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From work­ing stu­dent to Plat­form Soft­ware Archi­tect — Manuel Hoffmann’s KiwiStory

New for­mat: KiwiStory/working @ Kiwigrid

When Manuel’s KiwiS­to­ry start­ed in Sep­tem­ber 2014, he was still at the begin­ning of his com­put­er sci­ence stud­ies. Four years lat­er, after com­plet­ing his edu­ca­tion and spend­ing some time in the “Kiwi home­land” of New Zealand, he suc­cess­ful­ly wrote his the­sis on smart meter gate­ways. Fast for­ward to the present day, and Manuel adds strength to the KiwiOS plat­form team as a Soft­ware Archi­tect. In this role, he has con­tributed many com­pa­ny mile­stones. Manuel is an impor­tant mem­ber of our team thanks to his infec­tious enthu­si­asm and abil­i­ty to com­mu­ni­cate the vari­ety of views in our teams constructively.


We all work in one of THE indus­tries of the future, in a com­pa­ny that is very com­mit­ted to its employ­ees. Let’s be proud of our con­tri­bu­tion to a more sus­tain­able world. I’m excit­ed to con­tin­ue con­tribut­ing to our green solar-pow­ered ‘Kiwi­Ship’ journey!”

Manuel Hoff­mann, Plat­form Soft­ware Architect

6 years at Kiwigrid – your high­lights so far:
“Even dur­ing my time as a work­ing stu­dent, I was able to cel­e­brate a num­ber of small suc­cess­es. While at Kiwigrid, I wrote a paper, in which I showed how smart meter gate­ways could be inte­grat­ed into the Kiwigrid envi­ron­ment. This allowed me to present a com­plex top­ic in an under­stand­able way and to excite col­leagues from dif­fer­ent depart­ments, which was a great moti­va­tor for me. Most recent­ly, I was involved in the a well-found­ed deci­sion-mak­ing sys­tem for our plat­form. Achiev­ing this was a vital mile­stone on our way to open­ing the KiwiOS plat­form, and also means that we can estab­lish a new, future-proof busi­ness model.” 

8 ques­tions for: Manuel

  1. Your cof­fee?
    • My cof­fee is tea
  2. Your favorite mode of transport? 
    • Bicy­cle 
  3. Gre­ta Thun­berg, Super­man, James LeBron, the Cook­ie Mon­ster, Lassie (the dog from the movie) or you – who or what inspires you?
    • The Cook­ie Mon­ster: with­out food I can’t func­tion, no mat­ter what time of day it is 😉
  4. Waste sort­ing, no car, your own PV plant… – what’s your per­son­al sus­tain­abil­i­ty chal­lenge / mission?
    • Waste sort­ing and more and more pack­ag­ing-free solutions
  5. Your work space?
    • Team clean desk 
  6. The best oper­at­ing system? 
    • Doesn’t exist 😀 I have worked with all three — Win­dows, Lin­ux and iOS/macOS — for a long time …
  7. Your best work­ing hours? 
    • Ear­ly bird: I pre­fer to work ear­li­er rather than later
  8. Your favorite Kiwigrid product? 
    • For me it’s The Elec­tri­fy­ing City — I think this is where the future is head­ing: intel­li­gent con­nect­ed clusters/districts/communities

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