About Us

Introduction

Many people have what it takes to join the Nearsoft team but they still lack some technical skill or knowledge to do so, that's why the Nearsoft Academy started. We're looking for promising people willing to learn through practice, helping some open source project and sharing that knowledge acquired.

General goals: 
  • Give something back to the open source community
  • Talent Training
  • Provide a knowledge sharing and practice environment 

The Purpose (Mission)

  • Train-thru-practice
  • Develop talent
  • Help candidates to gain by themselves a good reputation

This is how our organization will gain.

  • Awesome and competent new hires
  • Knowledge radiator 

Objectives And Rules

  • We are not an educational institution and we are not going to try to become one.
  • The goal is to train-thru-practice.
  • To make it scalable, we are experimenting with using Open Source projects as proxy assignments.  Interns join an OSS project (of their choice, kind of) and ultimately become an accepted contributor.
  • in addition to, or as part of, their participation in OSS projects, candidates would have to make presentations, write posts, analyze and explain code, etc. (research, communications, values.)
  • As a way to accelerate their English learning, we must invite these candidates to sit in on dailies, and any other meeting that includes people "del otro lado". They must participate in one such meeting at least once per day. Otherwise, they are likely not get past the first checkpoint. (If you are an intern and you are reading this, find out when these meetings are taking place and simply walk in–don't even think of asking for permission.)

Measurable Objectives:

  1. Number of patches for healthy open source projects
  2. Number of post 
  3. Analytic stats of this site

Deliverables

  • Bug fixes 
  • New features
  • Blog posts
  • Talks

Project Constraints

  • Only use healthy open source projects
  1. In order to enter the program, candidates must be recent graduates or in their last semester, pass the Logic Test and English Interview. 
  2. Once they are accepted, we will do an assessment to determine their strength and weakness to guide their training.
  3. Regular, formal checkpoints (at least two every three months). These will be guided by the initial assessment.