Hi

My name is Luís Freitas

A software engineer by trade who uses innovative tech to build creative and performant pieces of technology.

An entrepreneur by heart who loves to create and ship amazing products.

A hacker that doesn't comform and wants way too much to shape the future.

I've been focusing on XR (VR/AR) and decentralized web (web3, digital assets and blockchain).

Who is microchipgnu?

Long story short, microchipgnu is me - Luís Freitas.

🤔 I carry this name on the interwebs because it gets people curious and it takes me back to a very special moment in time.

🇵🇹 I'm proudly Portuguese. I was born in Lisbon's South Bay in a small city called Barreiro in the year of '94.

❤️ I have a deep passion for the internet, computers and building software products that I have developed very early in my life.

🏫 I have done my B.S. and M.S in Computer Engineering at Técnico Lisboa . You can check the nice letter of recommendation my supervisor wrote about me.

🌍 Studied abroad at Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan - KTH (Stockholm, Sweden) and Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy). Where I've had a fair bit of life changing experiences.

Organizations

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🕹️ VR/AR indie development studio
Aura Studios

Aura was founded by two creative engineers that shared a profound love for emerging technologies. Our goal is to create one relevant XR (AR/VR) portuguese development studio.

Since its inception, we were able to create and ship multiple marketplace-listed products with tens of thousands hours of gameplay.

At Aura I have been involved in... everything. We are a small bootstrapped team of two who managed to accomplish many things over the last year and a half.

I have developed expertise in conceptualizing, developing and publishing VR products such as Arrows, Color Balls and Math Master, among other smaller experiences (mostly WebXR).

Aura Studios became an Oculus Start member in November 2019.

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🌐 First ad network for WebXR
Wonderleap

Wonderleap is the best monetization toolkit for creators of free WebXR and XR experiences. Think of it as the AdMob for XR. Wonderleap has worked with many VR game industry leaders: from the creators of Angry Birds VR to Pokerstars.

I joined Wonderleap with the goal of expanding its market by building solutions for the native market (Unity/Unreal).

I lead the development of Wonderleap's Unity SDK. This SDK allowed developers to very easily place ads on their VR/AR apps and games.

As a way to understand and feel the pulse of the native market, I created and developed Radar - the first SideQuest app tracker. SideQuest is currently the biggest marketplace for free VR native apps & games.

I have also developed the frontend for the Advertiser Portal. The dashboard that lets advertisers create ads, campaigns and associate payment details.

Wonderleap is actively working on making itself fundamentally different from today’s ad networks by making all user tracking data completely owned by our advertisers and encrypted end-to-end.

In that regards, I have researched and developed a PoC for decentralizing an ad network using the NFTs (ERC721), Ethereum blockchain and IPFS.

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📈 well-informed crypto investing
HODL

HODL is a 40k+ five star rated mobile app with millions of downloads that serves 100k active users each month with real-time crypto currency prices & charts from all exchanges, tweets & news from all sources. HODL's goal is to make well-informed crypto investing easy for everyone.

I joined HODL as fullstack engineer with the goal of expanding and maintaing both frontend and backend features.

I lead the development and integration of HODL's Twitter-like social network with the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS. The goal was to expose permanently some of our user actions, believing it would lead to a more responsible and accountable behaviour.

My work allowed HODL to generate 20k Ethereum wallets. You can read HODL's smart contract and simply reconstruct 1.5 years of thousands of posts from the social network database stored through IPFS.

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