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AgileVentures Charity Appoints New Chief Executive

April 29th, 2021

AgileVentures has appointed Mr. Thomas Ochman as its next chief executive.

Mr. Ochman is a senior developer and tech-entrepreneur with a focus on education, project management, and agile methodologies. He is currently running a training and education start-up in Sweden. His expertise in education and re-skilling projects will add to the mix of charitable activities AgileVentures offers to live up to its mission; to promote advancement of education of the general public as well as efficiency and effectiveness of other Third Sector organizations, by providing affordable software development and project management.

Bryan Yap, Chair of the Board of Trustees of AgileVentures, states: “The landscape of software development and learning is changing rapidly. Thomas’s appointment to the role as Chief Executive is a clear indication of our intention to ensure that we as a charity can help to further democratize technical education, and help our organization in these pivotal times.”

“Access to educational resources online has opened up tremendous opportunities for career advancement among students, especially those with disadvantaged backgrounds. We recognize that there is a widespread demand for learning in a social context that focuses not only on theoretical skills but also on practical project work”, Bryan Yap continues.

“Commitment to Open Source but also to what we call Open Learning, has been an integrated part of the AgileVentures process since inception. As an organization, we are committed to providing training for those who need it the most, but to also empower them to share their skills with others, and use them for a good cause.”, says Thomas Ochman and adds “I plan to expand on that by organizing community events, forming partnerships with key players in the industry, and increase our outreach among groups underrepresented in tech”

Thomas is a long time volunteer with Agileventures and one of the initial forces behind various initiatives of the charity. He joined the initial group of learners that AgileVentures former Chief Executive Samuel Joseph formed, to work on charity projects and develop the community of people around the world that shared commitment to Open Source Software.

Thomas will assume his new role immidietly. You can reach him at thomas[at]agileventures.org or on our Slack

About Us

AgileVentures is an official UK Charity dedicated to crowdsourced learning and social coding. As a charitable organization, we are committed to providing training for those who need it the most, but also empower them to share their skills with others, and use them for a good cause.

We follow the Agile approach to software development, and practice social coding using remote pair programming technologies such as Google Meet or Zoom. You can also join our community streams on Twitch.tv. Anyone at any skill level can participate or simply observe in the remote pair programming sessions and planning meetings as we develop solutions for real customers in the non-profit sector. There are no minimum requirements, simply an interest to learn.

We meetings and pair programming sessions every day with participants from all time zones and on all levels. Be on a lookout in Slack and feel free to join to contribute, or just say hello and hear about what’s going on :-)

What exactly can you get out of participating in AgileVentures?

As a developer

  • Learn and gain experience
  • Participate in a real project, collaborate in a real team and work with real customers
  • Learn to program, manage a project and manage a team
  • Learn the industry tools for software development and project management
  • Get immediate help and guidance on technical issues
  • Get feedback on your work and ideas
  • Realize yourself

As a bonus

  • Get hired
  • Just have fun, meet new people from all over the world and socialize

Please see the following document: /getting-started

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