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Software Engineer at Flexmail

July 2022 - Present

At Flexmail, I work on the software of our powerful yet simple email newsletter tool with stellar support. Using Flexmail, you can design campaigns tailored to your needs, reach the people that matter to you, and learn from the right results.

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Founder and Developer at CKX

June 2016 - Present

I've been creating and maintaining web applications for both businesses and individuals since 2016. Later, this turned into a full brand as CKX, where I provide an attractive all-in-one package for SMEs to reach customers online with a professional website and powerful copy. The latter is provided by my partner Marlies Hendrickx at Woordevol.

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Security Analyst at Intigriti

December 2020 - June 2022

At Europe's #1 ethical hacking and bug bounty platform Intigriti, I helped to ensure all security vulnerabilities that get submitted to our platform are of excellent quality. Additionally, I was the client-facing security expert assisting Intigriti's Customer Success team. Explaining technical vulnerabilities clients and giving advice on assessments day-to-day.

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Organiser of UHasselt CTF

September 2019 - February 2022

Organising a Cyber Security competition for UHasselt (computer science) students (UHCTF). Creating multiple challenges, coordinating partnerships and accommodation. A Capture The Flag (or CTF) challenges its participants to find hidden information in various digital scenarios.

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Co-founder of Headr

August 2018 - October 2020

After working freelance for a while, three friends (fellow students) and I decided to combine our skills, so we founded Headr. Together we strove to automate and digitise business processes of small to medium businesses. That's why we built digital tools to alleviate administrative and other boring tasks. Using the client's input and our creative and technical experience, we proposed a solution tailored to the client.

Headr is still going strong, but I am no longer involved since October 2020, when I decided I wanted to focus on my cyber security skills first.

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Organiser of TEDxUHasselt

August 2018 - October 2020

After four years of actively organising the yearly TEDxUHasselt event, I can proudly look back on many successful editions. A team of about 10 students and PhD (volunteers) strive to bring an amazing event year after year. I would love to highlight the edition where I was the lead organiser: TEDxUHasselt 2018, Bright Ideas. Mainly screening and booking potential ideas and speakers for our TEDx stage, as well as making sure their stay was as perfect as could be. Side tasks included arranging catering, workshops, startup showcases and more for an audience of upwards of 700 people.

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Internship at The Security Factory

Summer of 2019

At The Security Factory (tSF), I did a spontaneous internship where I learned a lot during the introductory day of one-on-one coaching, and applied my existing skills with my newly gathered techniques to assist the pentest team for multiple real-world projects. Firstly, we attacked and reported on the full networking infrastructure of a client. Afterwards, we got to work on a web platform. Lastly, we tried to find and report any security flaws in a mobile application.

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Programming Coach at CoderDojo

March 2017 - June 2018

At most once a month I spent my time as a coach at CoderDojo Hasselt as volunteer. CoderDojo organises workshops to teach children and teenagers the basics of computational thinking. At CoderDojo Hasselt, we offer Scratch, Lego Mindstorms and Minecraft (redstone and mods). As of March 2018, we also started teaching textual programming with Python.

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Head of Organisation of Spark Your Idea

January 2018 - April 2018

Head of Organisation for Spark Your Idea, an event to promote student entrepreneurship and provide practical tips and tricks to students considering a career as entrepreneur. More information and photos on the event's website.

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IT-Department at Greenyard Prepared

Summer of 2017

On the IT department of Greenyard Prepared, I joined the system admin group for the summer. This group takes care of all IT infrastructure. With tasks ranging from maintaining and repairing hardware, managing the network and servers, providing support for other employees and solving various problems, everyone was busy at all times. My tasks evolved from smaller support cases to tackling entire cases by myself. Working with this very specialised company has taught me the value of optimising workflows.

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Factory worker at Noliko

Summers of 2015 - 2016

The work at Greenyard Prepared, formerly known as Noliko, alternated between quality checks at a belt, pouring (managing speed and amount of products on the belt), controlling the depalletiser (machine) and solving problems with bad packaging. This much variation in my work obliged me to pick up new skills extremely fast. With the variation in work, came variation in hours: I worked night shifts, regular hours and alternating day shifts.

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Camera assistant for Tim Vervoort

April 2016

Helping to record a dance show, a theatre... Without any experience with professional camera equipment, I went on to help a friend who was in an emergency situation and suddenly short staffed. I gained a small knowledge of (handling) cameras, do-s and don't-s for lighting, recording angles... But most importantly: satisfied clients and a friend back on track. His venture has since grown into a very successful video company: Potvos Video.

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Dishwasher at Den Eik

Summer of 2014

Long hours, working fast without sacrificing quality (during rush hours) and preparing as well as I could during calm periods. Those are the things that my experience at Den Eik has taught me.

