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Hey there, I'm Lorenzo šŸ‘‹

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Welcome to my corner of the web! Iā€™m a Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft , a dedicated maintainer of React Native since 2018, and an advocate for mental health and open-source.

My Journey šŸš€ #

Born and raised in Italy, I ventured to the vibrant city of London šŸ‡¬šŸ‡§ over half a decade ago, marking a new chapter in a journey that began with my Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino. With a decade’s worth of keyboard warriorship, my path in the tech industry has been nothing short of a rollercoaster. From tackling industry-wide challenges to sharing insights at conferences and meetups, my passion lies in uplifting and empowering those around me. My commitment extends beyond technology; I am a staunch advocate for mental health within our industry. Openly sharing my experiences with burnout and therapy, I aim to destigmatize these important conversations and foster a more supportive and understanding tech community.

Open Source and Beyond šŸŒ #

My commitment to open source is more than just code; it’s about fostering a supportive community and driving change. Here’s a glimpse of my involvement:

  • As a maintainer of react-native since January 2018, I’ve been involved in many ways in its evolution:
    • šŸš€ Released approximately 50 versions of the react-native package, navigating the complexities of various semver minors. The journey from 0.56 onwards has been nothing short of unpredictable. šŸ¤Æ
    • šŸ¤ Co-driven the presence and coordination of Microsoft within the React Native ecosystem. Check out the next section for more.
    • āœØ Authored the prominent VSCode Extension Pack for react-native, known as “React Native - Full Pack”, amassing over 100k downloads.
  • šŸ… Recognized in the 2022 OpenUK Honours List, celebrating significant contributions to open technology in the UK.
  • šŸ¤ Founded and organized “Provided As Is”, a London-based meetup serving as a support network for open-source maintainers.

Working on āš™ļø #

Here are some of the things I’m working on at… work šŸ˜…:

  • React Native, which enable you to create awesome cross-platform iOS and Android apps powered by Javascript.
  • React Native Windows, what if I told you that we can use React Native for Windows as well?
  • React Native macOS, and for macOS too!
  • rnx-kit, some of extra and advanced tools we made at Microsoft to make RN even better!
  • React Native Test App, an iOS-Android-macOS-Windows React Native project without upgrading pains.

And if you want to learn more about how we use React Native at Microsoft, you should check out Microsoft’s React Native official DevBlog.

Beyond Code: My Projects and Advocacy šŸŒŸ #

My passion extends beyond the realm of coding into various projects and advocacy initiatives that resonate with my core values:

  • šŸ’¬ My Content Universe: Explore a curated collection of my engagements across the digital landscape, from insightful talks and blog posts to thought-provoking podcast interviews.
  • šŸ§  debug:mind: Join me as I converse with tech personalities about mental health, sharing stories and insights on my YouTube series.
  • šŸ“š Managing Mental Health: Dive into a carefully curated Notion board compiling valuable resources and insights at the intersection of mental health and technology.
  • šŸŒ React Native Community Map: Discover the global spread and connective tissue of the React Native community through an interactive Notion map.

Let’s Connect šŸ¤ #

Curious to know more? I’m always open to connect, share, and collaborate. Feel free to dive into my LinkedIn profile for a deeper glimpse of my professional journey. If you’re up for a chat or have any inquiries, don’t hesitate to drop me an email or send a message via Twitter DMs . For a broader overview of my digital presence, head back to the homepage where all paths converge.

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