Alan is an expert in the use, risks and benefits of ICTs in the development sector. His key interests are Agile methodologies, Participatory approaches to international development and Consensus decision making. Alan constantly drives the team to innovate and comes from a successful commercial IT background. He is a qualified paragliding instructor and experimental musician.
Meet the team
Following a masters in computer science and an early career in video game development, Alice has specialized since 2003 as a full stack web developer, taking on roles from sys-admin and dev-ops to front end developer. She is committed to open source technologies and collaborative organising, and most of her career has involved working in the third sector and for worker's co-operatives.
Daniel has a history of software development in academic and voluntary settings. He is proficient in numerous programming languages and platforms including Python, Django, HTML and CSS.
Elly specialises in user experience and has been designing brands, printed materials, websites and graphical user interfaces for many years. Her passion is problem solving and working with users to provide useful well designed online services. She recently completed a course in Human Computer Interaction at Stanford University and has a degree in Graphic Design from Arts University Bournemouth.
As senior lecturer in computer science, researcher, IT trainer and consultant Mark has worked with Xerox Parc, Imperial College London, IBM and the BBC. Mark has worked for two years in Kenya, with VSO, as trainer for a rural IT college. He has a deep passion for the human aspect of learning, change and development. He has a certificate in education for sustainability from Schumacher College and a PhD in programming language theory.
Martin joined Aptivate in 2007, bringing with him over ten years' experience of software development in GIS and embedded systems. Outside of work he is involved in the fair trade movement, and enjoys cycling up mountains.
Matt is an avid ICT4D practitioner and researcher with an MSc in ICTs for International Development from the University of Manchester and a BSc(Eng) in Computing Science from Imperial College. His passion is discovering ways to use technology, particularly the Internet, as a driver for social change, participation and inclusion. Matt also undertakes research into enabling people in developing countries to take control over the technology they use. He blogs on this and other issues on his personal site at http://www.matthaikin.com
Tom has a background in electronic engineering, and is responsible for Aptivate’s IT systems which include thin clients, hosted web services, knowledge management and collaboration environments.
Tom works on project management and volunteer management for Aptivate, and has various experience in the private sector working on database design, software development, system administration and quality assurance. He maintains strong links with local community groups, from which Aptivate draws some of its volunteer pool.
Marko has been working in technology for almost 20 years in a variety of roles before settling down as a developer specialising in front-end website development and interface design. Ideally he’d like to save the planet from ecological disaster, and currently focuses more on keeping the Web open, and building tools for better governance.
Ian has over 20 years experience as a user–centred designer and has worked for clients such as Channel 4, Royal Kew Gardens, Antibodypedia, NHS Direct, Drama Online, MIND and Nature. He believes that form should follow function.