BuzzMyVideos :: MCN Website

Whilst working for BuzzMyVideos, a leading MCN, founded by two YouTube executives I was required to completely rebuild their public facing website from scratch. The new site is WordPress based and in addition involved setting up a git repository and a staging and production site. A badly written premium theme was purchased (always good to allow a dev to view the code before purchasing :)) so in addition to setting up the theme I had to rewrite a mass of css and js to make it perform correctly. Custom post types for jobs were introduced and the legacy business logic was removed.

HyperNaked :: Freelance Technical Director

Hyper is a phenomenally successful creative media agency whose clients include Nokia, Cadburys and Sony. They have just merged with Naked to form HyperNaked. I was recruited by them as freelance Technical Director to assist with technical guidance and leadership on two concurrent projects for their clients, Cadburys and Pedigree. It was also my duty to act as a creative technologist and contributre to a pitch for a potential client.

Cadburys :: 'Keep Team GB Pumped' Technical Direction

I was recruited by HyperNaked as freelance Technical Director to technically lead their client Cadburys’ London 2012 Olympic campaign. Cadburys are one of the British Olympic Associations and the Games main sponsors. The campaign, running now, is called “Keep Team GB Pumped” and the idea is that members of the UK public can record themselves via webcam singing 1 of 12 songs pre-selected to help inspire the athletes in their training. (Eye of the Tiger, Simply the Best etc). The recordings are then extracted on the server and recompiled as individual tracks or combined to form a UK Public choir for use in the TV and Radio Campaigns running up to and during London 2012. The application element of the site was flash based with a Red 5 Media Server to facilitate the audio / web cam recording. Other non-flash (Dhtml, Html) elements were also used for website content and within the Facebook page. The job included:
  • Writing the technical documentation and project scope
  • Wireframing, UX and some simple Prototyping
  • Evaluation and appointment of development agency (Stink Digital)
  • Numerous client meetings both technical and non technical
  • Meetings with Cadburys preferred technology providers about hosting and data storage
  • Numerous meetings and negotiations with YouTube with reference to using YouTube channels and YouTube Connect
  • Negotiating with both Rackspace, Amazon and Akamai re Cloud based solutions, CDN’s and Load Balancing.