I graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology.
I’d usually say my technical interests revolve around Cloud Engineering, Distributed Computing and API design but lately, I find myself gravitating more towards the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.
When I’m not thinking, I’m either lifting weights, reading content, listening to heavy riffs or playing them on the electric guitar. The internet knows me as bholagabbar.
I’ve had the chance to work on a diverse set of engineering problems at some fantastic places, mostly high-octane startups. I maintain a detailed description of my work on My LinkedIn.
MindTickle — Software Engineer, Infrastructure
June 2018 - Present
December 2017 - March 2018, Intern
Scaling infrastructure using bleeding edge CNCF tools. Working on building a next-gen stack with tech like Kubernetes, Service Meshes and Distributed Tracing.
Razorpay — Data 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 learning from and contributing to Open Source Software. It’s some of the best time I’ve invested and have had amazing opportunities come my way only because of open source.
My GitHub hosts most of the code I write, projects I’ve built and contributed to.
OpenMRS - Google Summer of Code 2016, Open Source Developer
Since April 2016
At OpenMRS, we aim to provide free, open source Health IT Infrastructure to the planet. I solved bugs, built new features but most importantly, learnt a ton working with an incredible community. Though I don’t write much OpenMRS code now, I volunteer to mentor some awesome kids who participate in the Google Code-in contest every year.
I was awarded the ‘OpenMRS volunteer of the month’ award in June 2017 where I spoke about my OpenMRS and GSoC journey being the defining point in my life. I was invited to visit Google California for the GCI summit on account of my mentorship and contributions to OpenMRS and Google Open Source.
WolfBeacon - Co-Founder, Lead Developer
Since October 2016
At WolfBeacon, we’re a small team of passionate open source developers from across the planet building the first Open Source Hackathon Organisation, Aggregation and Management platform.
I handle writing code, setting up infrastructure, finding contributors, planning sprints and making sure we follow best practices in general. 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 informally collaborated with my college professors and peers on various research problems in Graph Theory, Distributed Systems and Computer Vision. Figuring out hard problems and brainstorming with smarter folks is something I enjoy.
IIT Bombay - Research Intern
April 2018 - May 2018
I’ve had the rare opportunity to work with the legendary Dr. S.Sudarshan at IIT Bombay on building an AI platform to detect fake news. Responsibilites included reading relevant literature, bootstrapping the entire project while having enlightening conversations about databases and distributed systems!
The best ideas always come from personal struggle and experiences. This is something I’ve come to believe and most things I build are a result of this philosophy.
CrackMeUp - A twitter bot that tweets some of the funniest jokes on the internet. Finding an endless stream of jokes have never been easier. 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-bholagabbar, ACM ICPC Regionals] which was what really got me into coding in the first place and helped me build up a lot of fundamentals as a budding programmer.
I’ve had a few fond moments in life captured over the years.