Kathrin Hauck grew up dancing in the Black Forest of Germany, having been trained in ballet and modern dance. While Kathrin was not doing a pirouette, she was busy reading books, and becoming a connoisseur of fine chocolates. After several years of studying, working and travelling, Kathrin met Dennis Hauk, who would not only become her husband, but also her business partner and co-visionary.
Kathrin and Dennis are developing an application to revolutionize the freelancer market. Both Kathrin and Dennis experienced the challenges of the freelancer staffing process first-hand during their consulting careers. Together, they envisioned an A.I. and blockchain enabled application that could empower the growing ranks of freelancers. Up to that point in her life, Kathrin had no development experience, and in fact, had steered clear of anything close to coding. To make this vision come true, Kathrin decided to join Crowd Academy.
Kathrin was drawn in by Crowd Academy’s “professional, yet spacy cool look,” and was ready to jump into the future with both feet. Kathrin was driven to find the tools to make her and Dennis’ blockchain idea, a reality. She wanted to not only have the ability to make apps herself, but also have the skills to lead a development team. Crowd Academy gave Kathrin these tools, teaching her how to both design and develop apps, starting with data structures and moving through rules and integration.
“I’m a business person and I was sure I’d never develop software by myself, but now, I’m not just watching others develop, I am part of the process as well.” This recent graduate describes the seven base program as “intense, challenging and educational.”
“Crowd Academy is a great user experience and a very good opportunity to open a new world to people interested in building their software ideas and visions – from small to very complex applications.”
Kathrin and Dennis have used Crowd Machine’s Crowd App Studio development environment to create a next-generation recruitment platform for freelancers – empowered by blockchain technology. Project Crowd is automating and building transparency into the recruitment and contracting process. The app has AI-enabled job matching on distributed ledger technology, which will be used to create smart contracts and to verify and secure members’ personal information. Project Crowd’s application, built with Crowd Machine is the USP (centerpiece) of the business. Crowd Academy has been such a valuable experience that other members of Project Crowd, including recent graduate Marcel Schwarz, and Dennis joined.
To learn more about Project Crowd, and Kathrin’s journey, please enjoy the upcoming video series, “Chasing Project Crowd – a Start Up Journey”
And, to see Dennis’ journey through Crowd Academy, please enjoy the upcoming video series, “Dennis the Crowd Cadet”