Homeless man learns to code, launches app

Homeless NYC Man Learns to Code, Builds App

Leo Grand's Trees for Cars seeks to decrease the number of cars on the road

by Team Ebony, December 12, 2013

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Homeless man learns to code, launches app

Homeless man learns to code, launches app

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Back in August, programmer Patrick McConlogue offered Leo Grand a choice: $100, or 16 coding lessons. Grand — homeless since 2011 after losing his job at insurance provider MetLife and being priced out of his home when a high-rise apartment block was built nearby — didn't have to think for long. Coding lessons it was.

After furnishing Grand with a refurbished Chromebook and three books on coding, McConlogue met with him every weekday morning for an hour-long lesson.

Now, Grand has released his very first app: Trees for Cars, available for iOS and Android. The idea behind the app, Grand said, is to decrease the number of cars on the roads with a eye toward reducing CO2 emissions. Users sign up and specify whether they want to catch a ride or offer one, and the app will connect them with like-minded carpoolers nearby. The app will then track how much CO2 was saved by all the passengers.

 
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