Hello, my name is Tobias Mende, I am a passionate diver, windsurfer, sailer, swimmer, snorkeler – or short: ocean addict.
Also, I am a software engineer and architect, blogger and entrepreneur. I grew up in the beautiful town of Lübeck, close to the Baltic Sea, in Germany.
Since a kid, I was in love with the oceans and enjoyed spending as much time in, on, under or at least close to them. I started diving, when I turned 12 years old, I served as a rescue swimmer and spend most of my holidays and money on ocean related hobbies.
I was always thinking to become a marine scientist, ocean researcher or something the like. Unfortunately, this career track was closed for me because I was too bad at school. Thus, I followed my other great passion, the software development and studied computer science from 2009 to 2015. Here, at least for some time, I could connect both passions when programming autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
However, I never really found a job opportunity where I could connect my skills and knowledge in software development with my passion for the oceans and marine wildlife. Therefore, I just used the money I earned and donated to NGOs in marine conservation. However, it never felt enough, and I wanted to help on a larger scale. I just did not know how.
It took me a couple of years, until finally in 2020 I realised, that “not knowing what to do” is no excuse “for not doing something”.
Therefore, I joined online classes in marine conservation and marine science to develop a deeper understanding of marine ecosystems, marine wildlife and marine conservation. I wanted to understand the current challenges and problems and what kind of solutions are needed. My idea: To come up with good solutions on my own, I first need to expose myself to the field and the challenges within. And this is, what I am doing now.
Furthermore, I started “The Ocean Savers” in December 2020 as a project that exposes me to the topic of marine conservation and also contributes to this purpose. You can read more about the vision and the mission of “The Ocean Savers” on here.