Team
More than just a job; united by a vision
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Alex Tselikov
KI labs GmbH
Who am I?

Data Science/Engineering Team Lead with Ph.D. in data analysis. Vast experience in processing data at scale and building machine learning models.

Why am I here?

The idea of a decentralised and federated AI excites me so much.

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Aliaksei Syrel
Who am I?

Graphics stack designer and brick constructor living in one rendering tree.

Why am I here?

It is time to end an era where we are scared to open cryptic and scary files with our own data. Data online is our internet face, so let's make that face to be as beautiful and expressive as our own.

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Andrei Chis
Who am I?

I am a software engineer and researcher, interested in improving the way we build, comprehend and evolve software.

Why am I here?

To discover the data that is collected about us online, understand how it is being used, and explore ways to give people control over this data wherever it may be.

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Arne Petersen
Who am I?

Architect, Designer, Entrepreneur

Why am I here?

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn't really matter.” Dwight L. Moody

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Carmen Burmeister
INNOQ Deutschland GmbH
Who am I?

Software developer and consultant at INNOQ, with a preference for mobile apps and a weakness for zebras and bicycles.

Why am I here?

It's unacceptable that leaving personal data and losing control is a necessary evil if you want to move around in the digital world. A solution is needed!

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Christian Buggedei
Who am I?

Ornamental Hermit, Product Manager and specialist for Human-Geek relations. Working in IT for over 20 years, I now help people to get the most out of using their technology.

Why am I here?

We have no concept of what our data is worth, nor any intuitive understanding what long-term effect corporate surveillance has on us. The team at polypoly wants to change that, and I'm excited to be a part of it!

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Daniel Morales
KI labs GmbH
Who am I?

Data Engineer passionate about Machine Learning, Distributed Systems and Algorithms.

Why am I here?

To reverse the web access paradigm in which users take control of where to store, with whom to share, and how applications can use their data.

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David Richter
Who am I?

I am a doctoral student of the Software Technology Group, TU Darmstadt.

Why am I here?

I work on programming languages and decentralised reactive systems.

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Dorett Bothmann
Who am I?

Cultural pedagogue, who loves to communicate, do PR and as a hobby botanist, I even speak with my plants.

Why am I here?

It's time to leave the digital comfort zone and start a peaceful revolution. We are the Internet!

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Felix Raab
KI labs GmbH
Who am I?

Head of Engineering at KI labs with many years of experience in academic, corporate, and startup environments. I like being curious and working on projects that solve real problems.

Why am I here?

Turning data ownership and digital privacy upside down intrigues me as important and unique challenge to tackle.

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Florian Richter
Who am I?

Entrepreneur and consultant in the field of media / communication and technology

Why am I here?

The Internet is a great invention - but it has developed an destructive force that needs to be tamed.

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Franziska Lohl
Who am I?

Business designer by heart, marketeer by training. Mentor and coach for 50 early stage tech startups as well as creative mind for Fortune 500 companies. Luxury backpacker who is crazy about outdoor cinema and chickpeas.

Why am I here?

Growing up in the GDR dictatorship, I can not stand back when elections are manipulated and our democratic discourse in Europe is undermined.

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George Ganea
Who am I?

Software tools craftsman and world traveler. While I like all programming languages equally, I think Smalltalk is a litte more equal than the others.

Why am I here?

To share my experience of writing tools that help developers understand, navigate, and control software systems, in order to build apps that help people understand, navigate, and control their own digital footprint.

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Ian Hannigan
Who am I?

Entrepreneur and consultant in the field of design and technology.

Why am I here?

To enable polypoly making information visible, understandable and controllable by everyday people.

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Ilgin Yildiz
KI labs GmbH
Who am I?

Product Manager with the love of tech in heart! Experiences in different industries such as research, pharma, automotive, finance, logistics and health-care

Why am I here?

It is very exciting to challenge back the data privacy and data security with a decentralized concept, and not only from legal and technical perspectives, but also from design, user experience and social aspects to make a meaningful product.

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Ioana Verebi
Who am I?

Software engineer, passionate about all things software. I am an advocate of encouraging women to pursue STEM careers and I devote my free time to provide mentorship to them.

Why am I here?

Algorithms built on top of our data target, our social and political information. We need to build ways to understand and control the information that we share.

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Jacek Bilski
INNOQ Deutschland GmbH
Who am I?

