Welcome to Development Hackers !
If we want to leverage technology to solve global problems, we need to do more building and less workshopping.
I'm Rayan, the creator of this community, and I simply want to meet, discuss and collaborate with others who think the same.
Leave a comment and introduce yourself! Let us know where you're from, what your hobbies are, or just a fun fact about yourself. When you're done, check out the other comments and leave a reply to someone else. 👋
Tell us what brought you here... Are you interested in building a tech product to improve lives? Are you here to find tools to grow your impact? Anything else? 😃
Top comments (96)
I am Inovra, I am working on walkie talkie app product named VoicePing: voicepingapp.com. Recently we released the open source form also to help developers around the world add walkie talkie functionality to their apps: indiehackers.com/post/free-push-to...
I am here to support Tech for Good initiatives. As I was also hoping to build one. Today I found the info in dev.to about this community. So, I hope I can be a part here. Many thanks!
I'll give you an upvote on indiehackers ;)
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wow, many thanks! will do..
Hi @inovra, that's a very interesting project and I'm glad you're open-sourcing it !
Have you thought about Tech for Good uses of your walkie talkie app? Out of my head I'm thinking it could help NGOs with election monitoring or remote learning.
Anyway welcome to the community, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Tech for Good and see what you're interested in building !
Hi @rayan the use case is very wide, since this is communication tool. Any coordination that needs communication can take benefit from a PTT app. Organizing mass, public services, government, events, etc. Even just to pickup your kids or nephews from school who is too little to use a complicated smartphone also can take benefit of this. The use cases are countless. People just need to know this tool exist so they can have tailor-made app fulfill organizations' or communities' specific needs.
Thank you for the welcome. I hope together with this community can build many impactful products along the way.
I just got on this thread, so pardon the last jump-in. Do you need noise cancellation or voice clarity for the native mobile apps? How is the audio quality across different phones?
Hi @wandering_dave, the audio quality varies across different type of phones. But the worst quality is still hearable quite clear. You can check with any device you/your circles have with the voiceping free public channel. We use phone OS built-in noise cancellation, that's why the quality varies between phone type.
How do that work
You meant the walkie talkie app?
Device -> Internet/Intranet -> Server -> Internet/Intranet -> Another device
Thanks for the great community. I am Mani. Recently started a blog on latest tech and development related tips and tutorials at tipseason.com/ . Came through development hackers club and looks like I can learn some of the latest tech stuff here. Looking forward to collaborate with you all.
Hello Mani, nice blog I'll check it out :)
Thanks Rayan. Nice to meet you.
Hi Rayan and the entire community,
My name is Vidhita Kher and I'm a Software engineer by profession. I'm a Cloud enthusiast who is passionate for open source solutions. I like to do Ed Tech blogging in my free time and create videos on public speaking on YouTube.
I came across this community on Forem and I'm excited to be part of it and collaborate with fellow like minded people.
Hi Vidhita and welcome !
What's your blog? I'm very interested in Ed Tech and worked on it in a previous startup :)
my name is Marcel. I strongly believe that open digital tools are key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, as they provide an accessible pathway for digital transformation in the Global South. My aim is to lay the foundations for local development of inclusive digital tools where they will ultimately be used.
This is why I created the Open Source for Equality initiative in 2022. The goal of Open Source for Equality is to promote the development and use of free and open software that bridges the digital gender gap.
That sounds super cool. Do you have any examples of softwares that can reduce this gender gap?
It is super interesting to me as I am working on Persephone, an app that centralizes contacts and information to help victims and witnesses of gender-based and sexual violence. Unfortunately this project is not open source as I use no-code tools. But I would like other people to recreate the persephone project in their country so that’s why I am talking about it in Development Hackers. :)
pleased to e-meet you!
Well, our NGO has been focusing on making vital knowledge and practical information accessible to marginalized, often illiterate women in the global south. We are currently in the process of open sourcing our solutions. You can get an overview here oseq.org/tags/solution and here audiopedia.community/tags/solution and our GitHub page github.com/OSEQorg
Speaking of GBV open source apps: I stumbled upon this one that is being created in Cameroon, you might want to take a look: github.com/safeherven/safeherven_app
That's super interesting and so inspiring! Thanks a lot for the information, I will take a deeper look at it :)
My name is Josh and I'm the co-founder of a social media marketing manager for Twitter called Chirr App. Our focus is on helping teams create content collaboratively.
I just discovered Development Hackers after completing a foundational course over at the Center for Humane Technology.
As a social media marketing tool, we're at the heart of the problem. It's been something my co-founder and I have been uncomfortable with for a while but have been unable to articulate.
I can't wait to start incorporating the ideas around humane tech into our product. I'm really looking forward to learning from you all and understanding how we promote a healthier internet.
Hi Joshua ! It's great that you're both "at the heart of the problem" and thinking about ways to make it better :)
Looking forward to discussing these ideas in concrete terms for building tech products !
