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Beyond BEST

By BEST Alumni Network
We are engineers, and we are Alumni of BEST. In this podcast, you will find interesting stories related to life after university: how our members developed over time and useful pieces of advice for current and future generations.
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#22 AM 2022 A possible future trip in Bulgaria with Aleks - Coffee Friday
Aleks Vladimirov is Senior IT professional, passionate blogger and traveler and a host of Beyond BEST podcast. In this episode, he flips the switched and this time he will sit on the “hot chair” and be interviewed about his experience during the BEST Alumni Meeting in Prague. Would you like to become a member of BAN, you must be an alumnus of BEST and apply by visit: https://www.bestalumni.net PODCAST INFO: Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or on https://www.bestAlumni.netFeedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message. Contact Aleks: https://aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto
06:30
July 22, 2022
#21 AM 2022 A true confession by Tunder - Coffee Friday
Tunder aka Davide is the previous president of BAN. In this interview, he will share with you why he sees such events so important and useful. Would you like to become a member of BAN, you must be an alumnus of BEST and apply by visit: https://www.bestalumni.net PODCAST INFO: Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or on https://www.bestAlumni.netFeedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message   Contact Aleks: https://aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee   Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto
07:38
July 15, 2022
#20 AM 2022 the spontaneous decision of Elcin Yaldir - Coffee Friday
Elcin is from Turkey, and she lives now in Berlin. She decided to join the event spontaneously and she had lots of fun. Find out what is her impression from the BEST Alumni Meeting in this podcast. Would you like to become a member of BAN, you must be an alumnus of BEST and apply by visit: https://www.bestalumni.net PODCAST INFO: Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or on https://www.bestAlumni.net Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message   Contact Aleks: https://aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee   Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto
04:59
July 08, 2022
#19 AM 2022 true experience; an interview with Francesco - Coffee Friday
This is the first episode in a while. Thank you for being with us. We will do a series of so-called train interviews with different members being part of the BEST Alumni Meeting in Prague. This episode is about the interview we had with Francesco Portoso. You will learn more about his opinion about the event. Would you like to become a member of BAN, you must be an alumnus of BEST and apply by visit: https://www.bestalumni.net PODCAST INFO: Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, website   Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message   Contact Aleks: aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee   Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto
05:37
July 01, 2022
#18 Three tips to be more productive - Coffee Friday
In this episode, Aleks will share what are the three ways to be more productive while remote working. Sit back, relax, drink your coffee and enjoy the episode! You can also support us by becoming a member! Become a member of BAN. PODCAST INFO: Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, website   Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message   Contact Aleks: aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee   Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto 
11:45
October 08, 2021
#17 The dark side of language learning when using gamification - Coffee Friday
In this episode, Aleks will share what are the issues when learning a new language using an App. Traps and pitfalls.  Sit back, relax, drink your coffee and enjoy the episode! You can also support us by becoming a member! Become a member of BAN. PODCAST INFO: Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, website   Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message   Contact Aleks: aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee   Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto 
11:44
September 03, 2021
#16 Best practices for performance for remote Software Engineers - Coffee Friday
In this episode, Aleks will share productivity tips for remote workers applicable not only to software engineers. Sit back, relax, drink your coffee and enjoy the episode! You can also support us by becoming a member! Become a member of BAN. PODCAST INFO: Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, website   Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message   Contact Aleks: aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee   Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto 
08:44
August 20, 2021
#15 Davide Biasco (part 2) - Making decisions & shifting careers
