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Schalk Neethling
Schalk Neethling

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Introducing the Mycelium Network Junior Developer Hour

For almost two years I have been making a podcast called the Mycelium Network podcast that forms part of the Mycelium Network community.

The primary goal of the community is to create a space for early-stage (entry-level, junior) web developers to find peers and mentors to help them through their learning journey. The primary goal of the podcast is to create a space where these same folks can share their stories and have a voice.

A place where they can share their ups, their downs, and their dreams. The ultimate goal is to open up opportunities to break into the industry and start to build their dream life.

So far, it has been mildly successful but has not achieved the goals I set out for it. With this in mind, I am pivoting how I am approaching this going forward. Instead of a pure audio podcast with me and a guest, this will now be a live-streamed event every two weeks once a month, known as the Mycelium Network Junior Developer hour.

Here is how it will work.

Every two weeks Once a month on a Wednesday at 5 PM UTC I will host an hour-long live stream across YouTube, Twitch, and LinkedIn, using I will invite another mentor to join me for the stream, but most importantly, I invite junior developers to join the stream.

As a junior developer, you can participate in the stream in several ways:

  • Listen in
  • You can contact me beforehand to express interest in sharing your story live on stream
  • Bring your questions for us to answer hopefully
  • You can do all this with your camera on or off and using your name or a pseudonym, whichever you feel most comfortable with.
  • You can also email your questions or share your story, which we will read during the stream.

The stream will be recorded and made available on YouTube and as an audio podcast (wherever you listen to podcasts) a week after the live stream. My hope is that this more interactive form of the podcast will be more effective, garner more interest, and provide a better platform for junior developers to share their stories and be noticed.

The first Junior Developer Hour will be on May 22 May 29 at 5 PM UTC and you can email me at to express interest in sharing your story live on the stream, share your story in text format, or send along your questions.

Times in other regions

  • 9 PM - Dubai
  • 7 PM - South Africa
  • 5 PM - United Kingdom
  • 2 PM - Rio de Janeiro
  • 1 PM - New York
  • 11 AM - Denver, Colorado
  • 10 AM - San Francisco

Note: You will also be able to ask questions during the stream.

I look forward to experimenting with this new format, learning your stories, and building out the community. Comments, questions, suggestions? Please share them below.

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Michael Tharrington

This is dope, Schalk! What a cool idea. 🙌

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Schalk Neethling

Thanks so much, Michael!