My name is Phil Jeffes, I am a freelance software developer. I was brought on to help deliver the Computer Science track of the TICE programme.
I started in software development about 10 years ago, after graduating from York University. I started off writing radio station playout software, helping to automate how radio stations select and play music, particularly overnight where the system would be able to make sure that things ran to time. I have also worked as an phone app developer for a security solution provider and for a buildings management company, based in the US.
Having worked for several different startup companies since moving to the North East I am now doing freelance work for a variety of companies. Most recently for Drone Labs, writing software to connect drone sensors with emergency services and GoRaise, a company that helps charities raise money through their supporters as they shop online. Most recently I have started my own company, Electro Cat Studios, which helps people learn to use electronics with Raspberry Pis and Arduinos.
A lot of spare time is also spent using or working with computers. I enjoy gaming but also building games. My first game was released for Android and Window8 in 2013 with a sequel in the works at the moment. I also teach an evening class for adults who would like to learn a bit about programming of the web and recently became involved with the the Ladders program, which helps 18-24 year olds gain skills and find out more about the software industry.
TICE is an important programme to help students get exposure to exciting and diverse areas of creative industries. Opportunities that they might not have known about otherwise. It allows students who show aptitude for these areas to explore these opportunities and can help give them an idea of how to get started in these industries. I am particularly excited to help people get into the software industry partly because it is a fun and interesting industry but also because there is a skills gap in the area and as such a great opportunity for students to move into rewarding careers which can offer broad opportunities for working abroad or nationally.