Hi, I'm Miguel 👋

I'm an engineer with experience wearing different hats, as a developer, writer, event producer, and communication manager.


Currently, I am a software developer at Imaginary Cloud. In the past, I was a coordinator, team leader, and communication manager of one of the biggest tech conferences in Portugal, SINFO. I also helped organize the Future.Works Tech Conferences in Berlin and Lisbon. I hold a master's degree in Computer Science Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico.

TL;DR

What

I am a proactive, creative, fast learner, imaginative, independent, hard, and dedicated engineer, currently working as a software developer.

I absolutely love technology, music, and traveling.

Where

I was born in Beja, Portugal, and lived there until I moved to Lisbon to pursue my dream of becoming a computer science engineer.

I am currently based in the city of the seven hills, but I haven't forgotten my passion for migas com entrecosto and my slight alentejano accent.

Hobbies

When I'm not working, I love to travel, cook, and read and write about music, technology, politics, infrastructure, and business.

Music is a very important part of my life. As such, I am a vinyl junkie, and I have a growing collection of records. that you can check out here.


Career

Software Developer
Imaginary Cloud

Full-stack development of web platforms and applications. Working alongside Imaginary Cloud’s clients through the several steps of the development of projects, with constant communication. Working with technologies such as React, Redux, Fabric.js, Node.js, PostgreSQL, and Cypress.

Coordinator
SINFO

Leadership, management, and planning of activities carried out by a team of 30+ members. Establishment of contact with tech companies to sponsor the event, as well as the definition of the event’s sponsorship packages. Research and onboarding of renowned international speakers. Organization of recruitment strategy and team building activities for the natural renewal of the team. Guiding and mentorship of members as they grow in the team.

Speakers Acquisition Specialist
Future.Works

Responsible for planning and definition of the strategy for the speakers invited to the events in Berlin and Lisbon, as well as research, Invite, Onboard and Assure the best experience possible of speakers like Paul Mockapetris (Creator of the DNS), Patrick Kua (CTO @ N26), and Agnieszka Naplocha (Designer and Front-end Dev @ Adobe) among 50+ others. Researching and contacting experts and speakers for technical and non-technical workshops and AMA sessions with event attendees.

Tech Curator
Landing.Jobs

Member of the curation team, responsible for reviewing the applications of hundreds of applicants, based on the job description and insights provided by Account Managers.

Festival Content Associate
Future.Works

Responsible for planning and definition of the strategy for the speakers invited to the events, as well as research, Invite, Onboard and Assure the best experience possible of 30+ speakers.

Team Leader, Communication & Social Networks
SINFO

Responsible for managing the conference’s social media accounts, newsletter, and promotion. Contacted international personalities from fields such as Animation, Software Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence, to speak at SINFO’s keynotes’ panel. Established partnerships with recruiting tech companies, generating funding to allow the non-profit event to be free for everyone.

Communication & Social Media Manager
SINFO

Responsible for creating social media content in the Communication and Social Networks team to provide daily posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram accounts of SINFO.

Writer, Editor, Podcast Co-Host
Kioske da Maçã

Kioske da Maçã was a Portuguese blog that covered technology news, mainly about Apple and its hardware and software. Wrote apps and devices reviews, and covered the news, rumors, and tidbits about the company and technology in general. Co-host of the blog’s podcast, “Podcast do Kioske”.

CTO
Savy

Savy is a startup company that I co-founded, responsible for the creation of devices that help users to achieve home savings easily, as well as reducing the human footprint in the environment. I was CTO of Savy, deploying its website using Bootstrap, JavaScript, and SASS, as well as helping on the creation of the Savy Water device, using Arduino and Visual Basic. Savy was awarded the runners-up prize at the “A Empresa” competition.


Education

MSc. Computer Science and Engineering
Instituto Superior Técnico - University of Lisbon

Specialization in Interaction & Visualization (UX / UI / Front-End). My master thesis was: 'The future of radio - combining music streaming services with traditional radio', of which the resulting app, Sterio, was developed using Flutter, Dart, and Firebase. Conducted all app development cycle procedures, from the inception of the idea to its outlining, user research, requirements gathering, design, code development, usability, and acceptance testing.


Main courses: User-Centered Design, Natural Language Processing, Information Visualization, Data Science, Ambient Intelligence, Multimedia Content Production, Interactive Visual Communication, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things Interaction Design, Foundations of Information Systems, Information Systems Project Management.

BSc. Computer Science and Engineering
Instituto Superior Técnico - University of Lisbon

Instituto Superior Técnico (University of Lisbon) is the largest school of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology of Portugal. LEIC's main purpose is to provide students with a solid background in Computer Science and Engineering, with a well-structured curriculum based on the best techniques and practices promoted internationally.


Awards and Achievements

Best Thesis Award
APDC (Portuguese Association for the Development of Communications)

In 2021, my self-proposed Master's Thesis 'The Future of Radio: Combining Music Streaming With Terrestrial Radio Services', with a final grade of 19/20, was awarded the Best Thesis Award by APDC, with a jury composed of some of the most renown professors and investigators from all of Portugal's engineering universites. The thesis focused on creating a new listening experience based on Spotify's API.

Published Paper
UBICOMP / ISWC 2020

From the resulting Master's dissertation, a scientific paper and poster were published and presented at the Ubicomp/ISWC international conference, in 2020, in Cancun, Mexico.


Projects

Sterio🎸

Designing, conceiving, and deploying of a novel experience for music lovers by combining the best features of music streaming and traditional terrestrial radio services.

MercAgro🌾

A marketplace where suppliers and farmers can sell, buy, and trade agricultural goods, machinery, and tools.

S.H.A.R.E.S.🔌

Erasmus+ project funded by the European Union to raise awareness of the need for energy conservation and promote the advantages of using renewable energy sources.

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Blog💻

A tech blog where I give my takes and opinions in the industry, as well as occasional reviews, guides, how-tos, and more.

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Let's talk!


I'm always interested in new ideas and projects, so hit me up!