We are recruiting: Experienced Python/Django Engineer, Senior Developer in Cardiff & Mobile JavaScript Developer

We celebrate diversity and encourage people to be themselves.

We've developed an awesome team over the years, with wide ranging talents and interests. This makes DabApps such a great place to work and develop, personally and professionally.

Team profiles

Chris Palk

Chris Palk

Managing Director

I am the Managing Director of DabApps. My role is to make sure the company runs seamlessly, delighting clients and providing our employees with a challenging and rewarding place to work.

What do you do?

At the moment, everything aside from the detailed technical day to day programming - although I do roll my sleeves up at times. My time is split between client focused work such as client relations, project management and technical design review, and also internal management - trying to ensure that our employees have a good working environment and are not hindered in the production of their best quality work.

What drove you to set up DabApps?

Primarily it was the frustration of working in large IT departments and seeing creativity and action curtailed by bureaucracy and red tape. By keeping DabApps focused on what the client actually needs and developing in an Agile manner I believe we can create applications that surpass the client's needs, on time and on budget.

Secondly the environment is perfect for growth at the moment. Web and mobile applications look set to continue to expand even through the current recession. They can make a real difference to the bottom line of many companies.

How should clients see DabApps?

For larger clients we are an extension of their IT department. We have specialised knowledge in Web and Mobile design, as well as Big Data experience that even many large IT companies will lack. We will be able to work with internal IT resources and build relationships with the right people to help us deliver.

For smaller clients we work in partnership. The web is often a key component of their business model and we work together to try and realise their vision for the budget that they have available. Sometimes that's a challenge but we are always ready to offer clear and honest advice, right from the start.

Why Brighton?

As I write this in 80 degrees heat with the sea as a back drop, the answer seems obvious! But seriously, Brighton is a hub for all kinds of digital design and the quality of people we can work with here either as employees or partners is second to none.

How do you relax outside of DabApps?

A few drinks and nice food with good friends is always an option on the weekend.

Jamie Matthews

Jamie Matthews

Technical Director

I'm in charge of our technologies, standards and development strategies. I make sure that the software we build is as good as it possibly can be.

What do you do?

I'm Technical Director at DabApps.

I enjoy making things with software. Usually this involves the web, but I've also been known to dabble in data visualisation, microcontroller programming and scientific simulations.

What gets you excited?

All good developers are lazy. I'm constantly looking for ways to improve my workflow and development process to maximise efficiency and minimise time wasted on boring things. I'm also particularly interested in choosing the very best tools for the job at hand, which (when it comes to web development) usually include the Python programming language, and the Django web framework. I think the healthiest kind of software is open source, and believe in being as transparent and open as possible with the way I work.

Do you do anything less geeky?

I play guitar, and I try to take in as much live music as I can. I take photos, watch movies, go out walking and spend a healthy amount of time in the pub with a nice pint of real ale.

What's your favourite thing about Brighton?

That intangible impossible-to-describe outlook on life that you only start to understand after you've been here for a few months. The moment when you realise you can't really imagine living anywhere else.

Ed Hickey

Ed Hickey

Commercial Director

I'm the Commercial Director here at DabApps, with a background in business management and experience helping companies grow through great customer experience. My role is to oversee revenue generating activities, working closely with our clients, prospective clients and internal teams to ensure we offer great solutions and amazing applications.

What do you do?

I talk to people from all walks of life about who we are, what we do and how great we are! This ranges from early stage start-up businesses with a great idea, potential strategic partners through to corporations looking for the right partner for their latest application projects.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

Apart form working in an office full incredibly clever techy's, I love the variety. I can honestly say that no two days are the same and it's really inspiring and motivating to meet so many people with great and creative ideas. Turning these ideas into reality is the icing on the cake.

What do you get up to in your free time?

Family life in Brighton keeps me pretty busy and we love the beach, the Downs and the great bars and restaurants. I also love to cook at home and enjoy reading cook books and trying out new recipes.

Travel has always been a passion and prior to joining DabApps I spent 2.5 years living and working in Asia. During that time we visited 12 countries in total with Sri Lanka and Vietnam being the standout favourites.

Nathan Drave

Nathan Drave

Business Development Manager, Cardiff

I am the Cardiff Business Development Manager. My role is to assist in the setting up, and running of, the DabApps branch to cover South Wales and nearby regions.

