Hi, I’m Henrique (he/him)!

I’m from a little town in Portugal 🇵🇹 and I’m now pursuing my Master’s degree 🎓 in Computer Science and Engineering at TU/e, in Eindhoven. At the same time, I’m working at Protocol Labs on fascinating projects to help decentralize the web.

I believe in transparency and openness, in a united Europe 🇪🇺 and that all citizens must have equal rights 🏳️‍🌈. There are a lot of issues in the world and we are all part of them, and we all should work towards correcting them, making Earth a better place for all of us to live.

I’m interested in how we can use computer networks to our advantage, prioritizing decentralized systems, capable of pushing the humanity forward. Web infrastructure, peer-to-peer systems, as well as human-computer interaction are at the core of my interests.

Back in 2014, when I started this website, I wrote my first ever post, in Portuguese, where I said my goal as a Software Engineer would be to improve the world somehow. Even though it is a cliché, it doesn’t mean it is not true. I enjoy helping people, and we all should never forget that we live in a society so our actions matter.

### 🤔 The (un)story of my handle

Most likely you’ve already noticed that my handle, @hacdias, reminds of the word ‘hack’. However, I can assure you they have nothing to do with each other. It was a mere coincidence between the first letters of my first name and middle names - ‘hac’ - and last name - ‘dias’ - that I happen to enjoy.