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That Dare To Be Great Opportunity

Here's a little story about two guys (well three, actually) that really inspire me. One was a VP where I work the other was a developer, younger lad-insanely talented. The third that I met later is the brother of the former VP.

They heard about this Google contest based on developing applications on the Android mobile platform. One of the suggestions was something with a humanitarian bent. Somehow, this VP got turned on to a need in Mozambique. Volunteers, people living in villages in Mozambique were providing care services to people with AIDS and the orphans that the AIDs epidemic has left behind. So, these guys, two of whom I used to work with, came up with an idea to help these indigenous volunteers do their job.

Through a series of events (that it's not really my place to go in to), these two guys, friends of mine, left the company I still work for. They both quit their safe, constant paychecks to a life of no paychecks. They left so they could do full time development on this application.

This is truly a dare to be great opportunity. This application they have developed can truly change the world.

And here's where I come in.

I went through 4 hours of footage from Mozambique that was shot when Sam went to Mozambique. And I helped them put together a video about WHY this application was important and necessary.

And here it is (well, down a bit).

They told me that they incorporated the video as an intro to the application that was submitted to Google last night.

Regardless of the finish in the Google contest, they are also working with WorldRelief, Mozambique as well as USAid. So, it would seem that the app will be seeing the light of day (that's everyone's hope, at least).

It has truly been a blessing to be a part of it.
I hope it touches you as much to watch as it has for me to edit it and put it together.

Mozambique Video (~10MB)

Comments

Darrin said…
Nice video. Very nice. I hope some good comes from their project.
Todd S. said…
Thank you. It's in the top 5 of ones that really moved me.

I think that good things are going to happen with the app, regardless of how they do in the Android thing.

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