What do you do?

I work closely with Chris and the team to raise awareness of the expansion in the locale, build a second development team and to begin developing open and collaborative relationships with a wide and varied list of potential clients. In my previous roles, I come from an analytical background in the corporate IT world.

What do you get up to in your free time?

I love the great outdoors, walking, mountain biking, and camping. Occasionally in Wales the weather allows for these.

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Catrina Baker-Bassett

Projects Director

I’ve spent the last four years as a Project Manager at DabApps and now head up our delivery team as Projects Director. 

What do you do?

I work closely with our Project Managers, overseeing projects from start to finish, understanding client requirements and making sure we meet (and exceed!) their expectations. As well as overseeing all of our projects, I manage the operational side things; our approach to project management, the methodologies we use and our processes. 

What do you enjoy most about the job?

I love our transparent approach, the variety of clients we work with and the range of projects we take on - it sounds clichéd but no two days are the same. I really enjoy learning about the technologies we use, our design process, and keeping up to date with the ever-evolving digital/tech side of Brighton life. This job is all about learning and striving for continuous improvement. The fact that we have such a brilliant, friendly and collaborative team is the icing on the cake (I also like cake).

What do you get up to in your free time?

I regularly cycle and love walking my dogs in the South Downs and by the sea - we're pretty spoilt here in Brighton. I love to travel so seeing as much of the world as possible will always be on my 'to do' lis. Cooking with a glass of wine always makes me happy! 

Al Power

Al Power

Creative Director

What do you do?

I'm a senior web developer and designer who loves web standards and good UI design with a real user focus. I've been working on the web since 1998 and have worked through the early wild-west days of tables for layouts and spacer gifs through to the more exciting progressive web standards of today.

My role at DabApps is to collaborate with clients, helping to transform their ideas and requirements into reality using user research, rapid prototyping techniques and visual design to deliver a great user experience across mobile and the web, both before and during development.

What brought you to Brighton?

A move to the coast - I've always wanted to live by the sea, and while working remotely moved to Seaford for the amazing coastline and the lovely South Downs, so working in Brighton was a natural next step. Previously I worked in Oxford and Cambridge, and ran 'UXOxford' (a UX meetup) for four years.

What do you do for fun?

All sorts. I'm an avid photographer, preferring landscapes and street photography, but have worked as a wedding and product photographer in the past. I'm a voracious reader and podcast listener, both fiction and also anything design/web related - I like to try and keep up on the latest trends and thinking. I also like games (digital and board), kayaking, hiking, and running.

Caroline Hamza

Caroline Hamza

Project Manager

What do you do?

I am a Project Manager at DabApps. I help clients through the process of building their projects and making sure it all runs smoothly. My role ranges from managing the techy folk, sales, marketing and baking for the office. I also own an app called Biteappy which DabApps developed and so I have worked with the team for a long time. This really helps me work with clients well as I have a very client focused approach when it comes to managing projects.

What bought you to Brighton?

I lived in the Middle East for 5 years until I met my boyfriend who has lived in Brighton his whole life. He pulled me from one beachy town to another, however it is not so hot here as it was in Dubai.

What do you do in your spare time?

I am a bit of a 'gym bunny' so after work that is where you will find me. Having my app based around food also means I am a very keen baker, so I am often in the kitchen when at home... cooking. I also love to travel and explore the world.

Rose Morgan

Rose Morgan

Project Manager

What do you do?

I'm part of the project management team at DabApps. I make sure that the developers understand the requirements of a project and that the client can have a clear expectation of what will be delivered to them. Although I'm new to the team I've got over 4 years of previous experience managing software projects - also known as 'Developer Wrangling'!

What brought you to Brighton?

I graduated from the University of Sussex with a BSc in Multimedia & Digital Systems and couldn't bring myself to leave. Living in a city with the countryside in walking distance is fantastic! I've never felt more at home than I have in Brighton.

What do you do for fun?

When I want to feel cultured you'll find me at some of the smaller theatre performances in Brighton or catching a film at one of the Picturehouse cinemas. I'm equally as content roaming around a festival all weekend and meeting new people as I am turning myself in to a blanket burrito and binging on video games.

