Code Sprint: student profiles

We asked our four Dutch Code Sprinters (from the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam) to tell us a bit more about themselves and their experience working with Wallscope...

Dave Bitter

Dave Bitter

“As a front-end developer (at ViriCiti) I mostly work on data driven websites/web-applications. One of the things I like to do the most is make something useful for a user out of a big amount of data. It's very rewarding to build a front-end that helps a user understand and gain new insights about this data.

As a student of Communication and Multimedia Design, or CMD, at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, simply building a front-end or data visualization is not all I do. We make user-centric designs. CMD teaches you to really think about the user that is going to use your product. I like to bring this mindset to the table in data driven websites and web applications. Far too often the true power of an application doesn't come out because the front-end doesn't appeal to the user's wishes.

The Code Sprint at Wallscope was a perfect example of this. We could've just started making front-ends and data visualizations. Instead, we spent two days figuring out what we actually wanted to make for users and who those users are. Doing this from the start greatly helped the process of building the end product. At every step of the project we could fall back on those few days of discussing the project to make decisions. In the end, you will have built a more meaningful application for the user.”

Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart

“I’m a young front-end developer studying at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. Studying here has given me an eye for design and user experience. I’m interested in everything new in code land and try to follow lots of related blogs. Besides all the coding I’m also interested in making music. In my spare time I play drums in a band.

The aim of the project we are currently working on with Wallscope is to find new ways to navigate big data and the semantic web. During the project we encountered a number of complicated matters that we had to wrap our heads around to make a good product. In the end we chose what we thought was the best solution, to make a list view to navigate through. 

At the start of the project we took part in a Code Sprint at Wallscope, where we learned about related terminology and what the work would have in store for us. During the Sprint we learned to convert coffee and pizza into conceptual ideas which we could build on to finish the product.”

Merlijn Vos

Merlijn Vos

“I’m a T-shaped developer, meaning that my main focus lies in front-end development, but I’m also into UX and back-end. Currently I’m most excited about data visualisations and algorithms. 

I’m now in my third year of Communication and Multimedia Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. The main focus of the study lies mostly in designing digital user experiences, but I have decided to take this knowledge with me, and dive deep into development. Through this I found myself becoming more and more interested in complex data visualisations and algorithms, which eventually led me to Wallscope. Wallscope is looking for new and innovative ways to explore dynamic data, and so they presented the problem to a group of selected students including me. Our goal was to come up with a navigational pattern for linked data, without letting the user drown in what could literally be a sea of results.”

Nick Rutten

“I work as a front-end developer at a design agency that specialises in complex interactive data visualisations. I'm also a student, currently following Communication & Multimedia Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. I've always wanted to learn more about user experience and visual design as well as design process, and I've been doing so for the past three years.

The Wallscope project was the perfect way to test my knowledge about data visualisation and user experience and a great opportunity to learn about a complex technology and theory I knew nothing about before. Building on that technology and your thorough technical knowledge to create something for end-users was very interesting. Working with RDF was a first for me, and a very educational, although at times very confusing experience!

The chance to come over to Edinburgh to meet, work and hang out with all of you for two days was great, and I can safely say I'll remember it as one of the best experiences during my studies.”

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