Welcome to my portfolio!

0-(1)I am a remote Android freelancer from the UK, I’m available now to develop your app. This is the latest version of my portfolio, you can also find my CV here. Here is what I bring to the table:

  • 25 years of development experience (games, apps and tools), with 15 of them being exclusively on the mobile phone
  • Finalist in Google Android developer competition 2 (with Sonorox), Winner of Young Software Engineer of the year award in 2002, Best Scottish software engineering project 2002 from Spektra (with a small MMO called VARS), TIGA games finalist in 2012 (with The Dead Walk), Winner of Razer OSVR developer fund (2016 with Genocide Dolphins)
  • Ranked in TopTal‘s best freelance Android engineers in the world (Nov 2013-July 2015)
  • 100% ranking on PeoplePerHour.com (#25 in the world rankings) also highly recommended on LinkedIn – links on bottom of my CV
  • BSc Computer Science (Hons), MSc Technology & Innovation Management (A+ Distinction) – dissertation and thesis both in Java (both received A+ Distinction)
  • Over 100 finished projects since 1995, and over seventy million downloads of my apps!
  • Experience working on very large commercial projects (+ knowledge of console development), I was a developer on Grand Theft Auto – Vice City in 2001 for Rockstar North/Take Two, one of the biggest selling games in history.
  • One of the earliest Oculus Rift VR game developers – runner up in VRJAM 2013 (Oculus VR game jam) with a rift compatible FPS (I now have a VR portfolio).
  • Augmented Reality (AR) developer currently using Vuforia/Unity3D (I now have an AR portfolio)
  • Highly skilled in Codename One allowing  delivery of multi-platform native apps including Android, iPhone and Windows Phone (see Codename One portfolio) some examples are shown below.
  • Many, many other projects completed, some of which cannot be shown for legal reasons.
  • I have also worked as a writer in the technology industry (Amiga Format, Taipei Times and more), a graphic designer and a visual effects creator for some big name clients, my favourite being The Future Sound Of London (see my videos). I am also a VJ providing live visuals which react to sound for night clubs, the software was custom written by myself (some videos).
  • 8 years of Unity3D experience making multiplatform 3D games (FPS/3rd person/2D/VR/AR and more) (Unity portfolio).
  • Currently learning Kotlin (6 months experience so far)

Browse my portfolio and get in touch to discuss your requirements. Towards the bottom you can see what I was doing before Android & iPhone arrived, the original app era on the classic Nokias, I was at the forefront.

Gareth Murfin (gareth.murfin@gmail.com) aka Gaz.

Add me on Skype if you wish to chat: gazy1980 (be careful not to add my impostor in China of same name).

**Update August 2019** Please note I am actively seeking a fulltime remote role right now (in Android Apps or Games). I will stop freelancing when I find one. 

REFERENCES

Project Manager at Saatchi & Saatchi:

Gareth is one of the most talented Programmer/Developers I have ever had the pleasure of working work. So much so, that I have introduced and recommended him on to a hand full of agencies here in Cape Town and all of them have had the same kind of response as I have.

Project Manager at Sasol:

Even though his hourly rate is higher than the companies I have outsourced too, he has saved me money and time because of his quick understanding and dare I say genius. A better developer you will have difficulty in finding.

Producer at Elite Systems:

Gareth has a great understanding of various programming languages and is always willing to put maximum effort into any project. He’s very punctual and always available when you need him.

Head of Technology at Digitalist Group:

“We’ve hired Gareth on a few occasions to deliver the j2me part of mobile campaigns and he’s proved to be a real asset. Gareth has demonstrated great ability to drive a project from concept to delivery with minimal input, work under pressure, excellent knowledge of J2ME platforms with hands on experience for a wide-range of apps (from data-driven to full-blown games). ‘Can do’ mentality, consistent, reliable. Looking forward to working with Gareth in many more projects”

Project Manager at IWICS:

Gareth is professional in his work and responsive to our requests and communication. He completed the project on time and to specification. We were highly satisfied with his work.

UI/UX Designer at Siemens:

“Gareth is a reliable and persistent guy that is able to pull off the seeming impossible in crazy timeframes and has a real flare for mobile games development across multiple platforms and console game development.”

Technical producer at DC Studios (in-house role) :

“Gaz is the the most enthusiastic software engineer I’ve ever worked with. He really loves what he does for a living with a passion and it shows in his work. He is high energy and tends to bolster the team’s morale with his consistent positive attitude. He picks up new technologies and platforms lightening quick, making software development in a challenging games environment look easy. I’d not hesitate to recommend him to anyone for any development position or company. Very highly recommended!”

Project Manager at YoDJ:

Gareth met the scope of the project and even went beyond the call of duty a few times. I would definitely work and recommend Gareth for future projects.

IT at FMC Lithium:

I worked with Gareth on a web project, I produced some graphics while he constructed the site and liaised with the customer. He was very easy to work with and clear about the specifications of the project. Good communication and sound forward planning made the project run very smoothly and it was completed way ahead of time.

