Codemill’s CTO and founder Johanna Björklund was listed as one of Sweden’s 10 most innovative entrepreneurs
Last month Codemill’s CTO and founder Johanna Björklund was listed as one of Sweden’s 10 most innovative entrepreneurs. Indeed a highly productive person – she is running two companies alongside her work as a researcher. But what makes her, and Codemill, “innovative”?
– As an entrepreneur, I am driven by curiosity and a will to see how the technology we create in research can change people’s everyday life, Johanna says.
According to Johanna, the recent acknowledgment is largely due to Codemill. Aiming to be a great place for great developers, simple as it may sound, there is a lot behind it.
Codemill is and has always been, an employee-driven company. We hold many strong wills and ideas, and try to seize them in the best possible way. The colleagues drive the company’s evolution through internal groups such as “the Process Group” and “the UX Group”.
An important success factor is partners. We have been working closely with Cantemo and Vidispine, two Swedish companies that share our technical ambitions. Working together has been essential to being truly innovative.
We also have great support from Uminova Innovation, the incubator that raised us. “Never forget where you came from” is a very accurate way to put it. Worth mentioning is also the business development training Johanna and Rickard attended: Born Global at Chalmers, Silicon Valley Market Access, and Global Access Program at UCLA just to mention a few. They were all about learning how to build and sell products on a global market.
Johanna has been involved in several EU-projects, both through Codemill and as a researcher at Umeå University. Two big projects right now are MICO (Media In COntext) and ProCAMS (Promoting Augmented Video Services) – both focusing on technologies for advanced video and media analysis. By keeping a close relation to the university we make sure cutting edge research is readily available. Also, computer science students are vital for our recruitment.
Today, 20 May, Johanna is taking yet another step in her academic career: she is giving her docent lecture. The theme is ”Computational Text Classification” – something that can be applied to e.g. automatic document sorting, writer identification, and spam classification. It involves techniques such as recursive neural networks.
Altogether the people you work with (partners, colleagues, and others) and close ties to the academia are key ingredients to Codemill’s innovative spirit and reasons why Johanna received this scholarship from Åforsk and SISP. You can read an interview with her here (in Swedish!) and get more info about the award.
Jan 20, 2020
Every year in the last week of January, Umeå University holds Uniaden, its annual job fair for students. Since at Codemill, many of our new recruits arrive directly from the university, attending this job fair is always high on our to-do list.
Oct 08, 2019
Since 2013 we have attended the Djangocon Europe conference annually. Well organised conferences with a good mix of technical deep-dive and softer, general developer issues.
May 08, 2019
At the end of April, Codemill hosted a Pepp event, a mentoring program to inspire more girls and young women to immerse themselves in technical studies.