The Nomoko Story.
We are fuelled by 3 principles:
Both with our technology and as people, we truly believe in doing good. Doing good by caring for ourselves as a team, because the path we’re on is rocky, to say the least.
And doing good, by building a technology that will help, in our best intentions, to positively influence the future.
Creativity is in all of us, given the right tools. This is what we care about, building something that will help people look differently at the challenges they face and to build great solutions they never could before.
a spatial future.
The world is becoming digital at an extremely fast pace – yet we still need to gain way more understanding into the world we have built. We believe that with our approach, we will enable others to build solutions that are truly spatial: taking into consideration the world around us by using Nomoko 3D data as the core building block for digital solutions.
With this in mind, we create.
Our Canadian in the bunch was born in Haida Gwaii, and has also lived in Hawaii before moving to Zurich and starting to work at Nomoko. Aaron’s interests range from playing the guitar to cooking, as well as collecting art as part of his obsession with history. Along with being an amazing human being, he was once on a Top 50 Most Influential People in IT list and has done Karaoke on all continents except Alaska.
Bara has joined Nomoko in 2015 and is responsible for overall strategy and the ProductLab, which focuses on coming up with future focused spatial application use cases to implement Nomoko’s vision. Born and raised in Prague, Bara’s background is in international marketing. She is passionate about photography, psychology, good memes and mindfulness. Also, she speaks somewhere between four to six languages, depending on the mood. May or may not be obsessed with Glossier.
Brother of Jesse, Benjy is our lovely, snoring office demon. When he’s not chewing on toys, you will find him looking for hugs and rubs.
Estefani is originally from Portugal but born and raised in Switzerland. She has a BSc in Computational Science and Engineering from ETH and a DAS in Data Science from FFHS. She combines several years of software engineering experience in computational photography and computer vision, together with a talent for organizing software engineering processes and teams. Besides her passion to travel the world and learn about other cultures, she enjoys to cook and walks with her dog.
Cedric K. Hobeika
Born in the french part of Switzerland Cedric lived in 4 countries including France where he bagged a BA in International Business Administration from the American University of Paris. Before joining the Nomoko team he worked 10 years in Dubai where he grew his Marketing, Management and People skills. He is married to the best DJ/Producer in the world and passionate about strength training, photography and French Bulldogs.
Gabriel’s job is to create fun interactive experiences out of complicated things. He is from southern France but has lived in the UK before settling in Switzerland where he studied 3D modeling and animation for interactive entertainment. You will often see him sketch ideas and plan how to turn his sketches into interactive stories.
Gabriel is passionate about nature and history. He also enjoys spending time reading and writing. Beside his work at Nomoko, Gabriel has dedicated his life to nature preservation, learning and teaching survival skill as well as self-reliance.
Gonzalo Rezola de Vargas
Gonzalo completed his Master in Architecture at the University Politecnica of Madrid (ETSAM). He was also researching as a Scientific Assistant In ETH in the Institute of Technology in Architecture and is now preparing a proposal for a Phd. He loves IT, art, architecture, mathematics and philosophy. Gonzalo is also a painter and exhibited in Veneccia Bienale of Architecture and won the first prize for the best architectural thesis in 2017 in Madrid. In his free time he loves Longboarding, playing football, travelling with friends and exploring new cultures.
Gülcan is from Turkey and has joined Nomoko in spring of 2018 as our first Machine Learning Engineer. She has an impressive educational background, having obtained a BSc in Computer Engineering from Bilkent University, a MSc in Computer Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, and her PhD in Electrical Engineering from EPFL. Since moving to Switzerland, Gülcan has really gotten into skiing, but she also enjoys playing squash, reading, and going to the cinema.
Named after Jesse Pinkman, Jesse is an international doggo who chews everything and loves everyone. Speaks French. Eh oui!
