Recently, we had a talk with Soulemane Diaoune, Mkono's Head of Tech. He shared with us his experience with Mkono and discussed his ambitions for his role within the team.
The Profile of a Mkono Software Engineer
Soulemane, 26 years old, was born in the United States. Growing up, he spent time in many countries such as Guinea and Saudi Arabia, before establishing in Canada where he studied computer science at Concordia University. During that time, he became involved in numerous development projects, interning at Spiria for one summer, before moving to California. There, he began working as a backend developer at Beyond One, a start-up focused on augmented reality experiences. As he puts it, "At 21 years old, this experience was my first exposure to working in Silicon Valley."
Following Beyond One shutting down after a year of operation, Soulemane went on to work as a software engineer at Medable, a health care startup providing a "global platform for decentralized clinical trials." In September, after 2 years, he officially left Medable to establish his own company, Braincap, an end-to-end audio and video dubbing service platform for podcasters.
Getting Involved with Mkono
In 2020, Soulemane was introduced to Mkono by Olivier, one of the non-profit's co-founders. Seeing that the organization's mission aligns well with his personal goal to work on technology innovation in Africa, he jumped on the opportunity of becoming an Ally. Two years later, he became Mkono's Head of Tech. Ever since, Soulemane has been leading the development of Chombo, Mkono's internal software.
The Benefits of Being a Volunteer
Working with Mkono means working within a team from all sorts of different backgrounds. It also means having the opportunity to interact with people and communities abroad. That was one aspect of Mkono that Soulemane enjoyed most when he was an Ally.
"As an Ally, while talking with entrepreneurs, it was great seeing how much people make the most with what they have and how they have a lot of grit to accomplish with less. Compared to North America, these entrepreneurs have different resources at their disposition and they make the most out of them to build context-specific applications for their environment. This truly shows how technology is used differently in different parts of the world."
Needless to say, Soulemane’s role as Head of Technology is crucial to the success and expansion of Mkono. So, keep an eye out for more Chombo news!