We think in code and in equations. We communicate visually and concisely. We get things done.
We are analytical and empathetic
We are a community of highly skilled AI engineers, software engineers, designers and researchers who like to build things and solve problems. We draw quantitative and creative minds. Each of us has passions and drives a vision. We share values. We trust each other and we like to spend time with each other. Even those at the start of their careers are among the best in our field. We bring together analytical, and creative minds to make a positive impact. This is how we pave roads where there are no roads and see what others may miss.
Why are you in Edinburgh?
Because beauty inspires. Steeped in incredible history, Edinburgh reinvents itself with cutting-edge research leading the world in machine learning and natural language processing research. Scotland, on the northern edge of Europe, can feel like watching a party from a corner and being able to think in solitude, away from the hustle and bustle. The city changes slower. There is less of everything and what there is gets more appreciated. And that gives a sense of continuity. You know the solid stone has been here long before you and it will survive long after. It reminds us all to look to the past when we need to see the future.
Why pictures of mountains?
Because we want to capture the incredible culture which hikers and climbers create of helping each other in the wild. We strive to hire people whose ideas do not fit on a page; but also people of value and mission, who share empathy and caring for each other. When we started, we thought that there is a better way to do technology than in a sterile neon office. We set up the company in the backyard of Scotland’s Highlands because sometimes all you need is a walk in the rustle of leaves to calm and sharpen your mind, and wake up in creativity.
Why are you called Viapontica?
Because the the name captures the intertwined relationship between nature and human invention, the connection of people over large distance, and the aspiration towards a sense of continuity across time. Via is the Latin and Italian word for “road,” while Pontica is the Greek name for the Black Sea. Via Pontica is one of the ancient Roman roads which traversed Europe, and it is also Europe's second largest bird migration route. The name fits the core identity of the Viapontica company – a spirit of a journey and discovery. Roman engineering took much inspiration from nature, the same way architects of Artificial Intelligence today often draws inspiration from how humans think; AI even is now turning the tables to teach us about how brains work.
We work collaboratively, and move quickly
Our team is lean and agile. We embrace ambiguity and enjoy a good challenge. We keep the big picture in focus and put the user experience in the centre. We connect dots across disciplines and industries to design big and answer tough questions.