Ali Jarvis

Ali Jarvis

Project Manager

What do you do? 

I work as a Project Manager here at DabApps. My job is to be the link between the client and the DabApps team and to pull together all the tasks that need to be completed to deliver a great app for our clients. I moved into product management about 6 years ago and found my niche; I love seeing something go from an idea through to the actual app itself. The range of projects we work on here is fascinating and I get to learn about all sorts of things I would never have predicted. 

What brought you to Brighton? 

I moved here in 2011, after a 4-year stint in Hong Kong, and fell in love with the place. I did a few years commuting up to London and am overjoyed to be back working in Brighton. 

What do you get up to in your free time? 

I like being creative so I paint furniture, bake and make bath bombs. I’m getting back into yoga and for my real downtime, I love reading. Travelling to other countries and cultures is what I do when I have a good chunk of time off. Asia will always have a piece of my heart!

Summer Parmenter-Andrews

Summer Parmenter-Andrews

Project Manager

What do you do?

I work as a Project Manager here at DabApps and have experience delivering an extensive range of projects across various industries using both Agile Scrum and Prince 2 methodologies. I work closely with my clients to gather detailed requirements to allow us to offer the best solutions for your business and report regularly to ensure complete visibility as the project progresses.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I love the challenge of working across various projects and industries as no two projects are the same. I have worked with both large corporate companies to smaller start up businesses (and everything in-between). Working in digital means that we are constantly moving to keep ahead of the ever-evolving digital world which allows me to constantly perfect my project management techniques, keeping me on my toes!

What do you get up to in your free time?

Being a project manager doesn’t end once you leave the office which means most of my spare time is heavily planned and scheduled ahead of time. When I do allow myself time to relax, I love exploring national parks or going on long country dog walks. I also love travelling, cooking and attending the odd music festival during the summer!

Michelle Piggott

Michelle Piggott

Office Manager

What do you do?

I am the Office Manager for DabApps. This is my 'return to work' role, following 3 years of being a full time mum to my daughter! Prior to this I worked as an Office Manager for a software company in Brighton for 8 years.  

What bought you to Brighton?

I lived in Brighton for 11 years before I returned to my home town of Birmingham. When I had my daughter I decided to come back to Brighton because it is an excellent place to raise children. Its very liberal, there's lots of child-centred activities and child-friendly places to hang out. 

What do you do for fun?

Lots of my time is taken up with my beautiful daughter but on a rare occasion when I do have time to myself I like reading, mainly crime fiction. My current read is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I also love trying out new restaurants and I love a good red wine.

Caroline Pickering

Caroline Pickering

Business & Brand Developer

I am one of DabApps' founders and was Creative Director for seven years. 

What do you do?

I now take more of a back seat in the day to day workings of the business in order to concentrate on strengthening the DabApps brand and developing our content.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

It's important that, as a company, we clearly communicate who we are, our values, our expertise and our success stories... with our own unique "personality".

I love creating both visual and written content that sums up and reflects DabApps' qualities.

What makes life richer?

I love travelling and spend a lot of time in France where I have friends and family. It's always wonderful to come back home though - Brighton is the most amazing city!

I'm a keen photographer with lots still to learn. I love walking The Downs, spending time in the garden, practising yoga and spending as much time as I can being creative.

Tony Aldridge

Tony Aldridge

Engineer

I'm a programmer with a touch of knowledge in every programming language under the sun. Except that one.

What do you do?

I'm an Engineer at DabApps. I jump on whatever projects need doing, write tests and code, and get things done. I drink an unhealthy amount of tea.

What makes you happy?

Programming languages... the more obscure, the better. Also open-source development, getting things right first time, and knowing that the work I've done has positively affected people. Llamas cheer me up.

What do you do for fun?

I tend to play with obscure programming languages in my free time, that... or practicing lapidary. I am also a big fan of trips to the pub!

Jake Smith

Jake Smith

Frontend Developer

What do you do?

I am a frontend designer and developer at DabApps, which basically means that I make things look nice and easy to use. It's not always that simple though: there are many aspects to take into consideration such as platform limitations, user experience and compatibility. I take inspiration from a huge variety of places and this has allowed me to develop my own style.

Why did you decide to become an app designer?

