Photo: Cliff McIntosh

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Read about Cliff McIntosh, a member of Code for Nepal who leads the development of NepalMap, a web app that puts Nepal’s data at your fingertips.

Who are you and tell us how/where did you grow up?

I am Cliff McIntosh. I grew up in west Texas in the U.S. These days, I live in Chicago and work as a software developer.

How did you become involved with Code for Nepal?

I have had an interest in Nepal from the time that I was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Dadeldhura district. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity and answered a call for volunteers on the Code for Nepal website. Ravi Nepal asked if I would be interested in helping launch a tool that makes census and other data available. That’s how I became involved with Code for Nepal and our NepalMap project.

Code for Nepal is a volunteer-run organization, many of the volunteers have daytime jobs outside of Code for Nepal. Therefore, where is your passion and dedication for this organization derived from?

I want to be able to use my software development skills for social good. Working with Code for Nepal on the NepalMap project allows me to do that.

What is your role in Code for Nepal? Do you see yourself changing this role anytime in the future?

I am a developer on the NepalMap project. Amit Chaudhary and I worked closely with other Code for Nepal team members and volunteers to launch the first version of the project. I am the team member who serves as the primary resource for working with the Wazimap framework that we use for NepalMap. I hope to continue to serve as a developer with NepalMap, but I would also like to have the opportunity to mentor other developers so that responsibility and skills can be shared.

How is Code for Nepal different or special from other non-profits?

Code for Nepal is different because it allows us to get involved by using our technical skills to serve a social good.