Homeless man builds app
Mr McConlogue offered the homeless man two choices - $100 or a free laptop, wireless hotspot, coding books and daily coding lessons. Leo took opportunity over cash.
Leo worked for MetLife until losing his job in 2011, he told BI. Out of work, he was priced out of his neighbourhood when luxury condos began to take over. He soon found himself in an unthinkable place – he was homeless.
This background perhaps helped Leo stand out in the sea of New York homelessness.
McConlogue made a deal with Leo. He would provide a Samsung Chromebook, a wireless hotspot, three coding books, a solar charger and something to hide the laptop in, as well as daily one hour coding lessons.
The rest was up to Leo. He released his app two months later.