Nimiq is a non-profit and open source project founded by some, developed by many and owned by none.
Nimiq Ambassador, Business Development
Max joins Nimiq from a Director position at MCI, one of the worlds leading experience marketing agencies. With an MBA from the Technical University of Chemnitz, an early background as maker entrepreneur and astronomy as a passion, he is also a fitting nerd at heart. Max has taken to the stage and been a guest lecturer on various occasions including the Bavarian Academy for Business Communication and his Alma Mater. If there’s a complicated task, Max won’t stop until he finds a way to achieve the goal. As Nimiq Ambassador he is excited about taking on the Crypto mass adoption challenge and finding creative marketing and business development ways of connecting the nerd pieces with everyday comfort levels!
Nimiq Co-Creator, Operations
Sebastian read his first book about programming at the age of 13 and not much later launched his first proper website. Driven by the question ‘What else can I make this machine do?’ he studied Computer Science at SU. He worked as a full stack web developer for almost a decade and delivered a number of award nominated sites for MA-X new media agency. Sebastian loves to challenge himself to learning new things and has a personal passion for implementing uncluttered and intuitive interfaces.
Blockchain Researcher & Core Developer
Blockchain Core Developer
Nimiq Co-Creator, Blockchain Tech Lead
BSc at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. MSc at Max Planck Institute for Computer Science. PhD student to Professor Michael Backes at the Information Security and Cryptography Group at CISPA (Center for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Accountability). Built award-winning software AppGuard and Boxify. Published in several journals and technical reports. Personal passion for Blockchain technology and making security usable without compromising.
Video Documentation & Social Media
85K Youtube subscribers. Professional Vlogger, Hobby Blockchain & Cryptocurrency investor.
Communications, Technical Documentation
Sven started hacking web apps in the mid 90ies at the age of twelve on a dial-up modem and holds a degree in computer science and media design, specializing on human-computer interaction. He is an advocate for diversity and sustainability, keen on learning, writing, and living outdoors. Worked as web technology consultant and in scientific research at the University of Trento, Italy, and the German Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Has lived and worked in four out of seven continents.
Curd is a hardware and network systems security expert at heart. He studied computer science at Saarland University, specializing early on in system administration and moving up to Head of Information Technology at CISPA (Center for Cybersecurity, Privacy and Accountability). At CISPA he managed heterogeneous hardware and software platforms across a mix of 70+ physical and virtual servers. Curd volunteered as "Programming for Engineers" tutor for refugees during the immigration wave that particularly challenged Germany. He has a personal passion for operating systems with a focus on security testing and reverse engineering. Several hardware security projects he worked on are strictly confidential.
Communication & Research
Studied Information Management and worked at HTC headquarters in Taiwan. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese and English, while determined to become fluent in German as well. During work and travel in the US, Australia, and Europe she discovered her passion for cultures, languages, and communications. She is an optimist with love for simplicity and excited about a better future with blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies.
UI/UX & Communication
Co-owner ‘overnice’ branding and digital communication agency. Built experience and portfolio at Jung von Matt. Consulted the German Foreign Ministry on digital matters. Food entrepreneur. Personal passion for communication strategies and helping early stage ventures get it right.
Video Documentation & Social Media
115K Youtube subscribers. Professional Vlogger, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency apprentice.
Philipito's Kitchen (during Hackathons)
After years of working as passionate chef and restaurateur in and around Switzerland, Philipp decided to change things up and follow a free-spirited version of his passion. He set out to create and deliver culinary experiences as a service on sail boats touching some of the most beautiful places around the globe. One of his stops introduced him to a very special part of Costa Rica where he found his love, tranquility and a new home. Philipp met one of the Nimiq team members a few years ago and supports the project during Hackathons for minimal workflow disruption on site and providing a balanced & healthy diet for maximum productivity.
