Ak: â€œCan you tell us a succinct background of GarageScript?â€
To accelerate this initiative, we would discuss our achievements on a weekly basis, also known as Sprints, and set a new target for the following week. Everyone in the group takes turn to lead the discussion.â€
Ak: â€œWhat is it that motivates GarageScript’s mission?â€
J: â€œAfter our founder taught his wife how to code, he realized the opportunity to help more people around him. Currently as a senior engineer at PayPal, he selflessly invests his own paycheck to help people in financial need transition into tech through GarageScript. Through consistent hard work, GarageScript has helped students get offers at companies such as Google, PayPal, and Nike, to name a few. I wholeheartedly consider myself lucky to work with someone this passionate about helping others. He has helped me grow to be a more technical, patient, less selfish and overall, more caring person. I feel more obligated than ever to help others with my time, as much as possible, through coding.â€
Ak: â€œIn Indonesia, where can people learn with GarageScript?â€
Al: â€œGarageScript will be available to teach at Mozilla Indonesia Community Workspace during the weekdays starting September 3rd 2018. You can get more information by visiting Mozilla Indonesia Communityâ€™s site.â€
J: â€œMozilla Indonesia Community Space is a keystone partner in our endeavor as they have audiences who are interested in coding and we have members who are eager to teach. This works out well for all participants because we all share a common goal.â€
Ak: â€œWhy Indonesia?â€
J: â€œAt first we were planning to be in Malaysia but there seemed to be a bureaucracy problem. Luckily, our friend Soma offered us to start here… The community sprouted in Lippo Karawaci, Tangerang, in Somaâ€™s living room. We have been meeting on weekdays to learn and teach how to code from 9AM to 5PM. To expand, we have shifted our focus to continue our efforts in Jakarta.
Al: â€œWe want people to learn at their own pace. Jeffrey, for example took part in a bootcamp in San Francisco, which the learning speed is much faster. The bootcamp lasts for 3 months and after it ended, students are expected to get an engineer job. However, it is a on going process to be a seasonal engineer.
For that reason, we want people to learn on their own pace without having to feel stressed out under competitive circumstances as we understand they already have many responsibilities such as taking care of children, providing basic necessities for loved ones, all the while transitioning their career paths.â€
Ak: â€œHow many students at GarageScript in Jakarta now?â€
Al: â€œSo far, there are 5 of them. And 7 more are coming in next week. At current rate, we estimate our community to grow very fast as similar patterns have happened with our San Jose branch.â€
Ak: â€What is the next plan of GarageScript in Indonesia?â€