Launch Code and Project Daedelus

I am now in Minneapolis. I spent a month volunteering in Pine Ridge, South Dakota the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Native American Reservation. It is the poorest place in America, and second only to Haiti in poverty and unemployment. There, I learned about green development and came up with an idea. Map a path to getting a job at major American technology company by developing code in the cloud on a solar powered, off the grid Raspberry Pi 3 ($35). In Minneapolis, I have connected with different sustainability community agencies. I am going to blog profusely on the project, and make an artistic statement with the idea that it is possible to get a high paying job on cheap hardware that is designed to model Project Daedalus hardware. I was thinking of partnering with the nonprofit called Launch Code that is fairly close to me, in St. Louis. Launch Code is featured in major media outlets as a way for ordinary plebeians with dedication to enter the field of technology.



About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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