Alper Cugun Portrait Februar 2015

Photograph by Antony Sojka.

Long Bio

Alper Çuğun-Gscheidel (né Çuğun) M.Sc. (1981, Amsterdam) is an engineer, designer and author active on the intersection of technology and society.

Alper graduated with a Master of Sciences in Media and Knowledge Engineering from Delft University of Technology with a minor in Management of Technology. His graduation subject was the research and development of communities of practice for enterprise software solutions.

From 2007-2010 he was co-founder and public face of crowd-funding startup TipiT. After that he founded the first Dutch data visualization agency Monster Swell and became an activist in the open data movement. During this period he was program director and board member of Hack de Overheid’s successful “Apps for Amsterdam” event series. This culminated in the creation of the Open State Foundation, an open data institution of which Alper was a board member.

From 2010 until 2015 Alper was the lead technologist of Dutch design studio Hubbub where he became a partner. Alper moved to Berlin in 2012 to found the German Hubbub office and to pursue new opportunities in Europe’s booming technology and media hub.

Based on extensive experience and research in 2016 he wrote and published the book “Designing Conversational Interfaces” about the conception and creation of chatbots.


Alper Cugun (MSc, Delft University of Technology) is a software engineer, design strategist and author. Alper was active in the Amsterdam startup scene, founded a data visualization agency and was on the board of the Open State Foundation, a Dutch open government institution. Between 2010 and 2015 he was lead technologist and partner at Hubbub, a Dutch/German design studio for games and play. Most recently he authored the book “Designing Conversational Interfaces”.

Alper is currently based in Berlin.

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2 thoughts on “Biography”

  1. Hey Alper, I just saw your comment on StackOverflow with the Django DataBase issue. Just to tell you, after installing django from the repo.
    Delete the old db.sqlite3 file and run the migrations again. If possible. The new db.sqlite3 file will fix it.

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