Speaking & Organising
A lot of websites and apps feel like they’ve been designed and created by robots! Have we forgotten who’s going to be using it? A person! I’d like to make things a bit more “human” and add a personal touch to the work that I produce. Throughout this website you’ll find my thoughts & opinons as well as some of the work that I’ve done. Currently, I’m a product designer at Cloudflare working on their Web Application Firewall feature.
I always try to be adaptive and flexible with the way I work, making room for both user and business needs. Clear communication and understanding is the cornerstone to developing a great product and it’s because of this I welcome building, iterating, and pivoting.
During my time at Capital One I was heavily involved with the conception, ideation, user understanding and execution of their mobile app, for both the Android and iOS platform. The app is used by customers to service their credit card by viewing transactions, making payments and address issues with their account.
I often found myself in situations where I would meet people who were really excited and motivated to play with and learn a new technology but couldn’t find any good resources to initially get started.
StudentDev is a small project I worked on to try to change this. It's a collection of resources to help someone learn a new technology, sharpen their design skills and even find a local meet up group.
Today it is open to anyone to contribute towards, and I'm always looking to expand the collection with newer and more relevant material.
In March 2014 I started working with Joe Nash, Tim Fogarty and Bilawal Hameed on a project to help build a thriving student hackathon community in the EU. Mike Swift and Jon Gottfried were also trying to solve a similar problem in North America. A couple of phone calls, emails and deliberation sessions later, we are all now helping to grow the global student hackathon community. Today Major League Hacking helps support over 65,000 students and 200+ events and has a strong 10+ full time team behind it.
MLH gave me experience working at a startup from the earliest stages all the way through to raising a $1m dollar seed round. The time spent has been well worth the positive impact and growth of the student hacker community.
StudentHack was the first event I ever organised, and introduced me to a community I've since fallen in love with. I oversaw a fundraising campaign that raised £9,000 ($15,000) from Capital One, AutoTrader, GitHub and others for the operations of the hackathon, exceeding budgetary goals by 30%. Since the first event in February 2014, I also helped organise the October 2014 with my Co-Founder Bilawal Hameed.
Get Me a Bus was a project developed by Danny Wilson and myself. After using the bus for a while I became frustrated that I wasn't able to easily find out when the buses were departing. Of course this problem had already been solved by others but I found their solutions to be either poor and outdated, or I had to pay for an app that wouldn't even guarantee full coverage!
This is where getmeabus.com steps in. It simply locates you and plots all the nearby bus stops, then with a click of a bus stop it display the departure times. The service currently only supports the UK.