I've been tech lead on the Doingsomething dating website since May 2014.
Doingsomething is a London-based dating website with around 40,000 members, and counting. I've been in charge of the complex technical infrastructure needed for to help people find matches, message each other and go on dates.
I sometimes like to think of my job as 'programming people into relationships', though I do appreciate that is kind of ridiculous.Visit site
Since my involvement with Wonga, they have become a somewhat controversial household name! The leading short term loans website in the UK, whatever you think about them as a business, their technology is impressive.
I consulted extensively on building a Drupal front end for a new version of their website, and led its initial build. This included working with a remote back end API.Visit site
Astronomy Live allows people with telescopes to broadcast astronomical events live to viewers around the world.
It launched in March 2015 with a live broadcast of the solar eclipse, which was viewed by over a thousand people.
I developed the whole site, including front end. It's at an early stage, but there are exciting things to come!Visit site
JancisRobinson.com is the website of Jancis Robinson, the Financial Times' wine correspondent. It is a site with tens of thousands of articles by Jancis and other wine writers, and has an active and involved paying membership base.
The site recently underwent a major redesign lasting several months. I was brought in as technical project manager to assist the existing development team and guide them through the transition.
The new site launched in August 2014. It is well worth a visit for the free content alone, which is a great place to start if you want to know a little more about wine.Visit site
Volupa helps people to find and book health practitioners such as acupuncturists, herbalists or yoga therapists.
People can search by their postcode or address to find available appointments nearby, and then book them.
The practitioners themselves can use Volupa to promote their business and manage their bookings.
I'm the lead developer.Visit site
Lingoing is a London-based startup that helps deaf people to book people for one-off interpretation jobs. For example, a client may need someone to interpret for them in a meeting.
The site enables interpreters to apply for different jobs posted by clients, and has extensive back office system to handle the matching and processing of job requests and applications.
I'm the lead developer on this growing site.Visit site
Squeak was an experiment of mine, a site to help cut down on annoying 'Reply all' email conversations.
It's no longer being actively maintained but feel free to create an account and play around!
I built this entirely on my own using Django and Twitter Bootstrap.Visit site
Action Tutoring is an educational charity providing one-to-one tutoring for students who can't afford it.
I project managed and was lead developer on this smaller project, which involved implementing a content management system and private document area for tutors.
For the content management system, I used Django CMS.Visit site
Bookbuggy is a book club for the very young. Subscribers receive a box of three books each month that is specifically picked for their little one.
I built the back end of this website, which includes:
- Ecommerce and recurring payments (using Oscar)
- Ability to gift book boxes to other people, who can then redeem their gift
- Feedback mechanisms so subscribers get automatically asked to rate the books they receive two weeks after receiving them
Independent Social Performance
Independent Social Performance is a consultancy that provides training for people engaging in the extractive industries - be it community or company representatives.
The site involves managing simple Paypal integration for the purchasing of different courses and training sessions.Visit site
The Presencing Institute is an online community based at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, committed to investigating ways of making capitalism more sustainable and socially just.
I was their lead developer, empowering their suite of websites to deal with a growing community of thousands of users.
More recently I worked on the new version of the website, which not only has many community features and ecommerce functionality, but has many 'back office' features to help them administrate their work.Visit site
St Cross College, Oxford
Give Your Vote
Give Your Vote was a political campaign to encourage voters in the May 2010 UK General Election to donate their votes to people in other countries.
I consulted with them on certain aspects of the website, including a text message notifications and a system for allowing people worldwide to ask questions to the respective parties. I also built the system which allows the sister site, Use a UK Vote, to be part of the same site back end. This means that behind the scenes the site administrators can manage everything from one place, and share information between sites with ease.
I also conceived and designed the logo.Visit site
Social Firms UK
Church Investors Group
The Church Investors Group website includes a member's area, with the ability for each member to maintain a profile on their organisation, together with a site administration account which can be used to manage the users and all the content on the site.Visit site
Gloucester Room is a primarily private-facing site that provides the ability for their clients to choose certain pieces of artwork to go on their wedding lists, and publish a code that allows their guests to make contributions towards the artwork.
It also allows the site admin to select and make recommendations of artwork to their clients.
I worked with Madomat on this project, who was responsible for the design.Visit site
International Planned Parenthood Federation
BBC Openlab was an experimental project for the BBC. The Openlab was a place for people to conceive and develop open source tools for teaching. Members of the public could submit and refine ideas, while staff members can score the ideas and select which ideas will be funded by the BBC.
I worked on the back end, helping to conceive the interface, produce prototypes and eventually to implement the design.