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Ridhwana Khan
Ridhwana Khan

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A new year, with a new DEV adventure!

Hello, DEV Community๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ Iโ€™m Ridhwana ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป, and it's my first official week as a software engineer at DEV!

Learning and sharing, building communities and coding are mainly the things that Iโ€™m passionate about, and so I consider myself very lucky to be a part of the DEV team.

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In my past life, Iโ€™ve worked on building out many physical communities (especially for minorities) so that I feel included and include others too. Hence, I am particularly excited to be a part of a community that is welcoming, inclusive, accessible, and can scale all around the world ๐ŸŒ.

Iโ€™m also an addicted conference speaker and thrive on learning and sharing knowledge! On a side note, I keep a running leaderboard of the most ridiculous poses of myself talking ๐Ÿ‘ฝ.

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I live in South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ which is a beautiful country.

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Living in South Africa allows me to apply myself to contribute to solving challenging problems that impact many lives. In my spare (not so spare) time, I run a non-profit in the education space called Kasi Maths that exposes students in under-resourced areas in South Africa to STEM, shows them how theyโ€™d use the subjects they learn in school in the real world, and allows them to explore new opportunities.

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Finally, and most importantly Iโ€™m a hot chocolate addict (instead of a coffee one). I believe that the world (especially coffee shops) needs to learn the art of making a high quality hot chocolate, but let's first focus on solving one problem at the time!

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I'm so excited to be a part of this wonderful and friendly team!

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Please always feel free to reach out and say hi ๐Ÿ˜Š, you can find me here on DEV, on twitter (https://twitter.com/Ridhwana_K) or via email (ridhwana@dev.to).

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Peter Kim Frank

I love the Venn Diagram in this post. DEV truly sits at the intersection of Learning & Sharing, Building Communities, and Coding. We're so excited to have you on the team, and to be a part of it all!

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Alex Smith • Edited

Major +1 on the Venn Diagram - so excited to work with you!

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Haha thanks! Me too!!

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Definitely and they all align nicely with my interests, hence I'm so super stoked to be a part of this journey! Hells Yeah

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Jacob Herrington (he/him)

So excited that I get to work with you Ridhwana!!

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Thanks Jacob! ๐Ÿ˜Š Same here!

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Josh Puetz

So very, VERY excited to get to work with you!

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Same here!!!! ๐Ÿ˜

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

Really glad that you've joined the team, Ridhwana! ๐ŸŽ‰ I had a great time getting to meet you earlier today during the watercooler chat and look forward to working with you.

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Thanks Michael! It was awesome chatting to you! Looking forward to many more Watercooler sessions and collaborations!!

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Andy Zhao (he/him)

I love hot chocolate!!

Glad you're with us :)

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Ridhwana Khan Author

We going to have to solve this problem together then! ๐Ÿ˜ thanks!

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iteachfrontend

Ridhwana - Congrats and welcome to DEV team !!

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Davide Pizzoli

yeah, congrats Ridhwana!

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Carike Botha

Congratulations Ridhwana!

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Thank you!!! ๐Ÿ’œ

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

Super stoked to have you on the team @ridhwana !

Woman screaming yes to something being awesome

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Thanks Nick! It's been great thus far!

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Paweล‚ Ludwiczak

Wooohoo! Welcome to the team! ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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Patryk

Congrats ๐Ÿ˜„

I've been to Cape Town for 5 days on a work trip a decade or so ago, and I agree... The Western Cape is truly gorgeous.

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜Š Thats awesome, I hope it was a good experience, it truly is breathtaking!!!

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Katie Nelson

Hey Ridhwana, I'm so happy to see you here!
Welcome to our community.

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Ridhwana Khan Author

Thanks Katie ๐Ÿ˜Š