“Food or Coding Lessons? I’d Take the Lessons, Please!”

Back in 2013, a young programmer named Patrick McConlogue was walking down the street.

 

He met an ordinary homeless man, and was somewhat interested in helping him.

 

Instead of simply offering the man some food or something materialistic, he gave him a choice: a $100 or the opportunity to learn coding.

 

Something sparked in the homeless guy’s mind, and he opted for the lessons instead of the money.

 

Months later, Leo Grand was able to finally construct the code for his first application, Trees for Cars.

 

His story was widely covered by multiple news outlets, and both programmers appeared on television several times.

 

The app, which made Grand around $15,000 sold at only $0.99, somehow didn’t have the effect on his life which was expected by many.

Where Is the Homeless Coder Now?

The most recent coverage of the story was done by Mashable, which reported rather surprising news.

 

Two years after receiving his coding lessons, Grand remains a homeless living on the street.

 

He claims that he doesn’t really mind it, and actually admires being an “eco-friendly” creature.

 

He plans to move out to a luxury apartment when he creates an app that receives the success he deserves.

 

He doesn’t code that much anymore.

Bet you didn’t know that much about Food for Coding, did you?

 


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