Jens Ahrengot Boddum

Full-stack Developer, HelloScience Team

In the following Q&A, our resident coder Jens gives some insights about what he’s currently working on, what he likes about working with HelloScience and what the community can expect when back from summer holidays.

31 July, 2020

Q: Jens, tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you?

A: Hi, nice to meet you all!

I’m a software developer with over a decade of experience and have worked on a range of projects around the world, ranging from angel-funded startups to fortune 500’s. 

For the past 3 years I’ve been working on the 1.731.393 lines of code that keep helloscience.io running. 

When I’m not coding for a living, I’m often coding for fun on various side projects; otherwise you’ll often find me fixing up my old Alfa Romeo or grilling something on the barbecue. 

Q: What are you working on and what can the community expect when we come back from the summer holiday?

A: Right now we’re working on three parallel tracks on the helloscience.io platform. 

Track 1 is a new brand-new feature on the front page. We’re calling it the Bulletin Board, and you can think of it much like your personal feed on LinkedIn, except this isn’t limited to people you follow. This is a place where everyone can post their latest activities and achievements, ask for help and guidance or simply just read along to follow the success stories of others in our vibrant and growing community. 

The Bulletin Board will allow you to reach out to everyone on the platform with a single post. All the features you know from our comments and collaboration spaces will be there, including user tagging, rich embeds for videos, presentations, cases and much more. We’re excited about this feature and think it will bring everyone much closer together and are hoping to launch it shortly after the summer break.

Track 2 is a complete messaging system. The value in our platform comes from our users and in particular from lowering barriers to communication as much as possible. The messaging system will be our first step at improving this area. It’s something we’ve been working on for quite a while now, but it is a large feature with many milestones still ahead of us.

With the messaging system, we’re also doing a complete reimplementation of our notification system, to make it more useful and allow you to pick exactly which updates are the most important and relevant to and for you.  

Track 3 is ongoing improvements and maintenance of the software behind the platform. We’re constantly looking at how we can make the User Interface (UI) easier to use, keeping load times to a minimum, reducing technical issues and keeping the servers up to date – and generally just making this a nicer place to visit.

So, in short, we have lots of things cooking at the moment and we’re very happy to have you all onboard for this journey. You’re all helping us to uniquely position HelloScience in the space between entrepreneurship, sustainability and community involvement – and we want to make this happen for you — Thank you!

Q: Why do you think it is interesting working with HelloScience?

A: It’s all in the community. I think we have some fantastic actors here and if we can pull off our job of providing the right platform, together, we can help support an immensely positive societal impact.

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