Matthew Venn CV
Address: Calle Conserva, 20 pta 21. Valencia 46022 Espana
Phone: 644 980 697
- To design, engineer and deliver positive sustainable projects,
- To be involved in a dynamic team,
- To share innovations and skills as widely as possible.
- Native English
- Rudimentary Spanish
1993 - 1995
- Sir Roger Manwood's School. Maths, Physics, Chemistry A levels.
1996 - 1999
- Leeds University. 2.1 BEng Electronics and Computing Engineering.
1995 - 1996
- GEC Marconi Avionics. Gap year engineering experience. The highlight was the AET course (applied engineering techniques) where my team built a computer controlled milling machine.
2000 - 2001
- Web design consultant for Pfizer Ltd. I updated a large company intranet using self written automatic tools. This is where my love of the UNIX operating system stems from! Temporary contract.
- Self employed computer programmer. Worked through the internet for various international companies and individuals. This work ended when I was offered position of head of IT for oncampusUK.
- Founded lighterthief.org, (website defunct) a website that tracks cigarette lighters around the world.
2001 - 2007
- oncampusUK. Head of IT of internet computer company. I was a founder member and helped take the business to where we employed 20 people with an IT team of 8. I left because I wanted to find work focused on positive social and environmental change.
- Designed and built various lighting systems and was commissioned to build a robotic musical instrument.
2007 - 2009
- Designed and delivered a bicycle powered TV/DVD player for Hackney city farm.
- Designed and delivered an interactive exhibit for Martina Sprengart at London College of Fashion. This was exhibited at London Mall Galleries.
- Employed by the Arcola theatre as associate technologist for their energy project. This has involved work in collaboration with White Light and BOC to produce a hydrogen fuel cell powerpack with data logging/sharing facilities. Also working to deliver a fuel cell powered electric bike to Camden council and a London courier business.
- Designed and produced a virtual graffiti system for use in youth clubs and in art projects. Also commissioned to build a system for Skyway Youth Charity.
- Started a community website for collecting information on open source / open hardware renewable projects (website defunct). Published all details on the work I have done for Hackney City Farm.
- Designed and delivered a solar powered irrigation system for Hackney City Farm.
- Designed a solar engine kit for use in my learning-to-learn STEM workshops. Designed and have had fabricated a custom PCB for the project.
- Designed and delivered a wind turbine project for SAUCE. This involved custom hardware and software as well as workshop design and delivery.
- Worked with More Associates on the CarbonCulture project. Delivered systems for 8 Government departments using our software and hardware to reduce carbon usage: http://carbonculture.net/
- Designed and built a science based interactive art exhibition that explains how snowflakes are formed. Received 3000 visitors.
- Formed partnership with Leeds artist/education/technology group http://www.jamjarcollective.com/ to develop our virtual graffiti systems further. Software is now open source and published at github.
- Designed and built a home energy (gas and electricity) monitoring system that publishes data to the internet. All design details, PCBs and software published. (website defunct).
- Designed, built and delivered a new science workshop on the use of hydrogen in fuel cell cars. Delivered to 600 children at SAUCE 2011, and 3000 children at workshops in Abu Dhabi in November.
- Published mazepuzzlebox.co.uk, a unique puzzle box that can be opened with a gesture designed by the owner. Featured on instructables.com, it has received 85k views, 1000 box designs and 40 fabrications.
- Designed, documented and ran a workshop on building a SMT dc/dc booster board.
- Designed and built a drawing robot that draws energy usage as a picture. Exhibited at Motorcade gallery, the Arcola Theatre, Bristol MShed, Manchester Museum of science and industry.
- Invited to be an expert for a 2050 technology panel discussion at Big Bang Fair
- Designed and produced 2 Arduino shields for 3 and 30W fuel cell inventor kit. In partnership with MIT, Horizon fuel cell and Arcola Energy.
- Prototyped and designed the electronics for Rodd Design's Ode, a project funded by the British Design Council.
- Designed and built a bike powered phone charger (website defunct) system for Sustrans.
- Secured funding from Bristol Green Capital to develop the energy drawing robot.
- Joined the Bristol Braille Project team, led the first set of iterations for the electronics and mechatronics.
- Data logging and visualisation for Bristol based Demand Energy Equality.
- Collaborated with CPDForTeachers to design and deliver UK wide workshops based on the Raspberry Pi educational computer to teachers.
- Designed and delivered a solar panel workshop for 1500 children in Abu Dhabi as part of their national science festival.
- Facilitated an interactive art installation at the Public, Birmingham.
