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Hello World!

This will be my first blog post that I have written, it’s one thing that I have always wanted to try and now I am stepping out of my comfort zone to give it a shot. So here it is:

A Hackathon is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects. I was luckily given an invitation to this prestigious event, which was all about creating technology, in 36 hours, revolving around ‘Fintech’ in Africa. This allowed me to step out of my comfort zone as I haven’t really thought about applying technology into the finance sector before this allowed me to hugely develop myself and improve my skill set.

I mean the title of this post is ‘Hackathons’, however I wanted to more broadly talk about stepping outside of your comfort zone. This has been a particular interest of me throughout the past year, after discovering a youtube channel called, ‘Yes Theory’. These guys make insanely good videos and if you’re lacking motivation or need some persuasion I would definitely recommend you go check them out. The most recurring theme within their videos seems to be something along the lines of ‘seek discomfort’. I strongly agree with this statement, and have been exploring this statement over the past year.

I believe that when we step out of our comfort zones, we are able to learn so much. Whether this (in the case of the hackathon) be:
– Meeting new people
– Learning to work in a group
– Learn how to work with new technologies
– Improving your pitching and persuasive ability.
Moreover these new situations give you the opportunity to learn something new and apply it to a real world problem, which in the case of technology is a very useful skill.

This hackathon has definitely opened my eyes to new opportunities and showed me how technology could be successfully applied to something like the financial sector in developing countries and continents such as Africa, as well as giving me the opportunity to meet so many awesomely talented people.

I want to thank the organisers at Angelus Consulting and everyone else who made this event happen!

So I challenge whoever decides to read this post, try something new, step out of your comfort zone and develop yourself!

Peace

Leon.

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