About me

Me with a self baked bread

👋 Hi there!

My name is Gina Häußge, but I also answer to my nickname foosel. I'm a software engineer by trade and a nerd by choice, born, raised and also living in Germany, close to Frankfurt. I'm probably best known for being the creator and maintainer of OctoPrint, a web interface and print server for 3d printers.

I know that a lot of people wonder how to pronounce my last name, so let's get this out of the way first. Here's the IPA transcript: [dʒiːna hɔʏsɡə]. And since I'm aware that that was probably too nerdy, here's also a video of me saying it. Even though it may seem like it (and confuses a lot of people), no, that "ß" there is in fact not even remotely related to a B but is rather pronounced like a very sharp s -- it's called an Eszett and has a quite interesting backstory.

I went to the Technical University of Darmstadt, from which I graduated with a diploma in computer science1 in 2007. I was a software architect/IT consultant for a large corporation for a couple years, but since 2014 I've been working full time on my Open Source project OctoPrint which I created back in late 2012. And since 2016 now I've actually been in the awesome situation to see my work get funded 100% by the community -- if you happen to be a fan of my work on OctoPrint and want to help fund it as well, please take a look here.

In my spare time I love playing (and sometimes streaming) video games2, binging various tv shows3, cooking & baking4 and tinkering with electronics. Sometimes I even find the time to use my various 3d printers. And I also try to improve my photography skills -- btw, here's my Instagram profile. When there is no pandemic going on I also try to get better at rock climbing at the boulder gym, go to the movies, or play board games or p&p rpgs with friends.

Thanks to my open source work I've had quite a number of opportunities to hold talks, give interviews or take part in streams and podcasts. You can find a growing collection of these here.

  1. I took a special interest in software engineering and decided on psychology as my minor field of study.
  2. Some favourites include Mass Effect, XCOM, Subnautica, Zelda and Monkey Island.
  3. The Expanse is one of my recent favourites.
  4. I got into baking bread around early 2019 and actually found less time for it during the pandemic, go figure.