5th at the nationals #Rowing  |  🇬🇧  |  Apr 2018

5th at the nationals

Last weekend i finished 5th at the Dutch National Championships in the lightweight mens single sculls. This was for me personaly a great and unexpectedly good result, i'm so glad with the support i got. It feels good that a winter of hard work finally payed off. Many posibilities for the future of my rowing carreer are ahead and i'm excited for more races. More soon!...

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EasyTravelShare(.com) launch! #Projects  |  🇬🇧  |  Apr 2018

EasyTravelShare(.com) launch!

Today i am launching a side-project I've worked on during the last weeks.

The project is called EasyTravelShare and can be found on easytravelshare.com. It is a website that lets you easily create a blog for your travel trips to keep your friends and family up to date. With this site you can:

  • Write updates
  • Create a travel homepage
  • Make a list of all the stops you will visit

And mor...

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KnowVU case-study #Projects  |  🇬🇧  |  Mar 2018

KnowVU case-study

Introduction

The Knowledge Network Education Vrije Universiteit (KnowVU) main objective is to share knowledge on education: learning from each other, telling about, ask and give each other advice. I'm working part-time at KnowVU to work on the renewal of their website. When i started back in March 2017 the current KnowVU website was outdated and very static and outdated. For the new website we wanted to really create a platform where teachers would be able to exchange information....

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Lesje over doorzetten in het roeien #Rowing  |  🇳🇱  |  Mar 2018

Lesje over doorzetten in het roeien

Afgelopen weekend hebben we met z'n allen hopelijk de laatste Russische beer uitgezwaaid en met de ingang van de zomertijd komend weekend is de winter hopelijk over. Eindelijk. De winter is kut en alle roeiers zullen het hier met mij over eens zijn. Wedstrijdroeien tijdens de winter is bij lange na niet zo aantrekkelijk als in de zomer. Buiten trainen is altijd koud, nat en donker en binnen trainen is per definitie saai. Niemand is gaan wedstrijdroeien omdat je dan lekker met je ploeg de hele wi...

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Travel plans part 2 #Traveling  |  🇬🇧  |  Mar 2018

Travel plans part 2

They say planning is half the fun and i couldn't agree more! I already had a vague plan of where i wanted to go during my travels this autumn but last week i finalised the route and drew out the flights on a map. I just bought most of the 9 (!!) tickets needed during the trip, so now we are definitely going! The basic idea i had when planning this trip was to visit some paradise like surf spots. During my youth i've always surfed during the summer for the majorit...

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Introductie over inwegen voor een roeiwedstrijd #Rowing  |  🇳🇱  |  Mar 2018

Introductie over inwegen voor een roeiwedstrijd

Na een lange winter is het wedstrijdseizoen eindelijk in zicht. Dit weekend zal de Heineken geroeid worden op de Amstel. Ik start deze wedstrijd met een kleurrijke combi-acht in het lichte-heren 2e divisie veld, dit betekend dat het weer tijd is voor inwegen! Omdat dit iets is wat vooral op de achtergrond gebeurd in de roeiwereld wil ik er graag wat meer over vertellen.

In tegenstelling tot de wedstrijden die ik in de skiff start telt er voor het roeien in een lichte ploeg een zogehete...

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Travel plans part 1 #Traveling  |  🇬🇧  |  Feb 2018

Travel plans part 1

When everything goes according to plan I hope to finish my master study Information Sciences this summer. This will mean that my student life is over anymore from that moment and 'grown up life?' will start. But before diving into finding a job i have a plan that has been in the back of my head for more than 3 years and this is the right time to do it.

In my freshman year at university I've read a blog post by a so called digital nomad. This is someone who doesn't live in a single place...

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On Digital, a short book review #Projects  |  🇬🇧  |  Nov 2017

On Digital, a short book review

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 sec...

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De Hel van het Noorden #Rowing  |  🇳🇱  |  Nov 2017

De Hel van het Noorden

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...

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Prototyping the refrigerator of the future #University  |  🇬🇧  |  Nov 2017

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 towa...

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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. ...

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Useful and relevant research for practitioners. #University  |  🇬🇧  |  Feb 2017

"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...

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A week of rowing in Spain #Rowing  |  🇬🇧  |  Feb 2017

A week of rowing in Spain

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 e...

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AUBC case study #Projects  |  🇬🇧  |  Feb 2017

AUBC case study

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 automat...

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Inwegen launch - The app explained #Projects  |  🇬🇧  |  Nov 2016

Inwegen launch - The app explained

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 i...

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WaterQant case study, The beginning #Projects  |  🇬🇧  |  Nov 2016

WaterQant case study, The beginning

Introduction
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 week...

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AUBC Autumn Sale #Projects  |  🇳🇱  |  Oct 2016

AUBC Autumn Sale

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.

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The beauty of university Rowing #Rowing  |  🇬🇧  |  Sep 2016

The beauty of university Rowing

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 th...

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New website, new beginning #Projects  |  🇬🇧  |  Jul 2016

New website, new beginning

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...

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Overview

5th at the nationals
EasyTravelShare(.com) launch!
KnowVU case-study
Lesje over doorzetten in het roeien
Travel plans part 2
Introductie over inwegen voor een roeiwedstrijd
Travel plans part 1
On Digital, a short book review
De Hel van het Noorden
Prototyping the refrigerator of the future
Bachelor of (Information) Science
Useful and relevant research for practitioners.
A week of rowing in Spain
AUBC case study
Inwegen launch - The app explained
WaterQant case study, The beginning
AUBC Autumn Sale
The beauty of university Rowing
New website, new beginning

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