Luigi Cutolo OnBoarding into the customer’s project with Technical Mentorship of Antonio Torre

Talent to Expert Journey is an experience of several months and involves different characters of the Like A Coffee Community. In addition to the Talent himself , Technological Mentor, Project Manager, Design Thinker and at least one Business Mentor are also directly involved in the process.

This process results in Onboarding of junior developer into Like A Coffee partner’s projects, where Talent gets real project experience within a development team of big company. We in Like A Coffee strongly believe that mentored onboarding is part of successful Talent to Expert Journey, and it makes all involved sides (LAC partner, Talent and LAC responsible persons) confident about the result.

few months ago we were telling the story of Luigi’s journey, passing through the most significant steps:

My thesis in DevOps Testing [part 1] >>

My thesis in DevOps Testing / Talent-Mentor Conversation [part 2] >>

We have collected feedback about the Onboarding in a new video where  Antonio and Luigi tell us about their feelings and their experience during a mentored onboarding phase:

Time Assistant development Story by Luigi Cutolo and Antonio Torre

Time Assistant is a web and mobile  application of Like A Coffee community developed by Luigi Cutolo during his Talent to Expert Journey.

This is  mobile app that aims to facilitate developer’s time tracking.

It allows Talents to  track their activities via their smartphones or web and synchronize them with the Project management tool and calendar of activities.
Here you can see a small video with Antonio Torre an Luigi Cutolo during a development session:

Development of this application has helped Luigi to follow the whole process of developing an application from scratch:

Ideation and designing in cooperation with Design Thinker and Talent Manager

User stories structure in cooperation with Project Manager

Sprint and Agile development in cooperation with Project Manager and Tech Mentor

Testing and Delivery with Tech Mentor

Luigi Cutolo / my thesis in DevOps Testing / Talent-Mentor Conversation [part 2]

Over the past year we have followed our talent Luigi Cutolo along his journey to fulfil his dream of becoming a web developer within the Like A Coffee community.

We were there during his experimental project development, the choice of his thesis topic, and in his overall learning path.

Last December Luigi earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.

Follow the presentation delivered by Luigi Cutolo regarding his thesis topic, introduced by his mentor Antonio Torre in the video below: Implementation and Testing of a Microservices Architecture on the Preso project by using the DevOps methodology.

Over the past few months he created the whole infrastructure to be implemented, and then tested and deployed a microservice.

Here some technical specifications: Microservice: NodeJS Application.

Testing: Unit Testing,

Integration Testing and End to End Testing.

Build: Docker Cloud.

Deploy: AWS EC2

Today he is here to tell us how he accomplished his path with us.

His mentor – and Senior developer – Antonio Torre is still by his side in order to support Luigi in his professional growth and to turn him into an expert developer of our community.

If you missed the beginning of Luigi’s thesis path on DevOps testing, here below you can find it:

Now, it’s really time for Luigi to unlock his future!

Like A Coffee meets the University of Salerno

Every time companies and young talent meet is an asset entailing food for thought on the future as well as on the existing opportunities, and the ones yet to come.

The opportunities for students to get in contact with the real and practical world of work increase steeply, thanks to the technical skills acquired during their learning paths.

Last 8th November we met IT students and some professors of the Faculty of Information Technology at the Università di Salerno.


During the first part of the lecture we focused on innovative ecosystems and on the working model of the Like A Coffee community. The core of our presentation has been mainly the Talent to Expert Journey with a specific focus on the mentoring activities and on the experimental projects we are currently developing with the talents who are working along us right now.


Professor Vittorio Scarano, who kindly hosted us and is also responsible for the outgoing students guidance, granted us a brief interview at the end of our lecture where he shared his impressions.


Listen to the video below!

IoT hands-on workshop in Latvia

Last October Like A Coffee was at the Faculty of Information Technology in LLU is Latvia University of Agriculture – Jelgava (Latvia) to hold an IoT hands-on workshop with the kind and active cooperation of the leading researcher Aleksejs Zacepins and the LLU Dean Gatis Vitols.


“These workshop days were an interesting experiment and a workbench for

our IoT division”, says Attilio, Leader of Steam Port IoT Lab,

partner of Like A Coffee.

The workshop, which covered two days, included both a theoretical introduction to IoT and physical computing using embedded computers such as Raspberry Pi and a practical part aimed at letting students learn how to set up a little linux box on a Raspberry Pi or similar by accessing to external interfaces via the Python programming language.


“These two days were an excellent opportunity for students to finally see the combination of theoretical lecture with some practice.”, says Aleksejs, LLU ITF Docent.


Thirteen motivated IT students challenged themselves with this innovative topic, especially in the practical MQTT client-to-server messaging exercise when Attilio and Aleksejs divided them into four small groups, each with a specific task to accomplish.

In particular, on the one hand two groups were asked to design and prototype a Client, that is to set up a Raspberry Pi based circuit which included input hard keys on a breadboard and  LEDs for visual output, controlled by a Python script, also developed by them.

On the other hand two other groups were asked to deal with the Server side by developing a software in Python and to validate the client code so that the Server could send a positive or negative reply to the client according to the accuracy of the code produced.

Both Client and Server were communicating data through a third Raspberry Pi, acting as a broker to manage all the sent messages.


“I enjoyed it very much because I learned new things and I had the chance to set up  Raspberry Pi with Raspbian. This workshop was actually an extra opportunity to learn something out of the typical university program”, says Karlis, LLU IT Student.


Like A Coffee has the intention to further develop new IoT topics, related to MCU programming or to 3D modeling via virtual workshops or, why not, a nice idea could be the usage of a telepresence robot that could be a workshop’s topic itself . Stay tuned!

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