Who we are

Thomas Van Durme

Thomas Van Durme

Founder. Works on architectural design, new technologies and development.

Background

esa-logosoftware engineer
European Space Agency
architecture and design of mission control systems

master in space studies
KULeuven University, University of Ghent
space technology and applications

master in engineering
KULeuven University
Artificial Intelligence, Computer Sciences, Electronics

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Jelle Van Gompel

Jelle Van Gompel

Founder. Works on architectural design, infrastructure research and development.

Background

electrabel-logoIT project leader
Electrabel, GDF Suez
managing scope, budget and planning of IT projects

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Altran
consulting and information services in Utilities

master in engineering
KULeuven University
Distributed Systems, Computer Sciences, Electronics

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The start

The story of ThinkNexT starts in 2005 when co-founders Jelle Van Gompel and Thomas Van Durme met at university and began experimenting with all kinds of software technology. They developed the online multi-player game Cities of Faith which won the Best Online Application award in ING’s Start Academy competition.

During their time at university Thomas and Jelle developed various web and mobile applications. They solidified their knowledge in the field of application engineering. Following graduation, Jelle started working as a consultant at Altran, deployed at Electrabel as IT project leader. Meanwhile, Thomas focused on the space sector and went to work for the European Space Agency in Germany working on architectural design and requirements of mission control software. Both decided to permanently team up and founded ThinkNexT in the spring of 2011, carrying the momentum of their past ventures. Since then, both of them work full-time for ThinkNexT in its new offices in Leuven, Belgium.