Homeless man turns out to be computer genius, launches car pooling app
[caption id="attachment_75473" align="aligncenter" width="650"] The app a homeless man built. Leo Grand's remarkable story of how he learnt code on the streets is inspiring. Source: supplied Source: Supplied[/caption]From homeless to coder
It's a fairy tale ending that could only occur in modern day America. A homeless man, Leo Grand, finds prosperity after learning to code while on the streets. In fact, the formerly homeless man has just released an app.
Grand was an insurance agent for MetLife, in Manhattan, when he lost his job and his apartment. He had nowhere to go but the streets. Since 2011 he has been living out on the streets and would be much worse off if not for the intervention of Patrick McConlogue. Patrick saw the mans plight and offered to give him a laptop, books, and an hour every day to sit with him to teach him to code, that or just $100. Grand chose to invest in a future.
Every day at 8am the two would sit down together and code. After Patrick would head to work Leo would continue practicing and reading his new books. After putting in the work, something Leo had an affinity for from the start, his first app is for sale on Android and Apple websites: "Trees For Cars".
[caption id="attachment_75475" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Leo the Homeless Coder Finished His App, and You Can Download It Right Now
"Trees For Cars" is an app aimed at making carpooling more popular to reduce pollution and energy waste.
“Trees for Cars is a great way to build relationships, strengthen communities, help each-other financially and energy wise, all under the umbrella of saving the environment,” Grand said in an official statement about the app.
The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android being sold at US$0.99 with the profits going towards Leo’s development of further projects.
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Homeless man learns code on streets and launches his own app, Trees for Cars