Kindly Help Review My Application: Exceptional Promise

Hello! Here is what I am looking to submit to tech nation(Global Promise).

So looking forward to your feedback

Documented Evidence for UK Global Talent Visa for endorsement by Tech Nation

  • Letter from an Engineering Lead from a previous company I worked with.
  • Letter from my current Head of Engineering for a US-based company
  • Letter from CTO from my previous company, he has moved on to another company and holds the “Head of Entrepreneur Support” title

10 pieces of evidence

MANDATORY CRITERIA: How do I demonstrate that I have been recognized as (or recognized as having the potential to be) a leading talent in the digital technology sector?

  1. You command a high salary or other remuneration for your services, as evidenced by commercial or employment contracts with salary information including any bonus and equity options and history of earnings.
  • My Contract Letter with salary information of above $40,000 Annual Gross compared with salary data of highest earning Software Engineering roles in Nigeria which was less than $18,000
  1. You led the growth of a product-led digital technology company, product or team inside a digital technology company, as evidenced by reference letter(s) from leading industry expert(s) describing your work, or as evidenced by news clippings, lines of code from public repos or similar evidence.
  • Letter of Recommendation from my Engineering Manager at work
  • Supporting evidence to show code contribution
  1. You have received nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards for excellence specifically in the digital technology sector, as evidenced by the award itself, reference letter(s) from leading industry expert(s) describing your achievement, or as evidenced by news clippings or similar evidence.
  • Attached mail evidence I got from AWS for a grant scholarship I won
  • Listing reason why I was chosen, my impact on the community, local and global as well as my content creation for the cloud and potential leadership in the cloud space
  • Supporting evidence of a letter by AWS to my country’s embassy to allow me to visit and attend a conference all-expense paid

OPTIONAL CRITERIA 2: How do I demonstrate that I have been recognized for my work outside of my immediate occupation that contributed to the advancement of the sector?

  1. Evidence of my talks
  • One physical one, showing the attendees, its relevance in the tech ecosystem, my expertise
  • Three Virtual but international talks(2 recorded with links) where I explained why I was chosen and its impact on the various countries’ tech ecosystem
  • Certifications after the talks, links to talk pages(if still up), the poster of the event, and also to show the caliber of speakers
  1. Your Stack Overflow profile shows a significant contribution to discussions around code
  • StackExchange contributions with 101k+ reach, multiple badges(Gold, Silver, bronze), and my reputation(around 1300).
  • I have a wide gap though in my contribution as I didn’t contribute to answers with 2021 and early and mid-2022
  1. Open Source JavaScript Product I wrote with over 50 Github stars.
  • Have up to 10 forks, and has full features for anyone to even start up their e-commerce ordering company with.
  • I have a drop though in my contribution on GitHub this year as I wasn’t active there but on other git platforms due to work, hence not sure if I should show them this year’s profile, last years is strong though

PS: all of these documents were put together in 3 pages and submitted as one document.

OPTIONAL CRITERIA 3: How do I demonstrate that I have made significant technical, commercial, or entrepreneurial contributions to the field as a founder, senior executive, board member, or employee of a product-led digital technology company?

  1. Documentation on product designs or architecture diagrams clearly showing your contribution.
  • Showed my contribution towards the system design and architecture of the various products I manage(via RFC, event-driven architecture docs)
  • Curation of history, contribution to documents as well as stating my overall impact in starting most of the documentation, owning it, and contributing to about 80% of most of the architectural documentation
  1. Letter from an employer wherever applicable. This is in addition to the required letters of endorsement and should be written by another individual;
  • Reference letter from my Engineering Manager on my impact on the team and company product(Used it for an MCC)
  1. GitHub account that contains lines of code clearly showing your continuing contribution.
  • Showed pictorial evidence of my contribution to the codebase, via, commits, and Merge Request and explained my role in the team and how it enabled overall success (All within 3 pages of the single document) (Another Git Platform)
  1. Employment contract with salary information including any bonus and equity options (although you will have to demonstrate how you have made a significant impact in the sector beyond your day-to-day activities);
  • Pictorial evidence of my employment contract, also explained why I was brought into the team and the issue they had, and how I solved them
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@Francisca_Chiedu @Victrr Would be really happy to hear your thoughts!

You mandatory criteria is not too strong. You have only three evidence, don’t forget for promise your mandatory evidence should be more than your optional evidence. You are actually scored with two evidence for the mandatory while the optional require at least one evidence. The extra evidence are in case the assessor does not find the find two sufficient. The AWS grant is not an ward for excellence. You can still add one international conference speaking event to the mandatory criterion. For exceptional promise I would rather you have 4 or 5 evidence in the mandatory criteria.

I think the optional criteria 2 is good, your strong points are your stack over flow contribution and opensource contribution, however, you need to be sure the contribution to open source is substantial.
For your recommendation letter you need to ensure those endorsing you are considered experts. Also ensure they state your achievements and why they consider you a promising leader.

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Thanks, @Francisca_Chiedu for this feedback.

Do you mean I should have like 4 points in my mandatory by moving the speaking engagements from OC2 to the mandatory part?

Also for the award part, I would find another hackathon I took second place, just wasn’t sure I should add that, was thinking AWS could suffice solely.

Please help review if the evidences I have are sufficient. Struggling to find more Optional Criteria.

MC1 You command a high salary= Payslips and offer of employment

MC 2 You led the marketing or business development at a product-led digital technology company=Company Internal Newsletter of win story of a major deal with a Big Bank in Nigeria. Contract Award letter for the Multinational deal.

MC 3:You have evidence of speaking at high-profile digital technology sector events=link to the video and pictures of the Industry events where I spoke. One was with the US embassy.

OC1 How do I demonstrate that I have made a significant, commercial or entrepreneurial contributions to the field as a founder, senior executive, board member or employee of a product-led digital technology company? = Company Internal email on overachievement of Sales Target and induction into the Presidents Club, an elite club of overachievers. Letter from Company President and Plaque. Screenshot of internal Sales CRM of contribution to the Growth of the company’s revenue. Details of other major deals won contributing to Company’s Growth.

I am struggling to get additional optional criteria