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The Mycelium Network podcast. A podcast all about early-stage web developers and the mentors and teachers who help them along the way.

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The Mycelium Network podcast. A podcast all about early-stage web developers and the mentors and teachers who help them along the way.

schalkneethling.substack.com

    Breaking Barriers: The Global Challenges of a Nigerian Designer - Nmesoma Okonkwo

    Breaking Barriers: The Global Challenges of a Nigerian Designer - Nmesoma Okonkwo

    In a world where design transcends mere aesthetics to become a pivotal element in user experience and product functionality, the journey of Nmesoma Okonkwo emerges as a beacon of inspiration and a testament to the transformative power of mentorship in the tech industry. Born out of a transition from microbiology to graphic design, and eventually to product design, Nmesoma's story is one of resilience, adaptability, and the relentless pursuit of passion.
    Embarking on her career in Nigeria, Nmesoma faced a unique set of challenges, from navigating the intricate world of international job markets to overcoming the hurdles presented by payment processing issues endemic to her locale. Yet, it was her unyielding spirit and the guidance of mentors that illuminated her path, underscoring the critical role mentorship plays in shaping the careers of emerging designers.
    Nmesoma's approach to product design is both intuitive and informed, marrying the principles of user experience with the psychological impact of color in fintech products, emphasizing accessibility, and fostering a deep connection between the user and the product. Her journey is a vivid illustration of the power of mentorship, the challenges and opportunities that lie in the global tech ecosystem for Nigerian designers, and the profound impact of ethical design practices.
    Through Nmesoma's story, we are reminded of the enduring impact of empathy, the value of accessibility in design, and the boundless possibilities that arise when passion meets perseverance.
    Links
    * Nmesoma Okonkwo on LinkedIn
    * Nmesoma Okonkwo on TikTok
    * HuggingFace
    * HuggingChat
    * HuggingFace Assistants
    * Schalk Neethling on LinkedIn
    * Mechanical Ink Studio
    Community
    * Join the community on Slack or Discord
    * Support the podcast on Patreon
    * Recorded with Riverside.fm (Affiliate link)
    Help Others Find The Podcast
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    • 45 min
    Coding Her Future: Tech, Trials, and Triumphs - Kate Blake

    Coding Her Future: Tech, Trials, and Triumphs - Kate Blake

    In the latest episode of the Mycelium Network podcast, Kate Blake shares her inspiring journey into the world of web development. Host Schalk Neethling guides us through Kate's narrative, from her initial fascination with technology to her current role as a successful web developer. Kate's story is not just about personal achievement; it's a testament to the power of community, perseverance, and the impact one can make in the tech industry and beyond.
    Kate discusses the hurdles she faced entering the tech world, highlighting the importance of resilience and the support of a nurturing community. Her experiences with remote work shed light on the challenges and rewards of being part of a distributed team, emphasizing the value of connection and collaboration.
    The conversation also delves into the evolving role of AI in the job market, presenting a balanced view of its potential to both disrupt and create opportunities. Kate's optimism for the future is infectious, as she speaks on aligning her career ambitions with her desire to contribute to social causes.
    This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersections of technology, community, and social good. Kate's journey underscores the idea that with determination and support, breaking into the tech industry is possible, and it can be a pathway to making a meaningful difference in the world.
    Links
    * Kate Blake on LinkedIn
    * Kate Blake on GitHub
    * Schalk Neethling on LinkedIn
    * Mechanical Ink Studio
    Community
    * Join the community on Slack or Discord
    * Support the podcast on Patreon
    * Recorded with Riverside.fm (Affiliate link)
    Help Others Find The Podcast
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    • 54 min
    CHAOSS, Community, And Breaking Barriers - Temitope Asama