- Director of Bristol Hackspace
- Gave a talk at BETT 2014 on “How to teach computing”.
- Was commissioned to design and develop a hydrogen powered aerial photography workshop for Hydrogen Island.
- Designed and published a closed loop motor speed controller for CNC machines.
- Senior engineer on the Bristol Braille project’s Canute braille reader which was successfully demonstrated to 14 braillists.
- Was invited to give a talk and run a workshop at OSHCAMP
- Was commissioned to design and install a large drawing robot for “We The Curious” science museum in Bristol, UK. I found additional funding from RS components. Over the course of a week, the robot draws pictures that represent energy generated by solar panels on the building’s roof.
- Created a new hands on science workshop to learn about brushless DC motors. Was featured on Hackaday.com.
2017 to present
- CTO for Dygma.com. We are building a split, ergonomic keyboard for E-sports professionals. In late 2017 we raised 200k euros to build 1000 keyboards. My role is design, test and manufacture. We are prototyping in Spain and manufacturing in Shenzhen, China.
- Electronics prototype for a novel medical imaging device for Pancom Ltd. Device involves embedded Linux and FPGAs.
- Running an FPGA work group with Valencia Hackspace. We are exploring the new open source FPGA tools from Clifford Wolf.
I believe my main strength is my experience in many disparate areas and aptitude to learn new skills quickly and effectively.
I have a strong ability with computers developed over the last 20 years. I've programmed in various languages on both computers and micro controllers. I have in 20 years of in depth knowledge using and administering the Linux operating system. I am most comfortable using C or Python.
I contribute to, and prefer using open source tools, especially Linux. My favourite development environment is Linux, GIT, Vim, Bash and Make. I like to have unit tests and use Travis for continuous integration testing.
I have been using Linux to host services on the internet for over 15 years. I administer multiple servers and have written my own VOIP services. Recently I have developed remote logging solutions with the Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone and ESP8266.
10 years experience in designing and developing electronics covering many areas including:
- Microcontrollers; mainly 8bit Atmel AVR, recently 32bit Microchip (Atmel) ARM
- SOC: beaglebone and Raspberry Pi.
- SPI, I2C, USB devices
- Robotics, LED lighting, data acquisition
- Basic digital signal processing
- Hardware in the loop unit testing
- 4 layer PCB design (Eagle and Kicad) and fabrication; through hole and SMT
- 2 years experience working with FPGAs, mostly with Verilog and the FOSS toolchain.
- Debugging with logic analyser, oscilloscope, signal generator, VNA, GDB debugger, gtkWave.
I have a lot of experience hand soldering SMT components (smallest: 0603 and 64 pin 0.5mm pitch QFN), hot air rework, solder paste, stencils and an oven.
I have workshop training and can competently use many types of fabrication equipment including: metal and wood lathe, mill, MIG welding, CNC laser cutter, CNC mill/router. I have my own CNC laser cutter, CNC milling machine, lathe and 2 layer PCB fabrication.
Project management and documentation
I have good time management and communication skills. I use GIT version control to manage all the components in a project. I am also an advocate of open source software and hardware and the sharing of information. Most of my projects are published on the internet with full details.
I have studied communication through research, observation and practicing: teaching, coaching and workshop facilitation. In terms of education, I'm most interested in how the teacher's communication affects the learning environment - and how this affects the learning process.
I aspire to be a great teacher. My experience as a teacher comes from martial arts, workshops, youth clubs and working with schools and teachers.
My Learning to Learn business started from the desire to work alongside teachers, to learn more about the art of teaching and to be able to lead more inspirational STEM workshops. In 2015 I was the senior trainer at CPD for teachers - delivering highly rated training to over 2000 teachers.
Creativity is our innate ability to adapt to a continually changing environment. I believe that creativity is as much as skill as any other and as such can be practiced and strengthened. I have facilitated workshops in creativity and my own creative practice reaches into many different areas.
Martial arts have a great deal to offer the modern lifestyle. Meditation, discipline and movement are all fantastic antidotes to the stress of life in a big city. I have black belts in Wing Chun and Ki Aikido and am now studying Tai Chi and Swimming Dragon Kung Fu.
Available upon request.
Awards and Recognition
- Invited to ORCONF 2018
- Speaker at OSHCamp 2015, 2016.
- Speaker at SXSWEdu, 2015
- Speaker at BETT, 2014
- Prize winner for Bristol Green Capital awards, 2012
- Expert on the Big Bang Fair's 2050 discussion panel, 2012
- UnLTD award for social enterprise, 2009
- London Southwark star award for voluntary work, 2009
- London Southwark civic award for community contribution, 2009