Mike Harris MBCS: freelance open source specialist based in Oxford, UK
Phone: +44 (0) 7811 671 893 - mike at mbharris dot co dot uk - Me at LinkedIn
I am an experienced ICT professional and member of the British Computing Society living in Oxford with a background in software engineering. I have worked with Free Software (aka Open Source Software) since the early nineties and despite being a Mac user continue to promote, advocate and employ Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) in the work that I do.
I graduated with a degree in Computing for Real Time Systems from the University of the West of England in 1993, and have since worked more or less consistently in the IT industry since then. In 1996, I co-founded Psand Limited, a company specialising in GNU/Linux and free software and bespoke content management systems.. Day-to-day I have worked as a systems administrator, web developer, project manager and consultant providing systems built upon FLOSS.
As well as the web, since 2002 I have help to provide Internet connectivity and IT facilities at outdoor events. I've also been involved in conceiving and producing a number of live events, including a live streaming event utilising Second Life and BarnCamp, a weekend of open-source orientated technology workshops deep in the Welsh Borders.
I have had experience working both in the commercial and third sectors, with recent work as a project manager for Bristol Wireless, whose work includes the refurbishment and provision of computers to help eliminate digital exclusion in the city of Bristol, for People & Planet, who work with UK students to campaign for social justice and fair trade, and for Circle Interactive, providing project management for CiviCRM solutions for Community Network for Manchester and Groundwork UK.
I am currently freelancing for Mumford & Wood (now part of the larger Performance Window Group) performing project management on their web development projects as well as doing development in Perl, PHP and Drupal 7 (read about my progress in this respect here). In the fragments of spare time I have left, I support several not-for-profit and social enterprises, including Bristol Wireless and HacktionLab.