About me

At university I studied a multimedia and design course, so I’m very comfortable with web design, human computer interaction, UX, branding, and creating websites and user interfaces.

I have always been interested in AI and so my CS honours project was on artificial life systems; this interest in consciousness continued afterwards and for the last two years I’ve been studying courses on hypnosis, NLP, astrology, life coaching, counselling…

Since university I’ve been working at an engineering company developing software and we’ve created our company Sendtao which solved one of their big management issues; The app has been used in 13 countries in Africa so far, with more than 6200 forms have been submitted to date, including more than 84,000 photos (145GB!)

For the last two years I’ve focused primarily on Javascript as it allows me to build full-stack services in one language, this helped manage the complexity of working multiple start-up roles at once, while becoming a very proficient in one language.

It was quite difficult doing this work as I had to work many roles and be the web developer, server developer, architect, customer support, designer… however I learned a lot about all aspects of how a startup works and what it takes to build and run real world software projects.

Recently, I’ve moved to AWS Lambda serverless with NodeJS so that I can focus more on the front-end javascript and user-experience instead of server-admin and scaling challenges. Before switching to serverless architecture, I build and ran our backend on Heroku with fault-tolerant RabbitMQ connected micro-services.

My plan for the next year is to spend more time learning about hypnosis; I am currently in the process of completing my transpersonal hypnotherapy practitioner training and doing an MA Entrepreneurship.

I also plan to build and release an iPhone app on React Native; work more on chatbots; and maintain my Sendtao project and current users.

Examples of work I’m looking for are:

  • Shorter freelance jobs,
  • Larger projects where you just need help a few hours a week,
  • Startup & idea prototypes where you need that require full stack.

SERVICES

Full Stack Developer
As a full-stack javascript developer I can work well with React, NodeJS, Express, Mongo, Postgres, HTML, etc. I can create complete software services using JS.

Front-end Developer
As a front-end developer I can create complex web applications or simple websites. I’ve been working with ReactJS, Redux, Sagas, Sockets, etc

Branding and Logos
I can also do multimedia work like branding, design, logos, presentations, business cards, posters, etc for companies and friends. I don’t do this often but the experience helps me with create complete design and branding documents for websites or new apps.

Startup Prototypes
As a full-stack developer I am capable of rapidly building quick prototypes of apps or websites. Prototypes can be used to show investors, test and get feedback from users, before refining the idea more.

Server Development
Server architecture and development. NodeJS APIs and microservices, scaling issues, distributed servers, serverless, etc


PROJECTS

1. Sendtao

Sendtao Dashboard.

Our admin panel dashboard, showing sites and some progress charts.

Android Application.

An older version of our build which shows a simple one page form.

The startup I spent most of my time on. Sendtao was designed for an engineering company in order to facilitate the rollout of remote projects, providing reports that allow teams real time access to site progress, this is primarily done with photo based reports.

2. Shift tribe

Shift Website.

I help shifttribe.com with their web and branding, it is a non-profit that holds large beach meditations at camps bay each year. I have been advising them on how to set up a web presence and online course & video network.

3. EPIC Infrastructure

EPIC Branding.

The EPIC branding was designed to be simple and use branded stickers that could easily be transported around to different offices and used on recycled cardboard and paper, allowing the branding to be controlled easily while also being used around Africa.

EPIC Report.

EPIC Infrastructure is a company under development that required some work building a corporate identity.

4. EPK Civils

EPK Website Home. EPK Website About.

EPK Civils is an engineering company that does geotechnical work for piling and foundation support for construction projects. I helped them refresh their branding and website.

5. Roll the Bones

Business Card.

A helped a friend out with this business card.

6. Personal branding

Business Card.

This is the personal branding for my hypnotherapy and past life regression services.


WORK HISTORY

August 2017 - present
Practitioner at Karuna Hypnosis
QHHT Past Life Regression

January 2013 - present
Software Developer - Javascript at Sendtao

October 2011 - July 2017
Software Developer at Likusasa Engineering and Contracting
The work involved creating software solutions to solve and help the engineering teams get work done, including work like career application portals, branded websites, design work, branding and logo design for new companies.


EDUCATION

University of Pretoria
BIS. Multimedia, 2008-12

University of Hertfordshire
BSc (Hons) Computer Science, 2014

Falmouth University
MA Entrepreneurship, 2018-19