Dionysios (Sakis) Dimopoulos
Dionisios Dimopoulos is Innovation Accelerator’s director of technology.
Dimopoulos joined Innovation Accelerator in 2013, as a Technical Lead, focused primarily on iBridge.Network development, after IA assumed the iBridgeNetwork from the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship, in order to participate in the effort to build a better iBridgeNetwork.
Before joining IA, Dimopoulos was a co-founder and I.T. Manager on Gogreen Power LLC, a small startup focused on the commodity energy market which ended up being the most effective external partner of Verbund AG, in matter of sales net profit, for years 2010, 2011 and up to 2012 when Verbund exited the Greek market.
From 2003 to 2008, Dimopoulos was a member of the I.T. Department on BNP Paribas Personal Finance subsidiary in Greece. 12 months after being hired as a Senior Developer on the organization’s Development Department, he was promoted to Leader of the Development department, reporting to I.T Manager, at the age of 24. In 2007, and after securing several key victories for the organization as Leader of the Development Department he was promoted to Deputy I.T. Manager, reporting directly to the I.T. Manager and the bank’s CEO. He remained on that position until BNP’s exit of the Greek market in 2008.
Dimopoulos’ career started when joining the development department of Sybase Hellas S.A. in 2000, while still an undergraduate student, as a Junior Developer. After a 6-month trial period expired, he was re-evaluated as a Senior Developer and was transferred to the Banking Sector Development Unit, mainly due to experience demonstrated in software development and relational databases. Experience accumulated since childhood.
While still an undergraduate student at the University of Pireaus, Dept. of Informatics, his interest in artificial intelligence resulted in the development of a proprietary natural selection algorithm for brute-forcing most optimized solution of algorithmic challenges, which received public attention.
Dimopoulos was first introduced to programming at age 7, after convincing his first teacher, to teach him how to program computers. By the age of 9, roles had been reversed. In 1990, at age 10, Dimopoulos sold a local newspaper a distributed DBMS, for them to manage customer subscriptions, way before TCP/IP was possible for microcomputers. He donated all profits from that transaction to his first teacher (and father), in recognition of his service. During Easter holidays of 1991, he fast-track learned English, with the sole purpose of being able to study an Assembly programming guide. He spent his adulthood by mastering protected mode x86 assembly and got involved in the “Demo scene”, which was popular in Europe at the time. Even today, when not working, he is still exercising his hobby; computer programming.