When I was 8 years of age, I accidentally opened Microsoft Frontpage in a serendipitous moment of fortune. Ever since, I've had a desire to make things for the internet. After completing my A-Levels in June 2016, I took a gap year to start a software consultancy. At Karambyte, I worked with everyone from huge corporations like the BBC to startups like WIFIPLUG, where I still act in an advisory capacity.
In May 2017, I left Karambyte to become the VP of User Experience at MirrorWeb, where I’m responsible for managing our fledgling user experience team. I work with key stakeholders in both the public and private sector to design, build, and manage big data and real-time archival solutions. We’re building out an interesting product, and we have job openings coming up soon - get in touch to find out more.
I’m passionate about the Manchester startup scene and education reform, and I’m a Tory activist who spoke at the 2017 Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. I’m an avid Bury FC fan, and you can find my bad tweets @mightyshakerjnr. If email is more your cup of tea, then [email protected] is the best place for you!
I've been fortunate enough to do a lot of crazy things, some of them covered by the world's media. Here's a sample...
London Riots Facial Recognition
At the tender age of 13, I was part of the group attempting to use facial recognition and social graphing in the aftermath of the London Riots. Whilst I truly terrified my mother, the project would ultimately go nowhere.
Do we want to crowdsource justice in this way? - Techcrunch
A kind of modern superhero - Geek.com
Heartbleed struck the internet in early 2014, and I threw together a tiny Chrome extension based on Filippo Valsorda's checking tool. I sent out a tweet with a link to the Chrome store, thought nothing more of it, and went to bed. I woke up the next day to multi-national media coverage and 250,000+ downloads. I was proud to play a tiny role in making people more secure online, although Filippo deserves the real credit!
Developer Jamie Hoyle has created a nice Chrome extension dubbed Chromebleed that serves a single purpose: It displays a warning when you visit a website affected by Heartbleed. - BGR
In the meantime, the easiest way we've found to keep you safe is to use a new add-on to the Chrome browser, Chromebleed, created by security researcher [ed. note: LOL] Jamie Hoyle. - Business Insider
.net magazine feature
In the October 2015 issue of .net magazine, I took part in their design challenge, where I designed a runner's dating website.
At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, we built an app called Amplify where you could play your music in sync across multiple devices. Whilst the stage demo failed, it worked great in the office for weeks after the fact!
Say you’re at a party, and someone wants to get a silent disco going. Everyone opens their phone, someone yells “play,” and hopefully everyone gets it started at the same time. - Techcrunch
At Securi-Tay 2017, I drew on my experience at WIFIPLUG to give a talk (available on YouTube) called "IoT security from the other side". I spoke about how the industry is changing their security policies and attempting to adapt to ever-evolving threats.
Lunchtime in the Students' Union came and went (for me the first time in the Midge Ure-opened building) and after I attended an excellent talk by Karambyte co-founder Jamie Hoyle on “IoT Security from the other side.” - Infosecurity Magazine
Parliament Web Archives
As part of my employment at MirrorWeb, I designed, built, and launched the front end of the new UK Parliament Web Archives.
The Parliamentary Archives have launched this new site developed in conjunction with MirrorWeb at to provide access to historic information from the UK Parliament published on the web. - National Library of Scotland
Conservative Party Conference speech
I was honoured to be invited to give a speech on modern industrial strategy at the 2017 Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. I spoke about the role of new forms education in modern industrial strategy, and how they should shape the next 20 years of strategic industrial planning. The speech is available on YouTube.
Jamie Hoyle taught himself computer programming and now, age 20, is an executive at a technology firm "while many of my peers are still in their second year of university". - BBC