Meet a Codefresher
Kostis Codefresh

Kostis Kapelonis

Sr. Developer Advocate – Athens, Greece

What was your very first job?

My first job was as a computer technician at a small electronics shop. My typical day involved cleaning dust from computer cases, removing viruses, replacing broken motherboards, and helping users with their computer problems. The funny thing was that I used to be a customer of this shop myself, and I always complained about the time it took them to fix things. Seeing the job from the other side was very enlightening.

How did you get into your current job or field?

My father brought a computer to our house when I was 13 years old. He also had a mathematician friend, and both of them spent time with databases, chess programs, and of course, games. I started playing games myself and got interested in some basic programming. As the phrase goes…the rest is history.

What’s a fun fact about you that not many people know?

I am a big fan of “downhill roller skating.” It’s similar to skiing, but you do it on hard asphalt instead of soft snow and wear motorbike clothes. This hobby is a bit dangerous, so even with complete protection, I’ve had a few accidents in the past.

What is your favorite activity or hobby that you enjoy outside of work?

I love photography! I started with the idea of capturing nice pictures of my roller skating team, and it was always challenging to photograph the fast-moving subjects. Nowadays, I focus more on family photos (chasing toddlers around with my camera).

What is your best memory or favorite thing about working at Codefresh?

The first KubeCon conference I participated in made me realize the amount of effort each vendor spends on preparation. The booth is just the tip of the iceberg. Until then, I didn’t pay much attention to conferences from the audience but seeing the other side and being an active part in the booth was a thrilling experience!