About

District is transitioning building technology into the 21st Century, ready for the smart city revolution.

Our story

District Technologies was founded in 2017 by Vanessa Butz. Our team is a close knit group of 20, based out of London, Lisbon and New York. We are a diverse team of passionate technologists, entrepreneurs, growth hackers and real estate experts that has a strong track record in real estate, technology, and scaling digital products. We are all comfortable working in the open, collaboratively and are happy to challenge the status quo with each other, to ensure our product is the best and most technologically advanced on the market that is beautifully simple to use and delivers real value.

Vanessa Butz

CEO & FOUNDER

Vanessa is passionate about shaping the future of cities to improve everyone’s work and life experience. Having studied Engineering, Economics and Management at Oxford University, she wrote her masters thesis on “Understanding the DNA of Strong Entrepreneurial Hubs” and took her theory into practice by building large technology and coworking campuses (Factory Berlin and Interchange Camden, Market-Tech). Working at the intersection of cities and technology, she has now founded District.

Max Gray

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Max studied psychology at the University of Liverpool before moving on to his career in business development in the property sector. Excited around the innovation proptech is driving in the industry, he joined District Tech to help landlords and property owners streamline their processes and add asset value through the digital layer of a tenant experience app. One thing most people don’t know about Max is that he is completely car-obsessed.

Kay Macayza-Sandford

CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER

Kay is passionate about ensuring customers have the best experience throughout the customer journey, from onboarding through to renewal. She has been honing her craft in customer success for the last 15 years in telecoms and cyber security in both the US and UK. On the weekends Kay can be found on the hunt for the best Mexican restaurant in London, spending time with her family or on Facetime to relatives from her hometown in Queens, New York.

Joao Ferrao

UI/UX DESIGNER

João is a passionate UI / UX Designer and creative problem solver, with a particular taste for psychology and a huge love for people, photography and arts. His focus is on delivering usable and desirable digital products and services.

Felipe Frederico

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Felipe has almost ten years experience as a software engineer. Since working at District, Felipe has worked on projects using Microservices architecture, Java Springboot, AWS, Semantic Web, Open Data, Machine Learning and Big Data approaches. Felipe is a PhD Student at Universidade Lusófona in Computer Science with researches in Pervasive Systems and Linked Open Data. Based at our Lisbon office, Felipe makes the most of it by spending weekends surfing.

Shane Meiring

CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER

Shane joins us fresh faced and eager to please after 14 months travelling Southeast Asia. With 10 years experience as a Training and Development Manager, he excels at building, training and developing exceptional teams in periods of startup and growth. His passion for customer success and previous experience in onboarding makes him the ideal fit for the role of CSM. Outside of our four walls, Shane is a budding writer of short fiction and can be found in a theatre near you.

Sergiu Calin

PRODUCT MANAGER

Sergiu spent five years in marketing before moving on to managing banking and telecom products before joining District. Sergiu is fascinated by the opportunities that a digital layer brings to the plain geography of spaces. He is happiest hopping around mountains – and in his words “The rainier and the muddier, the better.”

Helio Nogueira

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Helio has always been fascinated with technology. He’s spent the last ten years working in tech and has a plethora of education including a postgraduate course on Architecture of Technology Solutions. Helio is skilled in web and mobile development, cloud architecture and DevOps. Outside of work, Helio loves to play guitar, sing, and travel the world.

Pete Hallett

CTO

Pete is an enthusiastic open source technologist with a track record in delivering products across a number of platforms and industries. His passions lay in building expert “can do” teams that can turn complexity into simplicity to deliver user centric products and stakeholders business value. Pete has founded and scaled start-ups developing class-leading user centered products specialising in mobile, data, IoT, access control and mapping. Most recently he has focused on what a future city needs from a GovTech perspective, bringing the users closer to the physical assets of a city by meeting user needs with well organised data, technology and experiences.

