Ahmed Elkady, Senior iOS Developer in Toronto, ON, Canada
Ahmed Elkady

Senior iOS Developer in Toronto, ON, Canada

Member since November 9, 2020
Ahmed is a passionate iOS developer, who has been working in iOS development since his internship days in 2014 while studying computer engineering at the University of Waterloo. He has done six internships, most notably at Compass in New York and LinkedIn in San Francisco. After graduating, Ahmed is now working at an education technology company called Top Hat, where he moved from junior iOS developer to a mobile team lead in the span of three years.
Ahmed is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • Coffee Meets Bagel
    VIPER Architecture, Model View Viewmodel (MVVM), SDWebImage, CocoaPods...
  • Top Hat
    VIPER Architecture, Nimble-Snapshots, SDWebImage, PromiseKit, SnapKit...
  • Top Hat
    Open Source, VIPER Architecture, Nimble-Snapshots, SDWebImage, SnapKit...

Experience

Location

Toronto, ON, Canada

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Agile Software Development, Algorithms, Git, Objective-C, Swift, iOS, Xcode

The most amazing...

...project I've built is called RichTextView, an open source iOS project starred at least 900 times that can render HTML, Markdown, LaTeX, and YouTube videos.

Employment

  • Senior iOS Developer

    2021 - PRESENT
    Coffee Meets Bagel
    • Worked with a team of five other iOS developers to fix, improve, and build upon the CoffeeMeetsBagel dating app.
    • Participated in refactoring various components of the app (such as the "Me" avatar screen) to move closer to Swift and MVVM/VIPER architecture.
    • Implemented better team processes, including a release rotation.
    Technologies: VIPER Architecture, Model View Viewmodel (MVVM), SDWebImage, CocoaPods, Teamwork, Agile Software Development, Git, Swift, iOS, Xcode
  • Mobile Team Lead

    2020 - 2021
    Top Hat
    • Expanded my responsibilities by taking on a leadership role within the Android team as well as the iOS teams, growing the number of direct reports under me to seven total.
    • Responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by rallying the team to build support for our new virtual classroom experience on iOS and Android, enabling professors to continue to deliver lectures to their students remotely.
    • Transitioned the mobile team from OKRs as a way to do project planning to the shapeup/cycle process, as part of a department-wide effort to transition all the engineering teams.
    Technologies: VIPER Architecture, Nimble-Snapshots, SDWebImage, PromiseKit, SnapKit, CocoaPods, Teamwork, Agile Software Development, Git, Swift, iOS, Xcode, Team Leadership
  • iOS Team Lead

    2019 - 2020
    Top Hat
    • Managed and mentored a mix of junior and senior developers as well as remote contractors in a team of three iOS developers.
    • Delivered an all-hands speech in front of the whole company highlighting the progress we made in the iOS app rewrite, specifically the classroom experience.
    • Rewrote the entire guidebook experience and analytics architecture on the iOS app, making the code more scalable, maintainable, and stable.
    • Created Top Hat's first iOS open source project (Richtextview.com), an iOS UI TextView (UIView) that properly displays LaTeX, HTML, Markdown, and YouTube/Vimeo links, amassing 200 stars and 8 forks within the first week of the first release.
    Technologies: Open Source, VIPER Architecture, Nimble-Snapshots, SDWebImage, SnapKit, PromiseKit, CocoaPods, Teamwork, Agile Software Development, Team Leadership, Objective-C, Swift, Git, Xcode
  • Senior iOS Developer

    2018 - 2019
    Top Hat
    • Participated in an entire iOS app rewrite, moving 30% of the project's code to Swift within the first six months.
    • Championed a week-long project to streamline and standardize our dependency management system, moving from a mixture of Carthage and static dependencies to CocoaPods, removing approximately 100,000 lines of code in the process.
    • Contributed to the rewrite of the entire question experience on iOS to Swift, improving the app's weekly crash-free rating from an all-time low of 96.5% to 99.5% and the App Store rating from 3.2 to 4.5 stars out of 5.
    • Established the team's accessibility standards and Swift code style guides.
    Technologies: Carthage, VIPER Architecture, Nimble-Snapshots, SDWebImage, SnapKit, PromiseKit, CocoaPods, Teamwork, Agile Software Development, Objective-C, Swift, Git, Xcode
  • iOS Developer