Also check out this quick video show reel showing some of the apps on this page in action. Bear in mind this is from 2014, new one coming soon 🙂

For examples of my game development work you can see the following two videos.

 

 

My personal project which will be released in the future.

 

An example of my Unity abilities, music by Opal Beau.

OK, now on with the apps, these are all developed entirely by me as a one man programmer (obviously art and backend API are usually supplied). I receive requirements, quote, take 25% upfront and then get to work. On average an app can be completed in around 8 to 12 weeks depending on availablity and complexity. I can deliver simultaneously on iOS and Android for an extra fee (which is 90% cheaper than getting them developed separately). More magic can be worked if required, like a web version of your app, or even a standalone PC or Mac version, it’s all up to you.

Note: I have developed over 50 of my own apps (on many platforms), which will be documented here soon.

Bodwell Private High School App (Android/iOS)

Bodwell High School is a private, co-educational boarding school offering grades 8 to 12, and university preparation.  Located in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Bodwell’s campus overlooks the Burrard Inlet and the beautiful Vancouver skyline. Recognized as a leader among Canadian boarding schools, our school’s diverse student population of both local and international students makes it a rich and exciting place to learn, study, play, and build life-long memories and friendships.

I developed an app for Bodwell High School which allows parents and students to see detailed statistics about every aspect of life at the school. This was delivered natively on iOS and Android using the innovative Codenameone language.

Dr Julian Appointment App (Android)

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Making the decision to get help and support with stress, anxiety, depression or mental health issues is often the first and hardest step. We’re here to make sure that every other step you take after this is as easy as possible.

With the Dr Julian app, you can attend video, audio and live chat therapy sessions with qualified, trusted therapists from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you feel most at ease.

Dr Julian is currently the only online counselling app for mental health and wellbeing that provides online video counselling with qualified, experienced therapists, counsellors and psychotherapists.
Appointments can only be booked through our website https://dr-julian.com
From choosing your own therapist to picking the date, time and location of your appointment, it couldn’t be simpler to begin the path to recovery and start feeling better.

The Dr Julian App has been featured on the BBC, the Daily Mail, the Mail Online and Forbes magazine and is tied to the NHS.

Twilio-IoT

The app utilises Twilio SDK to make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and perform other communication functions using its web service APIs.

MJFFSensors (Android + Android Wear for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research)

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This app is designed to detect the effectiveness of different Parkinson’s drugs. Using a series of sensors and tests people who have Parkinson’s can use this app to evaluate their effectiveness.

The app records many of the different sensors on the phone and stores this data for periodic upload. Data is encrypted and securely sent to medical research teams using the custom server which I also built. The app can be entirely customised by overriding JSON files that are placed on the sdcard or internal storage.

Since the initial version of this app another large pharmaceutical has taken it on board for use in their fight against Parkinsons.

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This app also runs on smart watches.

Ideas @ Work for Oasis Investment Company / Al Shirawi (Android)

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Oasis Investment Company LLC is the holding company of the Al Shirawi Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in the Persian Gulf, spanning the manufacturing, engineering, trading, transport and logistics, marketing, distribution, contracting, and service industries

The conglomerate comprises over 29 different companies, all with unique specializations, and more than 6500 employees, and is currently ranked at 74 on the Forbes list of Top 100 Companies Making an Impact in the Arab World. The company was founded in 1971 and is based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

Al Shirawi came to me looking for an app they could distribute to their 10,000 employees in order to gather all of the best ideas from their various companies. The app is kind of like a virtual suggestion box where employees can share ideas to improve workflow and life in the various industries they work. Users can submit ideas along with pictures, and also tag them so they can be found using the search feature. Users can also set up their own profile, like and comment on the ideas various other features (such as sorting by category, searching etc). At the heart of it, the app feels very much like a Facebook feed but for innovative ideas.

UCVME. Job App (Android)

Build your CV.
Search and Apply for Jobs.
Express yourself with a CV and video portfolio

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UCVME is available on web and mobile, designed to make applying for jobs easier and more personal. Express yourself in more than just words with your customised multimedia CV. You can build your personalised CV from scratch or upload an existing one.

Develop your knowledge and improve your applications; show off your individuality, skills and achievements; and search and apply for your dream job.

I developed the initial version of UCVME for Android.

CBBC Buzz (Android App for BBC Broadcasting company)

Be part of CBBC BUZZ. The app that everyone is BUZZing about!

It’s free, it’s fun and there’s something for you, whatever you’re into!

There’s loads of cool stuff you can play and get involved with in CBBC BUZZ.

• Super-fun mini-games
• Daily challenges
• Funny videos
• Make your own memes
• Wild and wicked stickers
• Design your own emojis
• Have fun with your favourite celebs, shows and CBBC characters
• Draw and share your amazing creations with other BUZZERS
• Get your amazing Buzz drawings, creations and selfies shown on TV
• Join the BUZZ SQUAD and be part of the coolest community there is!

Sound like something you want to be part of? Download CBBC BUZZ today and see what all the BUZZ is about!

Some adverts from BBC TV for the app: