Five questions to Michael Lindemans – Full stack developer at BigMile

Michael Lindemans (28)

Joined BigMile in June 2022 as a full stack developer

What do you do at BigMile?

‘As a full stack developer, I am working on both the front-end and the back-end of the BigMile software, and everything in between. I am constantly checking whether the parts a user sees and interacts with are shown the way they are supposed to be. I make sure the logic behind the data retrieval and processing is correct, that the visualization of the data is accurate and quickly shown, and that the calculations of the carbon emissions are efficient. Since I am involved with all aspects of the development process, I get a lot of questions from co-workers, and I also provide training on a regular basis.’

What do you like about your work at BigMile?

‘My roots are partially in Finland. Finland is covered with beautiful forests, lakes, and fells. That is how I got a soft spot for nature, and preserving it so we can keep living on this planet. Working at BigMile, I feel I am contributing to making the world a better place. The software we create, influences the behavior we want to see as a human being.’

How often do you go to the office and what is the first thing you do when you get there?

‘My commute to the office is 3,5 hours and 3,5 back, so I am there no more than once a week. I take the train. That way I have plenty of time to work during the commute. When I arrive, I prefer to get coffee first, but most of the times I immediately unpack my laptop and continue my work, usually answering questions from co-workers.’

If you had to teach someone else something, what would it be?

‘I have a great passion for learning languages. I was raised with Finnish, Swedish, English and Dutch. The biggest part of my life I lived in the UK. As I still think in English, I consider this my native language. I guess I could transfer my knowledge about languages to other people, whether it is a spoken language or a computer language. In fact, I am already doing that on a regular basis, training my co-workers.’

What superpower would you like to have?

‘I have always had a fascination for lightning, because it is destructive and at the same time beautiful. It looks different every time. As a kid, I had a plasma ball. If you touch it, all the electrons will go through you to the ground. You see only one big spark inside the ball where you put your hand. And I would count the number of seconds between the flash of lightning and the sound of thunder to know the distance to the lightning. It would seem awesome to me to be able to shoot lightning bolts from my own fingertips. I would use the power to create an incredible show for entertainment.’

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