Melinda Seckington

Melinda Seckington

Blogger + Developer + Event Organizer

Location
London, United Kingdom
Industry
Computer Software

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Melinda Seckington's Overview

Current
  • Developer at FutureLearn Ltd
  • Founder & Event Organizer at Geeks of London
  • Blogger at MissGeeky.com
Past
Education
Connections

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Melinda Seckington's Summary

I am a developer, blogger and event organizer.

I'm currently a developer at FutureLearn, a social learning platform offering free courses from top universities. I am interested in solving complex problems with artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms.

At MissGeeky.com I write about all things geeky and girly, providing reviews about games, gadgets, movies and other stuff from my point of view.

For the past 6 years I've been highly involved in the London tech community, attending and organizing BarCamps, Hackdays and other tech meetups.

Melinda Seckington's Experience

Developer

FutureLearn Ltd

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

January 2014Present (9 months)

Rails developer at FutureLearn, a social learning platform backed by the Open University offering free courses from a wide range of university partners, and cultural institutions like the British Council, British Library and British Museum.

Founder & Event Organizer

Geeks of London

January 2008Present (6 years 9 months)

Co-founder of an event management company that runs free-to-attend events in London, like BarCamp and Hackdays. BarCamps are large unconferences that yearly attract over 200 enthusiastic technologists that share knowledge and collaborate on new projects. I have been involved in BarCampLondon 6-9, HackCamp, LinkedGov Data HackCamp, env[:hack] and 2 GeekTrips.

Blogger

MissGeeky.com

September 2007Present (7 years 1 month)

In 2007 I founded MissGeeky.com, a blog about all things geeky. Since then it has grown to a readership of 25,000 per month. I am often invited to cover tech conferences, movie screenings and press conferences, and have participated in multiple online conference call interviews.

Developer

Unboxed Consulting

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

May 2013December 2013 (8 months) London

Founder & Developer

EmberAds Ltd

January 2012February 2013 (1 year 2 months)

EmberAds received funding in 2011 after having been developed internally at PizzaPowered for almost 6 months. As one of the co-founders I was involved in most aspects of the strategy for the company, and as developer I was mainly focused on the machine learning algorithms.

Founder & Web Developer

Pizza Powered

November 2010December 2011 (1 year 2 months)

After winning CharityHack 2010 by producing a proof of concept of CharityBox - a social browser extension for donating to charity - we decided to start a company as a team and focus on a few projects that we had all been wanting to work on for a while.

PizzaPowered spun off EmberAds at the end of 2011.

Founder

Education Made Easy

July 2005February 2007 (1 year 8 months)

Focusing on supporting educators in the creation and management of digital course ware. Providing a solution of on-site lecture recording and integrated viewing software.

Teaching Assistant

Delft University of Technology

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Research industry

January 2005December 2006 (2 years)

For three years I was a teaching assistant for several courses and faculties. This included "Introduction Software Design" and "Knowledge-Based Systems" to Computer Science students, "Java Programming" to Aerospace Engineering and Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management Engineering students, and "Programming in Delphi" to Marine Technology and Mechanical Engineering students.

Melinda Seckington's Skills & Expertise

  1. Java
  2. C++
  3. Machine Learning
  4. Artificial Intelligence
  5. PHP
  6. JavaScript
  7. Ruby on Rails
  8. Blogging
  9. Events Organizer
  10. Ruby
  11. HTML
  12. CSS
  13. RSpec
  14. TDD
  15. Matlab
  16. Test Driven Development

Melinda Seckington's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Dutch

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)

Melinda Seckington's Education

Delft University of Technology

MSc, Computer Science (Media & Knowledge Engineering)

20062011

Degree in Computer Science (Media & Knowledge Engineering), specialising in Artificial Intelligence. Experience in case bases, support vector machines and dynamic Bayesian networks. My research thesis focused on Posed vs Spontaneous Emotion Recognition, using dynamic Bayesian networks.

Imperial College London

20072008

In 2007 I moved to London for a student exchange program at Imperial.

Delft University of Technology

BSc, Computer Science

20022007

Thesis: "The Olf Project: A new approach to e-lecture systems providing a better online assessment and provision of appropriate feedback."

Melinda Seckington's Courses

  • MSc, Computer Science (Media & Knowledge Engineering)

    Delft University of Technology

    • Design of Highly Interactive Systems (IN4034)
    • Multimedia Compression (ET4269)
    • Artificial Intelligence Techiniques (IN4010)
    • 3D Computer Graphics & VR (IN4151)
    • Information Theory (ET4161)
    • Multimedia Database Management (IN4144)
    • Neural Networks (IN4015)
    • Educational Software (IN4145)
    • Advanced Software Engineering (IN4023)
    • Local (Heuristic) Search Methods (IN4082)
    • Computational Logic and Satisfiability (IN4077)

Melinda Seckington's Projects

  • HACKED Conference/Hackday

    • July 2013 to Present

    HACKED is a free-to-attend, intense weekend of learning, building and sharing cool stuff. Whether you are an expert or novice, developer or designer, join us July 20th & 21st at The O2 for what we guarantee will be a memorable experience.

  • Hackday Manifesto

    • April 2012 to Present

    Instigated and lead the writing of the hackday manifesto, a document outlining the expectations of developers attending a hackday, and common pitfalls for organisers.

  • PayPal Wishlist

    • November 2011 to January 2012

    The PayPal Wishlist web app was a marketing project by PayPal UK and PayPal NL, allowing anyone to specify their Christmas wish list and possibly win it entirely. Working with PayPal was a pleasure and dealing with the amazing amount of interest they generated, and the accompanied scaling issues, was extremely interesting.

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