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[liberationtech] Project call for volunteers: "Realengos" to connect the Puerto Rican diaspora

Marci Harris marcidale at
Tue Jan 16 15:57:04 PST 2018

Hi all,

Passing along the following announcement for a friend.

Please contact Luis Arroyo - ​luis.arroyo1987 at or Humberto Cuebas
- humberto.j.cuebas at with questions or interest in joining the


A key player in Puerto Rico’s efforts to relief from the devastation caused
by hurricane Maria, was the diaspora. Recent events around the world, such
as hurricane Maria, have reminded us about the power of being connected. ​
Realengos​ aspires to become a platform that enhances and facilitates that
connection between people and communities around the world.

The word ​‘realengos’ ​is a colloquial word in Puerto Rico meaning ‘without
home’ or ‘stray’. We believe that the unconnected, the people without a
community, are realengos. Our efforts to connect with others, bring people
out of the shadows and show them that they are accompanied are efforts to
stop being ‘​realengos’​.

In keeping with the community spirit, ​Realengos’ ​philosophy is to partner
with the individuals and the communities who join the platform. This means
that 1) personal ‘data’ collected will remain property of the individual
and/or community and 2) the members will play a role in the governance of
the platform.

Note: we intend to make metadata and aggregate level data public - in
support to researchers, policy makers and other interest parties.

Project and Team

Our first project is a ‘registration and connection’ website targeted
mainly to Puerto Ricans around the world.

Our team is composed of experienced and well connected Puerto Ricans in the
diaspora, entrepreneurial and technology network in Puerto Rico.



Luis Arroyo


Humberto Cuebas


Alexis Lopez

design and copywrite

Daniel Santamaria

data visualization

Rafael Esparra


Roberto Gonzalez


Job Description


We are looking for a Web Developer to work with a team on the following:


   ●  Design of the architecture of the web application

   ●  The interchange of data between the server and the users

   ●  Translating the UI/UX design wireframes to actual code that will
   produce the visual

   elements of the application

   ●  The overall architecture of the web application and evolve it to
   ensure maximum

   performance and stability

   ●  Implementation of a robust set of services and APIs to power the web

   ●  Building reusable code and libraries for future use

   ●  Optimization of the application for maximum speed and scalability

   ●  Implementation of security and data protection

   ●  Translation of UI/UX wireframes to visual elements

   ●  Integration of the front-end and back-end aspects of the web

   Skills and Qualifications


   ●  Understanding differences between multiple delivery platforms (such
   as mobile vs, desktop)

   ●  Good understanding of server-side templating languages: JavaScript,

   ●  Creating database schemes that represent and support business

   ●  Data migration, transformation, and scripting

   ●  Management of hosting environment, including database administration
   and scaling

   an application to support load changes

   ●  Good understanding of JavaScript libraries and frameworks such as

   ReactJS, etc.

   ●  Proficient understanding of client-side scripting and JavaScript
   frameworks, including


   ●  Basic knowledge of image authoring tools, ability to crop, resize, or
   perform small

   adjustments on an image. Familiarity with tools such as as Gimp or
   Photoshop is a


   ●  Proficient understanding of code versioning tools: Git

   ●  Experience coding with blockchain (​preferred, not required)

   Note: all roles at Realengo are non-paid. We are looking for people
   committed to the mission who want to be part of the team early on.
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