Thorleif Thorleifsson

Meet Dag - One of our interns

Hi Dag! Welcome to Maritime Optima! Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a man of a thousand hobbies. I am very creative and my hobbies are based mostly around fixing and making things. Using all sorts of tools and techniques. Including 3d printing, welding, woodworking, sewing, 3d modeling and more. I find joy in the feeling of being useful and therefore excited for opportunities to be useful.

I am the son of a shipbroker who's a son of a shipbroker who's the son of an admiral who's the son of a sailor. My family tree is full of captains, lighthouse keepers and ship owners. I have always spent time close to the water, whether it's the Oslo fjord or the sea front in the south (Kilsund). Fishing fish, lobsters and mussels. Going on boat trips along the coast and in the fjord.

Tell us a little bit about your background? Your education? What are your interests? What have you been doing before you joined Maritime Optima?

I was born in Oslo and have lived here most of my life (except for when I studied in Horten), but I have spent my summers by the sea in the south of Norway for as long as I've lived. I studied mechanical engineering at the University of South Eastern Norway (USN) and the Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet).

I have also studied informatics at the University of Oslo, where I am currently looking to build a mixed bachelor degree as well.

I have previously worked as a summer employee at Kitron, where I worked in the production of circuit boards operating robots. Kitron is an electronics manufacturer that is located in the south of Norway (Kilsund).

What will be your responsibilities in Maritime Optima?

I’m unsure if what I do is categorized under quality control/assurance or software testing or something else entirely., but mainly I’ll do testing, meaning I’ll look for and report bugs and mistakes on web and mobile.

There are so many “digital maritime initiatives” / start-ups - what do you think is unique with Maritime Optima?

The quest of modernizing the shipping industry by creating new and useful tools that are tailored to the industry.

What do you think a tech start-up needs to have or do in order to be successful?

A good understanding of one's own goals and what paths to get there even when roadblocks are met.

Anything else you want to share with us Dag?

What I do for Maritime Optima might seem boring and tedious, but I enjoy the fact that I know it's useful and creates value for the company and our users. I know that I make a difference to the company and to the products.

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