theLab powered by O2Wizard of Community and Code (June 2011 to Present)
Since June 2011 I have been working in theLab, an innovation team at the heart of O2. The team is responsible for building proof of concepts and beta's for O2's customers.
In this role I have been responsible for supporting the delivery of several beta products to customers and championed innovation & digital literacy throughout O2. I have also been heavily involved in mentoring our junior developers and apprentices.
My first project at O2 involved bringing one of the teams first products back in-house after it was developed by an external agency. The project provided many challenges including understanding the issues using MongoDB and how the GSM network works. We are currently in the process of closing #blue.
JetSetMe Developer API
JetSetMe allows developers to build applications on top of O2's roaming platform. The project involved integrating with the O2 network to receive the updates, building a queuing and filtering system in RabbitMQ to support several hundred thousand transactions a day and finally the developer API.
As a visible member of theLab team, I spend a great deal of time publicly speaking to developers about the products being developed and supporting issues with our products including developer API's.
I also organised BarCamp Berkshire at O2's headquarter's in July 2012 and have supported the setting up of two youth projects being run by O2 to encourage kids into careers in technology.
I have co-led the internal engagement effort within O2 for our team. This has included running events to help explain why the team exists, what it does and to teach digital skills. These sessions have been run throughout the business for our call centre staff, managers and graduates.
Geeks of LondonDirector (January 2009 to Present)
Since January 2009, I have been part of Geeks of London and as part of the management team have run:
- BarCamp London 6, 7, 8, 9
- BarCamp Berkshire & BarCamp MediaCity
- HackCamp @ Google
- LinkedGov Data HackCamp @ LBi
- The GeekTrip 2011 & 2012
The events are typically developer or geek facing. BarCamps bring together developers, designers and other geeks for a 36 hours in a building for shorts talks on everything from "Advanced uses of Git" to "How to make the best cupcakes". HackCamps bring together developers together with APIs, datasets, sugar and caffeine to build interesting hacks in a single night.
My role within the team is to oversee the the event planning and budgets however the most important role I share with my directors - is to bring together friends, strangers and institutions to give attendees an amazing experience.