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Welcome Barry!

Barry Woolgar, Ruby on Rails developer and PHP pro, has just joined our team here at Storm and we’re all thrilled to have him on board.

Barry is a talented programmer who studied Computer Science and eBusiness at Loughborough University. He joins us from Wired Media in Bristol where he was a senior web developer, leading development work for the company’s ecommerce platform and maintaining its hosting infrastructure.

At Storm Barry will be working on a whole range of interesting projects in both Ruby on Rails and PHP. He’ll be involved in the development of CiteAb, a new spin out biotech company Storm has developed with the University of Bath, and will support our other developers on client projects.

Adam, our Technical Director, said: “Barry is a great addition to our team, he has a lot of experience and has already made a great contribution to the projects he is involved in. His knowledge of developing complex online systems builds our capacity in this area.”

When Barry isn’t at work he can be found hanging out on skates with the Bath Roller Derby Girls where ‘Safety Barry-er’ is a top notch referee. He also drives a classic mini, spins fire poi and heads to Edinburgh Fringe every summer.

Our team here at Storm has plans for many new exciting projects in 2014, and we’re always on the lookout for outstanding developers. If this is you, do get in touch with us on hello@stormconsultancy.co.uk.

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Feeling festive

Everyone at Storm Towers enjoyed the Christmas lights in Bath being switched on by Mary Berry this week – our new office gave us a perfect view up Milsom Street.

We broke out the fizz and mince pies to toast the start of the Christmas season. Liam even made a new friend when, as he precariously leant out of the window, Mary Berry shouted up to him to be careful not to fall!

We wish you all a very merry Christmas, and hope you have a good break. We look forward to seeing you in January 2014!

Click here to see Mary Berry shouting to Liam!

 

The rip out

At Storm we’re really good at programming, and online business. We’re not so hot at DIY. That’s why we have a team of builders in our new office, making sure everything is done properly, and its not going to all fall down!

When we took over the building there was 15 years worth of legacy wiring running around every room – most of which didn’t connect to anything. Old wires had been painted over, the walls had ten players of woodchip wallpaper, and there were enough ethernet cables to run internet to the moon.

We (or rather our builders) have stripped everything out, right back to the brick work. The rooms feel ten times larger after layer upon layer of wallpaper was removed, and they’re brighter too.

Now the walls are ready to be plastered, painted and the whole building will be rewired. There was huge excitement in the office yesterday when a new server cabinet arrived – and who said we were geeks?!

We have lots of plans for the new space, and now that the old, fousty rooms have been transformed into a blank canvas it is much easier to envisage what we might be able to do. We’re really excited to get decorating, and we’re hoping to move in this autumn.

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We’re moving!

We are all very excited because we can now tell you that we’re moving to lovely big new offices!

We’re not moving far – next door in fact to 14 New Bond Street – but the offices are much larger which means we’ll be able to continue to grow and take on even more exciting projects.

The keys were handed over this week and we currently have a team of builders in, plastering, painting, wiring and sorting out a whole decade’s worth of legacy hardware that has been left in the building. As a result we hope to be in the new offices sometime in July and will keep you posted with photos and updates in the meantime.

For now – we’re still at number 13 and as always you’re very welcome to call in any time.

We'll be in the big corner building above Lifestyle Pharmacy from July!

We’ll be in the big corner building above Lifestyle Pharmacy from July!

Welcome Hannah and Ashton!

Welcome to our new Stormtroopers Hannah and Ashton!

Hannah has joined us as Admin and Support Project Manager having just completed her BSc degree in Computing through the University of Bath.

Ashton is still in Uni, and he’s with us for the summer to work on some fantastic app ideas we’ve had kicking around – so watch this space!

Both will be contributing posts to the blog soon, but in the meantime, here is a lovely photo…!

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Storm sponsored Bath team named world champions!

A team of seven children from Bath, including students form King Edward’s and Ralph Allen schools, have beaten 20,000 teams from around the world to be named the 2013  World Science/Robotics Champions.

Having successfully competed at National level, the 11 – 15 year olds making up Bath’s ‘Team Untitled-1‘ made the trip to St Louis in America where they proved themselves to be the very best of the 80 teams that made it through to the world finals.

Bath students named World Champions

Bath students named World Champions

The seven involved in the team are Freya, Tom, Dani, Max, Joe, Rafi and Claudia. They said: “It’s the team here.. Well, we say “team”, but WORLD CHAMPIONS is more appropriate!!!!! Yes, slight shock. We have just beaten 20,000 other teams worldwide becoming number one in Lego Robotics!! Wooo!! We think it’s true because everyone’s taking our picture but we might need a pinch or two!”

Dave said: “Storm were pleased to sponsor Team Untitled-1 and we’re absolutely thrilled to hear what they’ve achieved. What an outstanding accolade for Bath – this says a lot about the quality of science and tech teaching here in the city and the enthusiasm of our youngsters. We’re really keen to continue to support competitions like this that give children the opportunity to learn more about science and engineering.”

We are growing!

Here at Storm we’re welcoming new members to the team. In a couple of months we have two new joiners – Ashton Clapp is joining as a Junior Web Developer, and Hannah Atkinson as Admin and Support Project Manager.

Hannah is just completing a BSc degree in Computing through the University of Bath, and is excited to be starting her new career with Storm. As a student Hannah has done extensive work experience with local digital agencies, and this year she was involved in running Bath Digital Festival.

Ashton is a Computer Science student at the University of Bath and impressed us when he took part in the University’s ‘Apps Crunch’ competition. During his summer break we’re going to be letting Ashton loose on a few awesome app ideas we’ve had kicking around for a while – so keep an eye out for the results!

Both Hannah and Ashton join us in June, and we’ll get them to write a post each to introduce themselves properly then.

Adam’s MacFormat interview

We’re all Apple advocates here at Storm, but Adam has taken his passion a step further, giving MacFormat magazine an interview on just how much he loves his retina display Macbook Pro.

What’s your preference — Mac or PC? Tweet us at @StormUK and let us know, we’d love to hear your reasons!

Adam in MacFormat

Adam in MacFormat

We Love Bath exhibition!

As most of you will know, our youngest member of the team and front end developer Felix is the man behind one of Bath’s most influential news sources – the @WeLoveBath twitter account.

You can currently visit an exhibition of images collated through Felix’s account, along with image collections from Bath, at the We Love Bath exhibition in the Bath Central Library. The event runs from 26 Nov to 9 Dec 2012.

Go along and check it out what Bath Life Magazine are calling “An absolute must-see for any self-respecting Bathonian”.

Felix inspires Bath’s teens at TEDxYouth@Bath

Our very own king of twitter Felix Renicks has been speaking to an audience of the city’s 16 to 19 year olds at the TEDxYouth@Bath conference this week.

The event, run at Komedia with an audience of 300 teens, attracted top level speakers from the city and beyond with the aim of encouraging attendees to think outside the box and to embrace the opportunities available to them.

Felix spoke about his efforts in creating one of the city’s most influential news sources through embracing citizen media in the form of his @WeLoveBath twitter account. The account now has over 12,000 followers and Felix has been widely recognised for his efforts in connecting the community.

You can watch Felix’s presentation at TEDxYouth@Bath, starting at 01:33:00ish here: http://new.livestream.com/tedx/TEDxYouthBath/videos/6603040