Hello, I'm Duncan.
Mostly I have been making strange things.

I like to work with AI, digital habitables, empathetic companions, emotionally intelligent agents, passive experiences and creative communities. Phew.

I'm a maker, technologist, creative, entrepreneur, digital art therapist, designer and so on.

And I'm trying to thread the needle between initiating meaningful work for large audiences, creating art that moves people, and getting paid.
Currently I'm Tech Director at Analog Folk, Head of Digital at the Moon Festival, Tech Lead at the V&A.

Things I have experienced

2017

London

Launched a pirate radio station run entirely by robots. The weak AIs browsed the web for interesting stories, mined the HTML semantically to extract the content, and used text-to-speech APIs to broadcast it online. The station featured two hosts who shared the duties of narrating each story, in line with a daily schedule of upbeat and serious stories, including a Thought For The Day segment each morning.

2017

Kings College, London

Took part in a judging panel for the Kings Cultural Challenge, nominating winners and selecting one student each year to intern at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

2016

London

Forked the internet to create a version that only worked on Kindle browsers, because no-one had forked the internet but plemnty of people were getting tired of the ads, tracking, privacy risks.

2016

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Spotted a Tech Lead job advertised at the V&A and threw my hat in the right without expecting much, got the job and happily spent a few years running tech teams in the worlds "leading museum of art and design".

2016

Sheffield

Designed a robot songbird that generates its own birdsong and sings throughout the day, preferring sunrise and sunset, and created a physcial bird and cage to house the AI. Ara became the first of my digital companions, and was featured in the AI edition of Creative Review, and appeared as part of an AI exhibtion at the Site Gallery in Sheffield.

2015

Amsterdam

Took Somewhere.com to The Next Web conference and won the startup prize.

2015

London

Took over as the interim CEO od Somewhere.com and moved the business from Berlin to London, placing the startup much closer to our clients, and kick-starting a new SaaS product developed with those customers.

2013

Amman, Jordan

Ran digital mentoring sessions as part of the Mediterranean branch of the Media Business School program. Almost all of the students wanted advice on using Facebook to promote their films, and almost all of the films were based on their experiences of the recent Arab Sprint. I struggled badly to find the relevance in the digital work when faced with multiple stories of how students coped with loss of their friends, family and children.

2012

Berlin

After pitching a time-travelling/parallel world style careers guidance video game to Channel 4, I expanded on the idea, bringing in key people, ultimately leading to the launch of Somewhere.com.

2012

Ronda, Spain

Taught a class of masters film students on the nascent opportunities provided by digital. Spent time with the students and reinforced my learnings around the difficulties finding work as a young person, especially during the widespread European economic recession.

2009

San Francisco

PMOG: The Nethernet, was nominated for MMO of the Year by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, but lost out to the World of Warcraft behemoth.

2008

San Francisco

Co-founded an innovative startup alongside Justin Hall and Merci Grace. The Nethernet was a passively multiplayer online game that turned the entire internet into a playful space. Sadly, Farmville came along and people played that instead.

199x

London

Running out of options, I signed up for a learn-to-code-by-post course with Computeach. Forgot that I didn't own a computer, but was happily able to complete the course, handwritten, using graph paper to learn COBOL, Pascal, C & C++.

1991

London

Wrote three novels and signed a book contract with a small publishing house, which was promptly taken over with all new writers contracts suspended.