Hi Robin. Let’s start from general question. Who are you, what you are about, what are your hobbies and such?
Oh, really? I am also big fan of cats. What are you going to talk about at the conference?
Interesting. Does it all come from your experience?
Right. Last year I worked on a project for a company that builds products for Africa to fight ebola there and other big diseases. And I learned a lot from them, and they are also a team where I met a lot of different, really great, people. I’ve seen a team growing into really excellent team, but I also saw some parts' fail. I’ll talk about what I’ve learned.
As you said before, you had a few ideas for your talk. If not this one, what you would talk about?
How long does it take to code your first robot? From the idea to actually make it do something.
I had been doing the robot stuff before NodeCopter already, so I worked with Arduino and that is quite straightforward, because there is a good community around it. Especially the NodeBots event, they are doing a lot of stuff in that direction and it’s quite really accessible. NodeCopter is using a ready-made robot which you can buy from Amazon. A friend of mine,Felix Geisendörfer, wrote a library for it, so I just started hacking with that as well. An then we had an event. So, from getting the drone unboxed to its first programmed flight, it took maybe a day.
Nowadays it’s very fast, because the library is there, you just have to include that in your code and then you are ready to go. I mean, this was about three years ago, oh no, four years ago. So, a lot of things have happened to it, and it should be way easier these days.
The events organising part of you is also very interesting. You said that you used to… don’t you do it any more?
Yeah, it must take a lot of time.
It does! It’s fun, it’s also super rewarding, especially getting people together. But it’s a lot of work.
What was your motivation in the community work and organising?
Have you even met someone special at conferences?
Yeah, I agree. And ScotlandJS, I’ve been there last year. Have you visited?
Peter was at Reject.JS 2013, that’s how we met. Since then we always have been in contact. This year he asked me to give a talk about these kind of things. I always wanted to go to ScotlandJS but there was not time for it. And now it’s good combination.
A friend of mine, Jan Monschke was there last year giving a talk. He is also a part of Reject.JS organising team, and he was totally impressed by ScotlandJS in Edinburgh. So I have to be there. I’m really looking forward to it.
What do you hope to learn at the conference, do you expect anything?
To be honest, I don’t. Because I usually don’t have any expectations for a conference. I just go there, and I try to be as open as possible and I try to see as much talks as possible and meet with as many people as possible. Because I think for myself, it doesn’t have to be true for everyone, but for me, once I have expectations, it’s easier to get disappointed. I try to go to the conferences having open mind, just look at things and be inspired. I’ve already seen the talks published at the ScotlandJS website and I’m really looking forward to it. Also, some friends will be also speaking there, that’s cool.
Maybe you can name some technologies which grab your attention? Sometimes people just bump into a new buzz word, get interested, and maybe this will happen while reading your interview.
First thing comes to mind is the ecosystem which React brings, and the data flow patterns around it. Also Rx.js and Observables. Angular for example is taking a lot of inspiration from them and will include it in their new version. The ideas appeared in one framework can be later in another one, and that’s great. I don’t like to see this “my framework is the best and blah blah blah” but I love to see people working together, in the end everyone wins.
Ok, I’m run out of questions. What to talk about? Maybe your hobby, cats? (*shows her cat Kuzya.)Yeah, we can talk about cats. I actually have a cat which looks kinda like him. She is here. I have two, this is red one, and another one is grey-ish. These are them:
Wow! These photos must make an awesome interview. Nothing attracts people more than cat pictures.
Actually in 2014 I was speaking at Distill and I actually built something for my cats. They cat get food only after they finish an excesses. Unfortunately my cats have a little bit too much weight. So, I encourage them to do some exercises.
Interesting idea. Many would love to hear such talk.