I was born in Waidhofen/Ybbs, Austria, on August 12, 1986 where I attended the Primary School, Sports High School and Federal Higher Technical Institute for Education and Experimentation (HTL)
with a major in Automation Engineering.
I graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business
in December 2015 as Master of Science in Information Systems with a specialization in Information Systems Engineering.
My master thesis was written in cooperation with AK Wien
about the topic "Privacy by Design" and focused
on the introduction of a privacy framework to fully include privacy in every aspect of the Software Development Life-Cycle. The build up to the master thesis was a cooperation with the famous Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems
which resulted in a Privacy Awareness App that was covered in Austrian (ORF
, Der Standard
) and International (Computer Bild
) media outlets
and was awarded with a Best Student(s) Award in 2013/2014.
In parallel I also completed the master’s degree in Theatre-, Film-, and Media Studies at the University of Vienna
with high honors in 2015.
In my master thesis I evaluated and discussed mobile design principles and developed a responsive mobile data visualization framework in cooperation with Weblyzard
In 2005 I started the film website Filmering.at
which became one of the most frequented film related sites in Austria.
During my bachelor studies in Business Informatics I had the opportunity to start working for the Institute for Information Business
at the Vienna University of Economics and Business
as a Software Engineer, Web Developer and Researcher. I have been part of the research projects DIVINE, uComp, Decarbonet, CommuniData and ReTV and was the leading frontend developer on our side in a cooperation
and the White House
during the realization of the Climate Resilience Toolkit
, which was presented by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in 2014 and was nominated for a Webby
("Internet’s highest honor" - New York Times) in 2015.
In 2013 I also started to work for consol.Media, which was the
biggest video game magazine company in Austria. I was the Web Development Leader of the company until the business was closed. During that time I completed web projects for partners like
In 2015 I joined the private university Modul University Vienna
as a Software Engineer, Web Developer and Researcher. Besides my work as a Researcher, I was also responsible for a refreshment and make-over of the university website.
In 2016 I founded the company Martina Fotografiert
together with my wife and since then I am responsible for the IT infrastructure and also working as a photographer. In 2017 I rejoined Weblyzard as a Software Engineer and Web Developer and the Vienna University of Economics and Business as a Researcher to work on my doctoral studies - with a research focus on Recommender Systems. I am also working as a freelance Software Engineer and Web Developer,
focused on full stack PHP development and mobile applications (iOS and Android).