A Little On Me

In my diverse work as a technologist over the past 5 years, I am lucky to have been a part of what Wired magazine calls "the third wave of computing", finding inspiration and opportunity in the evolution of technologies. In particular, I believe the Internet of Things and Wearables offer a great deal of opportunity to individuals and businesses all over the world and I am committed to continue developing and adapting my skills within this rapidly expanding environment.

As a back end developer, I made time to experiment with devices such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino, learning to integrate digital and real worlds and create innovative and rewarding work. This gave me the knowledge and experience necessary for the role of Creative Technologist, where I am better able to utilise my understanding of server architecture, API's and traditional web technologies to make innovative choices in merging digital and physical worlds.

I am hugely passionate about technology and its potential implementations in every aspect of modern day life. While others may complain of information overload, I am excited by the new doors being continuously opened.

Mad Skillz

Where've I Been

Burberry

Burberry: Creative Technologist (2013 - Present)

Thanks to my experiences with Raspberry Pi and Arduino and my background in web and app development I have been brought on board at Burberry as part of the Innovations team.

The role involves researching around key concepts and developing prototypes using electronics such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi. We also visit numerous key player in the tech industry looking for innovative technology, practical applications and potential partnerships.

Collective London

Collective London: Developer (2012 - 2013)

Collective have offered me opportunity to greatly develop my skills. I have been given the time to learn Zend Framework, Concrete5, better improve my Bash scripting as well as time to learn Python and basic C while developing projects with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

During my time at Collective, I have been responsible for the creation of servers, Bash based build scripts for various frameworks, the implementation and creation of Content Management Systems and the integration of API’s to many digital projects. However, the aspect I have most enjoyed during my time at Collective has been using the new technologies in development. I have been responsible for maintenance on the 3D printer, and development with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino on various projects. Most have used the Twitter API to power a real world action, such as the movement of a model train, while others using inferred sensors to power the keys of a keyboard.

By far the most interesting was the development of The Buggle, a device that allows users to listen in live via an app to the music playing in venues around Shoreditch, a project I have been responsible for all development on.

AKA UK

AKA UK: Developer (2011 - 2012)

The digital department at aka was in its infancy, so I took it upon myself to take the development team forward with the integration of processes I felt useful. Simple things like the migration of domains to a single provider and their documentation were first, followed by the creation of a website matrix documenting a variety of useful data to aide administration.

After making a number of recommendations, I became responsible for documenting processes for website and email development, and then rolling out these processes, covering every aspect of development. I ensured as close a development to production, consistent software and tools on developers machines so each developer was developing in as similar fashion as possible for better collaboration, server were migrated to Rackspace allowed for better scalability and a cost savings, and version control was rolled out, allowing us to better maintain our code base and track changes.

Finally, I featured as a lead protagonist in the implementation of a more greenfield method of development, creating a series of WordPress plugins, and theme. This allowed for the back end development team to easily expand the functionality and fix bugs fixes on our apps with us now supporting 40 sites. The front end team could then do similar with the themes.

NHS Hampshire

NHS Hampshire: Developer (2009 - 2011)

I gained valuable insight into the world of an in house web development team at the NHS. Having joined a team of 4, I soon became the only back end developer, supporting 10 large sites and as a result my skills developed immensely.

My skills with PHP and OOP developed a great deal and a substantial understanding of Joomla. I also gained experience with Linux, Version Control and Zend Server CE.

The best improvement I made during my time was to my knowledge of best practices and processes, something that has helped me in later roles.

Stuff I've Worked On

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