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Please consider this New Year’s Resolution for programmers worldwide to mentor each other for one hour in 2015

From: Ketan K.
Sent on: Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:28 AM
Hi everyone,

I’d like to give you a heads-up about a new initiative that just launched: hack.pledge(). This is a New Year’s Resolution for programmers worldwide to mentor each other for one hour in 2015. The vision is by working together we can write better code, collectively improve our skills, and work towards becoming master craftspeople in software development. It’s brought to you by the folks who created hack.summit().

The idea behind the pledge is: the next time you’re stuck searching the web for answers to an annoying programming issue, another developer can help you figure things out. This can save you hours or days of frustration. Or if you’re an expert yourself, then you can be a hero and help another developer.

The goal is to bridge the productivity gap between programmers, and also help improve diversity among programmers, since aspiring developers in under-represented demographics may not have access to mentors.

Some impressive names have started to jump on-board this -- including Tom Chi (creator of Google Glass), Bram Cohen (creator of Bittorrent), Hakon Wium Le (creator of CSS), DHH (creator of Ruby on Rails), and well as many coding non-profits and tech companies. Over 4,000 have pledged so far.

You can check out the pledge at hackpledge.org

Wishing you all Happy Holidays!
Ketan

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P.S. I am also including the request I received for your reference, just in case if it provides you with additional context.

Hi Ketan,

I previously reached out to you regarding hack.summit(), the largest virtual programming conference ever held with over 64,000 registrants. The 100% online conference took place from December 1-4 and featured lectures by some of the top minds in coding, raised money for nonprofits, and spread awareness about the need for programming mentoring worldwide. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, you can catch up on all the featured talks at hacksummit.org.

At the summit, we announced a very exciting initiative: hack.pledge(). This is a movement for programmers worldwide to assemble and mentor each other for one hour in 2015. By working together we can write better code, mentor each other to improve diversity, and collectively improve our skills and work towards becoming master craftspeople in software development.

Over 4,000 have pledged so far, and the movement’s only getting bigger. This includes Tom Chi (creator of Google Glass), Bram Cohen (creator of Bittorrent), Hakon Wium Le (creator of CSS), David Heinemeier Hansson (creator of Ruby on Rails), and many others. Tech companies are jumping on-board too, as well as coding non-profits. It’s a very exciting industry-wide initiative -- check it out at hackpledge.org.

This pledge is a New Year’s Resolution which is fast-approaching. I was wondering if you would be willing to help us spread the word? It’s a really cool opportunity for your community to get free mentoring when they’re stuck, or to be heroes and mentor others.

Thanks for considering this!

Surabhi

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