Homeless Man Launches His First Mobile App After NYC Man Teaches Him Java

/ 4 years ago


Patrick McConlogue of the website Medium had a idea last August that involved a homeless man he had met while he was heading to work. The homeless man called Leo goes by the nickname “Journeyman” and to Patrick, he seemed a smart and driven character who had just fallen on hard times. Patrick decided to give the man something, either $100 right now that he can take away and spend however he likes, or three JavaScript books, a cheap laptop and one-hour of coding lessons a day for eight weeks.

“He told me I could have a laptop and learn how to do something and I figured it could turn into something more. It’s not like I don’t have the time to learn to do it.” – Leo

Leo took the latter option, learned to program and has been working on his own mobile app called Go Green. In the 8 weeks he has been learning to code he has become quite the popular man, being interviewed by Business Insider, Mashable and a few others, not to mentioning visiting the nearby Google NYC offices who were kind enough to let him charge his laptop there.

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Leo’s story is far from over, his app is about to go public, his fame in on the rise and as far as we know, he is still actually homeless too. For more updates on Leo’s progress, there is an official Facebook page setup to keep track of him and his app.

“Life can still be good even if you’re homeless. I don’t need a million dollars to be happy.” – Leo

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  • techdep

    Your title says “Java”, but the article says “JavaScript”. Which is it? They are two vastly different languages 🙂

    • SimpleFilmer

      Javascript is or web development (mainly), Java is for apps and programs.

    • Martin

      Yea, he got the java coding lessons and i quote “three JavaScript books”. So you see, it’s both.

  • John Edward Royal

    Teach me Please I’m in Concord NH If I could code I could get out from under the thumbs of many and help many more that need it. I have learning Disabilities but with a good tutor I can learn

    • mrcapncaveman

      You can find several programing courses here and all for free. Sometimes you have to wait awhile before the next course has openings, but free education rocks. https://www.coursera.org/courses

  • Jayson Hewe

    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

    -Lao Tzu

  • SK

    where there’s a will, there’s a way.

  • Asok Asus

    Give me a break. This whole thing is a boat load of hooey. A long time
    ago ago in a place far, far away, I taught FORTRAN 101 in college, and
    only about 2 people in 30 every really “got” the whole programming

    Javascript is infinitely more difficult than FORTRAN and it strains
    credulity that some random homeless person can be plucked off the street
    and taught programming, Javascript, HTML, some app API, etc., etc. in 8
    weeks when the average (relatively well-prepared) college student 35
    years ago could barely complete a dozen, simple, well-defined 25-line
    FORTRAN programs.