Yep, you guessed it. I'm the one they call Mendes.
I'm currently building a new decentralised social hub called Closer.
I'm also a software engineer at Subvisual, currently living in sunny ol' Portugal.
I have an MSc in Distributed Systems and Cryptography from University of Minho, having won multiple awards for academic excellence.
Back in 2017, I founded #include <braga>, a non-profit, open source movement that makes use of the superpowers developers have to make a direct positive impact in the local community. The movement is mentioned and explained in my "you and the morals of technology" talk.
I also co-lead Coderdojo Braga for several years, overseeing a growth from 3 mentors and an average of 10 attendees to 30 mentors and as many attendees. I loved every bit of it and helping the project grow was one of my favourite endeavours.
I'm a regular speaker at conferences and meetups, as well as being lovely company or so I've heard. I'm currently available for speaking engagements, if you are looking for someone to speak at your conference, meetup or institution.
I also think programming communities are just the best and helped organise Ruby Conf Portugal, Mirror Conf, Braga.js, Braga.BEAM and, most recently, the brand new Alchemy Conf. If you need help with your community event, feel free to reach out.
My inbox is open for you at firstname.lastname@example.org