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Work The Web - Summer Camp 2021

June 8th, 2021

We are happy to announce the dates for our latest initiative: A 9-week long instructor-led training program on Web-technologies.

The curriculum of Work The Web is based on professional training courses delivered pro-bono by trainers from the IT industry and will cover Agile Methodologies, Software as a Service, Back-end development (NodeJS and Ruby on Rails), and Front-end application development (ReactJS). We will also cover testing and best practices.

  • Delivered by a Coaching Team of 1 Head Coach and 2 Assistant Coaches
  • Instructor-led training sessions (1.5 hours) 2 times per week Tuesday and Thursday at 17:30 UTC
  • Instructor-led support sessions (2 hours) 2 per week on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) at 17:30 UTC
  • Comprehensive course materials delivered through an online Learning Management Platform
  • Individual progress assessment by 2 Training Exams and a Final Exam
  • Team-based Capstone Project with planning, implementation and delivery
  • Certificates issued by Craft Academy and Agile Ventures
  • Personalized Letter of Recommendation from the Coaching Team issued at graduation

Start date is Tuesday July 6th - End Date Thursday Sept 2nd with a Graduation ceremony Saturday Sept 4th.

If you feel that this is something for you, or if you know of an individual that might benefit from this program - make sure to submit an application to applications[@]agileventures.org

AgileVentures goes live on Twitch!

June 8th, 2021

Streaming has been an integrated part of the AgileVentures process since its inception. Most of the Scrums and Pair Programming sessions of the early days of the community were streamed to YouTube and contributed significantly to community engagement. The AgileVentures community was a pioneer in bringing live coding and project work live on the internet.

Over the recent years, live streaming has become more and more mainstream, and co-working and co-study groups have gained a lot of popularity and could be a way to potentially expand the member and volunteer base of Agile Ventures. We believe that live streaming technical sessions can play a vital role in developing engagement among community members. All developers suffer some form of imposter syndrome at some time, and being a beginner programmer makes it worse. Joining a live session (like on Google Meet or Jitsy) is a threshold that can be off-putting and can hinder individual members to start participating in community events. Streaming, on the other hand, is more passive and can be perceived as a way to ease in into live coding. Viewers can only participate over chat, and if they don’t want to interact with the host, they can stay in the background and lurk.

We have a vision of an AgileVentures Team on Twitch.tv where our members and Community Organizers can organize co-working and co-study groups. The number of co-study/co-working streamers has increased dramatically over the last few months and co-working is likely to become a very popular niche on Twitch.

The first step in going live on Twitch is happening as you are reading this. You can find our community channel at Twitch and we have two of our members stream live coding on a regular basis.

  • Arc_Anya streams co-working sessions on most weekdays and is part of our community sponsorship
  • Verena is a programmer with focus on mobile application development using Flutter and is part of our community sponsorship
  • Thomas Ochman is streaming AV Community Follow-ups and Q&A sessions and quite a lot of his own personal coding.
  • AgileVentures is the channel where we will stream more community events in the upcoming months.

Check out these streamers and become a part of the movement of Live, Social Coding. If you are considering setting up your own channel on Twitch, please reach out to us and we are more than happy to help!

Learn With AgileVentures - Summer Camp 2021

May 27th, 2021

The mission of our community is twofold: to provide members with learning opportunities and to help other charities and NGO’s develop their IT infrastructure.

We believe that the best way to learn is to work on the practical implementation of software-based in solutions. We want to move beyond tutorials and self-paced training offerings. We want to help our members develop skills that will lead them to a brighter future.

We are happy to announce our latest initiative: A 9-week long instructor-led training program on Web-technologies offered to a selected group of 10 students as active participants and streamed on Twitch for other community members and the general public as self-paced training. The curriculum will be based on professional training courses delivered pro-bono by trainers from the IT industry.

The 10 participants will be selected among the community volunteers through an application process.

Together, we’ll learn about Agile Methodologies, Software as a Service, Back-end development, and Front-end application development. We will also cover testing and best practices.

  • Delivered by a Coaching Team of 1 Head Coach and 2 Assistant Coaches
  • Instructor-led training sessions (1.5 hours) 2 times per week Tuesday and Thursday
  • Instructor-led support sessions (2 hours) 1 per week on weekends
  • Comprehensive course materials delivered digitally through Craft Academy Learning Management Platform
  • Individual progress assessment by 2 Training Exams and a Final Exam
  • Team-based Capstone Project with planning, implementation and delivery.
  • Certificates issued by Craft Academy and Agile Ventures
  • Personalized Letter of Recommendation from the Coaching Team issued at graduation

If you feel that this is something for you, or if you know of an individual that might benefit from this program - make sure to submit an application to applications[@]agileventures.org

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 immediately. You can reach him at thomas[at]agileventures.org or on our Slack