Shahul’s path to joining Origin, or his “Origin story”, is a great example of a little bit of everything that makes Origin special.
We are excited to announce that Shahul Hameed, our first engineer in Asia, has joined the Origin Protocol family!
Shahul is based in India, near Chennai, and has already contributed to every aspect of our platform, from the front-end and back-end to our smart contracts. He is currently working on improving the user experience of our DApp with gasless meta-transactions.
Shahul started programming at age 10 and began his career as a freelancer. He comes to Origin most recently from Zoho, where he was a front-end developer. He has also published several of his own applications on the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.
Shahul’s path to joining Origin, or his “Origin story”, is a great example of a little bit of everything that makes Origin special. Our Head of Partnerships, Coleman, reached out to Shahul on Reddit because Shahul had been trying to buy Amazon gift cards for ETH on /r/giftcardexchange. Coleman was conducting research on how and why people trade crypto for gift cards. It turns out that Shahul is a huge Pokémon fan and was looking to buy a Nintendo Switch so he could play Pokémon Let’s Go. Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch was not available in India yet, so Shahul needed to obtain American Amazon gift cards to purchase it. Cryptocurrencies helped him solve this problem.
Coleman told Shahul about the Origin Marketplace DApp and Shahul started poking around our GitHub. He picked up some “good first issues” on our project board and immediately began solving problems for us, without pay or any official relationship to us. Shahul’s rate of work increased and our engineering team started to take notice of this new open source contributor. We reached out to him to get him more involved and soon hired him as a contractor. Shahul’s code was exceptional and he developed an immediate rapport with our team. We asked Shahul to join the Origin team as a full-time engineer shortly after. To our delight, Shahul had been looking to work on an open-source blockchain project for quite a while and accepted our offer!
In addition to his passion for coding and Pokémon, Shahul is also an excellent Rubik’s cube speedsolver, averaging under 15 seconds. He can also solve a Rubik’s cube blindfolded. Shahul also is an avid blogger and YouTuber. We are lucky to have such an exceptional and multi-talented person to join our team!
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