Facebook Kicks Off Developer Circles Andela: #BuildforSDG Challenge

The goal is to build solutions focused on the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Facebook is kicking off a new challenge for developers seeking to build solutions focused on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that the United Nations adopted in 2015.

The Developer Circles Andela: #BuildforSDG Challenge is a six-week immersive program where selected developers will work in agile remote teams to innovate on projects relating to the SDGs.

The social network said in a blog post that its goal is to engage 7,500 developers and give them real-world experience working on high-value, high-impact projects.

The top five teams from each challenge will be invited to a one-day pitch-a-thon event to share their ideas, get mentorship from businesses and gain access to hiring professionals.

The winners of the pitch-a-thon will then be invited to a regional Facebook event where they will receive mentorship from the social network’s engineers, swag and access to a local hub with a functional workplace.

Participants must have at least one year of technical experience and a working knowledge of front-end, back-end or full-stack development.

They must also be proficient in English and based in a country where the program is held.

Facebook said in its blog post, “In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, there are over 80,000 developers in 45 cities across 17 countries using Developer Circles. Developer Circles is committed to empowering these developers to build real-life, locally relevant solutions focused on the Sustainable Development Goals, while gaining the skills they need to advance their careers.”

Nigerian developer Moronfoluwa Akintola added, “During my program, I went in for an interview with a software company in Lagos, Nigeria, and I aced the interview with the skills and knowledge acquired from the program.”

And fellow Nigerian developer Abdulrazaq Haroon said, “Throughout this learning program, I not only gained new skills, but also gained confidence in my problem-solving skills. I used to get discouraged whenever I had a blocker during development or while learning, but the training taught me to never give up.”