Join me in kicking off our new project, Dreamfish Community Tech. Not only is the project building technology for peer-to-peer development to empower the world’s underserved entrepreneurs, the project also empowers Kenyan youth to develop as successful web professionals.
To tell you about the project, we made this fun video. You’ll see a campy skit about “what is Dreamfish?”, an experience of peer-to-peer development, in which two young professionals work together on a client project supported by their peer group. Then the group rocks out in a shimmy and shake!
The project team includes youth web developers and designers, recently graduating from Nairobits, a training program for youth from Nairobi settlements, working alongside senior professionals that want to make a difference. To facilitate, Grant Bowman, open source community leader, will serve as Dreamfish’s first Technologist-in-Residence and travel from San Francisco Bay, California to Dreamfish Place Nairobi to manage the project team from September through November.
While working on the project, the youth are also receiving training and mentorship from Dreamfishers in professional communication, consulting skills, software development, collaboration and eco-product design. Thank you to Bernard Owuor, software developer, Polly Bodegener, adult educator, Susaneve Oguya, CTO of MFarm, and Jenny, recycled art product designer, for volunteering as trainers.
Your help matters!
Our big challenge is that our youth are living in rough conditions in Nairobi settlements and need tools to work with. Your financial contributions will provide living expenses, better housing, laptops and mentorship to support this empowering project. Any size gift makes a meaningful difference. Learn more.
As a thank you, contributors receive cool perks, donated by Dreamfish members – a free iPad, a weekend in a California guesthouse near the beach, hand-made cups, and more. Check out the perks.
Come to the party
Tonight, September 2nd, 11am-5pm, Caffe La Scala, Walnut Creek, California, US
If you are a developer or designer and might want to help out, terrific! Please let Grant or me know.