"Some convictions are so strong that the world must break to accommodate them."
I strongly hold two convictions:
And that's a huge part of what my trip is about. Software development isn't about geeks sitting behind monitors in a dark room all day. It's not about people that can't socialize with others so they are relegated to a corner with a computer. It's not about brogrammers (don't even get me started on that shit).
Software development is about solving problems using technology. You can only solve problems that truly matter if you talk to people with problems. And that's part of why I'm traveling across the United States for 5 months - to prove that software development is more than just the stereotypical geek sitting behind a computer every minute of the day.
If more people are inspired to do great work in technology then this trip will be worth it for more than just myself and the world will be better off for it.