For this week’s Staff Spotlight series, we had the opportunity to sit down with Jeton Ahmetaj—a Junior Software Developer at the Lab—to learn more about him and what he does at the Lab!


Q: Could you start by telling us a little about yourself?

I’m Jeton, also known as “Mani”, a software engineer. I like to listen to music of all kinds of genres, except for rap—except for Kid Cudi. Having played video games for most of my life—mostly RPGs— I’d say that one of my favorites so far are “dark messiah of might and magic”, the “Gothic” series, and of course Counter Strike 1.6. I like to play the bass guitar, even though I’m not that good at it. But hey, it makes me feel like a rock star; a man can dream. Occasionally, I also like to read a good book, like “Boosting self-esteem for dummies” , “89 reasons to not even bother trying”, “The big book of online trolling”, “Working effectively with legacy code” etc.12647321_1070294206324343_8026407514777274393_n


Q: What do you do at the UNICEF Innovations Lab?

Well, my work consists of mostly back-end development on web and android. The reason I got into back-end development as opposed to front-end is that I like to challenge myself, and I love solving puzzles and complicated algorithms. I also suck at design, so that definitely made my choice easier. I usually listen to a lot of music while trying to get work done, and I often tend to drum on the table with the rhythm; suffice it to say that my co-workers are not a big fan of that.


Q: When and how did you join the Lab and what was your best experience here?

I joined the Lab in 2012. I was recommended by a previous employee, so I sent my CV and here I am. Working for the Lab is extremely rewarding, I am surrounded by top professionals in the computer science field and I get to work on solutions that help children.


Q: What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

Git Pull, fix bugs, code till the product is at a level I’m pleased with, and then – git add, git commit -m ”Message”, git push.


Q: Favorite and least favorite part of your job?

My favorite part is when I have to work on an interesting algorithm. I love solving problems. Lunch break is also pretty fine :). My least favorite part of my job is writing documents.


Q: If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

That’s a good one. Can’t think of a title, but they guy writing it would probably say something like “Who is this dude? Why do I have to write a biography about him, can’t someone else do it?”

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Q: Tell us something that your colleagues don’t know about you.

I spend a ridiculous amount of time watching other people play games on YouTube. I was born too late to explore Earth,  too early to explore outer space, but born just in time to watch other people play video games online.


Q: Teach us something we don’t know in a few sentences!

Besides its well knows gas state, helium comes in two distinct liquid states as well. In lower temperatures (-269 degrees) it becomes a super fluid (a fluid with zero viscosity—google it) and will suddenly be able to do things that other fluids can’t, like dribble through molecule-thin cracks, climb up and over the sides of a dish, and remain motionless when its container is spun.