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A new year, with a new DEV adventure!

ridhwana profile image Ridhwana Khan ・2 min read

Hello, DEV CommunityπŸ‘‹πŸ½ I’m Ridhwana πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’», 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 I’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, I’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 🌍.

I’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 πŸ‘½.

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I live in South Africa πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦ 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 they’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 I’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 😊, you can find me here on DEV, on twitter (https://twitter.com/Ridhwana_K) or via email (ridhwana@dev.to).

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Ridhwana Khan

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Senior Software Engineer at DEV. Passionate about building communities, learning/sharing & software engineering. Always looking to make a difference in this world 🌍

Discussion

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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!

 

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

 
 

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

 

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

 

Thanks Jacob! 😊 Same here!

 

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

 
 

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

 

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

 

I love hot chocolate!!

Glad you're with us :)

 

We going to have to solve this problem together then! 😁 thanks!

 

Ridhwana - Congrats and welcome to DEV team !!

 
 
 
 
 

Thanks Nick! It's been great thus far!

 

Wooohoo! Welcome to the team! πŸ’―πŸ‘‹πŸ’ͺπŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

 

Congrats πŸ˜„

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.

 

Thanks! 😊 Thats awesome, I hope it was a good experience, it truly is breathtaking!!!

 

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