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We already introduced some people but we saved the best for last. Let’s get ready to rumble! Let’s introduce the flast 4 out of 8 faces.

Joëlle Hooijer

What are you doing in your daily life? Somehow I always manage to get my whole week planned out just minutes after my whole week was completely empty. I work as a community manager for Sikkom & Suksawat, both blogs for youngsters. Sikkom for Groningen, Suksawat for Leeuwarden. As a community manager it’s my job to activate and connect people within the community and it perfectly fits my personality. I’m constantly busy with finding new ways to get people more connected to our brands and to each other. That’s also what excites me the most about Startup Weekend. Activate and connect individuals. Besides that I have the best, inspiring and most badass job in the world. I’m mom of a 4YO awesome chick.

Best Startup Weekend moment: Would be our spontaneous rave-moment back in 2015. I love the serious aspects about Startup Weekend, don’t get me wrong, but I ADORE the entertainment-part of Startup Weekend. Gimmicks, parties, games, glitters and dancing. It’s kinda what I’m known for. So two years ago I got the idea together with some other people to start a spontaneous rave to pull people out of their hard work for ten minutes and let them go crazy. It was fun. Like reaaaally fun.

3 Words: Enthusiastic, energetic, creative

David Hamoen

What are you doing in your daily life? I’m a proposition developer at Novus Videre, a subsidiary of Van Wijnen. Where I try to get an understanding of what users/customers need  by using Design Thinking  and eventually come up with sollutions and implement them in Business Models.

Best Startup Weekend moment you had: Oeff, that’s a hard one. I can’t pick on, so here is two of the best moments I experienced:

– The first weekend I organised I didn’t what to expect. Organised it only with two other people, which was crazy. But whow, what was it rewarding to see everyone with happy faces, during the weekend.

– The other great experience I had was during Startup Weekend Music and Sound. Where I was standing on the podium with a huge amount of pride during my emotional speach. The team pulled it of, after a super stressfull couple of weeks. Maybe the best thing is: we experienced our own startup weekend during those weeks and kept going. A lesson which we hope you will experience aswell during this weekend.

Describe yourself in 3 words: enthusiastic, F1 fan, curious


Yannick Forget

What are you doing in your daily life? I’m an IT management student from Groningen and the founder of Orox and I love to organize different kinds of events (including this edition of startup weekend Groningen of course :D). Orox is a company focused on web development and linux server management. I’m also the lead organizer of Coffee and Coding which is a student run hackathon in Groningen.

Best Startup Weekend moment you had: I participated in a Startup Weekend for the first time in Bremerhaven in October and it was great! I’m really looking forward to organize it.

Describe yourself in 3 words: Computer nerd, traveler, comitted

Luuk Hartsema

What are you doing in your daily life?
Over the last two decades I have seen how the web has become what it is today. I’ve seen job titles change, new professions emerge and sciences evolve around the web. I witnessed the rise of social networks, e-commerce, online gaming and many other innovations made possible by the internet.

Since I was introduced to web development at the age of 14 I learned many things. I got my degree as a graphic designer, and taught myself to write code. I’ve specifically mastered HTML and CSS and explored programming languages like Ruby on Rails, ReactJS and AngularJS. I also explored facets of marketing and advertising and I’ve been a community manager at a community website with +10.000 members. I’ve designed many logos, brochures, advertisements, and web pages.

From all the things I’ve done so far I learned that user interface design gets me most excited. Nevertheless all my other experiences have helped me to be a better user interface designer. I find user interface design more challenging because there is a usability and functional aspect to it. I also find it more rewarding because it’s the part of a website which users interact with most. I love beautiful and effective interfaces.

I worked at several companies that try to make the world a little better. I joined HackerOne in 2013 and was privileged to contribute and witness how it evolved from a little startup into a successful company, that allowed hackers to report vulnerabilities in a responsible way to companies like Yahoo, Twitter, Dropbox, and many others. HackerOne contributed massively to the way people look at internet security now-a-days. I’ve also been involved with Factlink during that period. Factlink started with a mission to annotate the world’s information, and to provide a platform in which credible information can surface. Unfortunately development on this startup stopped although it did inspire others like worldbrain.io in their mission to solve this issue.

I’m currently one of the nerds at Devhouse Spindle. We are developing “VoIPGRID”, the most adaptable and progressive VoIP solution in the market. And “Lily”, a customer relationship tool on steroids that enables small and medium-sized enterprises to build better relationships with their customers.

Best Startup Weekend moment you had:
In 2015 I joined Startup Weekend Groningen for the first time and got enthusiastic because there were so many driven people with an interest for entrepreneurship that wanted to work together and share knowledge. I’ve always been enterprising myself and I really enjoy turning fun ideas into businesses.

I joined Startup Weekend again in 2016. The team I participated in was very diverse but all the different personalities worked very well together. We experienced ups and downs and had difficulty to turn our idea into a viable, profitable business. Although I experienced the power of developing for specific clients before it really struck with me this time. I learned that having a clear idea of your client helps to answer the questions that will raise while starting a company. It’s very important to find a great launching customer. Having that realisation was one of the most significant moments I would recall thinking of Startup Weekend. Since April 2017 i’m part of the organising team.

Describe yourself in 3 words: enthusiastic, organized, ‘cuddly’ person.

Let’s celebrate the startup community during the 10th edition of startup weekend Groningen.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you.

Go to swgro.nl for more info and tickets!

Maaike van der Post