Some developers get into coding because they have a knack for languages; others enjoy challenging themselves to solve complicated problems. And then there are those who are not just interested in programming itself but in what code can do for the world. Yosevu is that special kind of developer we love who is a mix of all three: not just a linguistically skilled problem-solver but also deeply invested in how what he builds can change lives.
Raised in Kenya and the United States, Yosevu studied English as an undergrad and got his master’s in linguistics from the University of Colorado Boulder. After graduation he taught English as a second language. Working primarily with immigrants and refugees from East Africa, he discovered that there weren’t many tools available for teaching English to non-literate adults. This experience, along with an interest in educational technology, drove him to develop the coding skills to create those tools.