Hayden Smith
Phone: +61 415 173 146
Email: hayden@chambalam.com

Formal Education

2012 - 2017

B. Computer Science

  • Distinction average of 79.00. High distinctions in Calculus, Algebra, Finite Mathematics, Object-based design, Software Scripting, Microprocessors, Electronics, Mechanics

B. Computer Science (Honours)

  • Thesis Topic: Behaviour and motion modifications for a black and white ball in Robocup SPL 2016.
  • Participant and team leader of UNSW Australia Robocup SPL team during 2016 competition in Leipzig, Germany

Engineering Experience

2018 - Present

Co-founder & CTO || Pearler Investments Ptd Ltd

  • Tasks: CTO for a fintech startup trying to turn successful savers into confident investors. https://pearler.com.
  • Achievements: Managing a group of software developers. Work with nodejs, ReactJS, React Redux, financial integration APIs, stock brokerage..
2016 - 2018

Co-founder & CTO || Comparemeals

  • Tasks: CTO for a startup based on social networking for food. https://comparemeals.com.au.
  • Achievements: Proficient in Object-relational managers, GIT, JQuery, Paypal/Google/Stripe APIs, UNIX, PHP; practice at pitch-competitions, public speaking.
2013 - 2017

Project, Technical, and Compliance Manager || Sunswift, UNSW Solar Racing Team

  • Tasks: Led a team of 50 engineers (across 7 disciplines) and 10 designers to build Australia's first road legal solar car, breaking 1 world record, 2 national records, complete an international endurance race, and ranking as Australia's most prominent undergraduate engineering project.
  • Achievements: Engineering review, project management, media and marketing, team morale and culture, budgeting, cross-discipline engineering; network telemetry, embedded software systems, CAN protocol, constructing mathematical modeling software.
2009 - Present

Freelance Web Developer || Chambalam Designs

  • Tasks: Producing web-apps to track media content, building small-company information websites, producing digital media content for advertising agencies.
  • Achievements: Proficient in NodeJS, Django, UX Design, Wordpress/wix, MySQL, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator; client interactions; full-stack planning and implementation.
2014 - 2015

Software Engineering Intern || Microsoft, Seattle Campus

  • Tasks: Large-scale database schema modifications to provide more accurate data classification in a telemetry-based software package.
  • Achievements: Proficient in Microsoft SQL, C#, scalability, deployment, corporate code repositories.
2013 - 2014

Software Engineering Intern || Dolby Digital

  • Tasks: Developing a full-stack project to allow automatic and on-device audio testing and analysis of Android devices.
  • Achievements: Proficient in Digital Signal Processing; Android Java Development; Python server scripting; networking protocols; WebUI and JQuery design; seminar preparation.
2013 - 2014

Researcher & Developer || UNSW Medicine Faculty Institute of Health Innovation

  • Tasks: Developing a machine learned algorithm for extracting key metrics computationally from medical papers to avoid manual extraction when mining information in drug trial papers.
  • Achievements: Proficient in Spring Tools Suit, Java, Hiberate, Rest API's, machine learning; working in a university research team.

Leadership and Management Experience


TEDxUltimo Speaker: "Take the wheel, lessons from breaking a world record"

  • Overview: Speaking at a conference about the importance of taking the most of opportunities presented to you when you're young, through discussion of a world record I broke.
  • Achievements: Lengthy speed writing, public speaking, networking.
2013 - Present

Academic Lecturer and Tutor || Computer Science School, UNSW

  • Lecturing: Advanced C++ - a focus on STL, C++11/14 features, templating, multithreading
  • Tutoring: Teaching Advanced C++, Security Engineering, Design in Computing, Software Scripting, Algorithms and Data Structures.
  • Achievements: Planning of lessons, developing teaching strategies, public speaking, working with individuals one on one and in groups.
2015 - 2017

Engineering Student Ambassador || Engineering Faculty, UNSW

  • Tasks: Represent UNSW Engineering through careers markets, site-visits, and presentations.
  • Achievements: Keynote speaker for Engineering at University open day, reformed the way Engineering presents and incentives high school students, communication skills through speaking at careers markets.
2013 - 2014

Houseparent and Leader || Honeywell Engineering Summer School Camp

  • Tasks: Leading a NSW Year 11 Engineering camp of over 100 students with other leaders, on a range of university and industry based activities in December 2013.
  • Achievements: Improved on my ability to both work with teams, and to be both a mentor and a responsible adult to younger peers.

Community Service


Sasol Solar Challenge South Africa - volunteer observer and official

  • Observing roles include supervising and overseeing solar car teams
  • Awarded best observer of 2016
2013 - 2015

UNSW Rural, Regional & Interstate Peer Mentor Trainer & ASPIRE volunteer

  • Participation in one-on-one meetings and group activities aimed at providing support for students struggling with being rural students / first in their family at University.
  • Facilitator of training of new peer mentor training within the University.

Scholarships and Awards


Solar car driver for Guinness World Record, transcontinental efficiency record from Perth to Sydney


Awarded place in Triple J Top 25 under 25

2012 - 2016

$50,000 (over 5 years) Scientia Scholarship, University of New South Wales

  • Requirements: Achieve a NSW ATAR of 99.90 or above (top 0.1% of candidates).
2013 - 2014

$5,000 Research Scholarship with the UNSW Centre for Health Innovation


FIA World Record for the world's fastest electric vehicle over 500km


Faculty of Engineering Dean's award for academic performance


Professor Mark Hoffman, Dean of UNSW Engineering
Dr Christopher Menictas, Academic at UNSW Sydney
Sandra Harrison, Manager of Student Opportunities, UNSW Engineering