John Heaven

About me and what I do

Hi. I’m John, a self-employed web developer, consultant, writer and translator.

The most interesting thing about me at the moment is probably my blog “Why Hamburg?“. This is gradually becoming a community that is on a mission to find out what makes Hamburg attractive to international people, how we can improve the experience for people from abroad, and how we can make a positive contribution to the city’s future.

I also work regularly with Ferdinand Weps. We offer a palette of web-related services including consulting, concept and implementation. For more information, see

SMW Hamburg logoI am proud to be a member of the Social Media Week Hamburg organising team for the third year running. The Social Media Week 2015 is taking place from 23rd – 27th February.

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If you’d like me to do some work for you – web development with WordPress or Drupal, advice or tuition on all aspects of online publishing, translation or copywriting, please get in touch.


I am originally from Birmingham in the UK. I studied Law at the University of Exeter before studying for a year in Saarbrücken, Germany. After returning to the UK to study an MA in International Studies, I completed my Graduate Trainee Scheme at Birmingham City Council before moving to Hamburg two years later.

When I moved to Hamburg, I worked in the field of online citizen participation at TuTech, a publicly-owned company specialising in technology transfer.

Since 2012 I have worked in the private sector in a variety of roles from web development to content creation via event organisation.

In my free time I am a keen photographer.