Team Trackener - Chris Hockuba

Chris Hockuba

Hardware Engineer

Joining Trackener in 2016 as the hardware engineer in the team, Chris created the first prototype of the Trackener device. He now continues to work on the firmware on a daily basis as it is being tested live by members, researchers and vets of the Trackener community all over the country.

Originally having a passion for automotive and cars, Chris studied Mechanical Engineering at Kingston University where he simultaneously designed a part of a student formula car and created its electronics. Later on, this progressed into an interest for quadcopters which quickly added skills to his repertoire and allowed his knowledge to expand and develop. This inspired him to study Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL where he met Pauline and first heard about Trackener. Although not an equestrian himself, Chris was fascinated by Trackener and its unique position in the equine industry where technology is not as established as other industries. He was intrigued to join the team and be part of a young business to understand the trials and challenges of starting an idea from scratch.

Chris’ experience with horses, like most horse riders, started during his childhood but quickly finished only a month later when his riding lessons on a very stubborn horse who would not listen to Chris’ aids were somewhat discouraging. Nevertheless, Chris still happily admires horses from afar and listens to the rest of the team’s constant rambling about horses, horses and more horses! 

Outside of his work, Chris is actively involved within the drone racing community working on new projects and ventures which are beginning to be tested and used by pilots all over the world. Although a niche interest at the moment, Chris hopes it may become a sport in the future.

Until then, Chris' main sport is skiing. Having learnt at the age of 7, Chris enjoys going every year to improve his skills. Eager to try and see new things, skiing often involves going off-piste to enjoy parts of the mountains which are have been untouched.