I’m a Graduate Student at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science where I study Software Engineering.
My technical interests revolve around Systems, Distributed Computing and Cloud Infrastructure. More broadly, I’m interested in Economics, Athletics and generally understanding how the world works.
When I’m not building things, I train as a powerlifter, play blues guitar, bike around Pittsburgh trails and listen to tunes ranging from bollywood to heavy metal. I was once an avid speedcuber, electric guitarist and an amateur philatelist.
The internet knows me as bholagabbar.
I’ve been around the block a bit. Find a detailed description on My LinkedIn.
CheaprEats — Co-Founder
December 2018 - Present
Solving a host of problems for students and food caterers at universities through our AI software suite. I work on building the core systems with a stellar team.
MindTickle — Software Engineer, Infrastructure
December 2017 - June 2019
Scaling bleeding edge Cloud Native infrastructure. Building a next generation CI/CD pipelines on Kubernetes, working on Service Meshes and Distributed Tracing.
Razorpay — Software Engineering Intern
June 2017 - August 2017
Building Data Pipelines, architecting Data Warehouses to power the analytics platform at India’s 2nd Y Combinator startup.
Wingify — Software Engineering Intern
December 2016 - February 2017
Bridging the gap between engineering and sales at PushCrew, reducing API consumption costs and increasing leads.
I’ve spent significant time contributing to Open Source Software. It’s one of the best things I’ve done and have had incredible opportunities come my way as a result.
My GitHub hosts all of the code I write.
OpenMRS - Google Summer of Code 2016, Open Source Developer
Since April 2016
At OpenMRS, we provide free, open source Health IT Systems for the planet. I built some cool features, solved bugs, but most importantly, learnt a ton working with the community. Though I don’t write much OpenMRS code now, I volunteer to mentor some awe-inspiring kids who participate in the Google Code-in contest every year.
I was humbled to be awarded the ‘OpenMRS volunteer of the month’ award in June 2017 and wrote about my OpenMRS and GSoC journey being the defining point for me. I was consequently invited to visit the Google HQ in California for the GCI summit.
WolfBeacon - Co-Founder and Lead Developer
October 2016 - February 2018
WolfBeacon comprised of a global team of passionate open source developers. Our goal was to foster a culture of innovation by building the first Open Source, Non Profit Hackathon Management and Aggregation platform.
I drove development, built the platform API, setup infrastructure and recruited contributors among other things. There’s a lot you learn working with a co-founder and running an open source community like a startup, just with no funds!
I’ve dabbled in some research on Computer Vision, Graph Theory and Algorithms. Brainstorming and figuring out hard problems is fun!
IIT Bombay - Research Intern
April 2018 - May 2018
I’ve had the fortune of working with legendary academician and ACM Fellow, Dr. S.Sudarshan at IIT Bombay where we prototyped an AI system to detect fake news.
I’ve had some memorable sleepless nights at Hackathons building cool stuff. The best hacks are those that solve problems identified through our own unique experiences.
CrackMeUp - A bot that aggregates over 3k of the funniest jokes found on the internet and tweets them. I built it to find an endless stream of jokes. It’s something like the Unix command fortune, but for jokes.
CapSnap - A tool that uses intelligent image processing algorithms to remove black bar captions from snapchat images. This allowed me to quickly get rid of captions and retrieve the original snap, making for a great photo sometimes!
iRackBot - Officially featured on the Slack Community API Platform, this bot allows Open Source communities to publicly record their chats on IRC while allowing users to use a Slack as a more convenient chat platform.
I’ve also done a fair bit of Competitive Programming (CodeChef, qualifying for the ACM ICPC Regionals). This was what really got me coding in the first place and helped me build up a lot of fundamentals as a budding programmer.
Here are a few moments I cherish, captured over the years.