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René Pickhardt

Self Employed Data Science Consultant
Rene Pickhardt is a self employed Data Science Consultant who has studied Mathematics, Physics and Chinese. Besides data analysis and extracting knowledge from data he is interested in scaling computer systems. After becoming aware of the Lightning Network in 2017 as the scaling solution to blockchain technologies and getting convinced that it is a viable solution he became an independent contributor to the Lightning Network Protocol in his free time. He has created the award winning lib_autopilot.py - a recommendation engine for nodes to automatically create channels. He also came up with the Just In Time Routing Algorithm (JIT-Routing) to increase the reliability of payments. During this work Rene realized that due to its novelty currently only a few people seem to fully understand the technology stack behind the lightning network.

Since he has 10 years of experience working in education he decided to focus on teaching as his main contribution to the Lightning Network community. That is why he decided to run a mostly technical Youtube channel about the Lightning Network and has recently committed to creating the first open source book about the Lightning Network.