It all started in 2008. We were twenty years old, in our second year at the University and had waited in too many queues to buy our books or appliances.
Our own student organisations managed orders with spreadsheets and manual orders. One of us started working on a website automating this, and soon thereafter met the second member of the team.
It had many cool features like just-in-time ordering, live results, a complete backend, but more importantly: it worked.
We called ourselves Tyca. Good times. But we wanted more. By 2010 five organisations were using our platform and the future was looking bright!
Our team grew to 10 active members and were in dire need of new, world-shocking long term goals.
Leaving buzzword values and vague visions behind, we set out to aim for tangible goals and develop tools to enrich our lives and those of the people around us.
We founded SEP to support initiatives with our expertise, through tools with the goal to empower our users in their day to day activities.
We focused on documentation, better communication and reporting. Trust me, we produced enough slides to make any consultant drool in happiness.
The increased maturity helped us to embrace the challenges in front of us.
We deployed a new league of servers and infrastructure. Stuff like virtual servers, centralized assets, CDN’s, API’s, and a whole other bunch of three letter words.
The foundation was laid: hard work that nobody noticed. Fortunately, this section brings justice to the real hero’s of The Code. Our DB overlords.
In the coming years we will dedicate a part of our team to consultancy missions for OSD. We will focus on financial transparency, process improvements in deliveries and orders.
In the meantime, OSD will keep expanding their services and launch new tools and projects themselves on the VUB!
Tickachu is a platform allowing people to set up shops with multiple vendors and different sales locations.
So much was done in improving our tools one more time, develop several websites for other NPO’s we believe in including a new site for the Shop. What can I tell? That we worked relentlessly in giving every last inch of grandeur and experience of our team to the OSD? Yes we did all that.
But most of all something else happened, we dedicated love and passion in finalising our stories and unify our legacy with a new generations ambitions.
On a final personal note I stand corrected. Children do not grow up too fast at all. They become full fledged entities encompassing your values and theirs, they are a new take on old and new. They are a new generation that completes and challenges our own values and understandings of the world.
But no lyrical endeavour can embellish the simple truth: They are free spirited dreamers ready to challenge any status quo to improve quality of life, services and access to knowledge at their Alma Mater.