Dan W

Software Developer

Yearnote 2014

Jan 1, 2015

2014, a year where I became a freelance Software Developer, did a bunch of public speaking and spent a week aboard a container ship.

Freelancing

Since going freelance I've had a chance to work with some lovely clients on interesting projects. These have included:

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.

Speaking

Photo by Justin Pickard.

I was kindly invited to speak at a number of events this year, including:

You can find videos of these, along with older presentations, on my Talks page.

Observing

Miscellaneous moments:

Unknown Fields

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.

This included:

  • 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.

Onwards

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.