Thoughts from the team
Ever heard of Mounted Games? Neither have I. However, outside of work, our newest developer, Wilson has been playing the sport for years. It’s a type of equestrian sport where a series of fast-paced games are played on the backs of ponies. Who knew?
So this month we welcome horse-loving Wilson to the GCD fold, where he will be working as a web developer.
He’s come fresh from Puppet where he worked with Ruby (the language) for 8 months and, before that, studied Software Engineering in University of Ulster, Jordanstown. During his time at UU he completed a placement with Microsoft where he was on the App and Device Compatibility team for Windows 10, building internal web applications.
Within a few weeks Wilson has become part of the furniture, though he really needs to stop running round it and jumping over it.
This week we welcomed Patsy to the team.
Patsy will be joining us as a project manager with over 18 years experience delivering web projects and we’re delighted to have her on board.
She’s worked at Monotype, Design by Front and Invest Northern Ireland to name a few and brings a unique perspective to the gcd family. With a background in development she places huge importance on improving the customer experience through research and testing and is just at home in the boardroom as she is thrashing out user flows with the team.
When she’s not training for her next marathon she’s running after three young kids, which might also explain her love of wine!
As the winter months draw near we welcome Graeme, our newest developer, to our growing team.
When he’s not coding you’ll find him settled in front of a piano with a glass (or two) of red wine.
If you’re interested in joining the team, check our careers page to see if there is anything that would suit you.
We’re delighted to officially welcome James to the gcd team!
James joins us on a year long placement from Queens University Belfast where he’s studying to become a software engineer.
Like many, James realised his passion for ones and zeros back in his school days where he started building websites and learning to code. He’s a keen gamer, Apple fan and budding sound engineer who has a penchant for Java.
He joins a long line of students who have began their careers (and coffee addictions) at gcd and we’ll be thrilled to make use of his valuable expertise for the next year until he leaves us to return to his academic endeavours.
Interesting Fact: James pioneered and founded a live streaming organisation a few years ago and streamed events such as the Belfast Tattoo and European Pipe Band Championship.
The importance of real text on a webpage is now more important than ever before. A few years ago designers attempted to overcome the limitations of the web by using images to replace ‘boring’ text. Aesthetically it was great, allowing designers full control over all aspects of typography but it made it impossible for machines to understand the content of the page. It didn’t take long to realise the obvious shortcomings and today it seems like a distant memory. In today’s web, structured data has introduced a extra layer of compatibility between human and machine.
Last month gcd had the pleasure of exhibiting at the 2016 Queens Work Experience and Placement Fair. The fair was bustling with young and budding students looking to further their learning and gain some valuable experience. As part of the fair we put together a coding challenge to win an iPad mini. Read on to find out who won on the day…
We recently interviewed Richard McClean, the Managing Director of Belfast Telegraph, and asked him to share his experience working with gcd over the past decade.
We were delighted to hear that Oli, one of our longest standing clients, picked up awards for two apps at the 2015 Appy Awards in Dublin last week. Oli scooped first and second prize in the ‘Best Travel and Tourism’ category for the Sion Mills and Failte Ireland apps we developed for them earlier in the year.
Gold went to an app developed for Sion Mills, one of the most intriguing and interesting villages in Northern Ireland. The bespoke iOS application was designed as a audio visual experience that leads the visitor around the village using a playlist of geo-fenced triggers. The experience was further enhanced with advanced mapping, photo galleries, video support and an augmented reality feature all wrapped together in a custom UI.
Second prize was awarded to the Dublin Discovery Trails app. The app provides a digital experience to visitors in Ireland through a self-guided audio tour.
We’re delighted to congratulate GCD client Adrienne Hanna on being shortlisted for “Best New Start-up” in the Women In Business Awards 2015 with her Right Revenue software.
Over the past 12 months, GCD has been working closely with Adrienne to develop her cloud-based revenue management software for the hospitality sector, and we’ve watched the project go from strength to strength, thanks in no small part to Adrienne’s tenacity and talent.
Almost 200 entries this year, a record number, were whittled down by the judging panel to just 30. The awards take place on the 19th November at the Culloden Estate & Spa in Holywood, and we wish Adrienne and Right Revenue the best of luck on the night!