The Journeyman Hacker

Leo & Patrick (photo credit:

Leo & Patrick (photo credit:

The internet freaked out when Patrick McConlogue, a 23 year old computer programmer, posted an article on with his desire to conduct a social experiment with a homeless man. The premise was simple: offer the choice of $100 in cash or JavaScript textbooks, a laptop and free coding lessons to homeless man he nicknamed “The Journeyman Hacker”, whom he passed everyday on his way to work. Basically, a quick fix or a challenge with potential to learn a valuable skill.

Bloggers, magazines and newspapers mostly complained that he hinted code was worth more than food and shelter or that there was such a thing as “justly homeless” by the title of article. They even said he was using this man to make a name for himself,  but I argue that this situation was much different than the ad agency that transformed homeless people into Wi-Fi hotspots at last year’s SXSW festival for $20/day.

An alternative proposal like McConlogue may certainly cause a stir, but his good and constructive intentions are evident. As Leo, formerly known as “The Journeyman Hacker”, resisted temptation for accepting an instant $100, he agreed to do something proactive that will give him the tools to overcome his current situation. Something that has the potential to provide him with endless opportunities in a constantly evolving tech world.


Eidos Tweet:  Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.