About me

'It is by forging that one becomes a blacksmith'.
-- French proverb

Published Sep 8, 2014

My name is Yannik and I am a passionated and creative technology professional. Passionated not for technology’s sake, but for its ability to elevate people and empower our life. I'm a native of the swiss mountains but travel a lot. I am...

... a maker. I am learning through doing and often explore intersections of separate domains, bringing together disruptive and innovative ideas.
...a full-stack developer with experience in building robust REST API backends using Python, Ruby or Scala. I have also a strong experience in data retrieval, analysis and visualization using Python and JavaScript.
...a designer with a strong experience of building user interfaces for web and mobile. Printed design, Javascript animations and identity are also things I do occasionally. I especially get horrified when a font is misused.

At Esri's R&D Center, we develop and implement the future of the geographic information systems, or at least softwares that consume GIS in new and innovative manners. I contribute to the design and development of Esri’s default 3D web viewer using public and private APIs. I am also respisnible to implementing user interface components for Esri's public 3D API. Finally, I also conceptualise, design, develop and test innovative web app prototypes on top of our it.

Check out some of my work on Esri's 3D map webviewer.

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In addition to or throughout my daily job, there are technology advances and areas that interest me particulary, on which I try to put my focus on:

Smooth Manifold
Graph Theory
Fog Computing
Signal Processing
Natural Language Processing
Machine Learning
Docker & Linux Container


On the shores of Lake Geneva, I have graduated from the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Interesting internship positions have notably brought me in other renown universities, like the Technion. During my studies, I was a teaching assistant for courses like "Graph Theory", "Signal Processing for communication" or "Computer Network".

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If I don't have a rugby match during the weekend, you will probably not see me. I seek solitude in remote hikes. Sometimes I paint, sometimes I photograph.


If I speak english fluently, I keep a nice French accent. French, yes. Oh, I should explain here that Switzerland has no Swiss language. However, the country is split in three main regions: 60% of the population speaks german, 30% french, 6% italian. More

Why the blacksmith theme? Because I dreamed of becoming a blacksmith when I was a child. I'm sure now I became a blacksmith of the internet, a websmith.