What is CWoD?
CWoD is India’s largest tech externship program for developers organized by Crio. It is a one-of-a-kind program focussed on bringing together budding engineering talent to work on challenging projects for the most exciting startups in the country like CRED, Groww, Jumbotail, aws, recko, slice, vicara, etc.
CWoD provides the participants with some hands-on modules from which they can learn and gain some skills. The program is divided into three stages — stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3. For stage 3 you get to work on the project with the partner companies of Crio which will be an externship. All three stages consist of different skillsets that a developer must-have. For participating in the CWoD one has to apply through their official website and answer a few basic questions. Anyone from undergrad students to working professionals can participate. Also, the program is 100% free!
The kickoff of the program was scheduled for 9th January 2021 at 6 pm. Before the kickoff, all the participants were invited to join the community’s slack and the telegram channel so that we get to introduce ourselves and the community can bond. All the details regarding the events and all the doubts are posted on the slack channel itself. All the participants were warmly welcomed into the community and their questions were answered by Team Crio.
The first session i.e. the kickoff of CWoD was streamed on YouTube between 6 pm to 8 pm with 10k+ participants on board.
The introductory session was hosted by Ajay Ravindra sir. He started off with the welcome note. He walked us through the details of the program and how are we going to proceed. Stage 1 was more of a warm-up scheduled from 9th January to 16th January. It consisted of working on Complete Crio’s hands-on learning modules and pick up essential developer skills (HTTP + REST API + Linux), demystifying Cloud with a Cloud 101 Masterclass and a crio learning module on AWS, getting acquainted with Full-Stack development by building a beautiful portfolio for ourselves.
After the introductory section, Sridher Jeyachandran sir told us about HTTP and how to go through the hands-on module for the same.
For day 1 I was able to complete the HTTP module which was not only exhaustive enough for a developer to be able to work with it but also was created in a very easy-to-understand way.
Now, for the day 2 session we tried some hands-on exercises with REST API and went through its modules with Sridher Jeyachandran sir.
For day 3 and day 4 we had the Big Variable Series Talk with Binny Bansal (Co-founder @Flipkart) and Vivek Ravisankar (Co-founder HackerRank). These sessions proved to be really helpful as we got to learn a lot about their entrepreneurial journey and Vivek Ravisankar shared some amazing insights on his take on hiring processes in India.
“You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.” -Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot
Day 5 was all about Linux and Git, two very important tools that a developer must have in his/ her tech stack.
Day 7 was about the cloud and we gained some hands-on experience with AWS and how to deploy app servers on AWS.
For days 8 and 9 we were supposed to get started with the full stack development creating beautiful portfolios for ourselves(here is a link to my portfolio). But due to enormous participation and the developer community being so active the servers had to face downtime and so the deadlines had to be extended. But the community was kept engaged during that time by organizing a meme war to share some laughs. The developer community is most definitely very enthusiastic and the slack channel got flooded with memes.
On Day 8 we had an amazing Expert Chat with Karan M.V.(Developer Relations GitHub) where sir shared some interesting insights on the developer’s community and how can a developer use Github to showcase his skills.
CWoD is a Micro-experience program and its focus is Learn by Doing. I have seen a lot of people who go through the tutorials but never implement or practice them. But here at CWoD you can learn and implement at the same time. Also at the end of each module one is given a few questions to test their understanding of the topic. Crio has provided such micro-experience programs to many developers at various companies like Flipkart, etc. so that they can get hands-on experience.
You will get a chance to interact and help fellow community members so make sure to do that because that is how a community grows. I have learned a lot through this program and I hope that Crio keeps on organizing such amazing programs so that developers use this opportunity and improve their skillsets.
References: Crio Winter of Doing