Six questions for the programmer with the steady hand

Vijay moved to Germany with his family for the job at DKSR. The fact that he didn’t let any bureaucratic hurdles get in the way of his move is the best proof of his deep composure. As part of the development team, he works behind the scenes – and mostly from his home office – on the implementations within the projects for municipal and community customers.


Vijay Kumar

What drew you to Berlin?

Berlin is known for its history, its cultural diversity and its vibrant art and music scene, which attracts many people from all over the world. The city is also a center for startups and innovation and offers an exciting job market!

What do you like about your new hometown Berlin, what don’t you like at all?

I like Berlin for its diverse culture and history, and for its affordable cost of living and open-mindedness towards people from all over the world. Not a dislike, but can be improved: Finding a good place to stay can be a challenge, as demand for housing is very high in many parts of the city.

Why did you want to become a developer?

I got into software development because I am curious about technologies. There is always something new to learn and explore in this field, which makes it very exciting and challenging.

What does an average workday look like for you?

A big part of my day consists of writing code: This includes fixing bugs or errors, coding new features or improving existing features for our customers.

How would you explain an urban data platform to a school kid?

It’s a great platform to collect different information about cities from different sources and visualize it with little effort. It helps make good planning decisions.

If you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do with it?

I would spend the hour learning something new – or refactoring code to improve performance, reduce complexity, and make it easier to maintain.