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It is certainly a stressful time for everyone. We as a society are facing a multi-dimensional problem that puts a lot of people’s health and life in jeopardy, while severely impacting the world economy, and forcing us to isolate ourselves from almost everyone.
At Magalix, our teams are based in Seattle, WA, and Cairo, Egypt, both areas that are now under lockdown, facing the consequences of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. In our day-to-day, we’re not directly contributing to relief efforts outside of social distancing in our own communities. This moment has called for some reflection from us - what can we all do as a team to aid in relief efforts?
We’ve decided we can help in at least two ways, which we’re going to announce today, and start ASAP.
First, we’ve paid out a small amount of money so far to our Write for Cloud-Native (WCN) writers ($300 to be exact). Starting today, we will make an equivalent payout to Give Directly’s COVID-19 program to help families suffering food insecurity and lack of access to healthcare resources.
We believe giving direct aid is best, and that communities and people can decide how best to put them to work for themselves. Give Directly is one of the highest-rated charities in Charity Navigator, delivering 92.2% of their funds directly to people in need, with only 7.8% spent on administrative and overhead costs. So starting today, whenever we payout a WCN writer $100-$350 for an article contribution, we will make an equal-sized donation to Give Directly COVID-19.
Secondly, we also took note that in our own community of DevOps engineers, some of our colleagues have been laid off in recent weeks as companies have to adjust their plans to deal with the uncertainty and risk of Covid-19. If you are a DevOps engineer and have been laid off or have been out of work for a while, it can be tough to keep your skills up to date, and even tougher to show potential employers what you can do.
As a team, we constantly focus on the community, we try new cloud-native technology, and we share it internally in our Slack. It’s a good way to stay on top of your DevOps career development, and stay engaged with the community at the same time.
We extended this practice outside of Magalix when we recently launched Write for Cloud-Native. Today we’ve decided to tack on to this an additional benefit - if you’ve recently been laid off, we are offering you an additional 50% on top of our typical payouts ($100-$200, now $150-$300 per article) when you share your cloud-native knowledge/experience - with no limit on how much you can earn!
With WCN, you can build a nice repo of work to point to to demonstrate your expertise, and if you write 3 top tier tutorials for the blog, that can be quite a lot of money on the side ($525 x 3).
Mohamed F. Ahmed
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