Some select things that I've done. You can find more projects by selecting a skill from the "Skills" menu.

PHP Yorkshire

I help organise PHP Yorkshire, the only PHP conference in the north of England, based in York, now in its third year. After helping in the first year, I was asked to do more things for the second year.

Things I do for the conference include:

  • Look after the speakers in the run up to, and during, the conference weekend by organising transport to/from the train station, making sure speakers know what to expect, and answering questions
  • Help choose the conference schedule
  • Writing marketing material (including emails and tweets) and informational emails to delegates
  • In the 2nd year, stepping in as track host. Ensuring speaker is there and prepared, ensuring the talk starts and finishes on time, introducing the speaker, sorting out any issues during the talk
  • Being a visible point of contact for the Code of Conduct, and working with the rest of the organising team to deal with any violations
  • Helping welcome delegates to the conference at the registration desk

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game (30th Anniversary edition)

Gameplay screenshot

In 2014, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game release, the BBC released a 30th anniversary edition of the game. I was asked to test the game during the final stages of development, working with project managers, developers, designers, and members of the team who worked alongside Douglas Adams during the creation of the original 1984 release.

Keeping the same gameplay and game engine of the 20th Anniversary Edition, the 30th Anniversary edition expands and improves the game by including redrawn graphics, an improved cross-browser interface created in HTML5, and Twitter integration.

  • Cross-browser testing
  • Working with remote team-members
  • Performance testing/analysis

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Patch:Manchester

Patch:Manchester is a monthly usergroup/meetup with the aim of increasing open source contributions. We meet once a month (last monday of the month!), and do some work on either the featured project, or any other project we like.

Responsibilities include:

  • General meetup.com, Twitter and technw calendar administration
  • Liaising with Madlab, our venue hosts
  • Working with other usergroup organisers/stakeholders within the Manchester tech scene
  • Welcoming new members to the meetings

Meetup page — we meet 7pm on the last Monday of every month, at Madlab Edge Street.