I've always been interested in technology and how it's made. Below is a taste of some of the languages, frameworks and tools I've used so far:
This website was my first project at Atebol Interactive. It was fantastic because I got to use JQuery and wrote my first plugin! It's a content slider that is fully responsive and gives a range of controls to the user to let them control how they interact with content. You can use the navigation arrows, keyboard arrows or just swipe!
This site was my second project at this job and I worked mostly on front-end development for this project. This website was created using Joomla, for Iechyd-Da an agricultural cooperative with roughly 8000 Welsh farmer members. This website gives Iechyd-Da a platform to discuss issues facing them as a collective as well as distribute information regarding various epidemics such as tuberculosis!
This project was created for Swansea university, specifically the college of Law and Criminology. This website is an educational tool for students studying this particular module and to gain an insight into Student sex work. More about the project can be found here at www.thestudentsexworkproject.co.uk
This project is a companion to GCSE Welsh Literacy and is complete with poems, short stories and a variety of activities for each of these literary works. This site was a lot of fun because we were given full creative control! Using an unorthadox page layout with lots of bright colours to accent each piece of work, it really was a joy to work on. It was a lot of fun developing plugins for all the activities that we needed to create too!
“Leon attended our FED@IBM Hackademy enablement event, a week-long, immersive, hands-on front-end development training experience. Leon and his team actively participated, taking in the instruction provided by our subject matter experts and continued on to secure a first-place finish in the three-day hackathon at the end of the week. I couldn't be more proud of the work Leon and his team accomplished in such a short period of time. Best of all, Leon immediately shared his experience, with approval, with both his fellow IBMers and external audiences through his blog. Thank you, Leon, for all the focus, hard work, and energy you brought both during and after the event. It was and is very much appreciated.”
“Leon was really fun to work with for our Hackathon. We worked under incredible time pressures and ended up winning thanks in part to his hard work. He was quick to engage on the project and helped organised the team in producing a working solution.”
“Leon and I recently entered the Hybird Hackathon, an event set up by IBMer's that took place in Hursley last week. Leon and I entered as individuals and were put together in a team. The two other members of our team were unfortunately unable to attend and so we were a team of two in a competition of teams of 4-6. In the Hackathon we were given 2 days design and prototype a solution to one of 3 challenges. Leon and I worked on a challenge for the travel industry, aiming to improve the experience of rail travel for disabled passengers. Our solution involved using a variety of new technologies that neither Leon nor I had previously used before such as MQ Light, Node-RED, Watson Text to Speech and Docker containers. Leons problem solving skills were very useful in first determining our solution. We were able to bounce ideas off each other effectively to develop very a client orientated solution that would greatly improve ease of rail travel for disabled passengers. Where Leon really shone was in the implementation of the solution. He has an unbelievably broad knowledge of technology and that which he doesn't yet know he is able to pick up extremely quickly. I greatly benefitted by the fact that he was always keen to share his expertise, like any true IBMer, and I learned a lot as a result. When presenting our solution on the Friday to the UKI Director of Sales for Rail and Bus, Ben Burton-Brown, we were deemed to be the winners of the travel challenge. This meant that we had the opportunity to present in the overall final the following Monday. The judges were Andrew Brown (VP Hybrid Cloud Worldwide Sales), Stephen Warwick (VP Hybrid Cloud Integration UK) and Robert Le Blanc (Senior VP, IBM Cloud and 2nd biggest shareholder in IBM). We had to work long hours over the weekend but we were able to distribute the work effectively playing to our strengths. Then using agile methodology to bounce the presentation back and forth, making small changes each time until it was perfect. On the Monday our solution was judged to be the WINNER of the Hybrid Hack.”
“I'd like to make you aware of the fantastic work Sam and Leon put in over the last few days, resulting in their team (Team Quark) winning Hybrid Hack. Sam and Leon worked on a challenge for the travel industry - aiming to improve the experience of rail travel for disabled passengers. Sam and Leon worked long hours, including overnight on Thursday - Friday and the weekend to deliver a functioning, impressive prototype and an excellent presentation. Team Quark focussed on the communication aspect of travel and created a messaging solution for passengers and PSA's (Passenger Service Assistants). Team Quark challenged themselves to use new technology such as MQ Light, Node-RED and IBM Watson Speech to Text. Sam and Leon presented their solution to the UKI Director of Sales for Rail and Bus - Ben Burton-Brown on Friday, where he judged their team to be the travel challenge winners. Sam and Leon then went on to present their solution to Robert Le Blanc, Stephen Warwick and Andrew Brown on Monday where they were judged to be overall winners of Hybrid Hack. Sam and Leon will be working with Ben and the transport team to implement their solution for a real client within the rail industry. I can't stress enough the positive attitude, determination, hard work and technical skill that went into their solution and presentation. Well done guys and congratulations on an impressive victory. Leon - The hack team hope to see you return to IBM as a graduate where you will continue to innovate and create impressive solutions for IBM's clients. Thank you”