This is part 2 of our interview with Davide Biasco. In this interview, you will learn about his professional life and volunteer work. You will learn how to make better decisions and how Davide is planning his career shift. SUPPORT US! Become a member of BAN. OUTLINE: 01:00 Introduction and the origin of his nickname, Tunder. 05:40 Moving to London 12:20 Making decisions without regret 16:55 Best before project 32:30 Time management 39:00 What I'm studying now 47:00 Preparing for a meaningful career shift PODCAST INFO: Become a member of BAN. Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, website Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message Contact Aleks: aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto
55:38
August 09, 2021
#14 Marie Pierré (part 1) - Strategic View: act, observe & reflect
We now talk to Marie Pierré, the current secretary of BEST Alumni Network (BAN). Marie is a trainer and instructional designer.  In this interview, you will learn about her role as a secretary. You will learn about how to keep a strategic and global vision. A big takeaway is the key role of action, observation, and reflection and how to apply it in practice. Stay tuned for part II of our conversation with Marie. SUPPORT US! Become a member of BAN. Join until 22/March to vote and participate in the ongoing General Assembly and help define the future of the organisation. OUTLINE: 00:00 - Introduction 04:50 - Role as Secretary 08:30 - Balance between action and reflection 11:00 - Working online in an international team 12:30 - Fostering connection between members 20:30 - Strategic view 25:00 - Future of BAN 32:00 - Message for a future Secretary 36:00 - Ongoing General Assembly PODCAST INFO: Become a member of BAN. Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, website Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message Contact Aleks: aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto Audio editing by Jack Bryer: jbryermedia@gmail.com 
44:05
March 25, 2021
#13 Jeffrey Van Beers (part 1) - BAN Treasurer: expecting the unexpected
We start our conversation with Jeffrey Van Beers, the current treasurer of BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and a software developer based in Berlin.  SUPPORT US! Become a member of BAN. Join until 22/March to vote and participate in the ongoing General Assembly and help define the future of the organisation. OUTLINE: 00:00 - Introduction 06:00 - Being the treasurer 14:30 - Expecting the unexpected 20:00 - Working with people you don't know 27:00 - Advice for future treasurer 33:00 - Events & future of BAN  PODCAST INFO: Become a member of BAN. Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, website Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message Contact Aleks: aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto Audio editing by Jack Bryer: jbryermedia@gmail.com 
35:13
March 22, 2021
#12 - 5G: why we should be excited and worried about it? (Fast Friday)
Today in our Fast Friday we talk about 5G. What's 5G? Why should we be excited about it? Why should be worried about it at the same time?  EPISODE LINKS: 30/March, 20h: 5G conference with Prof. Marco Congedo (in French). Inscription at https://bit.ly/2NIiYhy. SUPPORT US! Become a member of BAN.  Join until 22/March to vote and participate in the ongoing General Assembly and help define the future of the organisation. REFERENCES:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5G  https://www.arcep.fr/uploads/tx_gspublication/rapport-enjeux-5G_mars2017.pdf https://spectrum.ieee.org/video/telecom/wireless/everything-you-need-to-know-about-5g https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/5g-is-coming-how-worried-should-we-be-about-the-health-risks/  PODCAST INFO: Become a member of BAN Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, website Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message Contact Aleks: aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto
13:14
March 19, 2021
#11 Davide Biasco - passion, motivation, BAN and volunteering. Lessons learned from building Alumni community (part1 of the interview)
This is part one of our conversation with Davide Biasco (aka Tunder), the current president of BEST Alumni Network (BAN). Tunder studied Electronics Engineering but built a career in systems administration, cloud and information security.  In this interview, you will learn more about his motivation to join BAN and the future of the organization. You will learn how non-profit leaders run organizations and keep their motivation. A big take away for volunteering and not having the time: "We always speak about time, but the right word to say sometimes is attention. You shouldn't confuse time with attention. Because, time we have plenty, often we waste it in many ways we don't want to. It's about getting control of your attention."   Maybe you will be inspired to join BAN? Become a member of BAN. PODCAST INFO: Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message Contact Aleks: aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, or on Twitter @eduardoconto Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, website. Audio editing by Jack Bryer: jbryermedia@gmail.com.