    CHAOSS, Community, And Breaking Barriers - Temitope Asama

    In this episode of the Mycelium Network podcast, I speak with Temitope Asama to learn about her tech journey, highlighting her initial interests and challenges. Her active involvement in the CHAOSS community underscores the importance of supportive networks in fostering growth. Additionally, Temitope's advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the tech space is a critical theme, reflecting her commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable industry. This narrative emphasizes the power of community and the significance of DEI efforts in shaping the tech landscape.
    The conversation sheds light on the significant hurdles that African developers encounter in tapping into global job markets, emphasizing the restrictive impact of geographical and economic barriers. It also explores how open-source projects and a commitment to lifelong learning can serve as powerful tools for overcoming these obstacles, enabling developers to build a global presence and enhance their skills in a competitive industry. This part of the discussion highlights the critical importance of accessibility, networking, and skill development in breaking down barriers to opportunities.
    I (Schalk Neethling) also briefly share my story from music to tech illustrating the diverse paths leading to the tech industry, highlighting the value of varied experiences. This shared experience between Temitope and myself emphasizes the dynamic, inclusive nature of the tech community, encouraging listeners to embrace their unique journeys.
    Links
    * Temitope Asama on LinkedIn
    * Temitope Asama on GitHub
    * CHAOSS Community
    * CHAOSS Community DEI Badging Project
    * Schalk Neethling on LinkedIn
    * Mechanical Ink Studio
    Community
    * Join the community on Slack
    * Continue the conversation on GitHub or here on Substack
    * Support the podcast on Patreon
    * Recorded with Riverside.fm (Affiliate link)
    Help Others Find The Podcast
    * Rate and review on Apple Podcasts
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    • 47 min
    The Developer's Path: Learning, Leading, and Growing with Dan Moore

    The Developer's Path: Learning, Leading, and Growing with Dan Moore

    In this episode of the Mycelium Network podcast, Dan Moore shares his extensive journey in the tech industry, starting in the '90s to his current role as a solutions architect at FusionAuth. He emphasized the critical balance between technical proficiency and soft skills in software development. Dan discusses the value of community involvement, particularly his experiences with the Boulder Ruby Meetup, highlighting the importance of networking and continuous learning in a developer's career.
    Dan shared insights from managing the American Farm Shares and CSA's project, highlighting the multi-dimensional challenges of tech projects. Dan also shares his approach to technical writing, focusing on creating evergreen content that remains relevant over time. Dan's advice for new developers included networking, contributing to open source, and understanding the long-term perspective of a tech career.The episode provides a rich blend of technical expertise, career advice, and personal growth insights, making it a valuable resource for both new and experienced developers.
    Links
    * Dan Moore on LinkedIn
    * Letters to a new developer
    * FusionAuth
    * Boulder Ruby Meetup Group
    * The Pragmatic Programmer
    * Don't Make Me Think
    * The Mythical Man-Month
    * Continue the conversation on GitHub
    * Join the community on Slack
    * Schalk Neethling on LinkedIn
    * Mechanical Ink
    Community
    * Join the community on Slack
    * Continue the conversation on GitHub or here on Substack
    * Support the podcast on Patreon
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    * Rate and review on Apple Podcasts
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Hackathons, Developer Communities, and Holopin with Elena Lape

    Hackathons, Developer Communities, and Holopin with Elena Lape

    In this engaging episode of the Mycelium Network podcast, host Schalk Neethling welcomes Elena Lape, the visionary founder of Holopin. Elena shares her remarkable journey through the tech world, from building developer communities and supporting students at GitHub to her passion for hackathons. She delves into the value of open-source contributions and the importance of universal skills beyond coding. Elena's insightful advice on how to validate business ideas and the significance of competition offers a treasure trove of wisdom for aspiring entrepreneurs. Listeners will be inspired by her passion for community building, resilience, and the exciting future of Holopin's innovative products. It's a must-listen episode for tech enthusiasts and budding entrepreneurs.
    Links

    Elena on LinkedIn
    Holopin
    Schalk Neethling on LinkedIn
    Continue the discussion on GitHub

    Join the community on Slack

    Mechanical Ink


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Empowering Diversity in Tech: A Conversation with Women Who Code

    Empowering Diversity in Tech: A Conversation with Women Who Code

    In this episode of the Mycelium Network podcast, host Schalk Neethling is joined by Grecia Castaldi and Molly Devine from Women Who Code. These two dynamic women share their inspiring journeys in the tech world and non-profits, emphasizing the significance of diversity and empowerment in the industry. The discussion touches on vital topics like advocating for oneself, the potential of AI as a tool rather than a replacement, and the incredible mission of Women Who Code to foster a more inclusive tech community. With insightful quotes and profound takeaways, this episode sheds light on the opportunities and challenges within the tech sphere while encouraging listeners to embrace their unique voices and aspirations. Don't miss this empowering dialogue that celebrates diversity and innovation in the world of technology.
    Links

    Women Who Code
    Grecia Castaldi
    Molly Devine
    Schalk Neethling
    Continue the conversation on GitHub.

    Join the community on Slack.
    Mechanical Ink


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    • 1 hr 3 min

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