Justin Haylock

LEAD DEVELOPER

Justin has over 20 years experience in web, mobile and desktop development, for a range of industries. He’s spent the last 5 years working for government in consultancy and development roles, managing teams and projects, and designing new innovative technology solutions to help people.

Hannah Lloyd-Jones

MARKETING MANAGER

After completing a Masters in Business & Management, Hannah went straight into the property sector, gaining experience in both residential and commercial property before joining District. She’s passionate about all things marketing and loves to get stuck into a bit of content writing. Hannah can usually be found cycling around Hackney or binging on a Netflix docuseries.

Diogo Mota

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Diogo is a passionate Software Engineer who loves problem solving, technology and its integration with everyday life. His focus is to deliver elegant solutions to problems and and best user experience possible.
He is also an enthusiastic motorcycle rider, traveller and gamer.

Tom Willers

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Tom previously completed a graduate engineer job with Jaguar-Land Rover where he was working with various Object-Oriented technologies manipulating high-volume time-based data. He had to focus on the streamlining of importing and calculation processes to reduce latency and improve productivity. Tom has a 1st Class Hons degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.

Ameen Bharuchi

SOFTWARE ENGINEER INTERN

Ameen recently graduated from Queen Mary University in BSc Computer Science and joined the team to gain professional work experience. Ameen has a passion for application development and both the front end and back end. When he’s not at work he can be found travelling around the country to watch Arsenal’s away games (he’s a devoted lifelong fan!) or travelling the world.

Stephanie Senoner

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

After studying psychology and business in Innsbruck, Austria, Steph started her career as a project manager – but decided to take a bold move and become a developer. She upped sticks and went to Barcelona to complete the Ironhack Bootcamp, and has never looked back. While working as full stack developer she focussed on improving her skills in both back and front end, and now focuses on UI/UX development for District. Outside work she also teaches girls how to code at universities and companies to share her passion for technology. When she’s not coding in her spare time she loves drawing, writing and exploring the great outdoors.

Daniel Puschmann

DATA SERVICES ENGINEER

Daniel has a PhD in Computer Science, his research focused on developing methodologies to extract information from heterogeneous IoT data streams.
He joined District to lead the evolution of the data infrastructure, build out the data science function and make actionable insights available for customers. Apart from his love for smart cities and the Internet of Things, Daniel likes to spend his Sundays playing board games and cooking.

Vanessa Butz

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Vanessa is passionate about shaping the future of cities to improve everyone’s work and life experience. Having studied Engineering, Economics and Management at Oxford University, she wrote her masters thesis on “Understanding the DNA of Strong Entrepreneurial Hubs” and took her theory into practice by building large technology and coworking campuses (Factory Berlin and Interchange Camden, Market-Tech). Working at the intersection of cities and technology, she has now founded District.

Pete Hallett

CTO

Pete is an enthusiastic open source technologist with a track record in delivering products across a number of platforms and industries. His passions lay in building expert “can do” teams that can turn complexity into simplicity to deliver user centric products and stakeholders business value. Pete has founded and scaled start-ups developing class-leading user centered products specialising in mobile, data, IoT, access control and mapping. Most recently he has focused on what a future city needs from a GovTech perspective, bringing the users closer to the physical assets of a city by meeting user needs with well organised data, technology and experiences.

Justin Haylock

LEAD DEVELOPER

Justin has over 20 years experience in web, mobile and desktop development, for a range of industries. He’s spent the last 5 years working for government in consultancy and development roles, managing teams and projects, and designing new innovative technology solutions to help people.

Max Gray

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Max studied psychology at the University of Liverpool before moving on to his career in business development in the property sector. Excited around the innovation proptech is driving in the industry, he joined District Tech to help landlords and property owners streamline their processes and add asset value through the digital layer of a tenant experience app. One thing most people don’t know about Max is that he is completely car-obsessed.

Kay Macayza-Sanford

CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER

Kay is passionate about ensuring customers have the best experience throughout the customer journey, from onboarding through to renewal. She has been honing her craft in customer success for the last 15 years in telecoms and cyber security in both the US and UK. On the weekends Kay can be found on the hunt for the best Mexican restaurant in London, spending time with her family or on Facetime to relatives from her hometown in Queens, New York.

