I love the possibilities of tech — used well, used creatively, used for good, it can be amazing.
A Week With Wanda
I am creating a new online simulation to help raise awareness of some of the pitfalls of artificial intelligence and give people more of a say over the future direction of AI.
Over a week you have an increasingly escalating experience of what it could be like to live with a Siri-like AI bot that’s gone off the rails and begins to take over your life in unexpected ways…!
This project is being generously funded by the Mozilla Foundation after I became one of seven winners of a global competition.
In the lead-up to the 2015 General Election, with a group trying to increase political engagement amongst people in their 20s and 30s, I created a chat-based AI assistant called Ask Amy that engaged thousands of young people — giving them an easy, unthreatening, fun way to ask questions about politics if you didn’t know where to start.
It was funded by telecoms company TalkTalk and a crowdfunding campaign, we launched in the UK Parliament with MPs including a former Government Minister, and it was covered by media including BBC TV and the Metro newspaper.
I was a full-stack developer at electric car charging company Pod Point where we won awards for tech innovation, including the Evening Standard’s Tech Start-Up of the Year and a European award for Hottest Green-Tech Start-Up of the Year.
My work included creating new features for web apps including purchasing and ordering systems and creating a dynamic map for their relaunched website.
As part of the 360 Giving data visualisation challenge, I created two unique visualisations showing grants to charities and community organisations in new, beautiful and playful ways.
Blooming Data reinvents the humble pie chart and tells the story of supporting growing people-powered groups, overlaying colour onto stop-motion animation of flowers unfurling.
What’s Up? won an award for creativity. It uses emojis in a chat-style interface to explore whether funding follows or lags public opinion on emerging social issues like support for transgender people and fake news.
Although a small team at the time — I was one of just two web designer/developers — we won two Interactive BAFTA Awards for the Tate’s digital creations.
This includes the Art Detective, a web-based learning game I devised the idea for, designed and built for children to explore a Henry Moore sculpture. It’s still being used 14 years later.
Other great causes
I enjoy working with different people to collaborate on great ideas. Other projects I’ve worked on include…
…A simple, visual way to find out how much you’ve lost out on in 10 years since the financial crash and how to stop it happening again
…A campaign for a new kind of diabetes monitoring technology that avoids the daily unpleasantness of people having to prick their finger for blood. People with diabetes could personalise the ask by calculating online how many thousands of fingerpricks they’ve had to do in their lifetime – and the campaign has already had results, with more local health authorities adopting the new technology.
Want to work together? Or explore an idea? Get in touch