01:01:35
March 01, 2021
#10 Payments, money transfer and crypto - what will change with Revolut in 2021 ( Fast Friday series)
Welcome to this experimental episode, called Fast Friday. In today's episode, you will learn about payments, money transfer and crypto - what will change with Revolut in 2021. If you’ve feedback, suggestions reach us via e-mail on beyond.best@bestalumni.net or leave us a voice message. You can reach out to Aleks on aleksvladimirov.com, on Twitter @TheAleksTweet, or Instagram: aleks.vee. You can reach out to Eduardo on eduardoconto@bestalumni.net or on Twitter @eduardoconto. For more information about the BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and other related projects find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and on our website. If you’re an alumni of BEST, you can also become a member of BAN. It’ll help support this show and the various other ongoing projects.
10:50
February 26, 2021
#9 - Interview with Clelia Cesario (part 2) - Goals, remote work & more
This is part two of our conversation with Clelia Cesario. Clelia is a Life Sciences enthusiast, despite not working as an engineer, she stayed in the industry to work towards what she finds meaningful and cultivate her passion for the healthcare sector. After her BEST year, she moved abroad, experienced remote work for a few years, and joined BAN as soon as it was born to let some external and internal projects thrive.  If you’ve feedback, suggestions reach us via e-mail on beyond.best@bestalumni.net or leave us a voice message. You can reach out to Aleks on aleksvladimirov.com, on Twitter @TheAleksTweet, or Instagram aleks.vee. You can reach out to Eduardo on eduardoconto@bestalumni.net or on Twitter @eduardoconto. For more information about the BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and other related projects find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and on our website. If you’re an alumni of BEST, you can also become a member of BAN. It’ll help support this show and the various other ongoing projects.
01:02:01
February 01, 2021
#8 Top 4 skills for an engineer to gain in 2021. (Fast Friday experimental episode)
Welcome to this experimental episode, called Fast Friday. In today's episode you will learn the top 4 skills you will need to make 2021 the BEST. If you’ve feedback, suggestions reach us via e-mail on beyond.best@bestalumni.net or leave us a voice message. You can reach out to Aleks on aleksvladimirov.com, on Twitter @TheAleksTweet, or Instagram: aleks.vee. You can reach out to Eduardo on eduardoconto@bestalumni.net or on Twitter @eduardoconto. For more information about the BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and other related projects find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and on our website. If you’re an alumni of BEST, you can also become a member of BAN. It’ll help support this show and the various other ongoing projects.
12:42
January 29, 2021
#7 - Interview with Clelia Cesario (part1) - Vaccines, Living in a different country, Brexit and funny student memories
We continue the conversation with Clelia.  Clelia is a Life Sciences enthusiast, despite not working as an engineer, she stayed in the industry to work towards what she finds meaningful and cultivate her passion for the healthcare sector. After her BEST year, she moved abroad, experienced remote work for a few years, and joined BAN as soon as it was born to let some external and internal projects thrive. If you’ve feedback, suggestions reach us via e-mail on beyond.best@bestalumni.net or leave us a voice message. You can reach out to Aleks on aleksvladimirov.com, on Twitter @TheAleksTweet, or Instagram: aleks.vee. You can reach out to Eduardo on eduardoconto@bestalumni.net or on Twitter @eduardoconto. For more information about the BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and other related projects, find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and on our website. If you are alumni of BEST, you can also become a member of BAN. It’ll help support this show and the various other ongoing projects. NOTES: You will find Clelia's experience living in UK before Brexit and how things will change for her Her experience managing projects related to the medical field How to manage long lasting project Opinion about the vaccine creation REFERENCES: Documentary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swedish_Theory_of_Love Mindfulness / meditation app (1st month is free): https://dynamic.wakingup.com/redeemMonth/3187db
41:25
January 04, 2021
#6 - Interview with Krystian Blaszkowicz - 3D Printers, the beginner's guide!