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Master of Computer Science

With grade Cum Laude

Hasselt University
September 2018 - September 2021

I graduated the master's programme Computer Science at Hasselt University. In this academic setting, I chose to specialise in Networking and Security. Here, I learnt the ins and outs of building secure environments on the web, as well as to create robust and safe infrastructure to support those platforms. I also took courses in Big Data, Engineering Interactive systems, and Artificial Intelligence.

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Academic Bachelor of Computer Science

With grade Cum Laude

Hasselt University
September 2015 - September 2019

I enjoyed my academic bachelor's education for Computer Science at Hasselt University. Here, I gathered knowledge and skills in many different aspects of computer science. The courses in the programme are all in one of three categories: programming & programming paradigms, math & logic, and (introductions to) specific fields in computer science (graphics, networking...). Gaining management skills was also embedded in the courses. Choosing this field was easy for me, as I have been passionate about computers and the technology around it for as long as I can remember.

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Maths & Science

Sint-Augustinusinstituut Bree
September 2011 - June 2015

I learnt to think like a scientist: mathematically and critically. That is the most important skill that I still take with me from having this science education from my 3rd to 6th year in high school at Sint-Augustinusinstituut in Bree (Limburg, Belgium).

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Heilig Hartinstituut Bree
September 2009 - June 2011

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(Pre-) Primary school

De Vuurvogel Bree
September 2000 - June 2009

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English Certification — C2 Proficient

Awarded by EF Standard English Test (EF SET)
March 2022

A C2 level of English is essentially a native level. It allows for reading and writing of any type on any subject, nuanced expression of emotions and opinions, and active participation in any academic or professional setting. Click here to view the certificate.

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Finalist (#8) at European Cyber Security Challenge

Awarded by ENISA
October 2021

Finished in 8th place with our team ("Belgian Red Daemons") at the European Cyber Security Challenge 2021 in Prague, an initiative by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). This is a yearly CTF where 10 of the top young offensive cybersecurity experts of many European countries compete.

The competition involved a few parts:

  • One escape room
  • Two days of CTF challenges
  • Three cooperative challenges with the International Team (one member of each competing country work together, I was chosen for two of these)

More info on news.belgium.com

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Winner (#1) of Cyber Security Challenge Belgium

Awarded by NVISO and Toreon
March 2021

Earned first place (#1) at the Cyber Security Challenge Belgium, a Belgian CTF competition with 225+ participating teams.

Battled in the following rounds, and were able to maintain the top spot on the leaderboard throughout all of them:

  • Online qualifiers (CTF) [225+ teams]
  • Pre-finals (Security Puzzles) [60 teams]
  • Finals day 1 (Harder CTF) [24 teams]
  • Finals day 2 (Expert Challenges) [12 teams]

Team "🇧🇪 🏁 Fun With Flags ⛳ 🇳🇵": Jorrit Gerets, Sander Smets, Robbe Van Roey and me.

Before this, with another team, I was able to get #6 place in the editions of 2019 and 2020.

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PMI Student Project Management Award

Awarded by PMI Belgium
October 2019

For my role as Lead Organiser of TEDxUHasselt 2019, I was honoured to receive a Project Management award from PMI Belgium. A huge thank you to co-lead organisers Tim Vervoort and Ward Habraken, and to Frank Turly for inviting me on stage of the Project Management Fair 2019 to receive the award.

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Winner (#1) of UHCTF

Awarded by UHasselt EDM
May 2019

First place in the second edition of UHasselt CTF, a cyber security contest for students and PhDs. With most points by a fair margin, we beat all teams (including a team of PhD students exclusively).

Team "Megabite": Isaac Meers, Bas Van Assche, Jorrit Gerrits and me

In the year before, my team and I also won the very first edition of UHCTF. At the time, we were 3rd year academic bachelor students and defeated all other teams, including the master students.

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Winner of the Solar City Award

Awarded by Cities of Hasselt and Genk
May 2018

Conceptualised an innovating solution to use solar energy in a growing city environment. It involved creating windows blinds with highly efficient, bendable solar panels to use in modern buildings to make their rooms energy neutral. Worked in a team with Isaac Meers. Our idea was picked as the winner among dozens of entries by a jury consisting of PhD in green energy, head of city, professor in physics, designer (for our poster).

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Winner of Business Game Deloitte (by Junior Consulting)

Awarded by Deloitte & Junior Consulting
April 2018

With an insane time constraint of only one hour, we thought of solutions to problems this business case proposed. Due to our efficient work, diverse view and crystal clear pitch we were able to convince the jury (Deloitte) that our approach was the best one. That's how we got first place at the business game, beating nine other teams.

Team: Noah Crauwels, Yannick Simons, Dimi Schepers and me.

Topic: Financial sustainability, innovating features and growing the user-base of an upcoming app with accessibility features for wheelchair users.