My name is Joaquim Rocha, I was born in 1985 in Portugal, and I am a software developer.
I am currently based in Geneva where I work as a software engineer for CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research. If you don’t know about CERN, it is the world’s largest particle-physics laboratory and although it’s main focus is fundamental physics research, it has pioneered important technologies like the world’s first touchscreen, the World Wide Web you’re using right now as well as others related to medical treatments.

I have a BSc and an MSc degree in Computer Science from University of Évora – Portugal.

In my University years I got involved in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) so since then I am an advocate of FOSS and a believer in Open standards. I am also a member of the GNOME Foundation and I have been a speaker at important FOSS events such as FOSDEM and LinuxTag. Check out my speaking section to know about my speaker activities.

As a programmer, I have not only participated in important projects connected to the Open Source world from big industry names but I have also created innovative ones. Take a look at the software section to learn more about these projects.

On my spare time, when I am not coding on some of my pet projects, I like to travel with my wife, to learn natural languages and to play on my PS3.

How to pronounce my name

Often people who do not speak Portuguese ask me how to pronounce my name and they say it’s not that easy so here it goes. My first name — Joaquim — sounds like joo-uh-keem but the J is a French/Portuguese/Turkish J (as the sound of the S in measure) and the keem part has a nasal i. Looking it up in the IPA table, it should be like: ʒuəkĩ

As for my last name — Rocha — it is much easier; it sounds like raugh-shuh (but with a strong R) and the IPA should be something like: rɔʃə

How to contact me

Feel free to email me at me {AT} joaquimrocha {DOT} com or at some of the several social websites linked in the bottom of this page.