    2017 - 2018
    Top Hat
    • Led the technical planning around re-architecting the entire student classroom experience on iOS.
    • Participated in a complete overhaul of our iOS network engine, moving from Objective-C and RestKit to Swift, Codable, and PromiseKit.
    • Championed a week-long project to standardize and streamline our UI/UX process on mobile, including colors, font sizes, and images.
    • Worked with the rest of the department to bring a vast array of web features to our iOS app, including tournaments, Top Hat Test, and third-party questions.
    Technologies: Carthage, VIPER Architecture, Nimble-Snapshots, SDWebImage, SnapKit, PromiseKit, Teamwork, CocoaPods, Agile Software Development, iOS, Objective-C, Swift, Xcode
  • iOS Developer

    2016 - 2016
    Compass
    • Worked with a team of three developers to manage five iOS applications for the luxury homes market, developing features that led to an 80% engagement rate on our apps.
    • Utilized polygon drawing and correction algorithms to enable users to draw custom boundaries on a map, in order to filter particular regions in a real estate search.
    • Architected major portions of the agents app, adding the ability for agents to see and interact with their clients, as well as view their own listing and search history.
    • Strengthened the Swift API layer in our apps to better communicate with and translate Thrift data structures coming from our servers.
    Technologies: Model View Viewmodel (MVVM), Nimble-Snapshots, SDWebImage, SnapKit, Carthage, Teamwork, Agile Software Development, Objective-C, Swift, iOS, Xcode
  • iOS Developer

    2016 - 2016
    LinkedIn
    • Worked on the messaging portion of the flagship iOS app with eight other iOS developers and approximately two dozen other developers, project managers, and designers.
    • Developed a feature that allowed LinkedIn employees to message their coworkers and add them to group conversations, working with an Android and back-end developer.
    • Enhanced the messaging experience by enabling users to see the content of URLs sent in the app by showing a basic image, title, and description along with inline YouTube videos.
    • Enriched the user experience by modernizing the loading animation across messaging.
    Technologies: Model View Viewmodel (MVVM), Teamwork, Agile Software Development, Objective-C, Swift, iOS, Git, Xcode
  • Mobile Application Developer

    2015 - 2015
    Autodesk
    • Used iOS Objective-C, Lua, and C++ to develop a contest feature for Sculpt+, a 3D-intensive social media app where users could share self-created 3D models.
    • Updated the Android app to be Gradle-based, reducing build speeds by up to 50%.
    • Improved the internal Kalpana 3D framework which was used by multiple Autodesk apps.
    Technologies: Gradle, C++, Lua, Objective-C, Xcode
  • Software Developer

    2014 - 2014
    Metroland
    • Used the Appcelerator framework to work on the Save.ca hybrid mobile application, part of Canada’s largest online shopping savings and deals ecosystem.
    • Used JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Android Java, and jQuery to develop a new method of favouriting flyers and redesign the camera module, increasing the app’s rating by 0.3 stars over the course of my employment.
    • Performed routine bug fixes and updated the app to iOS 8 and Android Lollipop.
    Technologies: Appcelerator Titanium, Hybrid Apps

Experience

  • RichTextView
    https://www.richtextview.com

    This is an iOS open source project that takes any kind of text—HTML, LaTeX, Markdown, and even YouTube/Vimeo links—and turns it into a UIView that can be used to visually display these different kinds of "rich text" properly.

    As the sole developer, I was involved on the ground floor of this project, from creation to deployment to maintenance, as well as putting it in the CocoaPods Specs repo so that anyone can integrate it into their projects.

  • Liven
    https://www.liven.love/

    Liven is a mobile app for restaurant-based rewards. I was a freelance iOS developer for four months on this app, from April to August 2021. I converted the remainder of the Objective-C code in the app to Swift, moving the project from 88% Swift (and 10% Objective-C) to 98% Swift (and 1% Objective-C).

Skills

  • Languages

    Swift, Objective-C, Java, Lua, C++
  • Libraries/APIs

    CocoaPods, PromiseKit, SnapKit, SDWebImage, Nimble-Snapshots
  • Tools

    Xcode, Git, Gradle, Appcelerator Titanium
  • Paradigms

    VIPER Architecture, Agile Software Development, Model View Viewmodel (MVVM)
  • Platforms

    iOS
  • Other

    Teamwork, Algorithms, Carthage, Open Source, Team Leadership, Hybrid Apps

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering
    2012 - 2017
    University of Waterloo - Waterloo, Canada

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