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Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Jack likes reading and writing. Interests include politics, tacos, orthography and running really fast in a straight line.

Craig Dean joins Hack Oldham Board

We’re pleased to announce that as of March 2017, Web Applications UK Chief Executive Craig Dean has joined Hack Oldham as Chair of the Board of Directors. Craig’s appointment is an indication of our strong relationship with the tech community, both locally in Oldham and Greater Manchester as a whole. We’ve had a great relationship…

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War and Paint

When I was 11 years old or so, I have a vivid memory of being presented with a copy of Halo: Combat Evolved for the original Xbox. More familiar with platformers and RPGs, the idea of direct, first-person combat was an immersive challenge the like of which I hadn’t really experienced before. I was terrible…

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Coliseum Nights: Gaslight

The 21st century re-invigoration of Patrick Hamilton’s work has returned his plays to centre stage, and we were lucky enough to finally get a chance to see what is probably his most well-known work at The Coliseum last week. Any review of this play will delightfully inform you of the same little-known-but-also-incredibly-well-known piece of trivia:…

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Web Applications: Top 10 Moments 2016

We made it. It’s been a long year. You’re probably aware that as a business we always aim to have a positive impact on our community, and this community includes you, dear readers of our blog and other assorted web content. In a year awash with shocking moments, and a landslide of deaths of dearly beloved…

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Robots are Coming

Since we first got involved with Hive Manchester, at March’s youth hack, we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for further collaborations. Robot Orchestra, in association with Manchester Science City, looked like a blast, and we couldn’t help ourselves. Craig and I both have a musical streak (although my short tenure as a lead guitarist seems rather…

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Ian Munro joins Board of Directors

We’re pleased to reveal that former Senior Engineer and Project Manager Ian Munro has returned to Web Applications UK to join the Board of Directors, as of May 2016. Ian’s history with Web Applications goes back to 2011, joining us as a Software Engineer. His dedication to knowledge sharing and capture had an immediate impact in…

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Oldham; A Lot to Shout About

In our events calendar, which seems to get busier year on year, one of the biggest boldest red circles we draw is the one around the Oldham Business Awards. Since their inception, the OBAs have been a stunning testament to our home-town’s entrepreneurial spirit. The region’s MPs, Councillors, business leaders, generous benefactors, and most importantly, the hard-working…

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Anatomy of a Webbie

Hanging out at the official after-party for the Webbie Breakout event last Friday, making (rather liberal) use of the open bar, I found myself reflecting on the company I’ve spent 2 years of my life working at. It’s been speculated that we spend around 60-70% of our waking lives at work, so the places we…

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We Broke Out (Spoiler Free)!

It’s certainly been a disarming start to the Spring here in Oldham with hail, thunderstorms and freak blizzards. By the time the Breakout event rolled around last week, we were in need of a fun night! Breakout Manchester is a live action escape-the-room game, akin to those old flash games where you had to solve…

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