Senior Consultant at INNOQ, Software Enginner at heart.

Why am I here?

Currently we are being treated like products. Nobody is telling us this, let alone asking for our permission. If polypoly can be an initiative that will change this and make me once again the owner of all my data, I want to be part of it.

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Jacob Otto
Who am I?

Scientist in Geo-technology & Geo-IT, career changer with a roundhouse of qualifications. A calm technology & IoT enthusiast and convinced cyclist.

Why am I here?

The potential of the current and future technology is difficult to grasp and has therefore become invisible to the majority of people. Not exploiting this situation should be the common basis. And that's what I want to work for.

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Jennifer Dühnfort
Who am I?

Content Creator, organiser, and passionate gamer, which makes me the perfect trouble shooter.

Why am I here?

I want to support those who see opportunities in digitisation and use them instead of exploiting them. Data handling should remain fair and, above all, politically correct.

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Juraj Kubelka
Who am I?

A software developer and researcher. A team member who researches and applies new development practices, focussing on consciousness and happiness as key innovation and progress factors.

Why am I here?

To challenge the prevalent data and information monopoly practices and to stand for a new mindset.

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Lars Hupel
INNOQ Deutschland GmbH
Who am I?

Consultant at INNOQ, previously working with traditional methods in academia.

Why am I here?

We need a lot of good ideas to break up data monopolies. I find the technical aspect very intriguing.

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Markus Fuchs
KI labs GmbH
Who am I?

Software Engineer with a passion for UX and multiple years of experience in education. I like to explain things in a way that everybody can understand it.

Why am I here?

I like projects that are not only technically challenging but have unique and interesting challenges on each level (software, user experience, marketing) and I think this project is one of that.

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Melanie Bongert
Who am I?

Designer with a big appetite for new things, globetrotter.

Why am I here?

The idea immediately inspired me. We can not save the world, but we can change the digital world by making it more transparent and fair. “Paths are created by walking them.” [Kafka]

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Nicolas Bourquin
Who am I?

Curious designer, entrepreneur and consultant in the creative field

Why am I here?

To create impactful, meaningful, and trustworthy visual stories and data experiences through products and communication.

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Oliver Tigges
INNOQ Deutschland GmbH
Who am I?

Software Engineer at INNOQ, Internet and Web Developer since the '90s

Why am I here?

I see a feasible alternative to the platform models of the global data monopolists, and want to help with the technical implementation.

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Prof. Axel Kufus
Who am I?

Professor of Design, Developer of Models

Why am I here?

Design can find its way from top-down to bottom-up.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mira Mezini
Who am I?

Innovator of programming technologies, mentor of smart nerds, university manager focusing on innovation.

Why am I here?

Business models that rely on data monopolies and abuse must come to an end. I believe in a European data economy alternative that protects privacy in a fair and transparent way.

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Ragnar Mogk
Who am I?

Doctoral student in the Software Technology Group at the Technical University of Darmstadt.

Why am I here?

My dissertation deals with programming languages for distributed reactive systems.

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Riswan Lathif
Who am I?

Software Engineer and Open Source enthusiast with a special interest in distributed ledger technologies. Portrait artist and amateur guitarist.

Why am I here?

I wish to own and control my personal data and I am here to make it possible with an amazing team.

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Robin Thiedmann
Who am I?

PR guy and political consultant with a disposition to abstract and theoretical thinking, and a preference for scientific papers.

Why am I here?

Inspired by Henry Ford: "If the people would understand the data economy, there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."

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Sven Ehmann
Who am I?

Entrepreneur and consultant in the field of innovation, storytelling and data experiences

Why am I here?

“You promised me Mars colonies. Instead I got facebook.” (Buzz Aldrin)

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Thorsten Dittmar
Who am I?

Nerd from the beginning, entrepreneur for the past 30 years, social impact investor and, until the start of polypoly, supervisory board member and mentor at various companies.

Why am I here?

I believe that the admiration of Silicon Valley must come to an end. The business model we really need can only emerge in Europe.

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Tudor Girba
Who am I?

Software environmentalist, coauthor of a couple of software engineering methods and tools that reshape the development experience.

Why am I here?

Our future concerning data and software is being reinvented as we speak. To be sustainable and fair, our world must be understandable by each of us, and we should all have equal participation rights. Humans should never be products.

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