EPeeps Renaud Humbert-Labeaumaz | Lead Software Engineer

I’ve been a software engineer for the past 10 years, and this job allowed me to travel all around the world. I lived in Lyon, France, most of my life and had the chance to move to New Zealand a few years ago to join Education Perfect. Now I live in Canada, and I’m getting ready for the Great White North’s winter.

I started to really learn English when I was 18 years old by watching TV shows such as “Friends” and “How I Met Your Mother” because I couldn’t get my Master’s degree if I did not reach a certain English level. So today, despite my terrible accent, I can work with all these awesome people at Education Perfect, trying to encourage young people to learn new languages.

I love to travel and hike in nature (especially mountains) in my spare time, which allows me to exercise another of my hobbies: photography. Going on these walks and trying to capture breathtaking landscapes is very effective in balancing my life.

Why do you love working at EP?

Working at EP was a leap of faith both for EP and me. They hired a Frenchman who knew nothing about working in New Zealand, and I moved literally to the other side of the world to discover an entirely new culture. 

I’m extremely grateful that we took this leap of faith because I got to work with the most thoughtful, kind and skilled people. I found amazing friends, and I always have a smile on my face when I know I’m going to talk to them later in the day.

Also, I find EP’s mission to be crucial. I know what learning foreign languages brought to my life and, if my work can empower younger folks to learn and realise their potential, it’s worth a great deal to me.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

As a lead software engineer, I have the opportunity to interact with amazing people to help shape the future of EP. I feel that my work matters and actually impacts people’s lives, be it students, teachers or our incredible content team.

Favourite feature of the platform?

My favourite feature is Dash! Dash is a speed run game that you can play at the end of a smart lesson. The goal is to answer a set of questions as quickly as possible against other students. 

How do you prefer to start your day?

Slowly.

Where is somewhere you’d like to visit?

In the first episode of the TV show “Malcolm in the Middle”, Malcolm explains that even if you spent all your life travelling, you wouldn’t be able to see all the places on Earth. However, nothing prevents us from trying!

In Europe, I had the chance to discover extraordinary countries like Croatia or Greece. In New Zealand, I didn’t have the time to see Hobbiton before I left, so I will definitely go there next time I’m in the country. Otherwise, I would love to go to Antarctica and the Great Wall of China at some point in my life.

What book has been a big influence on you?

The first time I read “Fahrenheit 451”, I stopped watching TV for a few months. This book warns us about the risk of forgetting critical thinking and letting others control knowledge. This (small) book packs more punch per page than any other one I’ve read. Although it was written 70 years ago, it’s still extremely current.