Giveaways, Spaces & The Year-End
I was privileged to sponsor 28 applicants to the AltSchoolAfrica tech bootcamp.
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It has been a busy couple of weeks since my last issue! 😅 I share about a recent giveaway I was inspired to run on Twitter, my recent Twitter Spaces session on ‘Becoming A Developer’, and the start of my season reflecting on the past year & anticipating my moves in the next.
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My First Giveaway! 🎉 💖
Scrolling through Twitter one afternoon, I came across a tweet by @mochievous offering to pay the application fees to AltSchoolAfrica, a remote-first Tech bootcamp that offers 3 tracks: frontend, backend & cloud engineering.
I was inspired! 🤩 I researched the school to make sure it was reputable and trustworthy. I saw that their application fee was $20 (or 10,000 Naira). So I decided to run my own giveaway for 5 applicants:
Well, long story short: I intended 5 people, but ended up sponsoring a total of 28 people to apply to AltSchoolAfrica! 🥳 I was so humbled by the ambition and hunger of those who threw their hats into the ring. Though my giveaway was focused on mothers, I did choose 5 fathers as winners as well.
“From 5 people to 28?” I hear you asking. Well, I wasn’t the sole sponsor. The most delicious part of my giveaway experience was all the DMs I received from literal strangers who wanted to financially support what I was doing. More than two-thirds of the 28 people sponsored were backed by anonymous donors.
In fact, I kept receiving DMs from donors long after the giveaway ended, which made me realize that I needed a more organized and transparent way of welcoming their generousity. So now, I’m working on setting up a GoFundMe (charity version) under my nonprofit Our Time For Tech. It is my sincere hope to launch targeted fundraisers in the new year, designed to support would-be students of tech bootcamps and other training programs, but for the financial barriers. Watch for announcements about that in the near future! 🙏🏾
I’m On Twitter Spaces! 📢
During my recent Twitter giveaway, I received dozens of questions about becoming a software developer, or about my own break-into-Tech journey. So I decided to host a Twitter Space to answer these questions in a group-setting (as opposed to one-on-one).
Though I was nervous about it, the session went really well! The time flew by as I answered 9 questions chosen from those sent in by interested people.
End-Of-Year Reflections and Looking Ahead
As we approach the end of 2021, I have started reflecting on all I have both achieved and failed at this year. In the rest of my newsletter issues this year, I will include reflections on my accomplishments, mishaps and certianly lessons learned.
I am also looking ahead to the new year, thinking about what I would like to tackle and achieve. I shall be sharing these as well, as a form of accountability, and also to inspire you to plan your 2022 adventures! 💖