Despite coming from a very artistic background, during my time at college and university I gradually became more and more fascinated by coding. I spent a lot of my time teaching myself new coding languages and techniques. Having a good eye for design on my side, app and or web design seemed to be the perfect way for me to go.

What brought you to Brighton?

For a long time I had the intention of moving to Brighton to follow a career as a digital designer. I started at The University of Brighton where I studied Digital Media Design. Although my course was not based at a Brighton campus, I had a chance to travel to Brighton and visit a variety of design companies based in and around the town centre. It soon became clear to me that Brighton would be a great place for me to start my professional career.

What do you do for fun?

Although I love designing and developing and spend a lot of my spare time working on my own projects, I also like to step away from the computer occasionally. I try to get out and see my friends whenever I can: pop to the pub for a pint or get some people together for a night of pizza, energy drink and gaming. I'd like to think that I'm an adventurous person: always wanting to try new things. Being based in Brighton has given me a fair few opportunities to try new foods and activities.

Paul Mitchell-Gears

Paul Mitchell-Gears

Engineer

What do you do?

I write code, with a strong emphasis on agile disciplines. I am an advocate of test-first coding, small and frequent releases, and an emphasis on simplicity and quality.

What technologies are you using?

I'm pretty excited about Javascript right now as finally beginning to fulfil the 'write-once, run-anywhere' promise originally made but never truly delivered by Java. I'm a strong enthusiast of a functional programming approach minimising side effects and concentrating state in one place.

What brought you to Brighton?

I moved here as a graduate fifteen years ago and never looked back, except for a five year hiatus where I lived in Bogotá and Birmingham. Brighton has better beaches.

What do you do for fun?

I try to take full advantage of all that Brighton has to offer - a pint on the seafront, dinner out with friends, biking on the South Downs, or going to a gig.

Charlie Tomsett

Charlie Tomsett

Engineer

What do you do?

I'm an engineer at DabApps. I like writing code, solving problems and exploring open source technologies, especially when they involve the web.

What brought you to Brighton?

I've lived fairly nearby my entire life but I moved to Brighton for university and never left. It has a great relaxed pace of life, a vast array of interesting places to eat and it has the added bonus of being by the sea.

What do you do for fun?

On top of the usual Brighton pub and seaside activities, I also like cooking (and subsequently eating), playing the guitar and tinkering with the odd bit of computer hardware; my drawers at home are full of wires and computer components which are all completely necessary.

Jake Howard

Jake Howard

Apprentice Engineer

What do you do?

I've just left college and have started an apprenticeship with DabApps and 3aaa.

How did you get into software development?

I've always had an interest in computers and technology, even from as young as five I spent a lot of my time on a computer - I loved it! At a parents evening in Year 10, my IT teacher suggested I look into Visual Basic for Applications. From there I moved on to VB.Net rather quickly and when I joined college I learned even more through contact with other people. Now I can write software for most platforms. At DabApps I'm now programming in Python.

Do you do anything less techie?

Whenever I'm not out socialising with friends, I spend my time at my desk or on my laptop. Before I had a car I used to enjoy cycling everywhere as my primary means of transport. I was a Sea Cadet for five years which meant I spent a lot of time down in Portsmouth and this also brought me the opportunity to spend a week sailing in Scotland.

What do you hope to get from your apprenticeship with DabApps?

I'm hoping to be introduced to the wider world of software development and to make a career out of it. I know I will gain a lot of experience working for such a fast-growing company in this competitive market. A successful apprenticeship will also allow me to start my career debt free which I see as a real plus!

Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown

Apprentice Engineer

What do you do?

I'm an apprentice engineer at DabApps. I've only just left school and am very happy to have the opportunity to fulfil my aspirations of developing cloud-based software.

My apprenticeship is through the training provider 3aaa.

Why did you choose to work in Brighton?

I live in Eastbourne, a slightly smaller town on the South East Coast, which is a considerable distance when commuting. Although, it's totally worth it! I think Brighton is a wonderful place to work on a daily basis. I initially searched for apprenticeships here expecting to work for a company with a more generic, hierarchical approach to workplace management. At DabApps, it's the complete opposite and overall I love the projects I am involved in here.

What would you like to gain from your apprenticeship?

Ultimately, I'd like to become more involved in the open-source community, inherit valuable programming skills and would like it to advance me to a full-time job after my apprenticeship contract has ended.

