Return to the Source

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Jaap Joris Vens

A creative programmer and technical artist

As a child, Jaap Joris ran a BBS from his bedroom so his friends could download games like Prince of Persia en Commander Keen. After reading the essays of Richard Stallman he switched to GNU/Linux and learned programming, which started his lifelong fascination for computers and software.

During his studies of Human Aspects of Information Technology he researched the influence of psychological processes on the structure of social networks. After that, he founded the Return to the Source collective with the goal to improve the world with creative technological initiatives. Return to the Source continues to work on many projects to achieve this goal.

Today, JJ is very active as a photographer under the name Super Formosa Photography. He is also a programmer and sysadmin for Return to the Source. He is also a part-time teacher at Tilburg University and a part-time Copyshop employee. In his free time he is an avid designer of Lego models.