Who am I? You sure you want to know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody said it was a happy little tale… if somebody told you I was just your average ordinary guy, not a care in the world… somebody lied.
My name is Riccardo Cannistrà, I’m an italian Computer Engineer 💻, Developer 🕵, Video Maker 📹, Film Lover 🎞. I’ll try to tell about myself without being too boring, therefore I don’t want to spend too many words about my life, however you can see the most important academic events and work experiences of my life I decide to highlight just below (check Story of my life).
When I was a kid I was dreaming to become an astronaut 🚀. Why? Maybe curiosity, maybe the need to seek for something far away from Earth, maybe the wish of floating in the universe… it’s more likely because of too many sci-fi movies 👽. Later on, I grew a passion for technology, computers and videogames, I started from simple, I enjoyed being a self-taught for some time and this made me soon a young computer geek. When things became more serious, I decided to follow this path for my life and to get more into it.
From 2008 to 2013 I attended a Scientific High School in Rozzano (Milano), Italy. Since July 2016, I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, In September 2016 I started a MSc Programme in Digital Media Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), in Copenhagen. I’m trying to specialize myself within the Data Science study line, which involves a lot of Data Analysis, Big Data, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Security, Natural Language Processing … Unless you missed it, a lot of stuff related to data 💾. I’m currently still studying in DTU as a full time international student, enjoying all the benefits that this amazing experience is offering to me.
In Denmark I’ve been employed as Student Software Developer in MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, in Copenhagen in the period February-August 2016. As a student assistant, I contributed to the daily operations of database maintenance, cleanups, data visualization and extraction in the PrimeServ Spare Parts dept., by building and maintaining ad-hoc C# tools/softwares for internal purposes. This meant a big involvement of software development using C# and Microsoft Visual Studio and database manipulation with Microsoft SQL Server.
In September 2016, I started a new adventure in Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen, as a Student Software Engineer. I had the pleasure to join a Dev-Ops team working with the back-end of Dynamics NAV, part of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 software product. I’m currently employed here, and I am still pretty fresh and in training phase, therefore I’m really looking forward to learning a lot from this new experience! Please check out my LinkedIn profile for more detailed information and my Skills page.
Besides a strong interest in technology and computer science, I also have a very active life: I’m a fitness addict, I promote healthy life-style and I love playing sports, especially in team. I used to be a basketball player for 9 years as a playmaker 🏀, but I’m good at soccer, volleyball and table tennis. Nowadays, I spend a lot of time at the gym working out 💪.
I’m fond of film industry, As a film lover I like to spend time watching variety of movies. I also enjoy reading, although not that often and I’d rather be more constant (aah, how could I not mention I’m a big fan of The Lord of the Rings 😍…).
I’m a passionate traveller 🌎: I love travelling, visiting new places, exploring countries, meeting new people, getting in touch with new cultures, languages…
Whenever I visit new places, start new experiences or just simply something interesting and outstanding has just happened to me, I like to capture the moment with my camera and share it on YouTube (indeed you can find lots of funny/weird/interesting stuff on my official YT channel, don’t miss it!). Sometimes it’s just simple vlogging, however I try to inspire as much curiosity as possible while not being too much boring 😌.
Last but not least, I have a strong passion for Superheroes!
What I do in pills
I am an #Engineer
Actually most people don’t even know what an engineer is and/or what he does, if this is the case, please check out what Wikipedia says about it…
I am a #Developer
My passion within IT was born by making websites. Starting from scratch and just for fun, I enhanced my skills over time and realized several projects (did you miss them?)
I am a #Film Lover
I love watching movies! Once I even thought about working for special and visual effects in the film industry. Favourite ones are Sci-Fi, Action and Thrillers! If you’re curious and want to find out more about my cinematic tastes, check out my Letterboxd profile!
I am a #Video Maker
I kept my passion for films just as an hobby. I like shooting videos with my camera, editing them and making nice montages!
I am #Creative
People usually think about things in life and wonder “Why?”. I think about things and wonder “Why not?”
I am a #Traveller
I love to travel and visit new places, discover countries, cultures and people.