Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Police Prevent Homeless Man from Free Coding Lessons, Confiscate Laptop

credit: Fran Berkham, Mashable Reporter
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

People have been following the story of an unlikely partnership with great interest. Programmer Patrick McConlogue had a wish to teach coding to homeless man Leo, (a.k.a. "The Journeyman Hacker"), to better his life. Leo of New York city accepted the offer.

Patrick, who received both cheers and jeers for the move, believes in the high demand for coders and that in 8 weeks he could teach Leo by meeting with him an hour before work and giving code lessons. McConlogue overnighted a cheap laptop, included software, books, and his own Wi-Fi hotspot. He is also providing free lessons for followers of the story on journeymancourse. The Journeyman Facebook page has a big, warm fan following.

After 45 days of lessons, Leo entered a hackathon with other software engineers and has an upcoming app creation. Leo was set to go on The Today Show on Wednesday. All of that changed this morning.