Software Engineering at Potential 2022
I worked on a temporary freelance basis for Potential’s Flutter app, for three months in 2022. I fixed bugs, implemented new features and contributed to a refactor of the app’s data model.
Front-end & more at Readup 2020 →
Readup is a reading app and community that encourages deep reading of online articles. It’s a place where readers can get informed and inspired at their own pace.
I joined Readup as a consulting Product Lead in June 2021, when Readup was launching a reader-writer marketplace. I lead the design, front-end product development and marketing operations for six months. After the organization became volunteer-driven in December 2021, my involvement continued as a maintainer and community contributions manager.
UX Design at Språkkraft 2019 → 2020
For my industrial master’s thesis at KTH in Stockholm, I worked with the non-profit Språkkraft, the makers of the app SVT Språkplay (now unfortunately taken offline). Språkplay was an app used by thousands of immigrants that converts Sweden’s public television into a language learning paradise. In late 2019 I was among those immigrants and I had been using this app to learn Swedish. The concept was awesome, but the User Experience left things to be desired.
I used various usabilility evaluation methods and conducted user tests to find usability problems with the app. To address some of these, I applied gamification elements in a new redesign of the app. My thesis, titled “Designing and using gamification elements to improve students’ user experience in a video-based mobile language learning app”, was a reflection on that process.
Consulting at Columbia Road 2019 → 2022
I’ve worked two years as a developer consultant at Columbia Road, a company that helps its clients get more revenue and more customers in the digital era. Columbia Road considers digital sales a cross-disciplinary team effort, not a siloed IT project, and aims to promote that mindset at their clients.
I’ve worked on a dozen projects for about as many clients; in all instances, helping clients to grow their digital sales in one way or another. My role mostly included full-stack development, but sometimes I chipped in on design as well.
Web development & event organizing at Green Office for KU Leuven 2017 → 2018
Prototyping at Soulcenter 2017 → 2018
In 2017, as a student, I joined a one-month project at Open Knowledge Belgium’s Open Summer of Code , which was the start of my web development career. The project founded by Fredrik Vincx was an app that aimed to create a real, meaningful change in the lives of elderly people in care homes, by bringing out their life’s stories to the care home personnel. After the 1-month project, I helped Frederik for a year to test and develop a prototype further in care homes. Today, the project has evolved into Soulcenter.be and is used by carehomes across Belgium.
Since this was also considerd an internship for my Bachelor studies, I summarized what I learned from the experience in this GitHub Gist (in Dutch). It was my first dive in the world (social) tech entrepreneurship.