Babak Fakhamzadeh

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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). His 'Lorem Ipsum' of images (2014) currently racks up about 3 million uses per month.

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

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mastababa

Baba's projects - IT consultant and developer

  • May 2001 - present

Web and mobile development, IT-services and support, focused on knowledge- and capacity building. Major clients have included Greenpeace, ActionAid, IRC, Inis, SACSIS, SAfAIDS, Varibel, NIROV and ITpreneurs.

Agencia Publica - Multiple roles

  • Dec 2015 - present
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
Museu do Ontem

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 Amazonia 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.

InfoAmazonia - UX designer and front-end developer

  • Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil

Interface design for a reporting tool on shipment data of natural products from the Amazonian Basin.

International IDEA - UX designer and developer

  • Oct 2013 - Jan 2014
  • Stockholm, Sweden

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance is an intergovernmental organization facilitating democracy building and policy development across the globe. Online access to their collection of assessment frameworks designed to qualify the level of development on national, regional and local level, needed to be streamlined and made accessible to interested parties, worldwide. This involved classification and categorization of available content, user interface (UX) design, wireframing and testing.

GOAL - Application developer

  • Dec 2011 - Feb 2012
  • Freetown, Sierra Leone

GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor. For their Disadvantaged Children and Youths Program, they needed a web-based system to monitor progress of the youths through GOAL's support processes to facilitate reintegration. The system, monitoring several 1000s of youths, was to replace a paper based workflow.
The system needed to be accessible from multiple locations and required semi-hierarchical access rights for different individuals as well as the ability to fully audit any change in information. On top of that, the system needed to provide information as to what extent predefined EU indicators were being met by implementation of the program.

Uganda Radio Network - Web consultant and developer

  • Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
  • Kampala, Uganda
ugandaradionetwork.com

Uganda Radio Network (URN) is a subscription-based independent news agency and training center that produces current affairs programs, documentaries and the latest news on Uganda and has been active since 2005. Previously having gone through two different online article distribution systems, it was my task to consolidate the two wildly different systems used in the previous six years and build a semi-public news management system for the few scores of the organization's clients, mostly radio stations, throughout the country.

Twaweza - Web consultant and developer

  • Jan 2010 - Jun 2010
  • Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Uwazi.org screenshot

Responsible for visually and functionally designing and implementing the website for the citizen-centered initiative, focusing on large-scale change in East Africa that is Twaweza as well as for the related projects Uwezo and Uwazi. Included capacity building of local and international staff.

HDN - Web consultant

  • Apr 2009 - Sep 2009
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand

Technical, functional and graphical designer as well as one of the developers of the platform OVCsupport.net, the global hub for information and exchange related to orphans and vulnerable children. Funded by USAID the project was implemented by a team from both HDN, in Thailand, and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in the UK.

Tasks included market research, determining the prominent individuals in the field and developing methods for effectively communicating the platform's message by using a host of social networks.

HDN - Web consultant

  • Jun 2007 - Jul 2008
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand

Analyst, consultant and developer for the online activities facilitated and initiated by HDN, Health & Development networks. This included revamping the HDN website and designing and building an extensive platform facilitating a network of citizen journalists, HealthDev.net, in the field of human development for thousands of existing individuals.

The project included designing, implementing and hosting multiple trainings of community-based contributors in both south east Asia and southern and central Africa.

DACAAR - IT adviser

  • Feb 2005 - Aug 2005
  • Kabul, Afghanistan

Through the Dutch organization ICCO, sent to Afghanistan to help DACAAR's IT department become more professional and up to speed with its international counterparts. DACAAR, with over 1000 employees, is a primarily Danish funded NGO which works towards sustainable livelihoods for rural Afghans with four major offices in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Responsibilities included IT consultancy and capacity building in relation to security and safety of the IT environment. Management was introduced to the long term opportunities and challenges of maintaining a well-managed IT infrastructure. Employees were gotten up to speed with a modern IT environment.

During the project, several new software packages were introduced for which regular staff was trained. This included an internal communication and information sharing system based on the open source tool PHProjekt and several other open source packages.

SRC - IT officer

  • Feb 2004 - Jun 2004
  • Harare, Zimbabwe

Through the Dutch organization ICCO, sent to Zimbabwe on a two year contract to train and support staff in IT usage and decision making at the national sports body of the country. Through a needs based model, responsibilities and training was to extend to affiliated organizations throughout the country.

Due to too many local challenges, the project was cancelled early.

Capital Bank - Trainer in web development skills

  • Apr 2003 - Aug 2003
  • Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

Through the American organization Geekcorps, sent to Mongolia as part of a team of IT professionals. Our aim was to support and develop IT projects and skills in several, distinct, organizations.

Responsible for the transfer of general web design and web development skills at a local bank. The objective was to build an intra-office communication environment which could be used by all local staff for information gathering and sharing. It was imperative that local staff needed to be trained to maintain and build on this new system. A second objective was to support and advise the organization in its IT procurement strategy.

The created internal communication environment is still in place and has been built upon by local staff to more closely fit the ever changing requirements of the organization.

Joy FM - Trainer in web development skills

  • Jan 2001 - Apr 2001
  • Accra, Ghana

Through the American organization Geekcorps, sent to Ghana as part of a team of IT professionals. Our aim was to support and develop IT skills in several, distinct, organizations.

