Lone Star Ruby Conf 2008: Ruby without Borders
Having worked with RoleModel Software in Raleigh, NC, I’ve since moved to Tanzania, East Africa, where my wife runs a home for street children. I’m continuing to develop software for local organizations and have started pairing with a local guy who just graduated from university.
There are a number of non-profits doing worthwhile work here, but most of them are too understaffed and underskilled to address their computer needs. At the same time, people looking to write software have very little opportunity to learn from skilled developers.
It’s a nice intersection of low-hanging fruit opportunities: we can make big differences both to the organizations we help and to the guys we program with just by putting together a small Rails app with them.
It’s kind of a wild idea, but if you’re free to break away for a few weeks, consider making the trip. Climb Kilimanjaro, visit the Serengeti, relax on Zanzibar, and spend a couple of weeks programming with me and a couple of Tanzanian guys. We’ll have fun.