Hakki tackles all sorts of mathematical challenges of Nomoko since 2015. He has two BSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from Bogazici University, Istanbul and a MSc in Fluid Mechanics from École Polytechnique, Paris. At ETH Zurich, he was a Research Assistant & PhD student working on elastic wave propagation, and did a MAS in Landscape Architecture. In his free time, Hakki loves exploring the globe and learning about new cultures. He has lived in 5, travelled to 40+ countries, and he speaks 8 languages.
Kevin is your number one contact with regards to all things hardware and software. An avid gadget lover, he’s always up to date with latest trends in tech. He has a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Technology from ETH Zurich and has previously co-founded a company back home in Luxembourg. He met Nilson through Startup Speed Dating at ETH, where they instantly “clicked” through their shared vision of the future.
Josip studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Zagreb, Croatia. After working for three years as a FPGA engineer, he still felt the desire to complete an Erasmus semester at a fun place abroad. This semester turned into a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at ETH Zurich. After this slightly longer semester he still didn’t have enough of a young and vibrant environment and found the awesome culture he was looking for at Nomoko. Besides a true passion for software and electronics, he enjoys meeting friends, good conversations, traveling and skiing.
Lisa grew up in the Austrian alps in a tiny village called St. Andrä, before she went off to explore the world and get her degree in Business Administration in Vienna. Her experience ranges from consulting projects in arts and culture to the fields of travel, gaming, outdoor and health. After messing with the Berlin Start-up scene as Product Manager for 5 years, she moved to Zurich to join Nomoko. Lisa is our Platform Product Manager, orchestrating how we showcase our version of the universe. During her free time she enjoys a nice drink or running up and down mountains, travelling through time and history and hanging out with her soon to be wife.
Loïc is a French born Swiss. He has a degree in Management and speaks 4 languages. He could probably have gotten an honorary degree in tourism as he spent semesters in Lyon, Paris, Madrid, NY and Rio. He started his career in Luxembourg, as a strategy consultant for startups, and then went back to his banking roots in Geneva. He spent some time there as an independent consultant and a project manager before joining Nomoko in 2018. He is in charge of the fundraising, the financial planning, and the stockpiling of Swiss chocolate at Nomoko.
Luc is a French born Swiss of Chinese origins. Wine is his passion as he has already filled his cellar with ~300 wine bottles. When not enjoying a glass of wine, Luc likes to watch rugby games in a pub. He is also an avid couchsurfer and likes discovering new cultures by living with locals. Holding two MSCs in Optical Sciences and Applied Mathematics, he aims to breach the gap between Optics and Image Processing.
Monika joined Nomoko at the start of 2018 and is working on the topics ranging from product and business strategy to external relationships. Originally, Monika is from Lithuania and has obtained her BA in Politics and International Relations in the UK and her MA in International Security in the Netherlands. Prior to joining Nomoko, Monika has tested herself in the academic environment before moving on to work in a Fintech startup. She brings all of that valuable experience into her daily work as a ProductLab Manager. Besides being an information junkie, Monika is a woman of many passions, ranging from sports, travelling, blockchain, and wine.
Nomoko’s CEO Nilson has obtained a degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from the University College Maastricht, where he built his curriculum around courses such as business, artificial intelligence, and media. His educational background and upbeat personality served him as the tools needed to turn his ambitious vision into a successful start up. Nilson is not only a true believer in teamwork and going the extra mile, but, fun fact, he is also a former Swiss figure skating champion.
You will hear him say: “It depends”
Sonia has joined Team Nomoko as an intern in our software department. She was born and raised in Barcelona and is currently finishing up her double BSc degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Barcelona. Over the course of her studies, Sonia has spent one year abroad in Berlin and has completely fallen in love with the metropolis. Furthermore, Sonia is really into VR and AR, and she won’t stop improving her skills in those fields till she gets a whale floating through the corridor of her flat. Sonia also enjoys dancing, jogging, and playing football and is just a joy to be around.
Roberto Peinado Illana
Roberto is from Madrid, Spain where he did his BSc in Aerospace Engineering as well as an internship and his MSc at Airbus. He loves all kinds of sports from karate, which he has practiced for 16 years, to diving and basketball. Furthermore, he’s into building things, painting, and photography. What he likes most about Nomoko are the amazing people as well as the challenges of working on ground-breaking projects.
