In 2015 we started CodePamoja, getting European and African developers working together on real projects. This was a positive experience for everybody who was involved. African developers got access to mentors and an insight into how the software industry works in Europe. This gave them a head start in finding a job and accelerated their career growth. We have kept in contact with many of them and they have a demonstrably faster career progression than before the program. The European developers who participated in the program got to practice mentoring and soft skills, and gained greater cultural understanding of the African continent. All participants made long-lasting friends.