My name is Erik van Beek. I’m interested in learning and education, entrepreneurship, voluntary work, and open-source software.
Currently, I’m one of the three partners in Aiwos BV. We build websites, online forms, and platforms for different national and international clients.
Study and previous work
I studied in Ede for primary school teacher and teached in group 8 (11 and 12 years old) at the W. G. van de Hulstschool in Utrecht (since 2018 named De Wereldwijzer).
During my study, I did my practical training with EC-VPL and afterward kept working there as a junior researcher.
From 2006 till 2010, I was a management assistant for the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs, directorate Lifelong Learning (projectdirectie Leren & Werken). In 2007, I did the final editing of the action plan Life Long Learning for 2008 – 2011.
In 2010, I started as project manager Education for the Dutch Reading & Writing Foundation. In the Week of Literacy, I organized a reading contest for 45 thousand Dutch primary school children, focused on the message to read at least 15 minutes per day (see the annual report).
Since 2013, I’m combining my interests in education, open-source software, and entrepreneurship in the operating company Aiwos BV.
My holding Pojechali BV owns one-third of the shares. Поехали! is an informal Russian phrase freely translated as ‘Let’s go!’. In Dutch, you write Pojechali.
We currently work for international clients as the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and Dutch clients like SLO (the national institute for curriculum development in the Netherlands), the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
Working for Aiwos clients takes up most of our time, but when there is some space, we write tutorials about open-source software and develop our own plugins.
We think the experiences and tools we developed over time could be interesting for other developers.
Born in Vlissingen in the Netherlands, raised in Koudekerke, studied in Ede and Utrecht and now living together with my wife Ksenia van Beek in Gouda (known for its delicious cheese. The city, not my wife).