Babak Fakhamzadeh

Full stack • Mobile • Digital art
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+55 11 99216 5257

Babak was working in ICT4D before it had a name (2001), never really left it, and knows how to throw together a pretty mean combination of a wide array of programming languages, both frontend and backend. He brought photomarathons to Africa (2007) and won the Highway Africa new media award (2007) with Ismail Farouk. Work of his was selected to represent Uganda at the UN World Summit Award, twice (2011, 2012), winning the global competition in 2012 with Eduardo Cachucho. In 2016, together with Agência Pública, he won, and was a runner up for, the Prêmio Jornalístico Vladimir Herzog de Anistia e Direitos Humanos. In 2017, work of his was again selected, now to represent Brazil, for the UN World Summit Award, going on to become a winner. In the same year, other works were nominated for the Gabriel García Márquez award and the Prêmio Petrobras de Jornalismo.

Twice, he made it to the Guinness book of records (1994, 2011).

He’s had both joint (2007) and solo (2011) photography exhibitions and created what was probably the first mobile phone based city tour (2004) as well as what probably was the first QR-code assisted smartphone-based city tour (2009). He has a keen interest in creating mobile solutions for urban discovery that move decision making powers into the hands of the individual.

In 2018, he co-founded the online platform walk · listen · create, which organises the global festival Sound Walk September.

His ‘Lorem Ipsum’ of images (2014) currently racks up about 10 million uses per month.

After graduating with a M. Sc. in mathematics (1997), he worked on four continents, in over a dozen countries, and is now based in Brazil.

Check out previous work and projects.


B’s projects

May 2001 – present

IT consultant, designer, developer

Web and mobile development, IT-services and support, focused on knowledge- and capacity building. Major clients have included GreenpeaceActionAidIRCInisSACSISSAfAIDSNIROVInternational IDEAGOAL, and many others.

Dérive app

Oct 2012 – Present

Co-creator, technical lead

Building a mobile app that facilitates getting lost in your own city.

Agência Pública

Dec 2015 – present

Multiple roles

Art director, designer, developer on a range of projects. Amongst these, 100 stories won the Prêmio Jornalístico Vladimir Herzog de Anistia e Direitos Humanos in 2016 and was nominated for the Gabriel García Márquez award in the ‘Innovation’ category in 2017 as well as the Prêmio Petrobras de Jornalismo. TVs da Amazônia was a runner up for the Prêmio Jornalístico Vladimir Herzog in 2016.

The Museum of Yesterday, a Situationist discovery of Rio de Janeiro’s checkered past, won the World Summit Awards 2017, representing Brazil.

walk · listen · create

Dec 2018 – present


Co-founder of the online home of walking artists and artist walkers, walk · listen · create. Co-producer of Sound Walk September, a yearly global festival celebrating sound walks.


Nov 2019 – present

Lead developer

Lead developer at Placecloud, the home of the place-specific podcast, or, placecast.

Placecasts reveal the cultural significance of the everyday places that surround us, so that we can have a more meaningful relationship with our world.

Placecloud is the Dutch entry in the Culture & Tourism category for the World Summit Awards 2021.


Jan 2015 – Dec 2018


Kompl was a mobile app for iOS and Android that shows you what’s around you. But, it’s up to you to find it. Kompl obfuscates information until you get close enough, revealing more information as you get closer. Kompl was described as a “Pokémon Go for the real world” by The Independent and was described as a ‘must-have’ by several tech magazines.


Aug 1999 – Dec 2000

eCommerce specialist

Bi-Cycle creates a software tool for maintenance managers working with large scale industrial processes. Responsibilities were three-fold. In 1999, Bi-Cycle was a very young company; I was the first employee.

  • Sales, marketing and support manager for the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • IT-management and support for the Bi-Cycle offices.
  • Developing a content driven web-portal for global maintenance professionals.

Procter & Gamble

May 1998 – May 1999

Systems Analyst

Managerial responsibilities for a EMEA Sales and shipments management reporting system. The system, which tracked sales and shipments of all the company’s consumer goods in Europe, was used all over the EMEA region to predict future trends and define current actions. The software was maintained in the company’s software development center just outside Warsaw, Poland.

For developing this system, it was invaluable to meet requirements from the user base with the possibilities of the software and the software developers, translating ‘real-world’ requirements into technical specifications and communicating technical limitations and possibilities in understandable terminologies.


World Summit Awards

2018 – present

World Summit Awards Jury

Part of an expert college of experts from all regions of the world to evaluate the national nominations that are submitted to the UN World Summit Awards, an international competition which aims to select and promote the world’s best startup companies in digital content and innovative applications.

Sep 2008 – Dec 2012

AIDSPortal technical reference group

A member of the AIDSPortal technical reference group. AIDSPortal is an internet platform which provides tools to support global collaboration and knowledge sharing among new and existing networks of people responding to the AIDS epidemic. The technical reference group’s primary tasks focus on reviewing and developing the technical roadmap for the platform.


TU Delft

Sep 1991 – Nov 1997

M. Sc. in mathematics

Graduated as a M. Sc. in mathematics at the Technical University of Delft, with majors in knowledge based engineering and mathematical systems theory.

For my thesis, I developed a method of dynamically approximating multidimensional statistical distributions where the approximations get more accurate with an increase in the number of recorded data points, without requiring to store all previous data points. As this produced much smaller data storage requirements, this was considered a ground-breaking approach.

This method was developed for a discrete event simulator, OMNeT++, a software package typically used to simulate the performance of large networked structures. I worked on my thesis in Budapest, Hungary, at the Technical University of Budapest.