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I was born in Malaysia, lived in Hong Kong for a bit, and am currently serving in the Singaporean army. I love building things, reading old books, and playing the guitar.
When I was 12, I read Stealing the Network: a collection of semi-fictional short stories about hackers. Younger me was mesmerised by the power and leverage technology offers — the first ever program I wrote was a tool from that book. From then on, I became student by day, developer by night.
In high-school, I met Taichi and Arya. Together, we've won hackathons, worked on our startup Questo, hosted our own events, snagged government grants, and more. Those late-night calls with them are some of my best memories. I've grown and done far more than I could have on my own. I'm very grateful to be friends with them.
I graduated from high-school in May 2020. Now, I have two years of compulsory national service before I go to university. That's two years of runway to do whatever I want to. I hope to meet more awesome people, start development consulting, and keep building stuff.
If you wanna chat, hit me up!
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In the past I've...
- Kafka: the first-ever implementation of dependency parsing on iOS. I built it with Taichi and Arya as a proof-of-concept that it was possible to use CoreML to perform dependency parsing. Writeups coming soon.
- Questo: generate study materials in a snap. It was a way for me to fight our education system's emphasis on memorising facts. $112k in cloud funding from Google and IBM. Product of the Day with 500+ upvotes and 140+ upvotes on HackerNews.
- Nomail: a Chrome extension that stops you from accidentally opening your mail client. 230+ upvotes on ProductHunt.
- BookwormBookworm on demo day.: an app that uses AR to augment the experience of reading a book. We hung a camera over a book, such that you could click any word and it would appear on a companion app.
- Photonify: a photography assistant that helps you take better photos by guiding your composition. (Press: 1 2 3 4 5)
- Fen.Dir: a Python utility for finding undervalued guitar listings on Carousell and Reverb. I built this with Arya when I was starting guitar, and almost fell prey to gear-fever. I made it out alive (and not broke) with this to show for it.
- h=: an AI powered human resource manager without bias. It assigns tasks to people in a team based on pure meritocratic skill, thus avoiding bias. (Press: 1)
- Submap: a simple DNS subdomain bruteforcer written in Python, based on a tool I read about in a book. It was my first real programming project! I thought I had lost the code until very recently I rediscovered the repo.
- Saturn: a moonshot attempt at creating a web app which could generate courses to learn anything. It didn't work out because we couldn't figure out how to aggregate knowledge graphs. If we were to do it again, I'd start by manually making them.
- Where my Flight??: a React Native app that lets you search for any flight flying in/out of Changi Airport. I built it because iChangi is garbage.
- Polaroid: a React Native app that uses Fast Style Transfer to make your photos resemble famous artwork. Because it was submitted as coursework, I cannot release the code yet.
- Climate: a reproduction of an infographic from The Economist using P5.js.
- A linkpost of useful Ethereum resources. I've been diving into crypto and these are the best articles I've found so far.
- A collection of troubleshooting tips for a Synology NAS. I'm documenting all the problems I encounter and their solutions — hopefully someone else will find it useful too.
- A primer to using Figma for iOS design. I only recently started messing around with Figma, but it seems awesome. I wanted to document what I learnt.
- A 50+ page research paper comparing BERT and XLnet on a variety of NLP tasks. It was submitted as coursework, so I need to wait until July before I can upload it.
- A short introduction to the Stanford CoQA dataset. It was retweeted by the Stanford NLP Department!
- An explanation of Google's HDRnet paper, broken down section by section. This was hard to write! (Press: 1 2)
- Best Pre-U Hack @ Hack & Roll 2019 Hack&Roll is Singapore's biggest youth hackathon with sponsors like Google, Visa, and Jane Street. It just so happened that 2019 was our third year participating — third time's the charm! with Bookworm. We drew the largest crowd there, what with the camera dangling scarily and all.
- Pre-U Winning Team @ #codeathon 2017 for $500 cash with h=. We flew to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore to participate!
- Most Creative Prize @ SWSG Mega 2017 for $40k in prizes with Photonify. We got literal wows when demo-ing on stage, which was awesome. Even cooler, a photo of me making history notes on stage became a meme.
- #codeForCorona. Ran a COVID-themed hackathon Running a virtual hackathon was...interesting. Let's just say it's not the easiest presenting a workshop to a dead-silent Google Meet. for the youth of Singapore. Awarded a $3000 government grant. Partnered with Reactor School, Tech For She, and Social Impact Catalyst. (Press: 1)
- YouthHacks 2019. Started Singapore's largest pre-university hackathon, with students from over 50+ schools. Awarded a $5000 government grant. Sponsored by Google, StartupX, Major League Hacking, and Reactor School. (Press: 1 2 3)
- #ideaHacks 2018. Organised school hackathon, with $3000 in prizes. Sponsors include Carousell, Temasek, and Acronis.
My Favourite Books
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Belgariad and Mallorean series by David Eddings
- Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1) by James Clavell
- Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
- God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
- Principles by Ray Dalio
- Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows
- How to be a High-School Superstar by Cal Newport
- The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
- How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleIt's way better than the title implies, I promise. by Dale Carnegie
You can find more about my reading here. There's the backstory behind my favourite books, reviews I've written, and more.
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