Programming is like poetry
Like good text, a good program is created by many iterations, and details distinguish quality from gray average.
Silicon Valley is the Mecca of Computer Industry, CERN Nuclear Research and Oxford First Class Education. And at all of these places, Andrej Pančík, a graduate of the Faculty of Informatics, has been working or still working.
Currently thanks to the prestigious accelerator Y Combinator is starting a fundraising platform in the United States Prizeo . She caught herself with a novel idea of bringing people unusual experiences with world celebrities to contribute to the operation of charitable organizations.
Did you and your colleagues expect you to have such a success with Prizeo at the outset?
I did not start working on the project with a vision of great success, so when it came, it was all the more pleasant. This is a validation of my decision and encourages me to continue. So far our journey in the Prize has just begun, we have a lot ahead of us. The Y Combinator in Silicon Valley is just a trigger that has allowed us to expand rapidly. The real success will be when we can say in a few years that we have changed the way charitable organizations raise their money.
Y Combinator is the father of all current business accelerators, including the StarCube in Brno. Participating in the accelerator provides start-up technology with start-up money, advice and support. Y Combinator was founded in 2005 and has since launched more than 300 companies, including Dropbox and Posterous.
When can we look forward to Prizeo in the Czech Republic?
We are currently focusing on testing the concept and trying it out in countries where charity and charity play a major role in people's lives. It is mainly the United States and Great Britain. However, even in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, there are enough good charities and mainly people who care about them, so I will try to bring Prizeo here as soon as possible.
In the biography you have the resounding names of the schools and institutions you have worked on. Have you had the ambition to prove something great in your youth?
I think it's natural that everyone wants to leave behind some work. All these institutions have brought me interesting projects and the possibility of stimulating cooperation. I was very lucky to have hit the people who supported me in my plans and gave me the opportunity to pursue what I enjoyed.
You come from a family full of academics. To what extent was it important for your parents to succeed in the academic environment, and to what extent did the family let you go your own way?
The family has always fully supported me in studying and out-of-school activities. My parents cared about my education - they were always willing to advise and direct me when I needed it. Of course, I was very aware of the importance of education myself since I was a kid, so I chose schools and fields myself.
Being able to tell a story well is an essential part of quality teaching and business.
Why did you decide to go to Brno and have you not filed your application directly into the world?
I had a lot of references about the quality of the Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University. It suited me the opportunity to study subjects differently across the university, and so actually shape my studies. And also impressed me with quality MU Information System and the ability to write electronically without meaningless waiting in a row.
You have replaced three universities for your studies. How does it compare?
This is quite difficult to compare. On each of them I studied another program and during that I had other personal and professional goals. All three universities employ students who care about students and do their best to teach them what is needed for life in the business. Using a different strategy is just a consequence of cultural differences and other levels of material security.
What did Masaryk University equip you for foreign universities?
It has allowed me to study in depth the areas that interest me. Then the perfect teaching of English and a good proportion of theoretical and practical subjects helped me.
During your stay in Brno, as a student, you managed to teach both algorithms at Masaryk University and animation and film at the Brno School of Art and Design. How did you get to teaching at such a young age?
Since I lacked a teaching basis, I always had an official supervisor on top of me, but unofficially, the lesson was on me. Learning and didactics in general I am very interested. I was already trying to get into it more deeply at Masaryk and that resulted in my involvement in teaching at the mentioned schools. Both themes are my heart and I enjoyed it a lot. I was delighted to convey my enthusiasm to other students.
Did you learn better between informatics or bohemian artists?
As I said, in both cases I enjoyed it, but the question is whether I actually taught them (laughs).
You are an IT specialist who writes poems, which is an oxymoron for a lot of people. How did you get to writing poetry?
I have written short stories and poems since my childhood. Over time, I began to experiment with different forms from essays to haiku. Creating is a good relax for me, where I can break away from my work. Moreover, being able to tell a story well is also an essential part of quality teaching and business. Now I mainly create poetry, mainly because of spontaneity in her creation.
Are there any connections between writing poetry and programming?
They are both creative activities and have many common elements. Like good text, a good program is created by many iterations, and details distinguish quality from gray average. Poetry certainly gives a person more freedom and is rarely limited by an assignment… so if it is not a targeted training that I sometimes indulge.