Work

Connecting products, services and communities since 2007.

 

Climate change

  • Trustee for Restart Project, a charity that champions the right to repair in communities across London (2020-)
  • Initiator of Low Carbon Design Institute (2020-)
  • London Project Lead at Library of Things (2020-)
  • Research for Overlay a green financial data platform incubated by ING Labs (2019-2020)
  • Head of Labs at Bulb Energy, a renewable energy provider. Hired a team to work across smart electric car services, battery services, smart meters and other leading areas (2018-2019)
  • External Reviewer for Agro-IT, a H2020 funded project (2015-17)
  • Worked with Phil Gyford to build an MVP of a local food producer mapping service Made Near You (2016)
  • As Innovator-at-large for Wintec Innovate, an industry-facing research facility at the Waikato Institute of Technology in New Zealand (2014-6)
  • Organised a showcase of 40 startups in the energy sector for British Gas (2013) 
  • Overseeing the electronics design and Chinese manufacturing support for the first Current Cost Bridge a home energy display that posted data to Google Powermeter (2009-10)
  • Developed Homesense a pan-European open innovation project to explore bottom-up smart homes in collaboration with EDF R&D. The creative-commons licensed output included a blog and hardware tools which are part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)
  • Design of three workshops with EDF R&D to get their teams to explore new home energy management experiences. The workshop lasted 1 week each and outputs varied from physical prototypes, UX wireframes, mobile/tablet app demos, videos and websites.

Ethics

  • Leading Better IoT an international community-led effort to build startup-focused tools for more ethical and secure internet of things design (2017-)
  • Part of the Board of advisors for the Virt-EU project (2017-19)
  • Co-founder of The Good Home, a collaborative exploration of the future of home living. (2015-2017)
  • Organised and coordinated a workshop capturing design processes of #iot startups with Studio Dott. (2016)
  • Contributed to a white paper on cyber security by Chatham House. (2013)
  • Contributed to a white paper on the internet of things for the Digital Policy Alliance. (2013)

Technology & the built environment

Design

  • Member of Future Observatory Programme Development Group (Design Museum & AHRC)(2020)
  • Design and commercialisation of Good Night Lamp (2012-2019)
  • On jury of the prestigious Braun Prize (2018)
  • Produced a report on the impact of the internet of things for a US health insurance company (2017)
  • Mentor-in-residence at the Startupbootcamp IoT Connected Devices accelerator (2016-17)
  • Produced a report on the possible impact of the internet of things for a US industrial company and an international fast moving goods company (2016)
  • Advisor to startups in the connected product space: Trackener, Olitool (2015-)
  • Produced a report for  BBC North Lab exploring the perceived future value of the internet of things and the readiness of the business across the whole of the BBC. This report was shaped on 15 interviews from multiple stakeholders in the business  (2015)
  • Designed scarves for single people. Worked with a fashion designer to make a series of prototypes (2011)
  • Project management & logistics for smart Christmas 3D-printed product FRSTEE (2011)
  • Identity design for Historytag an identity system for Huit, a Wales-based jeans company (2011)
  • Project management of exploratory project with Nokia Advanced Labs team in Los Angeles. This led to physical prototypes being made and videos produced (2011)
  • Overseeing the manufacturing of the Big Red Button for Russell Davies which part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) (2009)
  • Overseeing the build of next generation screen experiences for the BBC’s North Lab team. This included building 3 prototypes & video documentation (2009)
  • Overseeing the build of interactive installations for a range of marketing campaigns for brands such as Sony Bravia, Nokia, Wired, National Geographic and others (2008)
  • Overseeing the build of a smart picture frame for David Hockney’s paintings for the Evening Standard Editor’s office (2008)
  • Designed constantsetting.com a site which showed you an image of the sun setting right now, no matter where in the world, based on geotagged photos on Flickr (2006-2019)
  • Production of Topoware, a tableware collection with jewellery designer Karola Torkos which was exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair (2007)

 

Funding & business

  • Wrote Creating a Culture of Innovation: designing an optimal environment to create and execute new ideas (Apress, 2020)
  • Assessor for EIT Digital & Fintech funds
  • Assessor for Innovate UK (2010-)
  • Contributed to policy recommendation papers by the Worshipful Society of Information Technologists and the British Computing Society (2014)
  • Researched the landscape of UK internet of things startups and their requirements for the Digital Catapult to help shape its services around that space (2013) (images)

 

Training & tools

  • Public speaking at a variety of events (2007-)
  • I ran a digital training session on the internet of things as part of the ISDI MIB program (2017)
  • Ran a business workshop for creatives at Waterman’s Gallery (2018)
  • Ran a 3 day academic training introducing BA & MA professors to the internet of things for the Technology Institute of Monterrey in Mexico (2017)
  • Ran a  3 day intense practical internet of things manufacturing workshop in Berlin & Norway (2017)
  • Developed Know Cards with Tina Aspiala, a set of cards to help you explore the internet of things (2016- )
  • Design and organisation of the first UK Intel Edison workshop (2015).
  • Ran public and corporate Arduino workshops around the world (2007-2010).

Event production

  • Organised and curated the London Internet of Things Meetup. It became the second largest dedicated meetup in the world (2011- 2020)
  • Co-curated and organised Making it!? a half day on making and success in Liverpool (2018)
  • Curated Bosch’s first internet of things developer event in Berlin (2015)
  • Co-curator of the Dublin Science Gallery Home/Sick exhibition (2015)
  • MC of the EDF Pretty Curious event at the Science Museum (2015)
  • Acted as dissemination parter for the Eyehub project, a UK funded internet of things project (2014)
  • Acted as dissemination partner for Lirec.eu a EU funded FP7 project on social robotics (2009-2013)
  • Curated and ran a Christmas internet of things pop-up shop in our office in East London (2013)
  • Production of the first two London Mozilla Festival (2012-2013)

Misc projects