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 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).
  • 8 years of Unity3D experience making multiplatform 3D games (FPS/3rd person/2D/VR/AR and more) (Unity portfolio).

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. Bear in mind this is from 2014, new one coming soon 🙂

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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: