I'm a 36 year old software developer and Entrepreneur from Birmingham, England who can normally be found working on my laptop in one of the various coffeshops around the city. Online, I am known as iHiD.
I offset the hours I spend in front of a screen by playing lots of sport. I play football (soccer for the Americans) and I climb reguarly. I used to play Ultimate Frisbee, serving as the president of the University of Birmingham team and played for UTB (Ultimate Team Birmingham), captaining them in 2005 in the top division. I once held the world record for the longest ever game of Ultimate.
I am the founder and CEO of Thalamus, an artificial intelligence company applying the latest research to real world problems.
From 2010 to 2016, I was co-founder and CTO then CEO of New Media Education where I created Meducation - a educational platform used by 15% of the world's medical students.
I'm passionate about open source and lot of what we do at New Media is released under open source licences, including the popular Propono library. I also contribute to other open source projects where I can (including Rails, Foreigner, HAML and Kronic) and have from time to time been involved with helping Katrina Owen on the excellent Exercism.io project.
I eat and socialise at Monday Night Pie Night.
I'm a Geek
I have been programming since the age of 8, originally writing games in AMOS for the Amiga. I have a degree in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence and have been writing commercial applications since 2004.
I have been building web applications in Ruby on Rails Rails since 2005 and have a deep understanding of both Ruby and the Rails framework. I am comfortable with the full web stack - Linux web servers, server-side technologies such as SQL and memcache, and client-side technologies such as CoffeeScript, jQuery and Ember.js.
I have written large embedded desktop applications in C# iPhone apps in Objective C, and dabbled with Android. I am familiar with a wide variety of other languages (my university final year project was in PHP) and have a strong interest in Artificial Intelligence.
I have always been someone to carve my own path in life.
I quit my day job in 2008, founding a software development company. A year later, I co-founded Meducation, a social education network for medics, with my long-term friend Dr Alastair Buick. I stopped taking new clients in my first company in 2010 and started working full time on Meducation, which continues to grow from strength to strength.