On Digital, a short book review #Projects | Nov 2017
I just finished a short book called 'On Digital' written by OpenText CEO Mark Barrenechea. This central theme in this book is Digital innovation, it gives some insights in how digitalizing your business is the only way to survive today, this is explained by the author as the 'Digital or Die' principle. Eventhough the book gives a mostly one-sided view on the topic it provides some interesting lessons. I will highlight some of the intereseting sections in this post.
The digital mindset
De Hel van het Noorden #Rowing | Nov 2017
Kou, regen en wind. De Hel van het Noorden was dit jaar weer een echte hel, voor mij was het de eerste keer dus ik heb weinig referentie maar op het wedstrijdterrein hoorde je vele roeiers en coaches zeggen dat het dit jaar weer 'een pittige' was. Hier een korte nabeschouwing van mij over de wedstrijd.
Toen ik rond elf uur het botenwagenterrein opliep, kwam ik als eerste Olaf tegen, hij vertelde me dat hij tijdens de wedstrijd alles heeft meegemaakt van regen tot hagel en van golven tot wind. Maar voor een eerste race in zijn net gevormde twee zonder was het wel een prima resultaat, 5...
For one of the first courses of my masters track we got the assignment to prototype an intelligent interactive system with the goal to solve a real world problem. With my group we chose food waste as the problem and tried to create the refrigerator of the future that will solve the food waste problem.
Below are links to the complete report and a poster that was used to explain our research in short. But let me first give a short overview of this problem.
One major problem towards a more eco logically friendly lifestyle is food waste. An astonishing one third of all the food ...
Bachelor of (Information) Science #University | Oct 2017
Last week i recieved my bachelor bull. In the months leading up to last summer i worked hard to finish my thesis and other courses. With a little bit of extra luck i managed to get all 180 ECT that are nesaccary for the title 'Bachelor of Science'. I'm proud of myself and this graduation cerimony motivated me even more to put in extra hours for my masters programme that i am following now. This masters program brings new challenges and i am enjoying it so far. ...Read more
"Creating an online tool that aims to make knowledge contained in academic articles easily accessible to the general public", this will be the title of my bachelor thesis. The last semester of my three year bachelor study Information Sciences at the 'Vrije Universiteit' is partly devoted to doing research and writing a thesis.
This thesis marks the end of my Bachelor's programme in Informatie, Multimedia & Management (Information Sciences). During this project, i am required to produce an independent piece of work that addresses a topic of choice within the domain of Information Scie...
A week of rowing in Spain #Rowing | Feb 2017
To escape the dutch winter with all its ice, wind and cold a couple of crews from my student rowing club, including the crew that i am part of decided to fly to Spain for a week of rowing in pleasant weather. On Saturday we traveled from Amsterdam to Banyoles in Spain. The city of Banyoles is located next to the lake where during the Olympic games of '92 the rowing tournament was organized.
We stayed in an house that was located not more a hundred meters from the place where we could enter the water with our boats. The house where we stayed served three meals each day that are all ad...
AUBC case study #Projects | Feb 2017
The Amsterdam University Boat Club is a fashion brand that i co-created in November 2015 together with a friend from my rowing club in Amsterdam. In the beginning the venture was just an experiment for us. We asked ourselfs the question if it would be possible not just to sell a physical product but rather sell a 'membership' or an 'experience' and give the buyer a free piece of clothing with it.
In the end this question resulted in a company with an online shop and a completely automated ordering process. In the first year we sold just a little under a hundred products. In this artic...
Inwegen launch - The app explained #Projects | Nov 2016
Introduction to lightweight rowing
Just like in some other sports, the sport of rowing was a lightweight and an open weight class. The open weight class is accessible for rowers of all weight and the lightweight class has some restrictions. The restrictions in the lightweight class are not very complicated. The most important to remember is the crew average, for men this average has to be 70 kg or less and for women this average has to be 57kg or less. The second rule is that there also is an individual max weight, for men this is 72,5 kg and for women this is 59 kg. ...Read more
WaterQant case study, The beginning #Projects | Nov 2016
It all began exactly one year ago. It was the first week of november 2015 when i (Mathijs) first met with Pedram. We both where rowers at the same club in Amsterdam, that is how we’ve met each other. While both studying at the VU university my background was more in IT and computer science and Pedram had more experience in business and consulting. In our first meetings we quickly found out that our skills and work ethics matched quite good. In the following weeks we came up with a lot of different ideas and we wanted to create a platform from which we could bu...
AUBC Autumn Sale #Projects | Oct 2016
De dagen zijn korter, het is steeds kouder buiten en de bomen verliezen hun bladeren. De herfst is weer begonnen. Na een zomer lang in luchtige kleding rondgelopen te hebben is het nu echt weer tijd om je kledingkast in de duiken en op zoek te gaan naar die truien, lange broeken en dikke sokken die je maanden geleden ver weg hebt gestopt. Je komt erachter dat je eigenlijk nog wel een nieuwe sweater kunt gebruiken.
AUBC-sweaters zijn je beste vriend(in) om te zorgen dat je deze herfst niet in de kou hoeft te staan. Vele mensen zijn je voorgegaan e...Read more
The beauty of university Rowing #Rowing | Sep 2016
There is something remarkable about the combination of rowing and academics. Ask a rower how they manage to study and train and they will tell you that the two complement each other. Studies demand focus of the mind and athletics demand focus of the body, the two harmonize together to create the ultimate profile: a university rower. Some might argue that one takes away from the other, not allowing a person to fully devote their attention to either. But, just as in rowing, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and university rowing adds to the wholeness of the student.
New website, new beginning #Projects | Jul 2016
My personal background
Since 2012 i have been building websites, in the beginning mostly for my self but later on also websites for other customers. Then when i was in my 5th year of high school i partnered up with a friend to start a serious business in webdesign, that time i just turned 17 years old. In first year of our partnership this was a huge succes, we acquired more projects then we could finish and we learned a lot on how to manage these software project. One and a half year later when we both graduated high school and started our university studies in different ...