Espen Hovlandsdal

Full-stack developer


Espen has been doing web development for as long as he can remember. He is currently a full-stack developer at - a platform for structured content, delivering developer-friendly APIs and a modern, collaborative, headless content management system. With a never-ending enthusiasm for programming, he loves taking on projects big and small, and is always seeking to find new ways to challenge himself. When he can break away from coding he enjoys playing board games, taking his miniature schnauzer for long walks or drinking craft beer and thinking about the next project to play with.

Work experience


    March 2018 - Present

    Full-stack developer

    Structured content platform with a customizable, headless CMS built in React.


    • Created the command-line tool, development server and command-line signup experience
    • Made microservices for handling users, projects, datasets, webhooks and deployments
    • Developed the building blocks for the headless content management system user interface
    • Created API gateway plugins for handling sessions, cross-origin security and caching
    • Built a real-time image transformation service for resizing, cropping etc
    • Created libraries for rendering and manipulating the portable text format
  2. Bengler AS

    January 2016 - February 2018

    Full-stack developer

    Bengler invents unlikely and interesting uses for technology.


    • Developed the ground work and initial version of Sanity, a headless content management system using React and Node.js, focusing on a great developer experience.
    • For fun: Built an automatic foosball score keeping and player ranking system connected to a physical foosball table
  3. Verdens Gang AS

    September 2010 - December 2015

    Software Architect

    VG is a tabloid newspaper and the most read news site in Norway. Worked on a large range of products, everything from internal APIs and microservices to frontend and backend coding a social network.


    • Developed a social network where pet owners can share stories, pictures, videos and experiences. User-created groups and "herds" based on their pets species is a key feature.
    • Created a site to gather all the stories from Norwegians around the world, sharing how we experienced July 22nd 2011, when Norway lost 77 lives to terrorist attacks.
    • Built service to allow searching the tax returns of citizens, comparing the income and tax levels of municipalities, zip codes and similar.
  4. VaffelNinja AS

    August 2014 - Present

    Chief Technology Officer

    VaffelNinja is a small Oslo-based company with a passion for open source and the web. We're currently working on a few secret projects, as well as maintaining


    • Created the fully open-source - built with and for React.JS.
  5. Go Mobile AS

    June 2005 - August 2010


    Go Mobile is a consulting company which builds rich, interactive solutions for web and mobile platforms. Worked on several backends for mobile applications, and spent most of the time as a consultant working for Verdens Gang AS.


    • Built new forum software for one of the largest online communities in Norway, currently over 40 million posts
    • Helped build a subscription-based service that helps people lose weight
    • Developed VG Live, a real-time sports update service alongside live, streaming video from sports matches

Volunteer work

  1. TechShock

    August 2013 - December 2015


    Oslo-based meetup group for web and mobile developers. All talks are held in English, and there are always social events after each meetup for those interested in continuing the discussion over a beer or two.

  2. NodeConf Oslo 2016

    February 2016 - June 2015


    Single day, single track, non-profit node.js conference

  3. NodeConf One-Shot Oslo 2015

    February 2015 - June 2015


    Single day, single track, non-profit node.js conference

  4. Imbo

    March 2011 - Present


    Open-Source projects related to Imbo, the RESTful image transformation server.



    Digital Media Awards Europe 2013, Social Media Award

    Min 22 Juli ("My July 22nd") won the top award in the social media category



  • Programming Languages

  • Server Frameworks

    ExpressHapiNext.jsRestifyZend FrameworkSilex
  • Frontend Frameworks

  • Databases



  • Norwegian

    Native speaker
  • English