We continue the conversation with Krys. Krystian Blaszkowicz lives in London and has built his own 3D printer. He is also selling items made by his 3D printer on his shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/3DEasyWorkshop/sold If you’ve feedback, suggestions reach us via e-mail on beyond.best@bestalumni.net or leave us a voice message. You can reach out to Aleks on https://aleksvladimirov.com, on Twitter @TheAleksTweet, or Instagram aleks.vee. You can reach out to Eduardo on eduardoconto@bestalumni.net or on Twitter @eduardoconto. For more information about the BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and other related projects, find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and on our website. If you’re alumni of BEST, you can also become a member of BAN. It’ll help support this show and the various other ongoing projects. Episode notes: 3D printing Reddit for guide, support and socializing https://www.reddit.com/r/3Dprinting/ 3D printing services https://www.reddit.com/r/3Dprintmything/new/ Krys's favorite brand: https://www.anycubic.com/?sscid=c1k4_oxg5u& Source for print files and 3D printing projects https://www.thingiverse.com Another source and community for 3D files https://grabcad.com Beginner cad software free https://www.tinkercad.com He is eager to help you with your 3D printer questions! You can connect with him on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/PCwhale
43:37
December 29, 2020
#5 - Balázs Slezák (part 2): Launching a start-up
We continue the conversation with Balázs. In this part, we focus on his experiences a founder and as a start-up mentor, bringing up some key questions one ought to consider when starting a business.  Balázs Slezák is the co-founder of Forma Eyewear (acquired in 2018) and founder of Wozify, providing enterprise-level hardware and software engineering services, specialized to the needs of startups. Mentor at Hiventures and Design Terminal, helping early stage startups get off the ground. If you’ve feedback, suggestions reach us via e-mail on beyond.best@bestalumni.net or leave us a voice message. You can reach out to Aleks on aleksvladimirov.com, on Twitter @TheAleksTweet, or Instagram aleks.vee. You can reach out to Eduardo on eduardoconto@bestalumni.net or on Twitter @eduardoconto. For more information about the BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and other related projects find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and on our website. If you’re an alumni of BEST, you can also become a member of BAN. It’ll help support this show and the various other ongoing projects. OUTLINE: 00:00: what to look for in potential cofounders? Vesting agreements 10:00: key questions for entrepreneurs. Startup mentoring 23:00: Launching Wozify 33:00: Launch start-ups in Europe REFERENCES:  Slicing pie model & software: https://slicingpie.com Wozify: https://wozify.com Balázs LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/balazsslezak
41:49
December 07, 2020
#4 - Balázs Slezák (part 1): BEST, budget traveling and Startup Chile Experience
Balázs Slezák shares his experience as a BESTie, as a traveller and as entrepreneur with diverse experiences of failure and success. He's the co-founder of Forma Eyewear (acquired in 2018) and founder of Wozify, providing enterprise-level hardware and software engineering services, specialized to the needs of startups. Mentor at Hiventures and Design Terminal, helping early stage startups get off the ground.  If you’ve feedback, suggestions reach us via e-mail on beyond.best@bestalumni.net or leave us a voice message. You can reach out to Aleks on aleksvladimirov.com, on Twitter @TheAleksTweet, or Instagram aleks.vee. You can reach out to Eduardo on eduardoconto@bestalumni.net or on Twitter @eduardoconto. For more information about the BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and other related projects find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and on our website. If you’re an alumni of BEST, you can also become a member of BAN. It’ll help support this show and the various other ongoing projects. OUTLINE: 03:00 Experience as a BESTie 09:15 Startup ideas 16:32 Budget travelling 22:00 Method for learning languages - Michel Thomas 25:13 Tips and tricks for budget traveling & hitchhiking 34:10 First steps & motivation to become an entrepreneur 45:47 Experience from Startup Chile REFERENCES: https://hitchwiki.org/en/Main_Page - Wiki for hitchhikers https://www.gartner.com/en/research/methodologies/gartner-hype-cycle - Gartner Hype Cycle
52:35
November 02, 2020
#3 - Mirna Smidt: Happiness Academy & Trainer’s toolbox
