Experience


WirtschaftsInitiative Neuss Süd e.V. (WINS) is an association of more than 50 companies located in Neuss, Germany.

Working for WINS required communicating and working with professionals from a wide variety of fields. I also learned how to manage large amounts of content and tasks.

In 2015, I honorarily created several websites for my city’s youth network. Later, I expanded my skill set and worked on commercial sites for several local businesses. I do everything from the initial design and structure to long term support. See this personal website as a sample of my work.

Most people from older generations are lost in today’s digital world. They usually struggle with tasks involving modern tech which young people consider trivial. Online support and hotlines are often insufficient or inaccessible to those people. Many seniors would like to get personal help and that’s exactly what I do. I don’t even publicly promote this service, it has spread by word of mouth. So much that I’m on duty at least once a month. It’s very personal and social and frequently challenges me as I solve all kinds of problems.

In April 2017 I spent two weeks at Flying Sheep Studios, an HTML5 game developer company in cologne. During my Internship I learned a lot about the production line of web games, cooperation and communication through project management software and GitHub, and the tasks of a Front- and Back-End game programmer. I especially enjoyed coding a JavaScript and Spreadsheets based dynamic timetable for various tasks in the studio (like bringing out the trash :D) and chatting about nerd stuff with the programmers. As a bonus, I was also able to improve my specialized English because everyone speaks English there.

In 2015 I spent two weeks at Globe360, a video production studio in Neuss which mainly focuses on image films and documentaries. During this student internship I animated several clips using After Effects and also got insight in the stages that lead to a finished film. My personal highlight was experiencing a film set at a huge chemistry research site.

Since the internship, I have been working for Globe360 several times and helped out with motion graphics and visual effects.

In 2016 my friend Daniel and I decided to take part in a robot competition organized by zdi and sponsored by Kawasaki Robotics. We had around an hour to build, program and test a robot. It had to solve various tasks as fast as possible and in one run. We managed to compete against roughly 50 other participants and won the grand prize: A trip to Hannover Messe 2016, the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology, together with Kawasaki Robotics and fancy trophy. The Japanese Consul General even showed up and congratulated us. The competition itself was a valuable experience, too, as it demanded teamwork and working under time pressure.

In 2015 and 2016 I have been a voluntary member of my school’s tech team. The tech team is responsible for managing events and event technology. We organized several big parties and shows. I learned a lot about event planning and gathered back stage experience.

Education


Since 2018 I am studying Computer Science at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, one of the largest research and educational institutions in Germany.

I studied at Gymnasium Norf from 2010 to 2018. The gymnasium is the most advanced of the three secondary school types in Germany and prepares for university entrance. My advanced courses are English and informatics.

zdi is a joint initiative to encourage young people interested in science and technology in North Rhine-Westphalia. The network provides free seminar-like courses which present and dig into certain topics.

I have participated in several of their courses and events:

  • "Raspberry Pi - The small computer for big ideas"
  • "Discover the world of game design and augmented reality"
  • Innovation workshop at 3M Germany GmbH
  • "The flying IT-classroom" (Module 2 - Operating systems)
  • "The flying IT-classroom" (Module 3 - Network technology)

Microsoft Technology Associate is an entry-level certification intended for people seeking knowledge of fundamental technology concepts. MTA certification addresses a wide spectrum of basic technical concepts, assesses and validates your core technical knowledge, and enhances your technical credibility.
Microsoft.com

After taking each “The flying IT-classroom” course, I felt confident to do the corresponding tests and acquired the MTA Operating System and Networking Fundamentals certificates.

My weapons of choice


Unity

Visual Studio

Android Studio

IntelliJ IDEA

Python

Arduino

GIMP

Inkscape

After Effects

FL Studio

FileZilla

Putty