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Committer of the Month – Ekene Eze, Developer Advocate

Committer of the Month – Ekene Eze, Developer Advocate

Meet Ekene, a Developer Advocate from Shardeum's Open Source team, as he contributes to building a community-driven and decentralized...

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In our latest edition of ‘About Shardeum Team‘, we have Ekene Eze, who is also the committer for the month of June 2024.

Ekene is a software engineer with over 7 years of professional experience working with companies like Flutterwave, Netlify, and Collab.Land. He is currently serving as a Developer Advocate on the open source team at Shardeum. Ekene is also an experienced international speaker and content creator, dedicated to helping developers enhance their skills. Additionally, he founded the DXMentorship program, which aims to support developers in starting their journeys in Developer Relations (DevRel). As a published author (Web development on Netlify), he continues to share his experience and expertise to help developers succeed at different levels.

You can find Ekene on GitHub, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Let’s Now Chat with Ekene!

Jereme/WillWhat are you helping to build at Shardeum?

Ekene: I’m working in the open source team here to build a community of open source contributors who are collectively working together to help evolve the future of Shardeum. This often involves aspects like mentorship, building Shardeum in public, teaching developer communities about open source, growing our open source community and ensuring that we have the right foundations to support Shardeum’s open source efforts.

About Shardeum Team - Ekene Eze, Developer Advocate (Open Source team at Shardeum)

Jereme/WillWhat sets Shardeum apart?

Ekene: Shardeum holds itself accountable to being community driven and decentralized in all the ways that matter. It’s one of the companies that don’t just preach decentralization but also practice it. Anyone can run a validator node and participate in the Shardeum network. It has very minimal hardware requirements, and is relatively cheap to host. We have a saying that “Shardeum doesn’t belong to anyone, it belongs to everyone” and that is something we’ve lived up to. Our goal is ambitious yet clear: we aim for over 50% of contributors to Shardeum to come from our community, rather than solely our in-house engineers. This approach epitomizes true decentralization, ensuring that our development is driven by the diverse voices and needs of our users

Jereme/WillHow can our community members uplift Shardeum?

Ekene: By contributing to Shardeum in their own ways. We are all gifted individually and in different capacities, I believe that everyone has something unique to contribute to Shardeum – be it graphic designs, community moderation, developer support, code contribution, content creation, answering questions in our forums etc. All these are different ways that our community members can contribute to the success of Shardeum and when our story is told in the future, it will be one of a community rallying together to solve a problem that no one else has dared to attempt.

About Shardeum Team - Ekene Eze, Developer Advocate (Open Source team at Shardeum)

Jereme/Will: What was your journey into Web3?

Ekene: This is only my second year in Web3, I’ve worked most of my career in Web2 but in a very similar capacity. I got into web3 when I joined Collab.Land in December of 2022 as the director of DevRel. I was responsible for their developer relations initiatives and building partnerships, documentations, the developer portal, developer support etc.

Note to the community: If you want to be part of our exciting team or any of our ecosystem projects’ team, please do keep a tab on our careers page on the website where you’ll find hundreds of job opportunities and submit your application.

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