A Shared Journey: Bernard and Erik at The Hague Tech
One of the things we love most about our community at The Hague Tech is the collaboration among members from diverse backgrounds, focus areas and cultures. In this article, we would like to introduce you to two such members, Bernard Bussy and Erik Willekens, who first met in our co-working area. Despite their unique focus areas, they recently discovered a shared passion for language coding and learning.
From Electrical Engineering to FinTech
Originally from South Africa, Bernard started his career in electrical engineering but later found himself drawn to the financial sector. He joined a financial startup Mesh BV with a visionary goal: democratizing the financial world through Blockchain technology. Mesh BV aims to create a platform that enhances accessibility to financial instruments by eliminating intermediaries and reducing transaction costs, a groundbreaking project with transformative potential for the financial sector.
A World of Language and Tech
When talking to Erik, we were intrigued by his expansive worldview and his knack for connecting various elements. He's currently immersed in a complex research endeavour that he aspires to evolve into a business venture. His project centres around what he calls the 'living library,' a digital repository that brings together organizations, projects, products, and themes. The result resembles a 'sandbox social network,' revealing connections and mapping the social innovation ecosystem. Though still in development, Erik finds the project both challenging and enriching.
Shared Passion for Language and Technology
Bernard and Erik are drawn to The Hague Tech for its nurturing environment. Bernard explains: “It provides us with an incredible space to pursue our diverse interests and projects. It's more than just a co-working space; it's a vibrant community that fosters creativity and collaboration." Among their shared passions, language and coding stand out prominently. They've discovered distinct ways to integrate language and technology into their work, driven by a deep fascination with the intricacies and nuances of language. For them, language is not merely a tool for communication but a subject of profound interest." Erik, in particular, is captivated by the mechanisms underlying language acquisition and learning. He seeks to unravel the intricate processes within the human brain that adapt to and process new languages. His quest extends beyond speaking and writing; it delves into the profound art of comprehending how the human mind acquires languages. This passion drives him to assist Bernard in learning Dutch through their daily conversations.
Advice for Startups
One key takeaway from Bernard and Erik's journey is the significance of openness in seeking help and presenting oneself. Honesty about your needs and preferred approaches is crucial, as everyone's requirements and approaches differ. At The Hague Tech, they found the ideal environment to nurture their passions and establish connections that have significantly influenced their journey.