• James Garner
  • Arcadia Group via 101 Ways
  • Core team writing full stack JavaScript (React 16). Pair-owning component library used accross 7 sites including Topman and Miss Selfridge.
  • Technical co-founder responsible for technology vision, roadmap and execution.
  • Designed and built Google-quality AI image search via unsupervised learning ontology with subsecond result time through map-reduce query planning.
  • Designed and built enterprise-scale image processing queue indexing over a million Instagram photos of people using brands’ products.
  • Backend: Infrastructure-as-code containerised microservice infrastructure (Node.js/Docker/CoreOS/RabbitMQ/Redis) on Google Cloud Platform, DigitalOcean and Azure with dynamic load balancing and alerting. 100% critical path automated test coverage.
  • Frontend: Mobile-first React 16 app.
  • Beamery
  • Early hire in full stack engineering for Beamery pre-Series A to post-Series B. Beamery is the world’s most advanced sourcing and recruitment marketing platform, empowering companies to treat candidates like customers.
  • Pair-lead development of candidate-facing Beamery Pages product (Angular) which was key to Balfour Beatty’s “Outstanding Impact Transformation & Change” win in the Firm Awards.
  • Lead frontend development of hiring analytics product (Angular; tracking the candidate journey from first visit to hire through Angular/Keen.io/Elasticsearch) and GDPR compliance.
  • Advanced reporting work in React/Redux including data visualisation. Supported work on micro-frontend architecture (React, Angular and Vue in one SPA).
  • Mentored Founders & Coders interns through a full agile project alongside daily junior developer mentoring and pair programming.
  • Ran company-wide knowledge sharing sessions on NLP and web components, and established end-to-end testing with Selenium and Cucumber.
  • Worked directly with Facebook, Balfour Beatty, Grab, Greenhouse and Roivant.
  • PlayStation (R&D at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)
  • Full stack engineering for PlayStation’s best-in-class developer support platform.
  • Individual responsibility and leadership on application’s frontend strategy: build process, dependency management, universal JavaScript, migration of tightly coupled frontend/backend code to APIs and Angular.
  • Regular work in San Mateo, delivering Angular training to London and California senior developers.
  • Lead agile planning and sprint reviews, regularly presenting to Japanese stakeholders.
  • Successful long term sprint visualisation project with GitHub/Rally APIs and D3.
  • Supported Architecture Board with greenfield AWS project (Node.js lambdas, Serverless, CloudFormation, Elasticsearch and SNS).
  • Technical co-founder of profitable automated marketing startup.
  • Lead generation by finding Twitter conversations and replying intelligently through brands’ Twitter handles. Test-driven strategy to avoid spam.
  • WYSIWYG landing pages with tracking from automated tweets through to website via client-side SDK.
  • “Deep Profiles” parallel crawler technology automatically associating LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook profiles for clustering.
  • API-first insight platform (Node.js/restify) with 0 downtime deployments through CloudFlare API. Failsafe integrations with Twitter, Google Images, Mapbox, GeoNames and Genderize.io.
  • Self-service responsive “Client Portal” app (Angular) consuming insight platform APIs.
  • Beautiful slide deck reporting with impress.js, Chartist and wkhtmltopdf. 3-year old codebase migrated to Browserify, Babel and Sass build system.
  • One-to-one mentoring with the UK’s leading ethical tourism charity.
  • Relative Insight, Lancaster
  • Developed Python web scrapers for high profile brands including Oxford University and Smirnoff. Published Mumsnet language normalisation algorithms.
  • DataCentred, MediaCityUK, Manchester
  • Internship. Co-delivered customer facing support app in Ruby on Rails and Angular within 3 months, reflecting JIRA ticket activity in real-time. Implemented LDAP support in OSS project phpipam.
  • NextWorldWeb, InfoLab21, Lancaster
  • Moved large legacy ecommerce systems to CakePHP, CS-Cart and WordPress. Automated WordPress theme creation from any site.
  • Lead a team of 5 developing a “true cross platform game maker”. Implemented Mac/Windows/Linux game support through .NET bytecode runner; browser and mobile support through JavaScript generation.
  • Created famous Nintendo DS homebrew game making software.
  • Sold over 1,500 serial codes and 350 physical ‘Homebrew Kits’ by age 17.
  • Software and hardware adopted at American summer camps and site licenses sold worldwide. International logistics work with Hong Kong and support in German and Dutch.

Education

  • 2:1 Computer Science BSc (Hons), University of Lancaster, UK
  • Distributed Systems, AI, Advanced Internet & Mobile Applications, Operating Systems & Concurrency, Functional Programming (Erlang/Python) and Digital Systems (Pure Mathematics/Assembly/Compilers). Thesis on text and image semantics in Twitter subcultures.
  • English: NativeGerman: FluentSpanish: Learning
  • The Computer Science Society: President (Lancaster, 2014 - 2015)
  • InterTech LGBT+ Diversity Forum: Organiser (London, 2014 - 2017)

Hackathons, Conferences + Talks

  • #HackingTalent
  • First Prize. Suggesting top candidates for hard-to-fill vacancies by classifying text descriptions to form structured vacancy data from job descriptions alone. Team of 3.
  • AngelHack London
  • Chatbot-esque personal assistant Chrome extension promoting mindfulness by understanding local browser history. Frameworkless Web Components frontend; Elasticsearch and Node.js backend with multiple API providers. Team of 4.
  • Capco Hackathon with Monzo and Loqr
  • First Prize. API clustering spend data from Monzo’s API to create financial personality profiles. Tinder-like profile matching client (Angular). Deployed in > 5 hours’ keyboard time. Team of 3.
  • PHP UK Hackathon
  • Second Prize. Real time websocket powered Twitter sentiment analysis “topic battle” with MonkeyLearn, Pusher, Angular and HTML5 canvas tag clouds.
  • Global Startup Weekend 2014
  • First Prize. One line JavaScript embed code for reputation based comments, quantifying personality to eliminate on-line trolls. Team of 4.
  • Nintendo DS Homebrew, 2014 Edition
  • Speaker at DunDDD conference, University of Dundee. “Adventures in the retro Homebrew Scene” and live demo of writing Nintendo DS homebrew.
  • Hack Smart Streets 2014
  • ‘Most Commercially Viable’ Prize. API for public bodies to detect decaying street furniture from crowdsourced imagery using ffmpeg and .NET image analysis. Team of 4.
  • LeedsHack 2013
  • First Prize. Mobile AR game ‘Pacman City’ on Google Maps. Team of 3.