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Ioana-Andreea Grapa
Events Manager

Originally from Romania (the first nation to have a happy graveyard) 
Calling herself a Berliner for just over a year
Appreciates a good glass of red wine :)


What brought you to Dataconomy in the first place?

First of all, it was my passion for events. I decided to become part of the team as I also wanted to work in a startup environment, as it’s something quite hyped in Berlin, and organising Big Data events all over Europe was something that definitely fit with my goals.

What do you do at Dataconomy?

I am the Events Manager and I am responsible for the organisation from inception to completion of our European meetups (16 locations at the moment and we intend to keep growing!) and the annual conference Data Natives.

How do you use data driven technologies in your day to day life?

Personally, it’s mostly my smartphone, which keeps me connected to my dear ones. I am also now taking advantage of the cool apps that are trendy in Berlin, such as Drive Now, which is a game changer!

Dataconomy puts on several events on a yearly basis with the philosophy of being a “Data Native” – what does this mean to you?

To me it means that we are moving along the pattern of the industry changes, which is in fact a whole new era – from Digital Natives to Data Natives. There is so much technological potential nowadays, and our behaviours, mentalities and preferences are constantly changing, so we want to share this knowledge with our communities.

What topics do you like to read on Dataconomy?

We are quite popular for providing innovative content to our readers, so the more extravagant and daring the content is, the more it captures my attention. I usually like reading topics connected to AI and IoT.

Dataconomy is based in Berlin, what is your favourite thing about living in such a booming tech town?

I love how open-minded people are here, and that combined with their creativity – no wonder Berlin is such a booming tech town! You always feel that you’re part of something innovative which can change things for the better, and that’s a great feeling to have, especially when you’re a foreigner trying to integrate in a new culture.

Touch base with her on LinkedIn or by email at [email protected].

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