We are a small group of programmers, designers, writers, speakers and evangelists of The Open Web.
Product management, and user experience prototyping
In the first dot-com boom, Harry helped take an Internet security start up from 3 employees to acquisition by Sun Microsystems. Since leaving software marketing, he’s been helping organisations think about how their objectives relate to their peoples, designing interactions in the resulting projects, and making the best decisions possible about the products that come out of them. He occasionally speaks at conferences, usually about the things he's learned about making developing software less painful and more effective. He's particularly proud of his work on Neontribe's projects for social good: Mind Of My Own, Doc Ready and the Great British Public Toilet Map amongst others.
- Product management
- User-centered design
- Interaction design
- Paper prototyping
- Usability testing
Food and drink, specifically the beers of the Milton brewery, offal in all its many and varied forms, pork scratchings, and improvisational theatre.
Teaching and Learning
- Paper Prototyping
Open source software philosophy and advocacy, racing Norfolk Punts, riding touring tandems, boardgames, and cooking.
Coding & Deployment
Neil’s degree in geophysics led to initially a career in the oil industry. After too many trips to out of the way places, he left in favour of resurrecting a deep interest in technology. For the last ten years he’s been involved in a wide variety of IT projects, focussing on open source software development and deployment.
- Software specification
- Application programming in Python
- Linux system administration
- Database design and administration
- Server-side scripting in Shell and Perl
Gaming, vile liquers from around the world, cross-country pantomime.
Coding & Deployment
Toby trained in computer science and psychology, and has been working on Internet projects since 1996. He authored the first Java strong cryptographic implementation outside the USA. After helping take an Internet security start up from 3 employees to acquisition by Sun Microsystems, he worked in global professional services for 3 years before leaving for self-employment. As well as working for Neontribe, he teaches web design part-time at Anglia Polytechnic Universtity.
- Application programming in Java and Python
- Unix system administration, Linux and Solaris
- Server-side scripting in Shell, JSP, ASP, and Perl
Internet security programming – Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), On-line
- Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP), Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) Client Server Architectures.
- Database administration for MySQL
- IT teaching and training
- Carrying heavy weights
- Conflict resolution
Rugby union, childcare, the various sub-genres of heavy metal music, and poor quality science fiction films of the 1970s.
Design & Programming
Matt comes from a Game Development background but he’s also a precociously brilliant front-end developer. He came to us on a placement from Derby University and has become an invaluable team member. We even sent him to Vegas for a couple of weeks! His portfolio and blog are found at mattlayton.co.uk.
- C / C# / C++
- MIPS Assembly
Backend Programming, (Testing) and Deployment
Made the mistake of believing that a science based education meant forgoing creativity and has been forging an uphill battle out of the ‘arts’ towards her childhood ambition of becoming a creative technician. Having the belief that the TV/Film industry will one day merge with the computer/internet world, she has planted a foot firmly in each camp (in the hope of taking over the world – or perhaps saving it). She occupies her spare time, with producing low budget films (for no other reason than that she can and has been asked to). She was once eking towards completion an OU degree in computer science - but lately just too busy.
- knows a tiny bit about Google Analytics
- saying ‘Yes, I can do that.’
Would like to have a cunning plan to retire by the age of 45 and sail around the world a few times with her husband, meeting up with her children at random intervals, and writing a novel or 2 whilst filming a ground-breaking documentary about the social ails of the world.
Designer & Programmer
When Frank got a copy of Purple Saturn Day for his Amstrad CPC as a young boy, he saw what could be achieved even within extremely limited contraints, and began creating his own games. Later, his attention turned to the web, despite his best attempts at going down a more literary route. Passionate (and pedantic) about both back- and front-end design and development, he now has a positively rude number of web projects under his belt. Still he continues to hunt for new, exciting technologies, better user experiences, and interesting tea flavours.
- Structured Markup, CSS, Typography, Graphic Design
- Database architecture
- Digital media platforms
Photography and videography, writing, recording, and listening to music, gaming, the demo scene, day-dreaming about replacing his home with a mini-castle.
People and project management
A wearer of many hats, literally, Karl came to Neontribe in 2013 after a period of rest from a fifteen year spell at one of the world's brokest Banks. He initially started his IT career in November 1996 within the call centre of Richard Branson’s Virgin Direct before moving to a testing role and proceeded to work his way through the ranks to the dizzy heights of Test Manager with the then Virgin One Account.
After a number of re-organisational moves within the wider area of the bank, found himself in a service delivery manager role, juggling a wide variety of teams and projects across the broader spectrum of the bank, from Edinburgh to Mumbai and back again. Eventually they caught up with him and he was allowed to leave in Sept 2011.
Refreshed and liberated, he has embraced the Neontribe work ethic (even growing a moustache) and has been tasked with bringing a level of structure and project management into the team whilst maintaining the fun in delivering brilliant projects.
- People management
- Project management
- Test management
- Anything else Harry doesn't want to do
Roast duck and rioja, champagne tasting at sunrise, Ian Fraser Kilmister, hand made Italian leather boots, the Canaries and blue skies.
System Administration & Deployment
Andy came to Neontribe at the beginning of 2012 with over 10 years of UNIX administration experience and 18 years in the industry.
- UNIX system administration, Linux and Solaris
- Windows system administration
- Database administration
- Network administration
- Apache/Webserver administration
- SSL administration
- Shell scripting
- Telling people on the internet they are doing it wrong
Computer Gaming, Blood Bowl, Fiction, Films, Poker, F1, LARP, Tabletop Gaming, Open Source
Coding & Deployment
- Linux + bash
- Breaking things
- Fixing things
- Symantic html + css
Learning languages and building things, playing games (both board and video), eating pizza too much and consuming stories.
Programming, games, coffee, tiling window managers, vim, trailing commas,
Design and Programming
Tom graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Computer Science degree and then drifted off into the world of freelance photography. By chance he ended up joining the Dev Team at Amnesty International and then went on to work back at UEA. He joined Neontribe in 2015 and is keen to get involved in anything going.
- Responsive Design
- Asking for help
Rock Climbing, Hiking, Slacklining, Merino Wool, The Southern Hemisphere, Carbonated Water.
Design and Programming
After several years of working as a self-taught front end web developer, Steph studied Computer Science at the UEA, graduating in 2013. She spent the next three years there as an e-learning designer working on award-winning distance learning programmes before joining Neontribe in 2016. Steph is particularly interested in anything to do with user interface design.
- Graphic design
Illustration, gaming, knitting, jazz, beer, the idea of doing pottery in a little shed while listening to jazz and drinking beer