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my name is Stephan Fortelny. I'm an interaction design student at Malmö University in Sweden.
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My name is Stephan Fortelny. I'm an interaction design student at Malmö University in Sweden.

But wait, let me tell you my story. At the end of my studies in computer science back in Austria, I spent some time in Spain for exchange studies. I learned to like the country, so I stayed and started working for an early stage startup. After a fun ride including a short stay in California the startup was discontinued - starting a company is indeed a risky business! I moved to the Netherlands to be with my girlfriend there and was lucky to find yet another startup that would hire me. So, I happily continued working on the nuts and bolts of an innovative product. Throughout this time, I always had a strong interest in innovation and design. Hence, when I was accepted for Malmö University I packed my bags and my guitar, sold my bike and took the next bus northwards.

The different people I've met, cultures I've experienced and languages I've learnt have certainly affected my personality. Having grown up fairly close to the alps, I like to spend my free time on outdoor activities such as climbing, mountain biking or hiking. From the Netherlands, I bring my passion for bicycles. When I'm not in the climbing gym or at University, you might find me fixing one at a workshop here in Malmö. Spain taught me to love life in all its complexities and the U.S. to enjoy work in all its challenges. I speak German, English, Spanish and a tiny bit of Swedish.

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As part of an ongoing collaboration between Malmö University and the Royal Danish Theatre, two fellow students and myself were asked to help the theatre to expand their relationship with teenagers. According to them, teenagers coming to a performance would often feel alienated by classic drama and the environment in the theatre. Based on extensive fieldwork, our concept expands on an existing activity where teenagers are invited to perform at the theatre guided by professional actors. Our idea is to open it up to a broader audience by scheduling these student performances before regular plays over an extended period of five weeks. The process of participants is broadcasted in the form of a weekly documentary published on youtube to reach and engage outsiders. We created such a documentary to illustrate our concept.

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Facebook is known to be a service that makes it especially difficult to delete unwanted and potentially sensitive data one submits via their platform. We aim to provide Facebook users an outlet to get rid of their undesirable digital traces. The envisioned concept is a physical book composed of a Facebook user's account. By destroying her version of the book a user deletes her digital data at the same time as physical actions, such as ripping out pages or smashing it against the wall, are replicated on her Facebook account. The concept and two prototypes have been designed and developed by three fellow students and myself at Malmö University.

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Jack in the box is an alternative approach to the traditional clown jumping out of a box when you push a button. In our version, we detect gestures with Kinect and open the box with an Arduino controlled servo motor. Both students at Malmö University, Anette and I created a working prototype within a weekend. Most of the materials including springs, the box, the clown and the mechanisms holding the box together are self-made.

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A jojo journey is a trip to an unknown destination in Southern Sweden. From the moment travelers embark on train or bus, they are slowly introduced to the final destination, turning the journey itself into a fun, serendipitous experience. Through the inclusion of local providers of gastronomy or tourism, the region as a whole is able to profit. This concept was created as part of an introductory course for interaction design at Malmö University in a multidisciplinary team.

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Peerby is a sharing platform and community based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Peerby enables you to borrow the things, you need from people in your neighborhood, be it a drill you need for your hand-crafted Christmas gift, a cycle to get to work or school, a hammer to put up the picture of your wedding in the living room or an PS3 game controller for a fun night with friends. Being part of a fantastic team, I helped modernizing their entire platform and tripling their userbase during my stay at Peerby.

Peerby Amsterdam a drill a bike a hammer a controller
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Have you ever found yourself looking for a job? Have you ever moved to a new country? Have you ever found yourself emersed in a new interest and looking for people to share it with? Minggler is your personal assistant to develop and maintain personal relationships with acquaintances, friends and family that might help you in your life. As part of a small but dedicated startup team attempting to realize this vision, I gained my initial startup experience at Minggler as a developer working on both front and backend.