This is the second part of the interview with Mirna. In this part, we focus on her role as founder of Happiness Academy (www.happiness-academy.eu) and Trainers Toolbox (www.trainers-toolbox.com). If you’ve feedback, suggestions reach us via e-mail on beyond.best@bestalumni.net or leave us a voice message. You can reach out to Aleks on aleksvladimirov.com, on Twitter @TheAleksTweet, or Instagram aleks.vee. You can reach out to Eduardo on eduardoconto@bestalumni.net or on Twitter @eduardoconto. For more information about the BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and other related projects find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and on our website. If you’re an alumni of BEST, you can also become a member of BAN. It’ll help support this show and the various other ongoing projects. OUTLINE: 00:00:00: Happiness Academy & Trainers Toolbox. Ingredients of happiness. +/-/? tool 00:21:00: Taking a sabbatical year. 00:34:00:Lessons as a entrepreneur 00:50:00: Closing thoughts REFERENCES: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being. Martin E. P. Seligman +/-/? Tool https://www.facebook.com/groups/positivepsychologytribe/
53:52
October 01, 2020
#2 - Mirna Smidt: Becoming a trainer
Mirna Smidt joined BEST in 2006. She is an interpersonal skills trainer, coach and entrepreneur, specialising in positive psychology training and interventions. In this part we’ll explore how and why she joined BEST, some of the experiences she had as a member and how being a BESTie led her on her path as a trainer. If you’ve feedback, suggestions reach us via e-mail on beyond.best@bestalumni.net or leave us a voice message. You can reach out to Aleks on aleksvladimirov.com, on Twitter @TheAleksTweet, or Instagram aleks.vee. You can reach out to Eduardo on eduardoconto@bestalumni.net or on Twitter @eduardoconto. For more information about the BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and other related projects find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and on our website. If you’re an alumni of BEST, you can also become a member of BAN. It’ll help support this show and the various other ongoing projects. OUTLINE: 00:00: Joining BEST & being a BESTie 00:25: Becoming a trainer. 00:42: Positive psychology, Flow & Meaning
59:51
September 17, 2020
#1 - Eamon McDermott: A Canadian in BEST
Eamon is a Canadian who joined BEST in 2012 while studying his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry in Vienna, Austria. He had previously met BEST at GA Tallinn 2008 where he represented CFES, the Canadian official partner. He met his wife Öykü (Ankara alumni) through BEST, and they are currently fun-employed after settling in Toronto, Canada. He is spending his COVID lockdown house hunting, wrangling immigration bureaucracy and studying for a pilot's license. He has a job history in semiconductor research, capital markets, programming and had a small web hosting startup sold in 2002. If you’ve feedback, suggestions reach us via e-mail on beyond.best@bestalumni.net or leave us a voice message. You can reach out to Aleks on aleksvladimirov.com, on Twitter @TheAleksTweet, or Instagram aleks.vee. You can reach out to Eduardo on eduardoconto@bestalumni.net or on Twitter @eduardoconto. For more information about the BEST Alumni Network (BAN) and other related projects find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and on our website. If you’re an alumni of BEST, you can also become a member of BAN. It’ll help support this show and the various other ongoing projects. NEWS: Vote on the BAN General Assembly Upcoming BEST Alumni Webinars in September OUTLINE: 1min - Introduction and short bio 7min - Traveling in Europe 20min - What you’ve learned by joining BEST? 30min - Starting BEST Alumni Network 50min - Advices for current BEST members 1h - How to connect with me? Eamon's e-mail: eamon@jackmaninov.ca
01:18:07
August 17, 2020
Welcome to the Beyond BEST podcast!
I am Eduardo and I am Aleks. We are members of BEST ALUMNI NETWORK. Together we are the hosts of the Beyond BEST podcast! In this podcast you will learn: Stories from BESTies Stories beyond higher education Stories from entrepreneurs Stories from professionals And much more... You can also support us by becoming a member! Become a member of BAN. PODCAST INFO: Info on BEST Alumni Network (BAN): Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, website   Feedbacks: beyond.best@bestalumni.net; voice message   Contact Aleks: aleksvladimirov.com, Twitter @TheAleksTweet, Instagram aleks.vee   Contact Eduardo: eduardoconto@bestalumni.net, Twitter @eduardoconto 
00:37
July 19, 2020