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How Headspace Built Internal Tools and Optimized Customer Experience with Andela

Headspace is a personal meditation guide that helps users achieve healthier, happier, more well-rested lives with less stress, fewer distractions, better focus, and enhanced compassion through guided meditation and mindfulness practices. When their user base began to scale, the Customer Experience team anticipated a spike in support requests. They knew they needed engineers to build […]

Debunking Developer Myths

When HackerRank asked engineers to list their top hiring challenges in 2018, 41% pointed to an overall lack of candidates, while 28% noted a lack of diversity. Scaling your team with the right developers – and diverse developers – sometimes feels like an impossible task. But it doesn’t have to be. It only becomes impossible […]

Andela Helps Weave, Utah’s Best Place to Work, Scale their Engineer Hiring

Weave gives high-touch, service-based businesses a unified and integrated suite of communications tools to connect and share information seamlessly. By combining customer communication with customer data in one smart, care-centric interaction, Weave helps improve scheduling, customer response, online reputation, team workflow, and revenue generation. A deeply intentional company culture keeps Weave ranked #1 place to […]

How Headspace optimized customer experience

Headspace is a pocket-sized personal meditation guide that helps users achieve healthier, happier, more well-rested lives with less stress, fewer distractions, better focus, and enhanced compassion through guided meditation and mindfulness practices. Committed to customer experience and engagement, they knew they’d need a way to support their growing user base from an engineering perspective. More […]

How Developers Can Fight Procrastination

Let’s understand what this word even means before we dive into fighting it as a vice. I googled it and this meaning came up — “the action of delaying or postponing something”. Google’s description is entirely accurate. In more literal terms, it is that voice that pops up inside your head, whenever there is something super important […]

Andela Welcomes Serena Ventures!

Earlier this year Andela announced raising a $100M Series D to continue investing in great engineers and building the infrastructure to power distributed work. As you may have recently heard, the round also included investment from Serena Ventures, a fund founded by 23-time tennis Grand Slam champion (and G.O.A.T.) Serena Williams. Serena has quietly been […]

How Showclix Overcame the Pittsburgh Talent Shortage and Hit Growth Targets with Andela

ShowClix, a product of Patron Technology, offers a full-service technology solution to help professional event organizers handle ticketing, seating, marketing, analytics, customer support, and on-site operations for events. Pittsburgh-based Showclix faced a shifting and difficult hiring landscape: graduates from the city’s top universities sought more competitive markets and big tech companies opening new Pittsburgh offices […]

Handling Authentication With Google

Authentication is hard. Let Google Handle it for you. Handling user data is probably one of the hardest parts to get right of any application (web or not). There are just so many places for something to go wrong that it becomes really hard to ensure that your app is really secure. Even big companies can fall […]

How to Use GraphQL and Sequelize

Editor’s note: This is the first part of the series submitted by Benny Ogidan, one of the winners of the Andela Life Hacks Competition for March 2019. Ben is a software developer at Andela. Background It is super important to note that this post is not to convince you to start rewriting all your projects […]

Andela Health Hackathon

#AndelaIDIHealthHack The Andela-IDI Health Hackathon is being organised in line withThe Health Innovations Conference.VENUE: Kampala Serena Conference center “Technology for the last mile.” How can technology be used to improve health access for the last mile?In the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, there is a need to identify teams that are looking to create […]

How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence for the Workplace

Emotional intelligence is currently the most in-demand soft skill, especially in technology. Top companies have realized that employees with high emotional intelligence are able to thrive in the workplace because they possess excellent people skills and an ability to analyze and control situations effectively. Daniel Goleman, in his book titled “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter […]

Extending Andela’s Footprint in 2019

Earlier this year, in January, Andela announced our $100m Series D round. This was yet another symbolic validation of building a business with a purpose. Over the last four years, we have created an on-ramp to the global technology ecosystem for close to 1,200 African engineers, delivered excellent engineering services to hundreds of partner companies, […]

Level Up as a Distributed Engineering Manager

If you ask engineering leaders to tell you the most challenging part of their role, most of them will say management. And these days — with companies building teams spread around the world and local developers working from home — engineering managers find organizing, managing, and nurturing a global herd of computer-programming cats even more […]

How Will You Drive #BalanceForBetter?

From a record-breaking number of women receiving VC funding in Silicon Valley to the growing number of women earning technical degrees in Nigeria (the country with the 4th fastest growing developer community on Github) — gender balance in tech is a global agenda. Andela has made a commitment to increasing female tech talent since day […]

Four Ways to Connect with Distributed Team Members

Collaboration and project management tools are things that almost all managers rely on when running a distributed team, according to a survey of 500+ engineering leaders. But too often, these systems track the progress of projects without paying attention to the human beings working on them. People are more motivated and more satisfied when they’re […]

Your Health, Dear Developer

You are one of luckiest people at this time (circa 2019) because your job is one of the top jobs of this era. You are the cynosure of all eyes and perceived to be the shaper of the future, you have a made a good choice. When I was getting started as a Software Developer, I almost got […]

Building a serverless data pipeline

This is a summary note/transcript for the technical workshop held in Andela Nairobi in February 2019. OVERVIEW & PURPOSE The technology we use today has become integral to our lives and increasingly we expect it to be always available and responsive to our unique needs, whether it is showing us when a service is almost […]

How To Deploy Your React App to AWS S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. This means customers of all sizes and industries can use it to store and protect any amount of data for a range of use cases, such as websites, mobile applications, backup and restore, archive, enterprise […]

How to Design a Three-Tier Architecture in AWS

Introduction A three-tier architecture is a software architecture pattern where the application is broken down into three logical tiers: the presentation layer, the business logic layer and the data storage layer. This architecture is used in a client-server application such as a web application that has the frontend, the backend and the database. Each of […]

Joining Andela: Gordon Kisyake’ s Developer Journey

  Before joining Andela as a software developer, Gordon Kisakye spent the first two years after getting his degree in software engineering working at a startup in Kampala. Even though he mostly built websites at the startup, Gordon says it’s the work he put in to try to get through the Andela boot camp that […]