Early Engineer? Build a side project with Kekoexchange

We believe all early software engineers should have a side project. Join us to help you get started.

Why should all early software engineers have a side project?

The best software engineers have an intuitive understanding of the systems that power our day to day lives. A shortcut into gaining this deep understanding is to work on your own side project, that's dedicated for learning purposes, for a long period of time. Working on a side project especially early in your career has a number of benefits, including:

  • Practice new skills and technologies outside of your day to day
  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking abilities
  • Showcase your expertise and build a portfolio

There's no better way to supercharge your growth outside the confines of your current day job situation than to start your own side project that you are passionate in and is geared for maximum learning and impact.

Why should I join Kekoexchange to start my side project?

Our community is a gathering of like-minded software engineers early in their careers, united by our shared passion for building side projects to help us become better developers. Here, we come together to support and inspire each other as we navigate the world of coding, explore new technologies, and refine our skills. By collaborating and sharing knowledge, we aim to create a space where we can all grow and thrive as developers. 

Led by Kay Ashaolu, a software engineer with 15+ years of development and management experience as well as 10+ years of university lecturing experience in software engineering architecture, Kekoexchange provide members guidance through resource on how to design a side project for maximum learning and growth, and examples through Kay's very own side project, a 100% local chatGPT clone called Personal-LLM, as well as others in the community. 

Here's a quick demo of Personal-LLM:


What results will I get if I join?

Our community, courses, and memberships are pretty special. We’re focused on the ways it will make a huge difference in your life.

Here are a few of the things you’ll be able to do as a member of Kekoexchange:

  • Supportive Community: Connect with like-minded software engineers who understand your challenges and aspirations, and get valuable feedback on your projects.
  • Inspiration and Motivation: Be part of a community that celebrates progress, shares knowledge, and encourages growth, helping you stay motivated and driven to succeed.
  • Skill Refining: Participate in discussions, and virtual meetups, and hackathons to refine your coding skills, learn new technologies, and stay up-to-date with industry trends.
  • Innovative Opportunities: Collaborate on side projects, participate in coding challenges, and explore new ideas, all while learning from others and building your portfolio. 
  • Exclusive Insights: Get an exclusive look at a seasoned developer's ongoing side project, including:  
    • Video series on code review, featuring in-depth analysis of design decisions, trade-offs, and best practices 
    • System designs and architecture walkthroughs, providing valuable insights into the thought process behind complex systems
    • Live Q&A sessions with the featured developer, answering your questions and sharing their experiences

Here's a quick example of a System Design and Architecture walkthrough from Kay for his side project, Personal-LLM.


What do I get when I join today?

When you join Kekoexchange today, you’ll get access to our:

  • Instant Access: Sign up now and start connecting with the Kekoexchange community, gaining access to our online platforms, forums, and social media groups.
  • Exclusive Resources: Get exclusive access to member-only resources, including guided courses, video code reviews, and project ideas, designed to help you grow as a developer.
  • Personalized Feedback: Receive feedback on your projects from experienced developers and mentors, helping you improve and refine your skills.
  • Community Engagement: Participate in regular meetups, webinars, and online events, where you'll connect with other members, learn new techniques, and stay engaged with the community.