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:

  • 20+ years of development experience (games, apps and tools), with 13 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
  • Ranked in TopTal‘s best freelance Android engineers in the world (Nov 2013-July 2015)
  • 100% ranking on PeoplePerHour.com from 14 reviews (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!
  • 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).

Browse my portfolio and get in touch to discuss your requirements. Towards the bottom you can see what I was doing before Android arrived, and also see some of my side projects (I am trying to document my entire career ultimately). Note some projects have links to additional screenshots and video – others don’t – I will add more and more as I get time! Also note the dates on these entries are not yet correct, I’ve just made them “in order” for now, a quick menu will be added soon too so you don’t have to scroll for hours.

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

Add me Skype if you wish to chat: gazy1980 (be careful not to add my impostor in China of same name). You can also contact me directly on my own chat system which I am currently prototyping – click here (if you need a chat library for your app check out Circle which powers this chat system).

REFERENCES

I have many references but it takes time to chase people up etc, so here I present some quotes from previous emails which have been sent out to people asking for 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.

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.

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.

Here is a LinkedIn recommendation from my former producer at DC Studios (a mobile games studio where I worked as a games developer, porter and eventually designer):

  1. Frank Bullen Senior Engineer at Metaforic Limited:

    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!

    December 21, 2009, Frank managed Gareth at DC Studios

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

AlcoPath (Android App for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS)

AlcoPath is a tool used by doctors to diagnose alcoholics. It can also export a PDF of the results which doctors can share. More info soon..

More screenshots below.

Raffler (Android, iOS [Codename One] for Saatchi & Saatchi)

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PLAY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A GUARANTEED £1,000 OR MORE JACKPOT EVERY DAY

How does it work?
STEP 1) Download Raffler and register
STEP 2) Watch two 30 second ads to enter to win at least £1,000
STEP 3) If you win, securely claim the jackpot through the app
STEP 4) Return daily and enter again!

Raffler generates the prize fund from players watching adverts. So the more people that play, the bigger the prize fund!

Invite friends to play and grow the amount of money that YOU could win.

Free App, Free Play, £1,000’s Every Day.

I was contracted by Saatchi & Saatchi to build this exciting app. I decided to develop it using Codename One. It has now been featured in many newspapers and websites (Gizmodo, app of the month as well as number one trending app on the app store on release) and is doing extremely well right now, Raffler has had over 100 winners so far and has paid out over £150,000 to date.

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Clinix [NHS] (Android)

Get free video consultations with your own NHS GP on your phone. It is quick and easy to book an appointment and having the consultation on your mobile means there’s no need to take time off work or travel to your NHS surgery. When booking your appointment, you also have the option of uploading an image for your GP to view prior to the consultation. Clinix is also an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system where you can securely record and keep your personal medical history and records. These records are then visible only to your GP for reference during consultations. Clinix uses the latest cloud technology to ensure your consultations are always secure, confidential and convenient.

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I developed the Android version of Clinix which has not yet gone live, but will do very soon. The iOS build is already live.

The Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum (Android app)

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The Recreated ZX Spectrum – is the only authorised, full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer… the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

This is the official companion app for the Recreated ZX Spectrum … for selected Android devices … including phones, tablets and connected TVs. This app includes Chuck Egg, Sinclair BASIC and a huge game bundle. New games and applications will be available with each update of this app.

Before using your Recreated ZX Spectrum, we recommend you view the Operating Guide (Video). To do so tap on the button in this app. The video is approximately 18 minutes long. Each of its 12 chapters can be viewed individually using the index at the end of the video. (Internet connection required.)

Help with using the Recreated ZX Spectrum with connected TVs can also be found at:

RecreatedZXSpectrum.com/Support

About the Recreated ZX Spectrum Android app (available Thu 15th Oct, ’15):

The three most significant ZX Spectrum games of all, ‘Chuckie Egg’, Jet Set Willy’ and ‘Manic Miner’ … are exclusive to the Recreated ZX Spectrum.

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As seen on Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe! (BBC)

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YoDJ – A Jukebox in your pocket! (Android)

YoDJ works like a Jukebox in your pocket, bringing life to any social event. It effortlessly manages to bring people together by giving everyone a choice over the music selection.

YoDJ is suitable for all social gatherings, from house parties and restaurants all the way to gyms and office environments.

・Key Features:

→ No streaming or downloading of songs, which saves the worry of bandwidth and legal concerns.
→ Cross fading of tracks.
→ Playlist edit feature.
→ Shows elapsed and remaining time.
→ Search in playlist.
→ Access all music stored on your device.
→ View currently playing track with artist image.
→ Supported formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, AAC+, HE-AAC+.
→ Listen to songs via your device or speaker.
→ Allow your friends to queue up songs remotely.
→ Friends don’t require the application, just a phone with a web browser.
→ Supports a maximum of 320kbps per song

I was the sole developer of this awesome app, which I hope gets some recognition soon 🙂 Grab the beta here.

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Wowser! (Wessex Water App for Android/iOS, developed in Unity3D)

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From LeakStoppers to wet wipes and pipe lagging to petri dishes, WOWSER! aims to give a realistic yet simple overview of some of the jobs and important messages in the water industry.

You will discover a fast and furious series of mini games based on typical tasks that we do here at Wessex Water or that you might do at home.

As you play each game, you can test your skills completing jobs such as fixing leaks, lagging pipes, tackling blocked sewers or spotting bogus callers.

I am responsible for a few of the sub games in this app which was developed in Unity3D.