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I am a technologist currently focusing on making a social impact.

I write blog posts and tweet fairly regularly. I do speak at developer events from time to time.

I worked for two start-ups, Shape Security and previously Sencha. At Shape Security, I led its 50-person engineering team. I helped building the team and the product from the ground-up, from its conceptual stage to the first customer deployment and now protecting top Fortune 500 banks, airlines, retailers from various attacks: credential stuffing, account take over, site scraping, etc.

Typically, I am known as an open-source person. I created the world’s first truly headless web browser, PhantomJS, used by thousands organizations for web automation. I authored Esprima, the world’s first proper JavaScript parser in JavaScript and one of the most popular npm modules (40M monthly downloads). In the past, I also contributed to high-profile projects such as WebKit, KDE, and Qt.

I am comfortable doing C/C++ and JavaScript, but I have a weak spot for Go, C#, and Kotlin.

I studied engineering physics at the Institute of Technology Bandung (Indonesia). I pursued and obtained my doctorate degree (magna cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Paderborn (Germany). My name has been listed as the author/co-author of over 30 research papers in the field of fiber optic communication system.

I was born and raised in Indonesia. Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is my mother tongue. I do have a full professional proficiency in English. I also enjoy conversational German.

My name is easily pronounced, the approximate phonetic is /ərˈiːə ˈhɪdəyət/.

To reach me, send e-mail to ariya.hidayat AT