This community really looks promising ! Looking forward to see what could happen here (:
I'm Antoine an hacktivist that want to put back technology in the hands of the people as a tool for freedom and empowerment instead of enslavement.
I co-founded Nebulae, a French non-profit that wants to accompany people and structures in their transition towards a use of digital technology more in line with their values.
I am here to discover people in the same kind of energy, having feedback on my work and inspiration from other project !
Looking forward to discuss more with people from this community ! (:
Long-time international development worker here. Passionate about using data, digital tools and no code solutions to make non-profits run way more efficiently.
Currently building a SaaS tool to help small and medium sized non-profits manage their grants better.
Dog owner and hiker, based in NY
Welcome Rory and nice project!
I don't know much about the non-profit grant system but it looks very time consuming. Are you working on ways to make applying for a grant faster? I'm guessing it must be long to look for them too
This solves a slightly different issue. Orgs of $1.5m turnover often have 15-20 ongoing grants. Some of $7.5k, some of $500k. Each with different grant time periods, currencies, reporting requirements, contract documents and rules.
This solution would help keep all that straight. It's a simple problem, often solved in larger orgs with complex + expensive tools like Salesforce. I've created a lightweight tool for a simple problem.
It will reduce admin time, increase reporting accuracy and allow better + quicker analysis.
Hello, I graduated from the university years ago majoring in development studies. Spent some time in Africa working on these issues. I am also an occasional freelance journalist, technical writer and translator.
Hi Tomi and welcome to our community. What kind of work did you do?
My name is Paul
I worked in a digital agency, fully remote !
We are helping and promoting NoCode technology for all SME.
Our goal is to reduce the entry barrier in this kind of tool to enable the transfer of knowledge and expertise from the previous generation to the new one !
We also supporte tens of new projets proving them the right tools
My name is Peko and I am an Independent ICT4D/Digital development consultant. I provide program design, digital transformation, and capacity-building services to social enterprises, NGOs, universities, and international organizations. I am also a PhD candidate researching the role ICT4D plays in shaping user attitudes.
More info about me is available at my web page.
I look forward to meeting other dev hackers!
Hey Peko, welcome to Dev Hackers ! Don't hesitate to share your work on the forum for us all to enjoy and learn from :)
Are you looking at specific use-cases for you Phd?
Development Hackers is looking slick, Rayan. 😀
I work at Forem (the platform that powers Development Hackers) as a Senior Community Manager and help to manage the communities at DEV, CodeNewbie, and Forem.dev.
I do a number of things, but most recently have been helping to assist Forem Creators in learning the Forem platform. I also gather feedback from folks who have cool ideas about how we might improve the platform.
Not sure if you've explored Forem.dev much yet, but it's a sort of meta-forem made up of Forem staff and Forem Creators where we talk about the Forem platform. If you join up, you can follow my department, Community Success, for various tips and resources on managing communities and using Forem. And of course, you can also write posts and provide us with product feedback about your experience as a Forem Creator.
Anyway, I'll try not to crowd up any more space on your Welcome Thread 😅, but just wanted to say that Development Hackers is looking awesome. 🙌
Hey Michael !
I actually just posted on forem.dev because I noticed you signed up on Development Hackers 😄
I thought I should've come and said hello since last week haha !
I've read aaaall the documentation and I find it extremely well made. Thanks a lot for all the work you people put in !
Haha, nahhh no worries about taking your time to post there.
I'm glad to hear the documentation has been helpful. If anything is unclear, don't hesitate to reach out on forem.dev by posting under the #help tag or just message me via email — michaelatforem.com.
I'm gonna go find your post on forem.dev now! 😀
Welcome Michael! You manage a great platform!
Hay all, I am David, a self taught and still learning developer from London, UK.
I am actually currently a Gas Engineer/Plumber but I want to change careers. I can build a website and code apps using JS, Python and a little bit of C & Java.
Anyone from London who knows of any entry level coding positions 😉 I'd love to hear about them!
I do intend to create a couple of my own apps and 2 websites to use as my portfolio to assist in getting work but am not as of yet finished.
I look forward to chatting with you all and reading the articles 😀
Hi David and welcome :)
Good luck on building up your portfolio, and enjoy the process !
My name is Natalie and I do marketing/content for a ClimateTech recruitment agency called Climate People: climatepeople.com/.
We work with mission-driven engineers, designers, ux professionals, developers, etc. who want to get a job in climate!
I'm super passionate about the environment and individual action.
I’m Medea, I’m 13 years old and I’m hoping to code something that will change the world!
Hi Medea, we're very happy to have you here :)
Did you already start coding? What are you interested in?
I’ve done a lot of web development with Flask.
Right now I’m learning iOS development with Swift.
I am Afuah Sekyiwaa a frontend developer from Ghana. When I'm not coding, you find me tucked away with a good book or having a discussion about social issues with friends. I'm very excited to join the community and look forward to contributing my quota and learning from here.
Hi Afuah, we're excited to have you here too :)