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
- Games (genuinely. I don't mean just playing them)
Project Lead & Programming
Katja made the mistake of believing that a science based education meant forgoing creativity - and opted for a first degree in writing and film. She's been forging an uphill battle out of the ‘arts’ towards her childhood ambition of becoming as technically skilled as an engineer - but with none of the responsibility - and all the fun. She occasionally occupies her spare time with producing low budget films. She was once eking towards completing a degree in computer science - but lately just too busy. Katja has been working with Neontribe since 2008.
- Project Wrangling
- dabbles in React, Elm and Vue
- knows a tiny bit about Google Analytics
- used to build with Drupal and Wordpress
- saying ‘Yes, I can do that.’
Would like to have a cunning plan to retire one day 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. Until then, is very happy building small apps that help make a handful of people's lives a little bit better.
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, Solaris, Linux, BSD
- 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, Elite, Blood Bowl, Fiction, Films, Poker, F1, LARP, Tabletop Gaming, Open Source, Chain Surfs
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
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.
Oliver originally set out with a dream of becoming an electrical engineer. However, after realising that this involves many small components which tend to inexplicably break for no apparent reason he rapidly diverted his attention to software which, as he was to discover later, also tends to break for no apparent reason.
In more recent times Oliver has helped to ship a web-based VR road safety game, attended several hackathons and has been learning about modern graphics programming in WebGL.
He joined Neontribe in 2016 following on from his A Levels and is currently the youngest member of the company.
- Drupal 7/8
- Using Stack Overflow,
- Some OpenGL and C.
MMORPGs, making games, eventually becoming not terrible at art, different types of tea, tweeting, disagreeing (and occasionally agreeing) with people on the internet
Google Analytics & Metrics
Matt is a current student of computer science at the University of East Anglia interning at Neontribe. He focuses on the metrics side of Neontribe projects, implementing tracking code so clients can see how users are interacting with their products. He wishes to be a professional developer after graduating university.
- Google Analytics
- PHP (Laravel)
Watching football and drinking the cheapest available alcohol.
Business Information & Reporting
Kara was faced with Microsoft Access for the first time in 2007 and quickly learnt that it was utterly rubbish and learning SQL was much more useful and fun. Thus began an affinity with all things database and report related, resulting in Kara moving into a career in Business Information & Management Information Systems.
Leaving MIS Management in the education sector, Kara embarked upon an Undergraduate Degree in Business Information Systems at UEA, from where she is due to graduate in Summer 2018. Kara joined Neontribe as an Intern in 2016.
- SQL & SSRS
- Leadership & Project Managment
- Google Analytics
- Java, C & C++
Console Gaming, Tabletop RPGs, Alt. electronic music, Sci-Fi and Horror, being pale and interesting while also loving sunshine, MLP, impatiently waiting for Patrick Rothfuss to write the next Kingkiller Chronicle and George RR Martin to finish writing Game of Thrones.
- Agile methodology
Sport, fighting with Harry for the pork scratchings, good hair glue, and chinos.
Programming, often in a waistcoat
After over a decade developing the IT capabilities of a sector-leading claims management company, Charlie briefly tried his hand directing a SME focused IT services company in Norfolk, proving that, truly, there's no such thing as worthless experiences, just expensive ones. He now enjoys writing webby things for Good Causes to both pay off some karmic debt and explore new ways of thinking about software development, mostly in PHP and JS.
He is nursing a mild addiction to certification to formalise his position as an InfoSec pundit, because thats where all the best parties are.
- PHP (Laravel)
- System, Database and Network Administration
- Information Security
Collaborative storytelling (with dice and cake), poorly defending liberal politics, online security/privacy in a mass surveillance environment and similar, lost causes. He swims regularly both to ward off middle age and for the secret pleasure of meditating on a problem while the body is on autopilot.
Programming & Design
Alexandra started out in high-end retail before finding out that listening to the same Christmas CD on repeat every day for 2 months isn’t very fun. She then discovered programming and taught herself alongside a job in the banking industry before joining Neontribe. She works on the tech-for-good side of Neontribe projects and most enjoys frontend & UX work.
- UX & paper prototyping
Reading, shopping and learning new things. But mostly sitting on a far-flung beach, cocktail in hand soaking up the sunshine.