Monday 20 November 2017

Homeless man to release app after choosing coding lessons over $100

Aishling Phelan

A former homeless man has just released his own app after taking an opportunity to learn how to code instead of $100.

The New Yorker, Leo Grand, was given a choice of taking $100 or getting a chance to learn how to code.

Having accepted the latter, he is now gone on to create the app 'Trees for Cars' which is available for iOS and Android for 99 cents.

The money-or-coding offer was made by a young programmer, Patrick McConlogue, who bought Leo a refurbished Samsung Chromebook and spent an hour each weekday morning giving him a crash course in coding.

Thousands followed the experiment as it began to attract national media attention.

Trees for Cars is a mobile app that strives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by connecting people for carpooling. Grand describes the app as “a great way to build relationships, strengthen communities, help each other financially and energy-wise, all under the umbrella of saving the environment”.

When a group carpools, the app displays what is saved in emissions and gives the user the opportunity to compete with other users for the most savings.

In the video above, Leo explained his app saying,''It’s a mobile app about saving the environment, bringing communities together, saving the world, and the best part: saving money in your pocket.”

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