Tim Henkes Application 2022

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About me


I am Tim Henkes, known as "Syndace", a computer scientist masters and hobby mathematician. My passion is programming, and I am specializing in the topics of low-level hardware development and post-quantum cryptography. I currently work in a research project at Hochschule RheinMain, the university I graduated at. I run a little server with self-hosted open source alternatives to some proprietary mainstream services.

My connection to XMPP

Being quite unhappy about the state of mainstream messengers and the ongoing transformation to put everything into the cloud, XMPP caught my interest when a friend introduced me to it. In 2017 years ago I made the jump from just using XMPP to learning about it/joining and participating in the various MUCs and developing to improve it.

My long-term "mission" is to improve OMEMO. As part of this mission, I have spent a lot of my free time in the past years to write an OMEMO library from scratch which currently powers the OMEMO implementations of Goffi's Libervia and Slixmpp/poezio. The current short-term goal is to update the library with seamless support for both major versions of OMEMO. This goal is set for the first quarter of the year. I have largely contributed to the recent versions of the OMEMO XEP, especially the cryptographic details.

My experience over the last years in the XMPP community was very positive and I am optimistic that XMPP will continue it's current uptrend with all of the motivated members working on it.

I want to stay a part of that.

Contact me

Jabber ID: tim@mailbox.bz

E-Mail Address: syndace@web.de or me@syndace.dev

Why I am reapplying

This year (again) went by in a blink. The adoption of the new OMEMO standard has barely even started, ideas for key management simplifications are in the making and there is a lot to do overall.

I really hope we'll get to meet in person again this year, as I've enjoyed and thrived in the few sprints I've been part of.

Previous membership applications

https://wiki.xmpp.org/web/Tim_Henkes_Application_2019 https://wiki.xmpp.org/web/Tim_Henkes_Application_2020 https://wiki.xmpp.org/web/Tim_Henkes_Application_2021