a waste of time, imagine mentoring someone who tells you he's learning React on his phone.
I also noticed this during the current Hotels.ng internship also.
So I’m starting a project to support upcoming developers with a laptop too and mentorship. (20 at a time).
We currently have a lot of people on our mentors list( Developers that have volunteered to support the programs and help mentor the developers we choose after the screening and first training process. )
We currently have developers from the
The software engineering team for Twitter,
We have a front end developer at Shopify,
Developers from Interswitch
and lots more. We also recently got partnership support from CodingCoach to support us with more mentors.
We have been able to raise £1230 in 25days; the first week we started this campaign was tough, we had no single donation. Thanks to our various sponsors like
James Q Quick@jamesqquickJust made my donation to help get #Laptops4Developers! Link below if you would be interested in donating as well. twitter.com/hackSultan/sta…15:15 PM - 24 Mar 2019Name cannot be blank @hackSultanSo guys, we’ve gone far and amazing people that wants to donate internationally has asked us to setup a gofundme so donation is full and easy. And with this, I feel we can even move to up to supporting 20 upcoming developers. #Laptops4Developers https://t.co/Nezqv2ekpg
Kent C Dodds
Chris Blakely@chrisblakely01Donated 👍 - everyone deserves the opportunity to learn how to code! Why not skip the takeaway this weekend and donate to this worthy cause instead? twitter.com/prymejo/status…14:01 PM - 09 Apr 2019beardedhorseman @prymejo@sarah_edo Plss let's help support @hackSultan he's trying to get laptops ,courses and mentors for upcoming developers in Nigeria....any donation will be highly appreciated https://t.co/jDXuzetPq0
Sarah Edo, Kevin VanGelder, Dave Stevens and lots of other amazing Developers.
Thanks a lot to you guys. We really appreciate, the dream is coming on real.
We have been getting donations also directly from Nigerians to sponsor this campaign
but the total is about just 5% of our projection, so far, we haven't been able to get a major sponsor in Nigeria, but we are counting on it. The community is really supportive.Name cannot be blank@hacksultanSo far on our #Laptops4Developers campaign.
These are the donations we’ve gotten from Nigerians and people outside (gofundme)
We haven’t gotten to 10% yet in our Naira donations.
Happy Sunday: Can we get Nigerians to donate 5k?
Gofundme link: gofundme.com/z7q9rs-laptops…09:20 AM - 07 Apr 2019
Game of Thrones seams to be my friend but, maybe we will get a donation from them in the future.
I did try shooting my shots at HBO to support but I don't think the memo was passed on.
The developer community in Nigeria has been doing great, I wouldn't say we are self-sufficient yet, but we have quite a lot of great talents, and when The current CEO of Jumia said that we don't have developers that's why they don't employ us into programming roles, I'll love him to go ask Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Twitter, and co. Yes, I could start listing out developers I know that currently work there.smile
I won't say much about our talented youths, but I'm pretty sure Microsoft beats Jumia from any angle, so if Microsoft, Google, and the likes value us, that's a pass mark.
I reached out to The Dev Community on Twitter and they were really supportive on this; Hence this article,
So if you've been a supporter, please keep supporting, we will surely make this campaign a success together
This is the GOfundme link to this project.
If we can get lots of people to donate even just $10. This project will be a success.
Lots of Tech Companies have recycle policies on their laptops, these old laptops could be sent over to support us. If any organization would require more information as regards to training and planning procedures for this campaign. I'll entertain emails and respond as fast as I can.
-More updates to come.