Jan 1, 2015
Since going freelance I've had a chance to work with some lovely clients on interesting projects. These have included:
- The Drone Aviary, exploring controlling swarms of UAVs in a shared space for Superflux
- Sound Can, tin cans that whisper interviews with artists, for Watershed & British Council's Blurring The Lines exhibition
- Netflix-o-matic, a quick one day exploration of Netflix genres with Frankie Roberto and George Oates for Good, Form & Spectacle
- World Factory, writing control software for METIS' World Factory, an interactive performance about garment manufacturing in China
- Functional prototypes of Internet of Things products for a consumer electronics manufacturer
Plus I'm sharing a marvellous studio space in Haggerston (not Hackerston) with the likes of Makelight, @ntlk, @tomscott, @bfirsh & @aanand from Docker, and IRC Cloud. We'll have some spare desks soon, since @flaneur is moving to NYC. You should rent a desk and join us.
I was kindly invited to speak at a number of events this year, including:
- Lift 14 in Geneva
- Future Everything in Manchester
- O'Reilly Solid in San Francisco
- EMF Camp in Bletchley
- Push 14 in Munich
- IoT meetup in Cambridge
You can find videos of these, along with older presentations, on my Talks page.
- Touring the Large Hadron Collider underneath the France/Switzerland border, thanks to Nicolas Nova and Lift Conference.
- Riding a bus through the bus wash at Stockwell Bus Garage.
- Walking the Utilidor tunnels underneath Disney World.
- Standing in the flame trench of Kennedy Space Centre's launch pad 39A, where Saturn V's and Space Shuttle's used to go to space
- Meeting a Boston Dynamics Cheetah robot
- Recreating tumblr'ed photos of Munich's U-Bahn
- Staring at the Moon through the 20" telescope at Kielder Observatory
Summer of 2014 was spent travelling around China. I was visiting with Unknown Fields, a nomadic design studio run by Kate Davies and Liam Young as part of the Architecture Association School of Architecture. Each year they gather a group of architecture students, photographers, writers and the generally curious to visit ignored landscapes.
- A week aboard the Maersk Seletar container ship crossing the East China Sea from Busan to Hong Kong
- Shipyard in Shanghai, constructing vast oil tankers and drilling rigs
- Yiwu's Market and Christmas factories
- Rare Earth metal refineries in Baotou
- The 'ghost' city of Ordos
I shall be documenting what I encountered in my new newsletter/blog Postcards from a Supply Chain.
Coming up in 2015, I'll be talking about Containerisation at the Docker London meetup on January 6th.
If you'd like to learn more about magnet factories, toxic lakes and shipping containers, sign up for Postcards from a Supply Chain.
I currently have freelance availability in 2015, and would love to hear from anyone who would like to work together on interesting technology stuff.