Hi! I am Vinayak Mehta, also known as vortex_ape.
I love to write free and open-source code that helps other humans. I also like long distance running, guitar playing (I have a black Strat!), street photography and stargazing. I talk about FOSS, API design, science fiction, time and the meaning of life, among other things.
I want to work on developing solutions for real world problems using computer science and software/data engineering. If you would like to talk more about why software is eating the world or have a problem we can solve together, shoot me an email at vmehta94 at gmail dot com!
Currently, I'm working as a Data Engineer at Grofers in Bangalore, designing tools and services that help the organization become more data-driven. I also help organize the Grofers Tech Talks monthly meetup in our Bangalore office.
I'm the author and maintainer of Camelot and Excalibur (a Python library and web interface) which help anyone extract data tables from PDFs. If you find them useful, consider supporting their development by becoming a backer or a sponsor on OpenCollective!
I worked at SocialCops in New Delhi (from June 2016 to July 2018), where I designed tools and services that made the data team's lives easier. I wrote about how I helped create a data platform for India and about one of the ETL workflows I built internally to track disease outbreaks in India on the SocialCops engineering blog. Before joining full-time, I interned at SocialCops (from Feb 2016 to April 2016) and shipped Camelot.
I graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science from Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering, New Delhi (in May 2016), where I worked broadly in Information Retrieval and Machine Learning, as a research scholar under Prof. Narina Thakur.
IRC: vortex_ape on freenode (I idle in #python)
Email: vmehta94 at gmail dot com