My main area of expertise, 11 years experience. I create web apps from scratch or evolve existing ones, taking on all tasks and roles.
Backend & Database Architecture
Devops & Continuous Integration
Responsive Web Development
UI/UX, Information Architecture, Design
Team Building & Knowledge Transfer
My speciality is building rapid, full-stack prototypes that are both fully functional and aesthetically representative of a finished product.
Functional prototypes are the most convincing and cost-effective showcase of project potential for both internal and external customers. Good prototypes can easily be turned into full-fledged projects and developed until MVP and long-term production.
In recent years I have accepted bigger challenges, taking lead architect roles on large-scale user-facing platforms.
FOR EUROVISION, World Economic FOrum
Leading technical consultant for development of a digital video discovery and sales platform for journalists interested in obtaining EUROVISION coverage of the World Economic Forum 2018.
Developing a fully functional proof-of-concept within 3 months development time.
For Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)
Lead architect and product designer for the in-house development of Mediathek, a new flagship video-on-demand discovery platform for BR.
Conception, implementation and eventual delegation of all technical and design aspects of Mediathek from start to production.
Development of future-proof, scalable and adaptable infrastructure to drive Mediathek and many upcoming audience-facing apps.
Adoption of modern software technologies and best practises in a traditional, non-technical company.
Formulation of content distribution strategy and product design principles to rekindle the interest of disenfranchised audiences.
Built rapid interactive prototypes, showing off attractive new ways to organise, present and recommend content to the user.
Replaced an outdated, proprietary, monolithic CMS that required weeks of user training with lean microservices and focused web-based admin interfaces that can intuitively be picked up in 1 hour.
Developed an extensible, well documented metadata schema, databases and code generators that significantly reduced the need for verbose and error-prone manual programming in the implementation of robust data-importers and APIs.
Built an effective team of backend and frontend engineers, designers and editors around the developing product.
Started a pioneering initiative on ethics-aware automated content personalisation, brought on board BR's first data scientist, who gathered know-how, developed custom recommender systems for Mediathek and started international research collaborations.
Made BR cofound PEACH, an inter-european personalisation and digital transformation task-force for public broadcasters.
Successfully implemented inner- and open-source practises.
Developed infrastructure, products and practises to transform BR from a traditional, linear media company to a strong, innovative provider of digital content.
Relieved BR of its complete prior reliance on external software providers by building tools and culture for 100% in-house development starting with its most important product.
Established BR's role as a technological leader within its German and European contexts.
2. Special Topics in Informatics
Through my professional, academic and personal endeavors I have gained an overview of all fields in informatics that is both broad and detailed as well as specialised knowledge in topics as diverse as:
fluid, traffic and physics simulations
programming language design
procedural content generation
3. Corporate Identity, Print & Web Design
In my work as a web developer for both young and established companies, a need for a more coherent brand identity and strategy for outreach often became apparent during initial discussions.
I helped my clients to find an effective message around their product and business and took on many additional tasks such as: