Homeless coder Leo Grand releases ‘Trees for Cars’ app

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Leo Grand, the homeless developer, received a lot of publicity when programmer Patrick McConlogue offered him either $100 or the opportunity to learn how to code using a Samsung Chromebook. He decided to take the Chromebook and the lessons from McConlogue. Several months later, Leo has released his first app called “Trees for Cars.”

Trees for Cars is a mobile app that helps users carpool to their destinations. He programmed the app using 16 weeks of coding lessons, starting in the middle of August. Grand became homeless after losing his job at MetLife in 2011. He was also priced out of his neighborhood when a high-rise building opened up in the next block.

“Trees for Cars is a great way to build relationships, strengthen communities, help each-other financially and energy wise, all under the umbrella of saving the environment,” stated Grand in a statement.

Drivers can use the app to pick a meeting address and the app will suggest riders nearby. Each rider and driver are connected if they choose to accept the invitations mutually. The app even shows how much carbon dioxide was saved by riding with each other.

Grand will collect all of the money that the developers receive from the app.