Gonçalo: Hi! I am UX/UI Developer at DataThings. My role is to make sure that there is a holistic and consistent design implementation in our projects.
Gonçalo: Currently I am more involved in Alva, a map web-based tool that helps operating and managing energy grid systems: we're currently working on for Creos, here in Luxembourg. I also contribute to other projects such as AIXpert, a general purpose data analytics and machine learning application. 😃
Gonçalo: My favourite part of my job is to be able to do and being involved in everything. I mean, really everything! In the morning I might be working on a Greycat API function and apply it to the front-end web app in React, only for quickly integrate some visuals for one of our research projects, after developing and presenting some mockups. 🧑💻
Gonçalo: I think I am a bit of both! 😃 I take my work very seriously but one cannot be serious after seeing the way I lose at a soccer table match! 🙇♂️
Gonçalo: That's a tough question! I had a quite diverse background: for both my academic and professional life. Everything influenced me a lot, but before DataThings I'd say that my half-year at the LIST (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology) working as an intern in research (BIM and Generative Design algorithms) shaped me a lot—because it was my first experience abroad, in Luxembourg and somehow more focused in programming. That was were I became acquainted with Machine Learning, so yes! That's it. 😊
Gonçalo: a mix of both! It is super convenient to be able to work from home some times, but the office life is great! 😁
Gonçalo: I come from Aveiro, a portuguese city by the sea, 60km south of Porto. I've always dreamed of working abroad: I have some family roots here, but definitely what helped the most was Luxembourg's international environment. I don't see myself going back now! 🤭
Gonçalo: I can only chose one right? If I go to Portugal I will definitely go for some Ovos Moles (they're a typical sweet from my hometown, in Aveiro), although here in Luxembourg I can get some nice Pastéis de Nata, so I can't complain!
Gonçalo: With life in Luxembourg I tend to appreciate much more life in the mountains, but... I always need to get to the sea at one point after some time away. Can't help it! 😄
Gonçalo: I did my Bachelor in Design (2010-13) and Master in Engineering and Product Design (2013-20) at the University of Aveiro. Professionally I worked as a Mechanical Engineer (2015-17) and as a Product Exhibition Designer (2017-18) in Portugal. I then did the aforementioned internship at the University of Luxembourg in the second half of 2019. I finally joined DataThings in the summer of 2020, after some… in-home vacations! 😆
Gonçalo: Being honest, as not-so-prolific attacker, I am just for not “going under the table”: an honor given to those who do not manage to score a single goal. 😂 At the time of this interview I managed to survive. So I guess “brute force” is my answer? 😜
Gonçalo: Usually I come to work by train but sometimes I use my car.
Gonçalo: Playing the guitar and surf! 🏄♂️ Also a lot of programming-related hobbies and learning. For example I'm currently having fun with building an automated trading bot for trading systems.
Gonçalo: The way the founders approached me surprised me quite a lot. They were super informal and showed me the company's long-term goals and ambitions. That and the way the interview went… I can't really explain it, but I knew I could not pass on this opportunity!
Gonçalo: 😂 / 😅 / 😎 … okay, to be honest I go this from my history. Don't ask me why, please. 😂😅
Gonçalo: I'd say that the international environment from Luxembourg is amazing! That's the great part of working here. Everyone has such different backgrounds, you'll be exposed to a very specific diversity of inputs that I think is a bit rare to find in other European cities. Everyone speaks English as their non-native language, so everyone's leveled, in a way! As for DataThings: it is the place where you can learn a lot about programming, its applications and to be a professional soccer table player! 😎
Gonçalo: Every place in Luxembourg is great to walk! Both in the city as in the suburbs. There's no lack of greenery! To relax there are a lot of places to grab a drink in the evening. 🍸