Eslam Hefnawy is a computer engineering student in Alexandria, Egypt, at one of the top programs in the country. But after two semesters, he grew restless and longed for more practical, real world experience, so he took a leave of absence from the university and went searching for projects that would challenge him and expand his knowledge. He worked on a phone app for a large company in the Middle East and built the first online printing service in Egypt.
When he learned about Meteor, however, his career trajectory immediately changed. “I watched a Meteor screencast, and I was blown away. It was like nothing else I’ve ever seen.” He was drawn to the reactivity of the framework and the ability to accomplish so much with so little code. He quickly decided that he wanted to become a Meteor developer exclusively. “It’s the best framework for startups. And it’s the latest technology. I’m starting early on something that I think will just get better over time.”
Eslam is clearly a young man ahead of the curve. He scoured GitHub for a worthy project to which he could contribute. He was ideally hoping to find a small startup that was just in the beginning phase, something that didn’t already have a lot of people working on it. “I found Reaction Commerce and I liked that it was about business. I read about the team, saw the vision page, and I was impressed with what they were trying to accomplish. I was especially interested in helping develop some features that exist in Reaction Commerce that don’t exist anywhere else, so I thought it would be fun.”
He sent an email.
My name is Eslam A. Hefnawy (eahefnawy on GitHub). During the past few days I've been experimenting with your open source project, Reaction Commerce, and based on your vision, I'm very impressed. I really believe it'll disrupt all of eCommerce.
I've got some free time during summer and I'd love to use that time to give back to the open source community. I'd like to be part of the driving force of the platform, and help as much as I can to make the vision a reality.
We were happy to welcome Eslam to the Reaction team. In just a few short weeks, he’s already written two critical packages that will be part of the Beta release.
If you’d like to contribute, we’d love to have you. Visit us on GitHub to get started or browse our Vision page to see what we’re working on next.