Developer Showcase Series: Abdelhamid Bakhta, ConsenSys

By January 27, 2021 Blog, Developer Showcase

Back to our Developer Showcase Series to learn what developers in the real world are doing with Hyperledger technologies. Next up is Abdelhamid Bakhta, a Blockchain Protocol Engineer on the product team at ConsenSys.

Give a bit of background on what you’re working on and how you got into blockchain?

I am working on Hyperledger Besu, mostly on mainnet features and performance optimization. I got into blockchain when I attended a conference about Ethereum and its potential use cases in 2015.

What Hyperledger frameworks or tools are you using in your projects? Any new developments to share? Can you sum up your experience with Hyperledger?

My experience with Hyperledger is limited to Besu. My team is using Caliper, but I have personally never used it.

What do you think is most important for Hyperledger to focus on in the next year?

I would say mainnet adoption. For blockchain to be the great success it deserves, we need many more users on it. And for that, we need to make the user experience as smooth as possible. Scalability is also a big issue for the moment. Hopefully Eth 2.0 will help us fix that problem.

What advice would you offer other technologists or developers interested in getting started working on blockchain? 

I would suggest they keep in mind the usability of the tools they are building. The user experience needs to be drastically improved at every layer, from the protocol to the application. We need to work all together to lower the barriers to entry.

What’s the one issue or problem you hope blockchain can solve?

I hope it can bring transparency to the rules of the systems we are using every day. 

Where do you hope to see Hyperledger and/or blockchain in five years?

I hope to see blockchain everywhere in five years. The biggest success would be if users are using it massively on a daily basis without even realizing they are using blockchain. Like they don’t have to understand how a TLS session works between their web browser and the server. 

What is the best piece of developer advice you’ve ever received?

Welcome feedback. Assume people have good intentions.

What technology could you not live without?

Blockchain obviously 🙂