Narani van Laarhoven

Narani van Laarhoven

Engineer

What do you do?

I'm an engineer at DabApps. As a junior developer I am excited to learn all the latest technologies and frameworks that are used at DabApps. My role involves anything to do with coding, whether it's backend, frontend or mobile development.

How did you get into coding?

I studied Mathematics in Amsterdam and in Barcelona and soon discovered that my skills of problem solving, logical thinking and creativity were easily transferable to the satisfying craft of coding software. After a couple of months of taking online courses in web and mobile app development I landed my first job as freelance programmer and a year later I was invited to join the team at DabApps. I am thrilled to be working with and learning from such a lovely bunch of developers.

What do you do in your spare time?

As a newbie to Brighton and the UK I'm enjoying trying out some of the local pubs; their roasts and local beers. But I also enjoy board games with friends, going to wine tastings, cycling along the seafront and recently I've discovered the joy of windsurfing.

Bob Friston

Bob Friston

Engineer

What do you do?

When the original iPhone was released I just had to have one, and I downloaded the developer tools to start app development. I loved the way you could code something and the next moment have it on your phone. Since then I have freelanced in the field and developed my own apps and projects. I am now developing my skills and building cross-platform apps for both devices and the Web with the fabulous DabApps.

How did you get into coding?

My career in software programming originates in building an e-commerce platform back in the days of dial-up modems (bzzzrrrreeeeekrrreeeek!). Lots of old-school JavaScript trickery and a Windows front-end built on VisualBasic for Access. We built up a company around this product we became one of the original internet companies of Brighton.

What do you do in your spare time?

Mostly outdoorsy types of things like cycling, walking and cafe-culture. I play a bit of volleyball and tennis for keeping fit. On Sunday afternoons I volunteer at a local charity and run their cafe.

Phil Hodgson

Phil Hodgson

Engineer

What do you do?

As a new member to the team I've found getting stuck in to the existing projects and cutting edge frameworks a rewarding challenge. Working with the team at DabApps allows me to innovate and learn from some of the best developers in Brighton, not only in regards to the code itself but also the architecture and structure of the apps. I have a long history with Java frameworks and I'm privileged to be at the forefront of technology developing some outstanding apps for prestigious brands.

What brought you to Brighton?

I originally came to Brighton in order to work with new tech start-ups and be able to pioneer new development and work with new ideas. With such a diverse history and strong culture of forward thinking, Brighton is the perfect place to get to meet interesting individuals and grow out of the box thinking. DabApps is a perfect place to work within the city with its connections and commitment to the community.

How did you get into software development?

I first learnt to code on a graphical calculator at the age of 14, making rudimentary games that made the most of the random function and a text based display. From there my fascination with being able to create such amazing logic and powerful software grew to eventually heading to University in Plymouth to study Robotics. This helped me to understand a lot about where technology was going but also allowed me to get to grips with the raw hardware and how it all comes together, building my very own CPU and learning machine code.

What do you do for fun?

Being near the sea for so long it's great to indulge my interests in watersports from kayaking through to wakeboarding. I try and keep active during the colder weather too and enjoy being part of the local hockey team on the weekends. Brighton's wealth of diverse music and events also keeps me busy most evenings.

Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez

Engineer

What do you do?

I recently graduated from the University of Brighton in Computer Science and I am now working as an Engineer at DabApps. As a member of this team, I have been introduced to a very interesting variety of cutting edge frameworks and new technologies. My role involves everything to do with writing code, problem solving and working on projects.

What brought you to Brighton?

During my first visit to Brighton, after completing my European Baccalaureate, I became very intrigued to discover more about this special and cosmopolitan city. Its culture, life and incredible diversity captured me instantly. Brighton’s character and uniqueness determined the path I wanted to follow and so, I decided to move from the Spanish seaside to the British one and continue my education at the University of Brighton.

What do you do in your spare time?

When I am not writing code I spend most of my time playing video games and watching movies. Although, my main passions also involve cooking and going to the gym. There is nothing I like more than a good BBQ with friends after a high intensity workout. I really enjoy all kind of sports and I also have a big passion for cars and racing; I consider myself a big Formula 1 fan.

Charlie Harle

Charlie Harle

Engineer

What do you do?

