Interview with Callis Ezenwaka

Github: @Callezenwaka

Where are you based?

Lagos, Nigeria.

What do you do (i.e. studying, working, etc.)?

Software Engineer/ IT Consultant.

What   are   your   specialties   (i.e.   Python   development,   Javascript development, community organization, etc.)?  

I majorly use Python and JavaScript (TypeScript) for Development.

How and when did you originally come across OpenMined?  

I first came   across   OpenMined   in   2020   in   my   former   workplace.   I   was researching privacy tools that could help my team to deliver an in-house document translation application. While we eventually opted for another tool, I was really impressed by OpenMined initiative and “Syft” tool.

What was the first thing you started working on within OpenMined?

Initially, I joined the Writing Team and have written  about  three articles already, hopefully more to come in the coming year. I also contributed PRs to fix a couple of typos in the Course materials.

And what are you working on now?

Currently, I am contributing both technical   articles   and   more importantly   PR   to   the   code   base.   I benefitted greatly from open source projects, and I am certain that it’s time to give back.

What would you say to someone who wants to start contributing?

Start contributing today, irrespective of the magnitude or volume.
For open-source projects, I strongly believe that it’s the impact that really   matters,  i.e.,  helping others achieve meaningful results without reinventing the wheel.

Please recommend one interesting book, podcast or resource to the OpenMined community.

Top of my head and in no order are:
 The Product Podcast - Social Impact as Your North Star by Meta VP of Product, Social Impact.
 Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.
 Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee.

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