Being born and raised in a family which is headed by two smart professors at the Catholic University
of Leuven, I was always taught to use everything I had. However, early on, I noticed that my
theoretic skills were far inferior to those of my classmates. I had to struggle through every class
of French, because I didn't learn languages as easy as the other kids. Through very high intellect
in practical learning however, I could always hide this difficulty.
As a teen, dyslexia was discovered in our family. When they diagnosed my sister with it, my parents
got me tested as well. As I was a very proud kid, I wouldn't accept any help. I struggled to make it
on my own, and successfully went a long way in Economics. At the end of the fourth year of high
school, I finished my year with high marks for courses I had to deal with logical problems, but I
had large gaps with other students for languages. In the end I was forced to choose to either do my
year over or "lower" my gaze to a more technical school.
I chose to get deeper involved in informatics, because my knowledge on the subject had grown
substantially in my spare time. I went to the Catholic University-College of Leuven (now University
College of Leuven Limburg or UCLL) to get my Bachelors degree in Applied Informatics. As my
interests in Economics had never diminished, for my minor I chose Business Solutions. There we
learned not solely to program, but how informatics are used in the business. We learned the many
ways to implement code, CRM- and ERP-systems, how to make Functional Analysis's and how to help
business managers take decisions. In this more practical study, I was often faster then the courses
in the class. In the second year, I took external classes to learn how to code in Objective C (for
iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, …).
As a first job was as IT-manager at Eureka Expert. This company is the commercial partner of Eureka
Leuven, a larger business which is all about helping people with learning difficulties like
dyslexia, dyscalculia and others. I developed an entire E-learning platform from start to end, with
modules for the children to exercise and the coaches to follow up and manage. I negotiated with
partners and worked on non-profit projects to provide Text-To-Speech software to children for free.
My responsibilities were wide as I worked to manage projects, lead other programmers and cooperate
with didactic experts to create relevant content for the platform CleverKids.
After 4 years, I felt my job was about done, so I am about to start on my next adventure at Tripple