Getting to Know Topl: Enrique Berrios

Get to know Topl's Junior Backend Developer

October 30, 2020

Topl Team
Where are you from? Tell us a little bit about your journey to get here.

I was born in Houston and lived there until I was fourteen when we moved to Dallas. In 2015, I began studying at Texas A&M University as an Electrical Engineering student. I was not that interested in hardware and decided to minor in Art (New Media). This renewed my interest in code and led to my joining the TAMU Embodied Interaction Lab as an undergraduate Human Computer Interaction researcher. I eventually changed my major to Computer Engineering during my senior year and graduated in December 2019.

What do you do at Topl? Tell us a little about your role and what it entails.

I am currently working as Junior Backend Developer. I am helping build the infrastructure and tools to make interaction between developers and the Topl Blockchain smooth and easy. The Infrastructure team is basically a bridge between the Topl Blockchain and client applications that clients can leverage without worrying about having to implement themselves.

Enrique and his pup
Enrique meeting his Shiba Inu puppy, Hario
How did you find Topl or how did Topl find you?

I found out about Topl in the same manner as most people, through the press published about Topl. I quickly learned that not only was Topl a blockchain company for good but also that it was building a very impressive blockchain. I quickly knew that I had to be a part of this, and I am very fortunate to be surrounded by determined and brilliant peers.

What makes Topl the right fit for you?

Topl is a company that has not compromised on anything. It maintains being mission driven while developing impressive technology.

Working at Topl has been deeply motivating since it proves that we are living in a world where technology can be cutting edge while not excluding those traditionally excluded from newer technologies.

Seeing the people work around me makes me want to be a part of this, and I am fortunate and glad to say that my work brings me joy.

What are you passionate about outside of work? What are your hobbies?

I have spent a lot of my time learning about specialty coffee and loose leaf tea (standards, extraction, culture, terroir, varieties, processing methods, roasting, agricultural practices, etc.) I enjoy music and music history (I used to be the music director of A&M’s college radio station) as well as visual art. I think my interest in these subjects is twofold. First, I have become increasingly interested in experiencing the world around us through the senses. Second, I am interested in how at a certain point after learning about something, it becomes a living part of us. I value variety and hope to discover more worlds of knowledge previously unknown to me throughout my lifetime.

Which of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are you most passionate about working towards and why?

It has to be Climate Action, one of the biggest frustrations in my life.

With concrete, scientific evidence dating back decades — not to mention common sense — climate change is real, and we are not doing enough to slow or stop it.

My family is from Nicaragua where coffee is the biggest export, and seeing yields decrease year after year causes significant concern. Until the biggest companies and countries that are contributing to pollution and climate change act, the world is going to continue suffering. I hope to see and contribute to the earth beginning to heal in my lifetime.

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Enrique and Hario waiting on their Panamanian Gesha pour overs

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