"Son," the father says, examining the broken petri dishes littered about the floor, “I’m not a mad scientist, I’m just a disappointed scientist.”
I don’t even care what you think this is the best post I’ve ever made
Martha Chumo, a 19-year-old self-taught programmer, was supposed to be in New York right now, honing her coding skills and mastering cutting-edge technologies in the company of fellow software enthusiasts.
Instead, she’s thousands of miles away, in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya.
A few months ago, Chumo was accepted into the summer intake of Hacker School, a U.S.-based “retreat for hackers,” where budding programmers come together for three months to write code, learn new languages and share industry insights.
Whereas the programming boot camp was free to attend, Chumo still needed to find a way to cover her trip costs and buy a new laptop. Excited and determined, the young developer turned to online crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo for funds. She set a target of $4,200 and managed to raise nearly $5,800. All she needed then was a visa to travel to the United States.
Alas, this was not to be. As an unmarried adult who was not enrolled at university, Chumo was not eligible for a U.S. tourist visa because she couldn’t show sufficient “social ties” to Kenya to prove that she was planning to return home after attending Hacker School.*
But the U.S. consulate’s refusal only served to slightly alter the plans of this passionate coder.
"I thought if I can’t go to the hacker school, let me try to bring the school to me," says Chumo. "(Let me see) what can I do to start a school here."
Within minutes of her second visa request denial, on June 4, Chumo was calling her friends to announce that, “I’m starting a hacker school in Kenya!’
A few days later, she launched another Indiegogo campaign asking people to help her set up her own school for developers in Nairobi.
"I was so frustrated because I had applied to go to Hacker School; I got into it, I raised funds to go there, I had all these plans to read and learn for three months and then I’m not allowed to go — that’s how the idea for the school was born."
*For those who don’t know how hard the visa struggle for those of us with African passports is, this is just one of the ways that we are systematically denied opportunities. Meanwhile, tourists from many Western nations are free to visit many African countries without a visa and stay for up to 90 consecutive days in some of them.
But MAJOR props to Martha Chumo for taking up the initiative to create her own opportunities.
wow fuck US immigration policy and its closed-ass borders ‘n shit but damn that is the correct way to respond
"FINE. YOU DON’T WANT SMART PEOPLE TO COME AND HANG IN YOUR COUNTRY? THAT’S COOL IMMA START MY OWN SMART THING WHATEVER"
seriously what a hero.
give me the reasons not to reblog this.
they don’t exist
You don’t see many Mumford and Sons gifsets. This is really cool.
YOU DON’T SEE MANY MUMFORD AND SONS GIFSETS
That tag. I’m crying so hard.
"Made for sharing" my ass
me on the hunt for the d
YOU CAN HAVE IT OH MY GOD JUST LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE
that’s my ex gf i miss her
I just chOKED I DON’T REMEMBER THAT MOTTO I’M DYING
Three Of The Possessed
today i woke and heat of the moment by asia was playing on the radio
no guys you don’t understand
today is tuesday
No. But there’s a way out.