Daniel Helm

Daniel Helm

Developer Evangelist

About

I help developers understand emerging technologies and help emerging technologies understand their developers. I also make art that thinks about technology and politics.

Daniel Helm

Developer Evangelist

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
dan.helm@gmail.com

Summary

Strong in creative problem solving, especially in contexts where interaction or communication with an audience is needed. Excels at research & development and rapid prototyping, both for meeting project needs and creatively exploring the application of new and advanced technologies. Self-motivated with a wide-ranging and rarely-satisfied curiosity. Adapts well to various team contexts, though naturally gravitates towards leadership and cross-team roles. Enjoys discussing and explaining complex topics, both technical and cultural. Has worked in projects for decentralized web infrastructure, law firms, libraries, fine arts, hospitality, resource extraction and non-profits.

Experience

Developer Evangelist, Skynet Labs

Oct 2020 - Sep 2022

Led Developer Relations and developer-facing growth and product initiatives for a seed-stage startup building decentralized infrastructure for data storage.

  • Oversaw 15 hackathons with over 10 partners, pulling in over 275 developer projects
  • Wrote and delivered talks and workshops at developer-focused events, including ETHDenver and ETHNewYork
  • Sought out technical partnerships and grants, collaborating with project developers and achieving high-profile partners and grant funding for over $300k
  • Actively helped design, architect and build developer and user-facing products
  • Organized in-person and online events and meet-ups, including running monthly developer calls
  • Rebuilt and oversaw the project's documentation, creating distinct spaces for different audiences
  • Created processes for surveying developers and aggregated product data and platform analytics to generate dashboards for better product and audience insight
  • Implemented and supervised a Summer Developer Program, sponsoring over 20 hackers for 12 weeks to build open-source projects
  • Provided critical feedback to the developer team through building closer relationships with community developers and partner projects, establishing a system for beta testing new products whlie doing QA in the course of coding demos, developing workshops and writing documentation
  • Engaged with potential partners, representing Skynet Labs and encouraging technical integrations, resulting in Skynet integration into projects like 1inch, ENS, Metamask, Cloudflare, Ethers.js, Namebase and Nervos.

Dither, Partner

Apr 2013 - Oct 2020

Co-founded a small business focused on web development and digital branding, where I primarily used PHP and Wordpress as a framework for building identity and e-commerce websites. Responsible for back-end coding, server maintenance, R&D and book-keeping. Also did video branding while pursuing personal projects such as producing a live music video web series and a feature-length documentary. Projects have now expanded to include building custom applications for navigating large data sources, large-scale video processing and developing custom online-and-offline technology solutions for clients.

  • Devised and developed custom software for helping bring a class-action case that successfully identified class members not included in data from the counter-party's initial discovery responses. This involved a custom Python pipeline for scraping public court records, OCRing scanned documents and creating a React front-end allowing attorneys to explore datasets
  • Co-created The Real Enemy, a long-form documentary which screened at film festivals in the US and France and made Reddit's frontpage

Graduate Teaching Assistant, OU School of Visual Arts

Aug 2017 - May 2020

Teaching technical and conceptual classes in the Art, Technology and Culture department. Developed coursework for the undergraduate level in video games, visual programming along with video and other time-based mediums.

Partner, Cheap Rent

Jan 2014 - Jan 2016

Co-founded a small art-oriented print shop focusing on shirts, art prints, and events across Oklahoma. Responsible for developing our web presence, digital processing of imagery, R&D for the print shop and its processes and managing the business side of things.

Generalist, Delo Creative

Jun 2011 - Apr 2013

Jack-of-all-trades role with a small production group creating video and branding content for local clients as well as bands such as The Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog, Amanda Palmer, and BRONCHO. Also responsible for server maintenance and R&D around emerging video, audio and web technologies.

IT Specialist, OU Information Technology

Sep 2006 - Dec 2007

Phone-based tech support, requiring strong communication skills and quickly recognizing a user’s understanding of their problem.

Education

Master of Fine Arts - Art, Technology and Culture

University of Oklahoma , Jan 2017 - Jan 2020

Bachelor of Science - Computer Science

University of Oklahoma , Jan 2014 - Jan 2019

Summa cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy & Linguistics, minor in French

University of Oklahoma , Jan 2006 - Jan 2011

Magna cum Laude

Languages

English, Native speaker

French, Conversational Intermediate

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