JP Office Online

SmartNews Online Meetup #58

Casual Chat with the iOS & Android Engineers of the News Mobile Team

19:00 - 20:00 (JST)

About this event

The News Mobile Team is responsible for delivering the news to catch user interest and provide a unified experience while creating new features aiming to be critical differentiators. During this online event, we’ll learn more about what it’s like to work on this team as an iOS or Android engineer from the team manager Pierre Jarsaillon and engineers Alvin Moncada, Mahdi Bchatnia, and Fei Ye.

We recommend this event for people who:

– are iOS or Android engineers who are interested in learning how we work cross timezones, in both high-speed product iterations and prototyping

–  feel passionately about our company mission of delivering news stories that matter to the people who need it

Open iOS & Android positions at SmartNews:

–  Software Engineer, iOS (Tokyo) 

Software Engineer, iOS (EDS) (San Francisco)

– Software Engineer, Android (Tokyo)

What’s an Online Open Office?

Similar to an open day at a school or university, our Online Open Office series is a chance to meet screen-to-screen with people from SmartNews. We highlight one team per open office, providing them the opportunity to go deep on topics about their work and life at SmartNews. You can also get answers to your questions either by asking in advance on the registration page or during the event using the chat feature.

This event is an excellent event for anyone who wants to learn more about SmartNews, especially those actively interviewing or considering applying for a position!


Registration is necessary to receive the Zoom event information. Please note that the deadline for registration for this event is Wednesday, March 30th at 19:00 JST.



Pierre Jarsaillon

Engineering Manager

Pierre joined SmartNews in 2019 as a Mobile Software Engineer (Android) to work on the US Politics squad at that time, developing the News From All Sides feature. In 2021, he became the Engineering Manager of the newly created News Mobile Team, which focuses on the core reading experience of the application.

Coming from France, he first went to Japan through an academic exchange program (Kobe!). He then worked at LINE Fukuoka for a couple of years before moving to Tokyo and starting work at SmartNews.

Mahdi Bchatnia

iOS Engineer

Originally from Tunisia/Morocco, Mahdi moved to Japan in 2014 for an internship in Web Development and fell in love with the country. After shifting his focus to iOS development, he joined LINE and worked there for about three years.

Mahdi joined SmartNews in 2020 (at the height of the pandemic!) and has been working on US News features. Currently, he is part of the News Mobile Team, where he dedicates his time to making the reading experience even better for the app’s millions of users.

Fei Ye

Android Engineer

Fei came to Japan from China to take a master’s course in 2010 and started his career as a mobile engineer at DeNA after graduation. After spending six years in his previous company, he joined SmartNews before the summer of 2019. Since joining, he has worked in several pillars within the organization, including ads, news, and community. He is now the only member of the News Mobile Team Shanghai as he has since moved back to China due to Covid-19. He works closely with colleagues in other offices to improve the performance of Top Channel.

Dean Alvin Moncada

Android Engineer

Dean just joined SmartNews in October of last year. Hired for the Tokyo office, he is currently working remotely from his home country of the Philippines due to border closures.

He has previously worked as an Android Engineer in Singapore for an e-commerce company. Before that, he worked as an Android Engineer on customer loyalty apps. He is currently a member of the News Mobile Team at SmartNews, which is dedicated to improving the users’ reading and browsing experience in the app.


If the purpose of participation is judged to be inappropriate, the management may cancel the participation.
In order to make our sessions as in-depth as possible, we ask that you refrain from posting the content of the sessions on social networking sites (but you are welcome to post your thoughts!).
The event will be recorded, but please be assured that it will only be viewed within the company and will not be shared with outside parties.

Privacy Policy

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Community Code of Conduct

Our community will act to remain free of harassment on the basis of gender, sexual identity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical characteristics, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or non-religion), or technology choice. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind against community members. Sexually explicit language and images are inappropriate at any community event, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter, and other online media. Participants who break these rules may be sanctioned, as determined by the organizers, or refused entry to the event and any future events or communities without refund (if any).