Why you can't afford to miss "Daj się poznać"

Why you can't afford to miss "Daj się poznać"

This time, instead of a typical blog post, just a short advertisement / announcement. It's not that someone asked me for it or I've promised it to someone - it's just about the idea I like & find beneficial for the whole software developers community in Poland.

As some of you may know (especially the PL-based people), 2 months ago Maciek "Procent" Aniserowicz has given up his job to become a full-time communist, I mean - 100% focus on his community-related activities :) As he takes it very seriously, he's become truly hyper-active & it's one of his recent ideas (I think that the original idea was someone else's & Procent has just resurrected it or sthng) I'd like to write about today ...

"Daj się poznać"

To keep the long story short - "Daj się poznać" is a competition for programmers. Participants will:

  1. start or continue to contribute actively to an Open Source project
  2. document their learnings (at least twice a week) on their blogs

That's all. For circa three months (10 weeks). Not a rocket science.
There's one more thing: registration ends TODAY, so you need to decide quickly (if you didn't yet).

But why do I find it important & why I'd like to encourage you to sign up? Not because of the prizes (tbh, I don't even know if there are any, but I guess they are) or the challenge ("Prove that you're worthy! Step over defeated opponents, left in the dust and blood!") - there are few far more valid points:

  • it's a good trigger to start something - to ignite the passion, to make the first step - regardless of whether you're a greenhorn or you've already cut your teeth on this craft; sometimes people just need this trigger, positive boost to wake them up - here's your wake up call then, don't waste it
  • you've always wanted to contribute to Open Source project, but you never did - due to lack of courage, time, confidence; this competition is all about writing code in an open & transparent way (which may be something totally different when compared with what you do in your daily job or during your studies) - who knows what will happen & how it will end, it may be the very beginning of a long & beautiful journey ...
  • it's not only about writing software, but also about blogging about writing software ->
    not only a good way to document your findings, but also a way to open yourself to the community: spark & encourage the discussions, maybe inspire someone or attract other people with similar opinions, needs, interests
  • do you remember what I've written about ritualization? For many people "starting something" isn't a big problem, keeping a sustained discipline is (aka "lackluster enthusiasm"); this competition is about regular work on the pet project & regular blogging about this work - this may help you to develop good habits, even if you've failed many times before
  • my personal advice to you is to use this opportunity to try & learn something new ("new" like "totally new") that has hooked you on; don't try to "build another .NET micro-ORM, but w/o Dapper flaws" or "build another JavaScript SPA framework, but w/o React flaws", unless you're really into these things; in other words - don't get over-ambitious, the goal is not to create the best product in the world, the goal is to have fun while learning something - if the fun part is lost when you're half-way there, to last until 3 month period is over will be a huge pain
  • at last but not least - "Daj się poznać" may entirely change your professional career. If you approach it seriously, if you put a real effort & energy in it, you may really get noticed - by peers, seniors, employers, everyone. Regardless of you age, experience, place you live, technology you use - all have the (sort of) equal chance! Personal branding is everything today & events like this one may be true elevators for your career.

You just can't miss it. You already know you can't.
Good luck.

Sebastian Gebski

About Sebastian Gebski

Geek, agilista, blogger, codefella, serial reader. In the daylight - I lead software delivery. #lean #dotnet #webdev #elixir. I speak here for myself only.