Timen Olthof is a Master student in Computer Science (Multimedia) and Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he specializes in multimedia productions (and solving the world riddle).
His first multimedia project was a text-based adventure web game he developed with a friend when he was in high school. During his computer science study at the Vrije Universiteit he continues exploring the world of multimedia technologies, working on a wide range of projects ranging from data-driven rich internet applications to a location based communication system to a generative art framework. He is also very interested in the social effects of the virtual worlds that emerge in the digital era and the influence of technology on the world in general.
After finishing a computer science master project internship at Mijn naam is Haas (a serious games company in Amsterdam) and completing his bachelor in Philosophy with a bachelor thesis about intellectualism and objectivism in the work of French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, he is now thinking about the topic for his master thesis in philosophy. It will probably have to do with Schopenhauer and creativity.
Timen shares a passion for creative multimedia productions with his friend and fellow student Peter Peerdeman, and in 2008 they launched NiftySystems.nl in order to showcase their collaborative projects on a single location: ‘PowerRail’ is a presentation framework, that allows one to create presentations containing text, images, video and 3D models in a 3D world. Next they developed ‘TOMS’ (the Object Management System), a web based Content Management System for storage and organization of user definable types of content. TOMS was used to build an interactive art gallery of user submitted works of art at http://www.AllArtsAreEqual.com.
Other things Timen is interested in include music, games, servers, mobile and embedded development, low power computing, sustainable development and energy, music and video production, soccer, volleyball and reading.