Me (Sam Poder)

Sam Poder

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๐Ÿ‘‹ G'day! My name is Sam and I'm an Australian secondary school student (second year of IB at the moment) living in Singapore. In August, I'll be moving to the Bay Area to study Computer Science at UC Berkeley!

I enjoy making things (mostly involving code), running hackathons and learning about random pieces of trivia.

Here's are a couple of projects I'm proud of:

๐ŸŒŽ Hack Club is a worldwide community of high school hackers.


๐Ÿ”ต An open source CMS built for hackers and hobbyists.


๐Ÿ”ฅ A daily streak system & portfolio for your projects.


๐ŸŒ A 4D multimedia experience showcasing the upcoming challenges caused by global warming.


๐ŸŽถ An interactive sound festival built for Innovation Week 2021 (built using Sonic Pi).


๐ŸŒ The behind-the-scenes of the first high school hackathon since the pandemic!


Here's what I've been up to recently (from my Scrapbook):

Tue, Apr 25

Thu, Mar 30

after fighting the PyPortal for weeks (and taking a bit of a hiatus as @arsh7chetana @NeilGhosh & I have exams), Iโ€™ve got a version of the information screen for our WHW project working! itโ€™s scaled back from the original idea but thatโ€™s alright. next up, Iโ€™m going to get our neopixels working.

Wed, Mar 22

caches! in #caches, we created the art for the boxes that weโ€™ll be using as caches. For a bit of fun we included a small easter egg that uses the cipher wheel! It was also interesting learning about PURL from @reesericci hereโ€™s the Figma file weโ€™re using: The next step for us is getting these laser cut / engraved! And then ship them around the world...

Tue, Mar 21

19,626 posts have been made by 860 Hack Clubbers in #scrapbook since June 2020 (this was my first post from back in the day!). Just under three years later, itโ€™s time for Scrapbook to evolve. Weโ€™ve always wanted more clubs to post on Scrapbook, however, many club members arenโ€™t on the Slack. Now you can create a Scrapbook profile entirely from the web! This will give club members a space to share what theyโ€™re creating in their clubs. Alongside that, accounts can be created / managed from the web and you react to posts like you do in #scrapbook. Leaders: head to to create pages for your clubs. Members can post on there and share what they create in your club with the world! Custom domains & CSS (like on Scrapbook profiles) are supported - these pages would make for sick club websites. It uses the classic combination of Next.js & Prisma with the new addition of next-auth! @scrappy-U015D6A36AG also now uses Bolt which has been a nice quality of life improvement. Hereโ€™s the GitHub: v2 is in beta at the moment, check it out here: bugs are expected and I super appreciate a ping when you stumble across one. looking for something to make & post about? react to this post with a ๐Ÿ’ฅ to receive an inspirational* message & idea from @scrappy-U015D6A36AG (who also got a refresh last week)!

Thu, Mar 16


Thu, Feb 23

WHW! Fixed the 500 error on that Toby spotted :D

Wed, Feb 22

Used Vercelโ€™s @og-image package to generate images for the currently playing song that I can then display on the PyPortal (once I get it working). Try it out:!

Tue, Feb 21

whw! bashing my head on a wall as I try to figure out this error when trying to display an album cover on the PyPortal

Mon, Feb 20

still working out the jns and outs of the pyportal! soon it'll look like...

Sun, Feb 19

whw! setup by pyportal!

Sat, Feb 18

got pausing and resuming songs working!

Fri, Feb 17

Got the first part of the project working! Arsh's resin records have been coming along well as well!

Thu, Feb 16

hit a brick wall with my code! got the WiFi working but I'm still a bit stick with the RFID module... will try again tomorrow

Wed, Feb 15

worked on two pieces of software for ! Iโ€™ve got the basic RFID reading code for the NodeMCU and also some serverless functions to control my Spotify account.

Tue, Feb 14

whw! in 30 deg c anyways, today I worked on making a schematic for the laser cut box @arsh7chetana is making tomorrow :D in the meantime, @arsh7chetana made a silicone mold of a record! (poor @NeilGhosh has mock examsโ€ฆ)

Fri, Feb 10

Playing around with Astro & visualising political donations with colours!

Sat, Dec 31

Happy New Year!!

Fri, Dec 30

Hi from Epoch!

Mon, Dec 26

Boarded and ready to fly to Delhi! Can't wait to see you all!

Sun, Dec 4

wild day.

Fri, Dec 2

Got all setup for the big day! A lot of shipping stuff around Singapore and lugging boxes around.

Thu, Dec 1

All packed for the van to take our supplies to Red Hat tomorrow!

Thu, Dec 1

day 3 in public! printed out all the judging sheets, the schedule sheets, the lunch letters, and even got these custom envelopes made!

Tue, Nov 29

day 2/10 of #10-days-in-public! things have been happening on Scrapbook, weโ€™re about to beta test with clubs! hereโ€™s a midnight-runthrough:

Mon, Nov 28

Lion City Hacks (T-5 days): Ordered the breakfast (kaya toast & french toast from Ya Kun) & desert (donuts from Dunkinโ€™) today! Arsh also got a massive wad of cash from the bank for a special event.

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