Counsel & Representation
Mauricio is a Costa Rican attorney and member of both the Costa Rican and American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (www.acfcs.org), a leading authority in compliance and financial regulation. He is a partner of InterTax, a legal and accounting services firm with offices in Weston, Brickell and Orlando, FL and San José, Costa Rica and has been advising crypto businesses since early 2014. Mauricio has been invited as speaker to multiple conferences regarding banking, digital payments, cryptocurrencies and regulation for crypto related businesses and compliance. His paper “The Last Decade of Cash” was presented at the Costa Rican International Information Technology Forum 2014. Mauricio is an avid surfer, a long-distance triathlete and cross country mountain biker. He is passionate about evangelizing governmental authorities on distributed ledger technology and applications for law and government and foresees public service in his future.
Blockchain Core Developer
Presenter at 2017 IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy in Silicon Valley. At age 14 earned first pocket money through his webpage. One of the youngest mentors at Google Summer of Code, Expert on Malware Analysis, Mobile and Web Security. Personal passion for Privacy Engineering, all matters Android and Cryptography.
Bruno got a Bachelor in Physics before focusing on his two passions: blockchain and artificial intelligence.
His strongest skill is Mathematics, super-charged with cryptography, information theory, and computer science. He is fluent in Python and Rust. From September 2018 to December 2019, before joining Nimiq, he was Chief Research Officer at Trinkler Software and worked on Katal, a blockchain designed for DeFi apps, and in collaboration with Nimiq on the Albatross consensus algorithms.
Telecom Engineer by profession. Cryptocurrency evangelist by choice. Personal projects from CAD application for submarine fiber optic cable comm to developing a synthesizable model of an educational CPU. Life mission to digitalize & monitor every entropic variable in today's world led to speaking at Nagios World Conference 2014. Linux and Networking Instructor at Greencore Solutions. Responsible for running entire backbone infrastructure for largest Cable & Internet Provider in Costa Rica. Technical writer at leading WebRTC company TokBox.
So passionate about web development that he left school to go straight into freelancing. Driven by his thirst for learning and innovating as well as his taste for quality code, he became the technical director of French communication agency Adelios before the age of 20. Mathéo was instrumental to helping the agency win several distinctions on websites like Awwwards, cssdesignawards and FWA. Now a member of the Nimiq team, he continues to pursue his goal of creating ever more innovative tools, aimed at an ever more demanding audience.
Co-owner ‘overnice’ branding and digital communication agency. Consulted the German Foreign Ministry on digital matters. Established a delivery platform for Subway Germany. Frontend developed the Skype Bot Developers Platform. Strong passion for both the big picture as well as attention to detail in UI and UX implementation.
Nimiq's team page would not be complete without a special thanks to our alumni.
As curious and explorative child learned what it meant to 'format' a disk the hard way by formatting the only available disk with games on it. When Internet arrived at his home, young Max started to create websites and soon had his own browser games running. Thought it would be fun to study Computer Science. Did several tutor jobs at SU including on topics cryptography and concurrent programming. Worked as full stack web developer on intranet projects for global enterprises. Max worked with and against some of the ugliest business APIs and always succeeded.
Blockchain Security Scientist
Arthur is a Lecturer (equivalent Assistant Professor) at Imperial College London and at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). He earned his PhD thesis on Blockchain Security and Privacy at ETH Zurich. He has authored several influential peer-reviewed scientific articles published at top-tier security conferences. Arthur is co-founder of the ChainSecurity AG, the first company to provide an automated formal verification tool for Ethereum smart contracts (www.securify.ch). The Team is honored to have him look over their shoulders, provide hands-on help and share valuable scientific insights as well as trigger continuous research on topics relevant for the longevity of Nimiq.
Communication & Research
BA in Economics from UC Berkeley. Masters candidate in Data Science. Chinese market analyst. Simplicity Evangelist.
Started full time programming at 15, modding games in Java and C++. Loves crypto, data archiving and writing Go. Crawls ~1.4 Petabyte at the OD-Database project in his free time. Maintains the BlockAtlas API serving blockchain data to 100'000+ installs of Binance's Trust Wallet. Nimiq community member that joined the team following completion of two projects backed by the Nimiq Funding initiative.