I am Florin Lohan, an experienced IT professional, entrepreneur, occasional public speaker (Toastmasters, workshops), currently working as a freelancer. I am really great at building mobile, server and desktop applications that are related to multimedia or cloud/personal cloud. If you need one of these done, I'm your man. I am currently part of a new and exciting startup: GWAP! As a consequence, for the foreseeable future, my freelancing time is very limited.
I have a PhD in multimedia architectures from Tampere University of Technology (Finland), I worked for Nokia for almost 10 years in various positions and I founded/co-founded three companies so far. Over the years, I have also developed several open-source projects.
Odyssey is a mentoring platform, currently piloting in Toastmasters International organisation. Odyssey offers its registered users the possibility to find a mentor or a mentee in the system’s user database and establishes a mentoring relationship. The mentor-mentee matching is an automated process allowing the user to find the optimal pair based on common language, common skills and several personal preferences and characteristics. The mentoring process works in consecutive 4 week rounds allowing a follow-up of the mentoring relationship and a continuous update of preferences, namely skills and time availability. A long-term mentoring relationship is obtained after a trial an error process. This is enabled by the fact that in each round a new mentor/mentee is proposed if the previous matching was not viable as a longer term solution. As of summer of 2020, Odyssey is expanding from District 108 (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland) to all Toastmasters clubs, worldwide. If you are a Toastmasters member and this sounds exciting, you can register here or contact me for more details.
Odyssey is currently managed by a team of 9 volunteers, taking care of planning, growth, promotion, user experience, tech. I designed & implemented the project during the early stages, now I am the "tech lead" for a team of 3, including myself.
From a technical point of view the Odyssey system is designed as follows: Input data is fed from a registration page and a feedback page (HTML+CSS+JS/Vue.js). The data is stored in a database (MySQL). The matching algorithm (C) assigns a score to each possible mentor-mentee pair (based on skills and personality) while flagging "impossible" pairs (because e.g. no language in common or the pair has met before). After this, the optimisation algorithm maximises the overall score, while obeying all constraints. Communication with platform members is done by automated emails.
Photostovis is an open-source, personal cloud solution for storing your personal photos and videos. Physically, your photos and videos are stored in a box connected to your home router. You can watch them from anywhere and from any connected device. Here is a direct link to a demo server that runs in my home.
Arrow is a web-based TODO/Time management and self-evaluation tool that I am providing as a free-to-use service for anybody. It allows you to plan your day, week, month and year, add habits and evaluate your day/week/month and year.
Arrow uses two servers, for reliability. One runs from Amazon Cloud (AWS), the other one runs in my home.
Digiacademy is a publishing platform for mobile devices),
allowing users access to subscribed content. Digiacademy supports audiobooks, ebooks (pdf) and courses (text, images and video).
Digiacademy was developed as a subcontracted project for 10times Oy.
Digiacademy is written using Cordova and it is available for iOS and Android from the respective app stores.
is a B2B Cargo booking app (iOS & Android) for Finnlines customers integrating with Finnlines cargo booking system.
I was part of the team (lead by Kii Oy) that created the concept together with Finnlines and then designed and developed the mobile app. I was responsible with the the technical concept and development.
Created the first Internet Radio application for S60/Symbian smartphones, in 2005. This was a demo, created while working for Nokia, as a reference for 3rd party Symbian application developers. S60 Internet Radio was created on the first phone that had both mp3 decoding capabilities and enough networking power to allow continuous streaming of data with sufficient bandwidth for the usecase.
Created MLauncher, an open-source music player for S60/Symbian phones. Screenshots here. MLauncher allowed playback of music and audiobooks stored as files in folders, something that the Nokia music player never implemented. Selecting the music to be played was done by selecting files and folders, and this way of selecting music was very much appreciated by its users. MLauncher worked well with text-to-speech applications, and as such was very appreciated by the blind and semi-blind community.
Created a sample application that listed data about multimedia codecs in an S60 phone. This was the only way to get a complete list of the codecs available in S60 phones.