anselm eickhoff mglt

“anzelm eye-coff”

Serious challenges require serious play.


1. Full-Stack Web Development

My main area of expertise, 11 years experience. I create web apps from scratch or evolve existing ones, taking on all tasks and roles.

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.

Project Highlight

EUROVISION Special Events Content Discovery Platform (BETA)

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.

My Tasks:

  • Developing a fully functional proof-of-concept within 3 months development time.

Key Achievements:

Project Highlight

BR Mediathek

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.

My tasks

  • 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.

Key Achievements

  • 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  • Replaced an outdated, proprietary, monolithic CMS that required weeks of user training with lean microservices and focused web-based admin interfaces that can intuitively be picked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.

Overall Success

  • 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:

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:

Project Highlight - sinaCAM