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Nathaniel Read

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Undergraduate Computer Scientist at the University of Hull

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Designing Smarter Train Tickets at HackTrain VI

Trains, train delays, scary SOAP APIs, coffee and zero hours of sleep were just a few of the things that I experienced last weekend when I took part in my first ever HackTrain hackathon; it was three days of excitement, adventure, chaos and code. So what is HackTrain? It’s a hackathon spent, unsurprisingly, on trains, with a focus on looking at how the rail network can be improved; with a cohort o… Read more →


Let's make smart receipts

Over the weekend I wanted to get the fundamentals of Go, so thought that I’d make a new project to get hands-on with it. Through getting email receipts and scraping items from them, I can convert all my Wetherspoons and Trainline receipts into transaction data. Building it The application works by scraping emails over IMAP (the most popular email receiving protocol) and looking through their conte… Read more →


Going to Monzo Show and Tell Manchester

This week I went along to my first Monzo event, Show and Tell Manchester. I’ve been meaning to go along to a Monzo event for a while but haven’t had chance as I’ve either been at University or they’ve been in London; I’ve been following Monzo from a while from getting a Beta card in 2017 and writing a blog post about building on their API, I’ve always found their modern tech-stack and community-dr… Read more →


How to convert your resume to JSON

CVs have long been (for me anyway) a long list of PDFs of v1. v2-Final, v3 and so on, making it painful to work out which version is the latest and sift through to find the version I’m looking for. Last year, I migrated my old iWork Pages based CV to JSON to get greater control of both versioning and design of my CV, as well as better compatibility, as Pages files don’t always play nice when conve… Read more →


How to convert your resume to JSON

CVs have long been (for me anyway) a long list of PDFs of v1. v2-Final, v3 and so on, making it painful to work out which version is the latest and sift through to find the version I’m looking for. Last year, I migrated my old iWork Pages based CV to JSON to get greater control of both versioning and design of my CV, as well as better compatibility, as Pages files don’t always play nice when conve… Read more →


End of Semester Two (Year 2)

My very late review of the last semester! I’ve had slightly less ‘building’ this time around and more work on theoretical underpinnings, which has been interesting. Through projects in the courseworks, I implemented a TCP networking stack, wrote low-level efficient code in C++ and built some databases (the projects just don’t have cool names as normal!). Networking 🌎 The Networking coursework, Lo… Read more →


End of Semester Two (Year 2)

My very late review of the last semester! I’ve had slightly less ‘building’ this time around and more work on theoretical underpinnings, which has been interesting. Through projects in the courseworks, I implemented a TCP networking stack, wrote low-level efficient code in C++ and built some databases (the projects just don’t have cool names as normal!). Networking 🌎 The Networking coursework, Lo… Read more →


Are mobile networks ready to be disrupted?

First fintech, now insurtech, regtech and everything else. Is mobiletech the next big up and coming industry as users want to understand their data and usage more, and can the Big-4 and their MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) fight back? Mobile Plans haven’t changed much in the last 10 years; sure the data you can get for your money has increased, or in some cases even decreased. Many provi… Read more →


Are mobile networks ready to be disrupted?

First fintech, now insurtech, regtech and everything else. Is mobiletech the next big up and coming industry as users want to understand their data and usage more, and can the Big-4 and their MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) fight back? Mobile Plans haven’t changed much in the last 10 years; sure the data you can get for your money has increased, or in some cases even decreased. Many provi… Read more →


Building Lecture Analytics at JISC's CAN Hackathon

After our success at JISC’s DigiFest hackathon, this week, the team were invited back to Milton Keynes to work collaboratively with other groups. We also built a new product to help teaching staff to understand where students are engaging and why engagement could be dropping across lectures, by anonymously monitoring student faces in the lecture theatres to calculate student attentiveness and emot… Read more →