Owen Garland

Github : Email : Website : +44 (0) 7851 371 802

After taking some time out to travel around America and Europe, I am now looking for an opportunity to start a new chapter in my life in Sweden. Keen to bring my technical skills to a new industry, I am particularly interested in decentralised applications, financial markets and turning big data into useful data.


Areas of technical expertise

Personal projects


Backend Engineer - June 2017 - December 2017
SpotMe SA - Lausanne, Switzerland

SpotMe develops mobile and web apps for clients running events, that can be customised and modified across all platforms from one backend interface. Whilst working here I have been responsible for maintaining their behind the scenes services that enable this functionality, and updating them to use the latest technologies.

Final Year Project - January 2017 - June 2017
Aberystwyth University

For my undergraduate dissertation, I developed a fully featured web service that would enable researchers to browse and search through the annotated sequence data for three different yeasts that they were studying. During this project I had to investigate the data and learn how to manipulate and annotate it, to be of value to the researchers; as the data I was provided with was not documented. Unlike existing genome viewers, my solution explored the feasibility of utilising NoSQL databases, as well as focussing greatly on modern software development techniques such as test driven development and continuous integration.

You are welcome to view the  dissertation and  demo website as well as look at the code on my  Github profile.

Software Developer - July 2015 - June 2016
Clock Limited - Watford, England

As part of my degree I spent an industrial year working full time at Clock, a Node.js agency in Hertfordshire. Whilst there I had several roles throughout the year, including running their support service (bug fixes), developing new features for existing projects and being trained by the Technical Services team to learn how to manage the infrastructure of a web agency.

Bioinformatics Assistant - August 2014 - October 2014
Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences,
Aberystwyth University

This position was my first real introduction to bioinformatics and I have learned a substantial amount about many areas of computing I wouldn’t normally have been exposed to. For example I had access to a powerful cluster and had to deal with large amounts of genomic data.


Qualifications
2017 - BEng in Software Engineering with First Class Honours
2013 - Distinction* Level 3 Extended BTEC Diploma in Computing
2010 - Nine grade A GCSEs including English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Interests
Aside from computing my main passion in life is swing dancing and traditional jazz. I have been teaching dance classes back in the UK and spent several summers helping to run the largest Swing Dance festival in the world in Herräng, Sweden. Prior to university I was also volunteering at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley park and running development Centres for Young Rewired State.

Referees
Dr Amanda Clare - Senior Lecturer
Department of Computer Science, Llandinam Building, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DB
afc@aber.ac.uk

John Zetterström Formerly Platform Lead - SpotMe
John was my manager while I worked at SpotMe, however he has since left. He can still be contacted for reference.
+420 722 756 450