Responsible for the transfer of general web design and web development skills at a national radio station serving as an important source of local news for the Ghanaian diaspora through a, then, very basic website. The final objective was to deliver a database driven, content centered website which was going to be easy to maintain and easy to build upon by local IT staff and be used by journalists as a means to distribute the news.

A very successful project, the technical infrastructure built in 2001 is still in place now and forms the basis for the current web environment.

Bi-Cycle - eCommerce specialist

  • Aug 1999 - Dec 2000
  • Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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 - Systems Analyst

  • May 1998 - May 1999
  • Brussels, Belgium

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.

AIDSPortal.org - AIDSPortal technical reference group

  • Sep 2008 - Dec 2012

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.

Sauntering verse

  • April 2016
Sliders

Sauntering verse uses your location to create unique Dadaist poetry as you take your device for a walk. Sauntering verse is available online, and through the iOS and Android app stores.

Kompl

  • June 2015 - present
  • São Paulo, Brazil

With Kompl, you can be a tourist and get lost. Kompl is a mobile app that shows you what's around, while it's up to you to find it. Based on the ideals of the Situationists, Kompl aims to make the experience of exploring an urban environment unique and more spontaneous. Kompl was developed together with Ian Barry.

Sliders

  • March 2015
Sliders

Sliders is a mobile app for the iOS platform which turns an iOS device into a digital photo frame.

LoremFlickr.com

  • July 2014 - present

LoremFlickr provides placeholder images for every case, web or print, on almost any subject, in any size. It's simple and free. LoremFlickr served 4 million images during its first year and in mid 2016 serves up 3 to 4 million images per month.

Dérive app

  • Oct 2012 - present
  • Kampala, Uganda
deriveapp

Deriveapp is an implementation based on the concept of psychogeography as defined by the Situationist Interntional in the 1950s. A derive is an assisted semi-random meander, typically through an urban environment. Deriveapp is a web-based mobile app which works on any platform with a fairly modern browser and was developed together with Eduardo Cachucho.
Deriveapp won the 2012 World Summit Award in the m-Tourism & Culture category.

Once Salone

  • Nov 2011
  • Freetown, Sierra Leone
The Cotton Tree

An artistic comparison of Freetown's past and present, effectively creating works that provide a window into the past of this war torn and economically challenged country.
The works pose the obvious question as to what extent life has improved in out of the way African cities over the last 50 years and, on their own, create stark reminders of a life and world now gone.

The images from this series were the subject of a solo exhibition at Bliss, in Freetown, in January 2012 and were included in the book Photoviz: Visualizing Information through Photography, published in 2016.

j-walk.co.za

  • Feb 2009 - Apr 2015
  • Gauteng, South Africa

Online mobile tours of Johannesburg, Delft and Chiang Mai using 2D bar codes distributed throughout these cities, deploying Google Maps as a GIS. Using a mobile phone with a software baed barcode scanner, which is available for the majority of cellphones, a user scans a barcode he finds somewhere in the two cities, after which he's taken to a webpage with information on the location and information on how to get to nearby locations.
The concept of cellphone based tours is based on an earlier implementation dating from 2004 which has been incorporated into the above platform.

PhotographySA.com

  • Dec 2006 - Sep 2007
  • Gauteng, South Africa

Organizer of the first and second African photomarathons, a photomarathon being 'an event, characterized by great length and concentrated effort and typically lasting 12 to 24 hours, where participants obtain a series of photographs on predefined subjects'.

Artist's residency at The Bag Factory

  • Apr 2007 - Jun 2007
  • Johannesburg, South Africa

Resident artist as a photographer and web-based artist at The Bag Factory. The residency ended with a joint exhibition at The Bag Factory and the creation of Beeldenstad.net :: Johannesburg (now offline).

Soweto uprisings . com

  • Sep 2006 - present
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
soweto uprisings . com

Soweto uprisings . com documents the student uprisings on the 16th of June 1976 in Soweto, Johannesburg (South Africa) and related events and information, using Google Maps as a GIS for delivering geospatial information. Bringing together the routes and points of interest on a satellite image of Soweto, visitors to the website can submit their own experiences, include their own pictures and more.

Soweto uprisings . com won the prestigious Highway Africa new media award in 2007.

Brussel Stripstad . be | bd Bruxelles . be

  • Apr 2006 - Mar 2015
  • Brussels, Belgium

Brussel Stripstad . be lists and features the comic strip related wall paintings in Brussels. Anyone can submit their own images to be included on the interactive, dynamically created map based on Google Maps technology.

Beeldenstad.net

  • Nov 2002 - Mar 2010
  • Belgium, Hungary, the Netherlands, South Africa

Listing art in public places in several major cities around the globe, individuals were able to upload pictures and submit their cities for inclusion. The highly collaborative nature of the project not only made it visually appealing but also extremely dynamic.

Portreat.com

  • May 2001 - Mar 2012
  • Netherlands, Germany, UK

The very first website which brought together event photography and (free) online delivery.

TU Delft - M. Sc. in mathematics

  • Sep 1991 - Nov 1997
  • Delft, the Netherlands

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.