Team

We are four deaf and hard of hearing people who are working in different areas of the IT branch and have long-year job skills. The team has the vision and the aim to organize the DeafIT conference for exchanging their expertise know-how with more and more people.


 

DeafIT-Team Tobias Burz

 

Tobias Burz

 

Founder of the DeafIT team

 

Location: München

Job & Company: Resource Manager and Senior IT Consultant at Atos Information Technology GmbH

 

  

What was the reason to take your job?

About 28 years ago I have interrupted my university education in electro technique after 2 years because I have detected that this didn’t meet my professional ideas. I started with a two-year IT education at the Siemens academy as an engineer assistant in Data Engineering, to see if this area suited me. After successful completion, I had made the right choice with IT, and after my successful examination I immediately joined Siemens Nixdorf as a software developer with the C programming language. 

 

What is your task?

After a lot of work as an administrator, software developer (C, JavaScript, PHP, HTML, VisualBasic), configuration manager, subproject manager, responsible supporter, consultant (SharePoint, etc.), as an IT Senior Consultant I have the task to advise and support the project managers for optimization of business processes. Additionally, as a resource manager I am responsible for identifying and using suitable ATOS colleagues for the Tower Manager in various projects.

 

Why you are in the team?

I know only a few friends and acquaintances who are working in the IT branch. I have founded the team together with Vincent Rothländer because I would like to expand the network with the DeafIT conferences so that we can get to know other IT experts and benefit from our expertise and experience.

 

DeafIT Team Nicole Weißkopf

 

Nicole Weißkopf

 

Location: München

Job & Company: Senior Community Managerin at CHIP Digital GmbH

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What was the reason to take your job?

I have worked in a wide range of sectors during my school and training period, including in the commercial area, health care and social services - such as physiotherapy, social care of people in need of care, and care for the elderly. After completing my degree in social sciences, I finished the education as a photo media laboratory technician and then worked for a short time in the photo & advertising sector. With coincidence I got a chance at CHIP Online as a community manager and took up this new challenge. In form of a company-internal traineeship, I got my skills and know-how for two years. Later, I obtained the Community Management Certificate with an online course at the Social Media Academy.

 

What is your task?

I have been working as a Community Manager at CHIP Online since the end of 2006 and have helped to develop the CHIP Forum to the Germany's largest IT forum. My task is mainly the operational business, customer loyalty, support and administration of the user-generated content content (UGC) on CHIP Online, as well as strategic and technical development of all CHIP community areas (CHIP forum, product comments, comment functions, product test logs, etc.) and much more.

 

Why you are in the team?

I have noticed in the past years again and again that the exchange with other hearing impaired in the IT & Online sector is missing and this exchange can be the advantage for all of these people. I would like to take this opportunity to eliminate these deficits by setting up a network for the hearing impaired IT experts and setting up the DeafIT conference.

 

DeafIT-Team Manuel Gnerlich

 

Manuel Gnerlich

 

Location: Hamburg

Job & Company: self-employed Software Consultant at Open Mind IT-Training

 

 

 

 

 

What was the reason to take your job?

Already in my youth time I was interested in computers and often played with friends on the computer. During my training as an industrial electronics engineer, I first came into contact with the programming languages (assembler) and was immediately fascinated by it. Consequently I decided after my school education, to study at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg in order to intensify my interest in this area.

 

What is your task?

After successfully completing my degree, I gained a lot of practical experience as a Java developer in different small companies. Nowadays, as a freelance JavaEE consultant I consult various renowned companies such as Telekom, VW, Unic, Starfinanz and others and develop the web applications in JavaEE for them.

 

Why you are in the team?

The desire to solve me from the dependence on a third person (here: interpreters) in professional exchange with IT experts, for example at conferences, gave me the impetus to re-engineer myself professionally - especially with regard to the direct exchange with colleagues. For me, the barrier-free approach is crucial. Furthermore, it is my motivation to give career prospects in the IT area for other deaf people. That's why I'm in the team!

 

DeafIT-Team Fabian Spillner

 

Fabian Spillner

 

Location: München

Job & Company: Senior Software Engineer at gutefrage.net
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What was the reason to take your job?

Even as I was ten years old, I began to be interested in computer technology - thanks to my father, who worked in the desktop publishing area and told me a lot about computers. I knew at once that this would be my profession. Over the time it turned out that programming is the most fun for me. So I had decided instead of attending a secondary school, starting with the education as a computer scientist to get the proximity to the practice early. So I could spend more time at the computer where I could try a lot. After the time at the State Office for Building Munich, where I had successfully completed the training, the time had come to find a new challenge. The job advertisement of gutefrage.net GmbH convinced me the most and I had landed in a startup team. I then had the opportunity to participate in the gutefrage.net GmbH, so that the platform became a complete success. Currently it is the largest guide platform in Germany.

 

What is your task?

Nowadays I am working in a development team of gutefrage.net and bring the platform technically and on the productive side.

 

Why you are in the team?

In order to facilitate more exchanges between deaf people, I would like to contribute to the fact that finally a conference from deaf people for deaf people, who are working in the IT sector, is to be created - now is the time for it!