Consulting at Columbia Road ('19 - May '21)
I’ve worked 2 years as a developer consultant at Columbia Road, a great company with great people that lives by its mission: helping companies 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 12 projects for 11 clients; in all instances, helping clients to grow their digital sales in one way or another. I’ve was mostly in full-stack development roles, sometimes chipping in on design as well. A job with great variety!
Amongst others, I have:
- Growth-hacked & simplified an onboarding process (in React)
- Built two shops on Shopify, worked on one with WooCommerce
- Built and maintained a score of websites using HubSpot CMS (for example, see this blog about building a multi-region HubSpot site), WordPress, Nuxt/Vue.js, Contentful, … regularly being involved in the design process too.
- Implemented marketing automation processes in Pardot + Salesforce, as well as HubSpot
- Built & deployed a bunch of back-end integrations between PIMs’s (Akeneo), PoS’s (Sitoo), ERP’s (Netsuite). In both Node.js & PHP.
- Written blogs to spread our vision, and helped sell project proposals.
Research & Design at Språkkraft ('19-'20)
For my industrial master’s thesis at KTH in Stockholm, I worked with the non-profit Språkkraft, the makers of the app SVT Språkplay. Språkplay is 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 many 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.
Product Development & Front-end at Soulcenter ('17-'19)
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.
Voc Enhancer is a set of features hacked on top of the English vocabulary learning platform & dictionary Vocabulary.com. Its Chrome and Firefox extensions have nearly 1000 users. I also built an API wrapper and use it to synchronize dictionary lookups in an Amazon Kindle to a Vocabulary.com list.
Read the story on why I built these tools: Learn vocabulary from the environment