I write code and am keen to learn how I can apply knowledge from my recent Computer Science BSc into DabApps by bringing new ideas to the table. I get copious levels of satisfaction from working on a solution to a known problem and watching people flawlessly use my code afterward.

What brought you to Brighton?

After living in North London for the majority of my life I decided to listen to the call of my friends and family to move down to Brighton. It was difficult to move away from Arsenal FC however I feel I have fully indulged myself into the 'Brightonian' way of life, also being able to run along the seafront is a bonus.

What do you do for fun?

I will never turn down an opportunity to enjoy Brighton's craft beers and pale ales however my more sensible leisure activities involve collecting my chicken dinners in PUBG and 3D printing objects I'll probably never use. I also enjoy long walks out in the South Downs to escape from a screen every once in a while - I definitely play too much PUBG.

Damilola Olagunju

Damilola Olagunju

Engineer

What do you do?


I’m an international student from Lagos, Nigeria currently on my industrial placement year from the University of Exeter studying Computer Science. I’m programming mostly in Python and Javascript at DabApps.

What brought you to Brighton?


Brighton was where I did my A Levels and I have always been looking for a reason to come back ever since. The beach reminds me of back home although the weather quickly brings me back to reality. The people are also lovely.

What do you do in your spare time?


I mostly draw and read books in my spare time. My art drawings are largely inspired by my environment which means, spending much of my time at DabApps at the moment, I’m probably going to be drawing lots of cats from now on! I’m also a big animal lover and can spend hours just observing them.

Tim Stimpson

Tim Stimpson

Engineer

What do you do?

I joined DabApps as an engineer, focussing mainly on Python APIs in Django. The majority of my previous experience is in Project Management, however I decided to retrain as a software developer as it's fun to build useful applications that solve real world problems.

What brought you to Brighton?

It's great that Brighton has such an interesting and varied Tech community, which has enabled me to move from London and pursue my career in such a great town. Great outdoor activities, friendly town attitude plus the ocean and the beach make Brighton stand out.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy hiking, photography, art and painting to relax at the weekend. I am also hoping to join one of the boating clubs in Brighton when the weather starts to get warmer.

Nikolaev Tomov

Nikolaev Tomov

Engineer

What do you do?

I am a front-end developer at DabApps and enjoy coding in Javascript. As part of my career, I am focusing on React, React Native and some other awesome libraries surrounding the ecosystem. I am also a Computer Science undergraduate student at The Open University. 

What brought you to Brighton?

I moved to Brighton in 2007 as a student and I felt like I belong to this city. It is such a vibrant place and there are so many coffee shops, pubs and restaurant to go to.

What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy walking down on the seafront at the weekend. I sometimes go for a cycle ride, go to the gym or meet friends in town. In the summer,  I sometimes go sailing at Ardingly Activity Center.

Joseph Falconer

Joseph Falconer

Engineer

What do you do?

I am a Software Engineer at DabApps. I originally came into technology with a mind to become a front-end developer, and as such focussed on JavaScript, CSS and HTML. However, I’m also interested in Python and Django and am heading towards being ‘full-stack’ at DabApps.

What brought you to Brighton?

Being born! I grew up in Brighton. I have since lived in London, Plymouth, South Korea and Spain, but I’m back to pursue my career in technology. Brighton was a really vibrant place to grow up - I’m sure it’s been a huge influence on me. Maybe it’s the UK’s answer to San Francisco? Sea, hills, LGBT, diversity and of course technology companies.

What do you do for fun?

I am addicted to learning other languages and actively speak Spanish and Japanese. I’ve recently picked up my paintbrushes again and done some painting, and have enjoyed pruning/shaping a bonsai tree. I try not to use my computer in my spare time but sometimes build things just to practice or have fun with the technologies I use.

Johan Brolin

Johan Brolin

Designer

What do you do?

I’m a web and app designer with a touch of front-end developer. I started out as a self-taught graphic designer in 2008 and, throughout these 10 years, I have found my passion to be in digital product design.

My role at DabApps is to create beautiful user interfaces and intuitive user experiences.

What brought you to Brighton?

I moved to Brighton for love actually! All the way from Sweden. My girlfriend is a Brightonian and I really love living by the seaside and in such a vibrant city.

What do you do for fun?

