Nokia Developer Champion is an honor given by Nokia Developer to appreciate the services and hard work of Nokia developers worldwide.
It’s my second year in a row to be a Nokia Developer Champion in a community where 90% of the members are male. Right now, a couple of women are having this title. You read it right, just COUPLE OF. So how does it feel to be part of such a community and what does it takes to be here?
For me, nothing much except your own passion. Is it the passion for programming? I don’t think so. Passion for… mobile phones? No. Then what? For me, it’s the passion to do something different and the zeal to get recognized amongst millions of people.
Being in this community feels always special and humbled. The community always welcomes you by a NDC certificate and the latest Nokia handset. After that the benefits are countless. From the free Promotional Program offers to the passes of attending World class events, they give you all. Some of the benefits may be materialistic others may be not. It depends on you only as how you see a benefit.
We all know very well that there are two sides of a coin. Same happens with everything in life. NDC program itself, is not an exception. If I get benefits on one side then I have lots of responsibilities and duties on the other side. Achieving a position in a race is always an easy task but to make it consistent and perform beyond the expectations of people every time is the hardest thing. Forget about people it’s your own expectations which don’t allow you to perform poorly.
After you become a NDC people always expects a Champ like performance from you in every task. Whether it’s technical or not, it doesn’t matter to them. Lots of my friends who are not from IT background, asks me different questions by adding a sentence in the last “C’mon, you’re the Champion. Answer it.” That is a horrible situation always. How come a NDC is guaranteed to give correct answers related to Income Tax saving, computer hardware failure or mobile phone hardware failure? It all happens due to the NDC tag associated with me. :)
People always can see your achievements, not the work you have done behind the scenes. They will always be there to appreciate you whenever you achieve something. But will they all be there when you start losing? Perhaps NO. That’s why the foremost important thing is to have good friends and people who can spread positive feelings around you. There should not be any scope for negativity.
A NDC title always asks something from you. It’s up to you how do you deliver it. If you are ready to work on weekends, if you are ready to work in nights then it’s for you. Though these are not the hard and fast requirements, it will depend on your time management skills. I have to compromise my weekends and my free time as I am poor in time management. I still have to learn it.
Talking about my source of inspiration, all the NDCs inspire me especially women champs. We have Anina Net, who runs her own Fashion Network. She is a developer, designer, model as well. In India, we have Mariam Dholkawala, a successful entrepreneur. Amongst students, we have Avnee Nathani. Imazine, a NDC during college time. I wonder what I used to do in my college time. L We have lots of other NDCs as well like Shefali Gupta, one of the oldest NDCs. Except people from my field my other friends are also my source of inspiration. One must have friends from all background of life so that you can get aware, motivated without ever having a bit of hard feeling.
Our Indian movies always relate to our lives. In one of the Indian movie, Sadak, we have a famous scene in which one person (Paresh Rawal) tells his wife pointing towards Sanjay Dutt (the HERO of the movie) that “What he earns during day that he earns to get feed but what he earns in nights, that he earns for his heart.” I… am that kind of persons. What about you? :)