Last week, on a lazy Sunday morning, I wrote a letter to an asylum seeker, as part of a campaign by Julian Burnside, to show my support and hopefully raise morale somewhat for their cause. It took me, at most, 30 minutes to write and post the letter.
Afterwards, I marveled a bit at how short an amount of time it had taken to help contribute to someone’s project, and hopefully help another person.
I wondered what else could be achieved in short chunks of time like that, so, I used my new developing skills, and built an app for that.
It’s a simple concept – just a list of activities you can undertake to help a cause, a person, the environment…anything which benefits the world in some way. More specifically, I wanted this list to be all things which could be achieved in a short amount of time.
This is almost exactly why I’m learning to code. I’m not learning to code to bulk up my resume or get me a job (although that would be nice). I learnt to code as a hobby to help bring my ideas to life. Last Sunday I had an idea, and in a few hours, I had a MVP of that idea that I could share with my friends and others on social media.
Creating this app has given me renewed enthusiasm to keep learning. So far, I had been learning as a hobby, but imagine if I actually had skills in the future which could help the world in some way? Whether it was a small app like this that encouraged someone to donate blood, or working on a bigger, established project that needed coders to donate their time.
Bringing your ideas to life, helping others or making yourself more employable – there’s not just one reason to learn to code.