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Philipp Hafellner

“Working together on something great”

Philipp, do you have an artistic vein?

Yes, I think so – I’ve always had an affinity for digital art, especially the connection between technology and design. And now I’m able to put this to use in my professional life.

Technology and design, how do those fit together for you?

I would also add the users. All three are closely interwoven. Design is meant to serve the users first and foremost. Technical requirements limit that to a certain extent, but design takes the technology further in that regard. And if users come up with new requirements, that immediately has an effect on design and technology. I really enjoy this back and forth.

Philipp on creativity:

Breaking out, perspective, inspiration

How would you describe your work at Sapera?

As a technical product manager, I don’t consider products purely from the technical perspective – I start at a much earlier phase. During design sprints and workshops, we find out what the objective of the project is, and what the customers and the users want. So analysing, validating results, defining requirements, coordinating the team. That’s my job.

You’ve only recently become a technical product manager. What did you do before?

I was a creative developer and more closely involved in the realization, in the “marrying” of data, design, and technology. For me, it’s not just about creating something beautiful, but also about creating added value for the users – something that they can gain insights from.

“For me, it’s not just about creating something beautiful, but also about creating added value for the users.”

Is there such a thing as a favourite task at Sapera?

Not a favourite task exactly, no. We are a big – and growing – team. The best thing is the working environment in large groups, where we create things that many people are going to use later on. Working together on something great. It really is a lot of fun!

Are you able to separate work and leisure?

Definitely not! Simply because my work is one of my hobbies. I always like to do some coding in my free time, because it’s fun for me to do things myself. I then take what I learn and apply it to my job.

Where can you be found when you’re not in front of your screen?

On the climbing wall. In the mountains is even better, on a rock face with ropes, which is of course a bit difficult in Berlin. But since more and more work is being done remotely of late, I’m also able to drive out into nature from time to time to recover.

Philipp Hafellner

Philipp Hafellner has been with Sapera since 2017 and works as a technical product manager. Coding is his thing. Otherwise – as a native of Steiermark, Austria – he also enjoys getting out on the cliffs with a climbing rope.

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