My journey so far
Hi everyone, my name is Teo Bais and I'm 30 years old. I hold an MSc in ICT Engineering (top 1%, valedictorian
) and have worked for five years as a Java Developer for Top-500 clients. In 2016, my passion for technology encouraged me to create the Utrecht Java User Group
to bring like-minded people together, share knowledge, and network. Since 2017, I help Dutch banks deliver better software faster as a Scrum Master. As an immigrant
, I had the privilege to endure challenges that paved the way for a better version of myself. Therefore, I enjoy sharing my knowledge as a public speaker
to help others achieve their goals in career and life.
I have not yet finished my journey. I aim to help governmental organizations create a meaningful impact in our society by leading people effectively. To do so, I need a theoretical background in business and good mentoring, tools that a well-ranked business school like TIAS
can offer. I am honored to be part of the incoming Executive MBA
class, but I can't do this alone.
Funding journey so far
Good business schools are expensive and as much I'd like to commit to the program, funding my degree is a notable challenge with an estimated cost of €51273 (€49500 for the tuition fee and €1773 for the commuting costs for two years). I am honored to receive a 20% scholarship and grateful to have received funding from friends and family, but I need your help with the remaining amount, which I plan to split into 3 installments over the next two years.
Why should you fund me?
I immigrated to the Netherlands all by myself when I was 25. My English was poor, and my residence was at stake due to financial problems at the time. 5 years later my story as an immigrant, community organizer, speaker, coach, and programmer inspires others to keep moving forward. Since the early days of my career, I have always expressed interest in serving the community in any way possible (read more after the pictures). Whether developing national security systems for Interpol in 2014, speaking at tech events in 2019, or writing a book on Enterprise Java security policies in 2021, making our world a better place by helping others thrive would be my motto.
Organizations lack great leaders. Empathy moves people forward. Help me fund my MBA.
What will you get in return?
After 8 years of service to the community, I'm asking for your help - any small donation will make the biggest difference towards supporting diversity in education, and helping me reach and inspire more passionate people who have dreams but not the necessary infrastructure to realize them.
I would be happy to offer my experience and help you improve your startup
processes, help you advance your career
, prepare you for your upcoming presentation
or help you improve your workplace culture
as a motivational speaker. Moreover, for the most generous donors, my family and I will host you in Kavala, the Monte Carlo of Greece
, and guide you around.
My contribution to society in numbers
- Public Speaker with over 30 talks in 7 countries and major IT events
- Nominated as JCP Participant of the Year 2019 by Oracle
- JSR-385 Expert Group Member - A Java SE API that helps developers tackle units of measurement problems in Java - 1.000.000 downloads, JSR of the Year Award
- Utrecht JUG co-hosts a 2-day conference with Uncle Bob at Rabobank
- Utrecht JUG hosts a Devoxx4kids event at the Utrecht University
- Trained over 15 individuals on Leadership
- Leadership Council Member at Jakarta EE Ambassadors
- Board Member at Global Day of Coderetreat
- Created Utrecht Java User Group which nowadays counts over 2500 members and has hosted exceptional speakers (where among others James Gosling - aka the Father of Java)
- percircle is listed among the Top-100 jQuery plugins for 2015
- Graduated as a valedictorian of my engineering school (engineer's diploma, BSc/MSc, GPA: 8/10)
- Developed the RELINC project for Libyan Interpol to mitigate national security threats
- Developed the LCTS System for the Lithuanian Customs
- 40 programming articles for the Java Code Geeks community