I am a 30-something year old from the Isle of Man, living in London and working as a Geo & Web Developer. I'm interested in all things geographic and enjoy some photography in my free time.
I have been building websites with Drupal, the open source content management system, since the end of 2005. In 2012, I set up my company, Geobits Ltd, to allow me to work on a variety of freelance projects and contracts using Drupal and other open source technologies.
For a long time I've been interested in photograph, beginning with taking photos on family holidays and gradually growing over the years capturing some of the beautiful scenery of the Isle of Man and chasing around trying to take photos of breathtaking sunsets on the west coast of the Island, then taking more urban photos while traveling and living away from the Island.
Having finished "A" levels in the Isle of Man, I moved to Manchester to start a BSc in Computing and Geography with Industrial Experience at UMIST - now part of the University of Manchester - with an eye to bringing my two biggest interests from school together into a single topic. While the two topics remained largely distinct, the areas in which they crossed over (e.g. Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing) were the most interesting to me, and shaped the subject of my final year dissertation, a website aimed at students that helped them find available student accommodation based on geographic search criteria such as their general location as well as their proximity to the university, transport links and other amenities.
The course included a year in which we had the opportunity to get some experience in industry. I worked for Reuters for a year as a Web Developer, maintaining their Graduate Opportunities website.
My desire to learn more about the cross-over between the Geography and Computing led me to start an MSc in Geographic Information Science at UCL in London, from which I graduated with a Distinction in 2005.