Kari Pönkkö

Written history of me

  • 23.6.1980

    Born

    I was born in Oulu, Finland.

  • 1987

    Education

    Started my elementary school at Hönttämäen ala-aste.

  • 1992-current

    Hobby

    I got my first electric guitar and I've since learnt few more instruments along the way.

  • 1993

    Education

    Started my junior high school at Myllytullin ylä-aste.

  • 1993

    Hobby

    Formed my first rock band, Cola Panther. We played for many years and had decent amount of gigs.

  • 1996

    Hobby

    Recorded our bands first appearance in 'Greatest Underground Hits Ever - KuuMaa Musiikkia' album

  • 1996-1998

    Education

    I went to Pohjois-Pohjanmaan ammattioppilaitos to graduate as a technical drawer. I specialized in the field of machine drawing.

  • 1998

    Work

    Trainee at JOT Automation Oy, Oulu, Finland. Making teaching material and multimedia presentations.

  • 1998-2010

    Work

    Senior Software Developer at Insinööritoimisto Visetec Oy, Raahe, Finland. I was mainly making software with Delphi for the first years. After few years I got promoted to Senior Software developer and I was working with Delphi, PHP, C#, Machine vision and a lot of other cool stuff.

  • 1999-2000

    Call Of Duty

    Civil service, Merikosken ammatillinen koulutuskeskus. Administrative duties and working in IT helpdesk.

  • 2003-2006

    Hobby

    Administrating online gaming linux servers for pelit.pponetti.com (http://pelit.pponetti.com)

  • 2003-2009

    Hobby

    Maintaining linux servers for online game servers provider nollapingi.net (http://www.nollapingi.net)

  • 2005

    Education

    Wonderware training. It consisted multiple courses on Wonderware Industrial Application Server and Industrial SQL Server.

  • 2005

    Hobby

    I picked up a new hobby, playing billiards. I've since played snooker, pool, pyramid and all other sorts of cue games, even competitively.

  • 2006-2012

    Hobby

    Started the hardware site Teknolelu.fi (http://teknolelu.fi/). I was writing technology/gadget news articles and maintaining the site.

  • 2006

    Education

    3 day extensive course on SQL Server 2000. Mainly focusing on keeping things runing smooth.

  • 2007-2011

    Hobby

    Started the hardware site AndroidCoding.com (http://androidcoding.com/). I wrote articles on application developing for the Android platform.

  • 2008-2009

    Work

    Patent granted: Meter for Sparking Intensity. Patent No. 121443. It is a patent for a machine vision system/technique.

  • 2009

    Education

    One week course on User Interface Design and Usability

  • 2009

    Education

    One week course on C# and ASP.NET

  • 2009

    Education

    One week course on UML

  • 2010-2016

    Work

    Senior Software Developer at PiiMega Oy, Oulu, Finland. Mainly working with C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, SQL Server, Javascript and a lot more.

  • 2012

    Hobby

    I got license to drive motorcycle. Same time I bought an old motorcycle and rebuild it to look how I wanted it to look.

  • 2013

    Hobby

    Started the site Huoltoni.com (http://huoltoni.com). It's been just a domain park for many years now. Maybe I'll resurrect it someday?

  • 2014-2016

    Hobby

    Started the site Hoodeilla.com (http://hoodeilla.com). Hoodeilla was a site where user could upload photo and geotag it and then other users would try to guess where it was taken.

  • 2015

    Hobby

    We made a system to monitor and analyze road surface quality from data collected using mobilephones (http://OpenRoadData.com) for Open Finland Challenge 2015 competition.

  • 2015

    Education

    Two day course on SQL Server performance tuning.

  • 2016

    Hobby

    Started site sumu.cloud (http://sumu.cloud). Hobby scale IoT plattform. Still work in progress.

  • 2016-current

    Work

    Senior Software Engineer at ARM, Oulu, Finland. My work involves around such buzz words as IoT, Javscript, AWS, Typescript, React, Angular, NodeJS, Test Engineering, CI/CD, Docker, Kubernetes and many many more.

  • 2018

    Hobby

    Won RD Velho Software Developer Challenge 2018 competition. Competition had 3 different programming related challenges.

  • 2019

    Hobby

    I bought a precision metal lathe and have started to craft rings and all other sort of stuff.