Stephan studied computer science and mathematics and graduated in mathematics at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. He looks back on many years of professional experience in various companies and areas in Germany and Switzerland as an engineer and manager. Stephan’s expertise is in the structuring and management of a large number of projects and complex activities – a role he has previously held at Sonova. This makes him the solid foundation for our sustainable development. As an ambitious craftsman he beautifies his home non-stop. In addition, he loves to practice various water sports and whenever possible Dolce Vita in Italy.
This brilliant mind comes from Nancy, France and has completed his studies at Epitech. Even when he’s not at work, he enjoys doing stuff on his computer, but he also likes climbing, reading, as well as woodworking. Romain is pretty obsessed with his home country France, so much so that he’s not planning to ever move and has once eaten two kilos of Sauerkraut when he was a child.
Seb is one of the OGs at Nomoko, as he has been working here since early 2015, after having spent some time abroad in Portland, U.S. and Madagascar. He has a master’s degree in Physics from EPFL and in his free time he enjoys playing the guitar, practicing for gigs with his band, as well as hiking and enjoying the beautiful Swiss nature. Furthermore, he sews his own juggling balls, but he’s still not that good of a juggler.
While Sri was born in South India, he has also lived in Saudi Arabia, India, as well as Singapore, before moving to Switzerland and starting to brighten our days here at Nomoko. He has obtained his MSc in Robotics (Computer Visions) at ETH, loves cooking, photography, and playing strategy-based board games with his mates. Also, he can solve the Rubik’s cube in 45 seconds, which just adds to his general awesomeness.
A member of team Nomoko since September of 2015, Vaibhav is originally from Dehli, India and has obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering in Bristol, UK and his MSc in Robotics at ETH Zurich. While he loves sports like cricket, boxing, and yoga, just to name a few, he also likes reading and has recently gotten into photography. At Nomoko, we’re not only amazed at his tech talents, but we’re also huge fans of his singing voice.
A French-Luxembourger, co-founder Vincent has studied at Solvay Business School in Belgium, and at the University of Montréal, receiving his Master’s Degree in Management and Finance in 2009. Vincent has worked for various consultancies over the years as an Auditor and as Manager, before joining the Nomoko adventure as part of the founding team in 2015 through Kevin, his long time friend. A lover of good food and wine, Vincent is a great combination of a hedonist personality with a true passion for business.
Maciej studied in the UK and obtained his Business degree in Hong Kong. Upon graduation, he started pursuing 3D/CGI as a hobby, which he then successfully turned into a professional career. During his 7 year stay in Asia, Maciej has been involved in various VR/AR projects within the South East Asia region. Apart from being a passionate gamer, he spends much of his free time practicing 3D rendering/VFX, learning about cinematography and since his arrival in Switzerland, snowboarding.
Juan is from Huesca, Spain. He studied at the University of Zaragoza and obtained a BSc and a MSc in Agricultural Engineering. He also studied a year in the Netherlands at the Wageningen University thanks to the Erasmus program. Before joining Nomoko Juan worked for a drone service company in Barcelona for more than 3 years. During his free time he enjoys travelling, hanging out with his friends and trying new food. As a hobby he is learning Wasserspringen (diving).
Mario Sanchez Gallardo
Mario is from Barcelona, he studied mechanics and electronics at an international competition school and did an exchange program in France. He started flying in 2014 and became a professional drone pilot in 2015. Before joining Nomoko he worked 3 years for an international drone company. He has flying experience in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, France and more. Mario is passionate about audiovisuals, nature and music.
Jennifer was born in Berlin and lived there till 2017. She then moved to Hamburg before coming to Zurich in 2019. She was a chocolatier for a famous brand and studied HR management in parallel. She has accumulated over 10 years’ experience in retail companies and over 6 years in HR while recruiting a countless number of people during that time. Jennifer was a professional darts player, she is trying to learn the piano by herself, she loves currywurst, Berliner weisse and metal music.