When there are wind and waves you’ll find me in the surf. Otherwise, I’ll be at home cooking something weird and Swedish, and then eating it whilst watching Netflix. I also enjoy playing the guitar, maybe writing the occasional song or two.

Danny Robinson

Danny Robinson

Frontend Developer

What do you do?

I am a frontend developer at DabApps with aspirations to learn Django and React Native. I have experience in various languages and have most recently worked with Javascript and HTML/CSS.

What brought you to Cardiff?

Originally from London, I did my degree at Cardiff University. After a short return to London, I moved back to Cardiff to live with my long term girlfriend and our adorable dog.

What do you do for fun?

I like to spend time with friends from across the UK, and enjoy nothing more than a heated debate! On weekends I usually take the dogs for a long walk, preferably in a big forest or on the beach. I love to travel and have become a strong skier; something I like to weave in every year if all goes to plan.

Seb Preston

Seb Preston

Apprentice Engineer

What do you do?

My background is in frontend web development, but I am hoping to become proficient in mobile and backend development. This is why I am grateful to be an apprentice engineer at DabApps. It gives me the opportunity to expand my skill set by learning from some of the best that Brighton has to offer.

What brought you to Brighton?

I live in Lewes, a historic town which is a short distance away, but I have always loved the beach and city life of Brighton. For this reason I am happy to be able to work here.

What would you like to gain from your apprenticeship?

My goal is to become proficient and experienced with as many aspects of multi-platform app development as possible, and being an apprentice is the ideal platform for doing so. After completing my apprenticeship, I hope to advance my career further by becoming a full-time developer here at DabApps.

Isidor Nygren

Isidor Nygren

Engineer

What do you do?

I am a software engineer from Sweden, working mostly on Javascript projects with a focus on React Native.

Before moving to Brighton I studied Interaction & Design at Umeå University, at the same time working on Web Development projects. I mainly enjoy Interface design and programming.

What brought you to Brighton?

As what seems to be the common theme for us Swedes here: love. My girlfriend lives and studies in Brighton and I moved here to experience the beautiful Brightonian lifestyle, including the always perfect weather, nice people and great fast food.

What do you do for fun?

In my spare time, I'm an avid napper (catching up on sleep), but I also hang out at my local gym, lifting all sorts of things. The rest of the time I'm mostly hanging out with my girlfriend and our household pet Andy, either cooking food or just enjoying the days together. When the weather allows it, I enjoy travelling around in rural England, enjoying the local historical sights.

Mat Kastner

Mat Kastner

Engineer

What do you do?

I’m a full stack developer at DabApps, mostly working on front-end. I’ve had a varied career working on all sorts of languages and technologies. Right now I’m really keen on Android app development and have recently been working with React Native so that I can develop for iOS as well.

What brought you to Cardiff?

I’d always heard about how great a place Cardiff is so when it came up as an option for a graduate scheme, I jumped at the opportunity to move here.

What do you do for fun?

I’m a keen skier, but don’t get to go as often as I’d like - I’d like to try out Snowboarding soon. I also love travelling, grabbing a pint with friends and playing board games.

Sam Rogers

Sam Rogers

Engineer

What do you do?

I'm a full-stack developer at DabApps, one of the first members of the new Cardiff team working primarily with Python and Django, but I'm happy to try to turn my hand to anything code-related. Previously I've also had experience with Java. 

What brought you to Cardiff?

I came to Cardiff to go to university in 2005 and never really looked back! After completing my law degree I trained as a barrister, but after 5 years made the switch to programming by returning to university and getting a masters in Computing. Over the last 12 years I've made a few friends and played more rugby than a sensible person should, so I have no intention of leaving any time soon!

What do you do in your spare time?

Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit and playing rugby (or any sport that'll have me really), playing board and computer games and trips to the pub - and if any of those can be combined so much the better!

Jase Mortimer

Jase Mortimer

QA Tester

What do you do?

I joined DabApps as a manual QA tester and I’m enjoying testing complex functionality across a wide range of applications that we are working on.

What brought you to Brighton?

I moved to Brighton to study IT in 1989 and have enjoyed living by the sea ever since. 

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy swimming and mountain biking on the South Downs. To relax I like to go for a walk or see some live music. I’m also trying to learn guitar once again.

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