Meet Our Volunteers: Computer Scientist Ricardo Honorato

We’re over 40 hours into the Impact48 Weekend in the Attacat office and it’s time to say hello to another hard working volunteer. Ricardo Honorato is a biochemist-come-computer scientist currently studying at the University of Edinburgh. Originally from Chile, he can’t resist raving about Edinburgh as he sits down for a chat. Here’s what he has to say about the Impact48 weekend so far:

Ricardo Honorato, PhD student, University of Edinburgh School of Informatics

Ricardo Honarato

How did you hear about the weekend?

 A tech Meet Up mailing list – for people in the tech industry. I added my name to the list at a previous hackathon.

What attracted you to Impact48?

 I was attracted by the idea of helping a charity. I looked at the Edinburgh Cyrenians’ website and felt the whole idea of the charity was in line with my views and the things I care about.

Describe yourself in three words.

Can I list the three things I care about? Freedom, equity and autonomy.

Describe your PhD in a nutshell.

There is a language for biochemistry that we have – it helps express what happens when things interact in a cell. I’m working to extend this language; to respect thermodynamics (e.g. when you burn something, the reaction releases a lot of energy.)

What else makes you tick?

I like politics. I’m part of the democratic revolution in Chile.

What are you working on today and what are you hoping to bring to the challenge?

We’re working on the Give in Kind website. I have been developing part of this over the past 24 hours. I’m bringing my knowledge of creating programmes to the table.

What do you hope to gain from the weekend?

 A free lunch (!)

What have you enjoyed most so far?

Talking to new people. Everything has been very interesting so far.

Lastly and most importantly – What is your favourite home baked treat?

Pastel de choclo (corn pie for all you non-Spanish speakers.) It’s my favourite dish in the whole world. Cooked in a clay pot, you first add mince, onions, gravy, black olives and raisins. A thick layer of mashed corned is then added on top. You can try the dish in Edinburgh – like my friends’ Facebook page for more info.

It’s great to have you here Ricardo! That free lunch is well and truly deserved. We’re itching to see what you guys have done with the Give in Kind website later on.

Keen to get involved in Impact48?

We look for all sorts of volunteers with all sorts of skill sets, so if you would like to find out more or volunteer for our next weekend please get in touch with us! Email at

We are also looking for other kinds of assistance. The amazing people at Innis & Gunn have again donated some delicious beers for our hard working volunteers over this Impact48 weekend. Could you or your business help? Find out more about sponsoring or get in touch with us at

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