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.

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.

Pavel Racu

BACKEND DEVELOPER

Pavel has worked as a C++ developer for Renault and Natixis Bank, but his true passion is Java. As part of the backed development team he is responsible for delivering the best user experience possible. He is passionate about Linux, Java and coffee!

Aminoor Alam

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Aminoor studied Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a car enthusiast, who loves problem-solving and is passionate about technology and how it all works. His goal is to use his developing skills to innovate new approaches towards smart building technology.

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.

Michael Quinn

CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER

Michael studied Philosophy, at the University of the West of England Bristol where he delved into subjects of morality, politics and the nature of existence. He began his professional career selling tickets for technology conferences to unfriendly execs before joining commercial property brokerage Instant Office, helping clients find their perfect office space. His client-facing experience and interest in both tech and property led him to District Tech. Michael draws particular satisfaction from providing data-driven insights to District’s clients in order to help them succeed. His ideal day off consists of long hikes with his dog.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Artur Freitas

BACKEND DEVELOPER

Artur is a backend developer and is a PHP guru! He is extremely persistent and always able to deliver successful solutions to problems. He likes getting involved in all aspects of development and is keen to help others.

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 also 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.

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.

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.

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.

Pavel Racu

BACKEND DEVELOPER

Pavel has worked as a C++ developer for Renault and Natixis Bank, but his true passion is Java. As part of the backed development team he is responsible for delivering the best user experience possible. He is passionate about Linux, Java and coffee!

Artur Freitas

BACKEND DEVELOPER

Artur is a backend developer and is a PHP guru! He is extremely persistent and always able to deliver successful solutions to problems. He likes getting involved in all aspects of development and is keen to help others.

Aminoor Alam

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Aminoor studied Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a car enthusiast, who loves problem-solving and is passionate about technology and how it all works. His goal is to use his developing skills to innovate new approaches towards smart building technology.

Tom Willers

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 also 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.

Michael Quinn

CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER

Michael studied Philosophy, at the University of the West of England Bristol where he delved into subjects of morality, politics and the nature of existence. He began his professional career selling tickets for technology conferences to unfriendly execs before joining commercial property brokerage Instant Office, helping clients find their perfect office space. His client-facing experience and interest in both tech and property led him to District Tech. Michael draws particular satisfaction from providing data-driven insights to District’s clients in order to help them succeed. His ideal day off consists of long hikes with his dog.

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.

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.

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.