Eleanor McHugh

Software Architect, Privacy Evangelist, and Freelance Reality Consultant in London, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Ellie, a fifty-something British hacker and trans woman best known for my presentations on Ruby, Go and Privacy.

During more than two decades as a commercial developer I've worked on numerous mission-critical systems: cockpit avionics; satellite communications; broadcast automation; and, digital identity.

I'm the sometime author of A Go Developer's Notebook, an accidental primer on encrypted network communications and functional programming masquerading as a text on programming in Go.

I'm also co-inventor of a number of patents in the fields of Digital Identity, Asset-Tracking and Biometric Liveness with my long-time friend and collaborator Romek Szczesniak. Together we undertake in these fields as InIdSol.

My latest side projects are a book on the design and implementation of role-playing games calledGames With Brains, the 2D6-basedIt's Full of Starsand research fora video seriesbased on A Go Developer's Notebook.

In my free time I like RPGs of all kinds including the excellent BattleMaster which I've been playing for more than a decade. I also love gothic music, electric ukuleles, arguing on twitter and all varieties of weird tech.

  • Work
    • InIdSol
  • Education
    • MSc. Information Systems in a European Context
    • BSc. Applied Physics, Microelectronics and Computing