Co-founder - HeadrAugust 2018 - Present
After working freelance for a while, three friends (fellow students) and I decided to combine our skills, so we founded Headr. Together we strive to automate and digitise business processes of small to medium businesses. That's why we build digital tools to alleviate administrative and other boring tasks. Using the client's input and our creative and technical experience, we propose a solution tailored to the client.
Organiser - TEDxUHasseltVolunteer April 2016 - Present
All year I'm busy organising the yearly TEDxUHasselt event. A team of about 10 students and PhD (volunteers) strive to bring an amazing event year after year. Aside from our main event, sometimes we take on a second event in a year: TEDxUHasseltSalon. This is a smaller event about a more specific theme.
Organiser - UHCTFVolunteer September 2019 - Present
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.
Freelance WebdeveloperApril 2015 - August 2018
Programming Coach - CoderDojoVolunteer 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.
Head of Organisation - Spark Your IdeaJanuary 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.
IT-Department - Greenyard PreparedSummer 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.
Factory worker - Greenyard PreparedSummers 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.
Camera assistant - Tim VervoortApril 2016 - 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.
Dishwasher - Den EikSummer 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.
Prizes & Awards
PMI Student Project Management Award 2019Awarded 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.
Winner UHasselt CTF 2019May 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 Gerets and me
Finalist (#6) at Cyber Security Challenge Belgium 2019March 2019
Finished on 6th place with our team at the Cyber Security Challenge Belgium, a Belgian CTF competition with 200+ participating teams.
Battled in the following rounds:
- Online qualifiers (CTF) [200+ teams]
- Pre-finals (Security related puzzles) [42 teams]
- Pre-finals (Harder CTF) [16 teams]
- Finals (Sponsor Challenges) [12 teams]
- Finals (Hardest CTF) [12 teams]
Team "Megabite": Isaac Meers, Bas Van Assche, Dries Van Bael and me
Winner UHasselt CTF 2018May 2018
Competed in Hasselt University's very own CTF (Cyber Security contest) as a (then) bachelor student. Our team won not only in our category (3rd year of bachelor) but also won the entire competition, thus even beating master students who were actively following courses in networking and security.
Team "Megabite": Isaac Meers, Bas Van Assche, Dries Van Bael and me
Winner Solar Stad Award 2018Awarded by city of Hasselt & city of 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).
Winner Businessgame Deloitte (by Junior Consulting) 2018Awarded 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.
Masters in Computer Science - Hasselt UniversitySeptember 2018 - Present
I am currently in my second year of the master's programme at Hasselt University. In this academic setting, I choose to specialise in Networking and Security. Here, I learn 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 take courses in Big Data, Engineering Interactive systems, and Artificial Intelligence.
Academic Bachelor Computer Science - Hasselt UniversityCum Laude 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.
Maths & Science – Sint-Augustinusinstituut BreeSeptember 2011 - June 2015
I learnt to thinking like a scientist, mathematically and most importantly: 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).
Latin – Heilig Hartinstituut BreeSeptember 2009 - June 2011
(Pre-) Primary school - De Vuurvogel BreeSeptember 2000 - June 2009