Hannah Lloyd-Jones

MARKETING MANAGER

After completing a Masters in Business & Management, Hannah went straight into the property sector, gaining experience in both residential and commercial property before joining District. She’s passionate about all things marketing and loves to get stuck into a bit of content writing. Hannah can usually be found cycling around Hackney or binging on a Netflix docuseries.

Felipe Frederico

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Felipe has almost ten years experience as a software engineer. Since working at District, Felipe has worked on projects using Microservices architecture, Java Springboot, AWS, Semantic Web, Open Data, Machine Learning and Big Data approaches. Felipe is a PhD Student at Universidade Lusófona in Computer Science with researches in Pervasive Systems and Linked Open Data. Based at our Lisbon office, Felipe makes the most of it by spending weekends surfing.

Helip Nogueira

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Helio has always been fascinated with technology. He’s spent the last ten years working in tech and has a plethora of education including a postgraduate course on Architecture of Technology Solutions. Helio is skilled in web and mobile development, cloud architecture and DevOps. Outside of work, Helio loves to play guitar, sing, and travel the world.

Diogo Mota

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Diogo is a passionate Software Engineer who loves problem solving, technology and its integration with everyday life. His focus is to deliver elegant solutions to problems and and best user experience possible.
He is also an enthusiastic motorcycle rider, traveller and gamer.

Tom Willers

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Tom previously completed a graduate engineer job with Jaguar-Land Rover where he was working with various Object-Oriented technologies manipulating high-volume time-based data. He had to focus on the streamlining of importing and calculation processes to reduce latency and improve productivity. Tom has a 1st Class Hons degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.

Joao Ferrao

UI/UX DESIGNER

João is a passionate UI / UX Designer and creative problem solver, with a particular taste for psychology and a huge love for people, photography and arts. His focus is on delivering usable and desirable digital products and services.

Shane Meiring

CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER

Shane joins us fresh faced and eager to please after 14 months travelling Southeast Asia. With 10 years experience as a Training and Development Manager, he excels at building, training and developing exceptional teams in periods of startup and growth. His passion for customer success and previous experience in onboarding makes him the ideal fit for the role of CSM. Outside of our four walls, Shane is a budding writer of short fiction and can be found in a theatre near you.

Ameen Bharuchi

SOFTWARE ENGINEER INTERN

Ameen recently graduated from Queen Mary University in BSc Computer Science and joined the team to gain professional work experience. Ameen has a passion for application development and both the front end and back end. When he’s not at work he can be found travelling around the country to watch Arsenal’s away games (he’s a devoted lifelong fan!) or travelling the world.

Stephanie Senoner

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

After studying psychology and business in Innsbruck, Austria, Steph started her career as a project manager – but decided to take a bold move and become a developer. She upped sticks and went to Barcelona to complete the Ironhack Bootcamp, and has never looked back. While working as full stack developer she focussed on improving her skills in both back and front end, and now focuses on UI/UX development for District. Outside work she also teaches girls how to code at universities and companies to share her passion for technology. When she’s not coding in her spare time she loves drawing, writing and exploring the great outdoors.

Sergiu Calin

PRODUCT MANAGER

Sergiu spent five years in marketing before moving on to managing banking and telecom products before joining District. Sergiu is fascinated by the opportunities that a digital layer brings to the plain geography of spaces. He is happiest hopping around mountains – and in his words “The rainier and the muddier, the better.”

Daniel Puschmann

DATA SERVICES ENGINEER

Daniel has a PhD in Computer Science, his research focused on developing methodologies to extract information from heterogeneous IoT data streams.
He joined District to lead the evolution of the data infrastructure, build out the data science function and make actionable insights available for customers. Apart from his love for smart cities and the Internet of Things, Daniel likes to spend his Sundays playing board games and cooking.