“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” - Lao Tzu
I have always been amazed by the latest technology and programming new software is a hobby of mine. From my perspective, the environment plays an important role in the way you develop software and whether you are working in a startup or corporate sector, programming style would be different. Hence, my feelings were different when I started to contribute to open source platforms. Joining the Outreachy program was my first step towards this journey.
What is an Outreachy Program?
As per Wikipedia, Outreachy is a program organized by the Software Freedom Conservancy that arranges three-month paid internships with free and open source software projects for people who are typically underrepresented in those projects.
I am Osama Ahmed Tahir, an explorer during the day and technology enthusiastic during the night. This would feel like someone who is just from DC comics but being a software engineer feels like you are doing something extraordinary every day. Maybe programming a delivery system for the latest startup or debugging errors of a new feature in an application that is gonna be used by millions of people. Every day feels like a different day when you are a fan of making the world a better place through technology. Every individual has core values which from my terms, are his superpowers! So I also do have some superpowers through which I am trying to make the world a better place. Here are a few of them.
Everyone has a different term for the word “Creativity”. In nerd terms, it’s gonna be “Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible or a physical object.” Doesn’t sound so creative, doesn’t it? Well in my view, if you are trying something new, you are then creative! I use this superpower a lot, like in everything! When developing software, I think from a different perspective how it can make the person sitting next to you say, wow!
Whatever I love to do, I do with compassion. That’s something that has led me far ahead in the field of technology. Being a technology enthusiast from an early age, I started to do programming from an early age. Compassionate towards software development helped me to work on projects that were used by millions of people and were having a great impact on the environment around us.
The other superpower which has helped me to explore new stuff is being curious. It has helped me to learn new programming languages and explore the latest technologies. Combining this power with creativity and compassion has persuaded me to master the latest programming languages much quicker.
In the next blog post, I will discuss my experience regarding joining the Outreachy program so stay tuned!