MEET THE TEAM: Henrik Blidh, Developer
Our meet the team series is a chance for you to gain bit of insight into who Swedwise are and what makes us tick. Meet Henrik Blidh, Developer, Mathematician and Home Pickler.
What’s your background?
I grew up in Värmland, and then studied a Masters in Engineering Mathematics at Lund University in the south of Sweden. After working in Data Analysis and Machine Learning in Malmö, and then a stint in Stockholm, I finally returned to my roots in Värmland.
How and why did join Swedwise?
I had just moved back to Värmland in 2012, I was naturally on the look out for an interesting role in which I could use my skillset. By chance, Swedwise was looking for someone with a background like mine, so I had a meeting with them. I was impressed by the team and joined soon after.
Have you ever thought of doing something completely different?
I imagine I would be doing something related to literature studies. It’s actually the path I originally envisioned for myself.
A piece of advice to your younger self?
There’s a well-known comic strip called Calvin and Hobbes. It follows the humorous antics of Calvin, an adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes – his sardonic stuffed-toy tiger. One day, Hobbes asks Calvin why he is looking for frogs. He replies, “I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul”. This sums up what I’ve learned: If you have an idea you might as well explore it as soon as possible, since you will be unable to put it of your mind anyway.
What is the latest technologies you have been working with that you would recommend to others?
Graph databases; specifically Neo4J. I think can be a very useful tool for leveraging the knowledge of the subsequent data querying to facilitate the actual storage of data. I have also been continuing my IoT learning spree with NFC, wall plotters and motion sensors.
What’s the last book you read?
“The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer. A beautiful book about the value and necessity of cooperation and human interaction.
Who do you admire?
All people daring to share their creative work with the world and overcome their imposter syndrome.
Do you have any non-IT related hobbies outside of work?
Comics, cooking and caring for my children. I have recently been pickling, fermenting, making jams, jellies and chutneys of almost everything I have gotten my hands on.
Tell something about yourself others might not know about you or find surprising?
I composed a polska, a Swedish folk dance song in ¾ -beat, for my youngest son for his naming ceremony, and played it for him on my violin.
Thank You Henrik.