Phrase most used to describe you
“Safe pair of hands”.
Project you’re most proud of working on
Technology that industry got right
Technology that industry got wrong
The OC, Trashy holidays on the beach.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime.
Peter Lindbergh’s eye.
Darren Shaw Technical Lead and Full Stack Developer
I’m a technical lead and developer in IBM’s Emerging Technology group with 16 years experience of taking research technology through to proof of concept and production systems. I’ve been responsible for the agile delivery of projects for Wimbledon, Roland Garros, The US Masters, The British Library, RBS, Shop Direct and Homebase.
I have a reputation for pragmatism and making things work in high pressure situations, leading many of IBM’s sports event innovation projects since 2013. I enjoy mentoring colleagues through these projects.
As an early adopter of IBM’s version of the Design Thinking process I ran the first trial workshops with UK clients. I’ve since run workshops for: Universal Music, The Natural History Museum, Unilever, KPMG, Carphone Warehouse, Wimbledon, EDF, British Gas, BBC and Stop the Traffik.
I’m a (still learning) fashion and portrait photographer. I’ve been published in The Guardian, BBC Online, Hampshire Life, Guys+Girls, HairstylesOnly. I shot a cover of HairNow. I write about photographs I love.
Awards and Publications
23 patents issued, 5 industry awards, 1 published academic paper, 1 published Redbook.
23 Patents Issued
Including IBM’s High Value Patent Award for “Cooperative non-repudiated message exchange in a network environment” a verifiable, shared chat transcription log.
The Drum Awards for the Digital Industries 2017 - Best use of AI/Machine Learning
I was the technical lead for the Wimbledon “WhatMakesGreat” campaign that won the award.
Hermes Creative Award 2017 - Best Use of User Generated Content
I was the lead developer for “Watson Poet”, an AI based system that generated poems from social media messages. The system was used in an IBM marketing campaign, winning the Hermes award.
Best Fan Engagement - 2016 Sports Technology Awards
IBM and Wimbledon won against competition from the Rugby World Cup and European Golf Tour. The Social Command Centre I led the development of was referenced in the reasons for IBM and Wimbledon winning the award.
Best use of Social Media - 2015 BT Sports Industry Awards
IBM and Wimbledon won the award for best use of social media in sports events. I was the technical lead on Wimbledon’s social media analytics tools, referenced in the award.
Alsbridge Innovation Award 2014
The Fantasy Fashion project I led for Shop Direct won the innovation in outsourcing award.
Building a ‘living database’ for human-machine intelligence analysis
Joint author on a paper presented at Fusion 2015. The paper proposed a new way for intelligence agencies to make use of unstructured information from a range of sources.
Computer Science BSc (Hons), 1st class, University of Portsmouth.