The past months we were looking for three fellows for the project Code4EU, together with the City of Amsterdam. After an intensive selection period, we welcome Ohyoon Kwon, Piotr Steininger and Giovanni Maggini. The coming nine months, they will be working on innovative and smart apps for the city and the people living in it.
In the image above, from left to right: Ohyoon, Giovanni & Piotr. Get to know the fellows:
Piotr Steininger is a developer and UX designer, born and raised in Poland. He has spend the last fourteen years in the United States. He is looking forward to coming to Amsterdam: “I’m bringing two suitcases, a laptop and a metric ton of excitement!” He is passionate about making innovative and cutting-edge technology work. “I love to learn and experiment with practical applications of latest technologies. My greatest strength is being able to synthesize innovative solutions from what I learn.” In early 2012, he helped architect, design and develop a system connecting electric vehicles to their owners via cloud-based APIs. “I got to work on just about every component of the system from cloud to mobile. The prototype was successfully unveiled at SXSW in Austin.” Finally, we asked Piotr if he knows ‘Stroopwafels’, important if you are coming to Holland. “Yes, indeed I do! I was introduced to ‘the Stroopwafel’ by a friend from Amsterdam. He gave us one big package but it did not last more than a day.”
Giovanni Maggini is an Italian developer, who knows all about iOS, C# and Human Computer Interaction. “I am most proud of the prize I received at the Apps4Italy Open Data competition with the DoveSiButta project.” Giovanni is also a persistent person: “When faced with a challenge I document myself and then do my best to face the issue one step at a time. I am sure I will stubbornly overcome it.” While Giovanni does not know our national pride, the Stroopwafel, he does come up with a creative response. “The word 'wafel' is similar to 'waffle', which I love. So I hope it's something tasty.” Well Giovanni, it is. So come and find out!
Ohyoon Kwon is a concept designer and business developer from South Korea. He is empathic, resilient and passionate. He wants to make sure that people love to use and nurture the products he develops. “I like getting people involved in creative processes to let them feel ownership on what they do.” Ohyoon is very proud of the mobile service he prototyped with homeless people and several organisations from London, which is now live and used by many. And how about the 'Stroopwafel'? “Of course I know them! I give Stroopwafels to my friends outside of Holland and advertise that it is the best food product from this country.”