Ten digital nomads, one house: recapping The Marrakech Project

Ten digital nomads, one house: recapping The Marrakech Project

I was sitting in a coffee shop in Kuala Lumpur in February last year when I met Loukman Nacik, an entrepreneur from Morocco. We instantly hit it off, so much so that I invited him along to drinks with friends the next night at my favourite bar in KL, PS150. Late in the evening after a few glasses of Japanese whisky, the conversation turned to the co-living trend that was starting to take off in the digital nomad community, and what it would take to replicate the offering of Nomad House (and others) to accommodate us and a few other other close friends. At that moment, The Marrakech Project was born.

Back in April I spent the month living in an amazing riad with a bunch of close friends in the centre of the Medina in Marrakech and it was an overwhelmingly positive experience.

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RubyConf Philippines 2017

RubyConf Philippines 2017

I’m just back from RubyConf Philippines 2017 where I spoke with Bobbilee Hartman on the subject of fostering a welcoming, supportive, and productive environment for junior developers. From the the feedback we heard throughout the rest of the conference our presentation sparked plenty of conversations regarding the need to attract, grow, and retain junior developers which is great as that’s exactly what we were hoping to achieve.

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A (late) look back at Rails Camp US West 2016

A (late) look back at Rails Camp US West 2016

Going to Rails Camp changed my life (bear with me here); attending my first camp back in June 2015 and meeting 150-odd other like-minded people gave me the confidence to start putting myself out there and applying for my first developer role after having spent the past eight months learning to code on my own. I started at Icelab around three months later, and three months after that I sold almost all of my stuff and left Australia for the foreseeable future to start working remotely while travelling long-term.

With tickets now on sale for the 2017 edition of Rails Camp US West I figured it was time to finally punch out this post and share my thoughts on Rails Camp US West 2016.

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My favourite cities of 2016

My favourite cities of 2016

2016 was a huge year in the story of my life; it’s the year I sold almost everything I owned and left my home in Melbourne, Australia to start travelling the world while working remotely. It’s been a bumpy road at times but on the whole it’s been a positive, and even life-changing experience; my personality and outlook on life have developed in ways I previously never though possible.

I was fortunate enough to visit 18 cities in 11 countries in 2016; I had intended to write a little about each as I went but that didn’t end up happening. Instead, here are my thoughts on (and a few recommendations for) the cities I particularly enjoyed my time in during my most recent trip around the sun.

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Q&A: How to become a web developer and go remote

I sat down with Chris Dodd recently to share my thoughts on how to get started as a web developer and answer some questions from his YouTube subscribers. I figured it was a great opportunity to give something back after drawing on advice from so many people while I was learning to code, and with any luck it will encourage those who may be on their their third or fourth career (like I was) to give web development a go.

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