Meet Martin Ekberg: A boundary pushing software engineer with an adventurous streak

Meet Martin Ekberg: A boundary pushing software engineer with an adventurous streak
2021-04-22 Paliscope

Meet Martin Ekberg: A boundary pushing software engineer with an adventurous streak

Martin joined Paliscope last December as a software engineer, and has already made himself an indispensable member of the team. Besides being a really friendly guy, we’re pleased by the dedication and great attention to detail he brings to his work, as well as his knack for tracking down the hard-to-find bugs.

In this conversation, we take the opportunity to get to know Martin even better. He talks about how he got into the field of system development in the first place, what kind of improvements he’s currently making to Discovry’s report engine, and even reveals some of adventures he’s been getting into outside the office.

How would you describe yourself as a person?

According to the Myer Briggs test, I have the personality type ISFP—the “Adventurer.” On my latest adventure, I hiked Kungsleden from Abisko to Nikkaluokta for 120 km with over 20 kg in packing. I like to find smart solutions to problems. I started playing computer games from a relatively early age and often tried to explore boundaries and find new ways and strategies to play the game. In my free time, I also like to exercise (strength training, running).

How did you end up at Paliscope?

I was contacted by a recruiter regarding another position and when we met for an interview, it turned out the position was already filled, but they wanted to learn more about me and what I was interested in working with. Then I got the suggestion that I consider Paliscope. Paliscope was looking for developers and I thought it sounded like an exciting and unique service.

What is your role here?

I work as a system developer and program in Javascript. We use React and Electron as frameworks, among others. As a developer, I help implement new functionalities in Discovry and test and review code. We work agile and have refinement meetings where we (developers, UX design and testers) go through errands and set requirements for them.

What originally sparked your interest in the field of system development?

In high school, I studied technology with a focus on media and, after graduating, I wanted to study further to become an engineer. I have always had a great interest in computers and games and, in my teens, I built my first computer. Consequently, I thought it sounded interesting to apply to the computer technology program. At university, I got to study courses in programming, which I thought was very difficult in the beginning. Before the first exam, it finally clicked for me and I ended up getting a grade of five—and that was when I felt I wanted to work with programming.

What was it like to start at Paliscope in the middle of a pandemic?

I had my first interview at Paliscope before the pandemic started but, due to the outbreak, we could not move forward with the process at that time. I thought it was sad because I had gotten a good impression of Paliscope, so when I was contacted again during the summer I became very happy.

During the pandemic, there have been special circumstances and many have worked at home, but I think I received a very good reception. It felt like people were happy when I started and that they had been waiting for more developers to be hired. During my first week, I was in the office and my colleagues took turns being there so we could meet. I received support and an introduction.

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I’m working on implementing improvements in Discovry’s report engine. The idea is to make it more user-friendly and that users will have more freedom when editing reports, e.g., being able to change the order of Cards and Collected data, and edit groups.

What’s the best part of working at Paliscope?

I think it’s very fun to work on something that you know is being used in reality, and that it contributes to social improvements—not only in Sweden, but also internationally.

What’s a fun fact we might not know about you?

One time, my friends and I dressed up as Smurfs and went to the summer park Skara Sommarland and camped.

Thanks Martin!

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