GOeureka Meet the Team — Ray Lee
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background
I’m a huge geek. I started writing code when I was 8 years old, went on to study computer science at Monash University, Australia, and started a tech company while still completing the final year of my degree. I enjoy tinkering with both hardware and software and working with partners in the crypto space to build out technological products.
Tell us about your experience in blockchain and cryptocurrencies
I got involved in the crypto scene in 2014 and was a relatively early investor in Bitcoin. I was fascinated with the new technology and could see huge potential in the space. As a result, I’ve spent the majority of my time since in blockchain R&D and involving myself with newer, experimental blockchain technologies. I’ve built a crypto exchange, written smart contracts, and have experience in dApp development.
How did you get involved with GOeureka? What appealed to you about the project?
I’ve worked alongside Shuk (Chief Product Officer) for over 3 years, and when she was approached by Manraj (Chief Executive Officer) about joining the GOeureka team she knew it was something I’d want to be involved in. With my experience with blockchain technology, and GOeureka’s revolutionary idea to utilise the blockchain for the travel industry, it was a perfect fit for me and I was asked to join the team as the Blockchain Developer.
I’m really excited about the technology we’ll be introducing with the GOeureka platform, particular the fast and intuitive decentralised applications (both for the web and mobile) that we’re building out which will focus heavily on the user experience. Most people familiar with decentralised applications know they tend to be for the diehards, and are typically not ready for mass adoption. However, at GOeureka this is one of the problems we’ll be tackling, and I think what we’re coming up with is going to be a real game-changer.
What are you responsible for at GOeureka?
I’m responsible for the technical aspects and hands-on development of the GOeureka platform. I lead the team of developers and provide the system architecture for the entire platform. I’m also in charge of all blockchain-related functions, including smart contracts, the GO store (an in-app exchange), and the crypto payment gateway.
What is your favourite part of the GOeureka solution? What has you most excited?
The concept of managing your entire stay through a single app is going to be really exciting to pull off. Our aim is to deliver the most comprehensive travel experience for users, while still keeping travel costs low. For the first time ever, we are introducing full-service capabilities, meaning users will not have to leave the GOeureka platform at any point during their travel experience. Delving into newer, but simple technological solutions, such as the in-app room key, is going to be really rewarding.
Where do you see the future of the travel industry headed? How do you see it evolving?
The travel industry’s biggest evolution will be in the usage of technology within the space. I foresee that the industry will continue leveraging new tech to bring added value and greater experiences to customers, and the possibilities for innovation are really exciting. I believe we might even see Augmented Reality technology soon come into play, as it has the potential to plunge users into an informative, tour-like experience during their travels.
What one question do you wish we’d asked that we haven’t? And how would you answer it?
Will GOeureka be delivering further travel tech products after the launch of its web and app platform?
Yes and yes. A lot is happening right now, and we have plans for even more in the near future. Stay tuned…
GOeureka is a travel tech company utilising blockchain technology to build a hotel booking platform. Their mission is to decentralise the hotel booking sector and deliver greater transparency by allowing hotels to directly connect with their customers. As a technology partner to hotels, GOeureka aims to provide a dynamic digital experience to users and eradicate the high commission structures imposed by online travel agents. By reducing the financial commitments of hotels to third-party booking platforms, GOeureka’s vision is to enable hotels to focus more resources on providing better intrinsic value and services to travellers around the globe.
To learn more, visit https://goeureka.io