Sahal Ansari


I am a practitioner of the DevOps philosophy and a 12 factor app evangelist.

I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and I really learn best by doing. I am interested in poetry, Chicago journalism history, all types of hip hop music, democratic movements, and the Python community.

Learn more about me, my projects, or (if you're up to it!) get in touch.


I was born in Chicago and spent my youth eating everything I could get my hands on.

After working in such illustrious industries as data entry and nursing homes, I spent some time in a higher education institution where I most notably studied Mandarin and spent four months in Beijing. Beijing remains one of my favorite cities. What's not to love: great food, a seriously long history, as well as the widely known Beijing huar!

I returned to China where I lived in the Yantian District of Shenzhen. There I led an Oral English class full of High School students and enjoyed creating lesson plans incorporating slang and pop culture.

Upon returning from China, I spent time grading papers and working in grocery stores. When I got tired of that, I started marketing my tech skills and convinced my way into the Chicago tech community.

Don't forget to check out some of my awesome projects.


A few of my current (and former) projects are listed here.

blog: - A technology blog.
Web Proxy: - Censorship resistance for the masses!
/sahal - I contribute code.


The best way to reach me is usually via email. Sometimes, though, I use other social media.

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