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June 1-3, Milan is set to play host to an international group of digital designers for three days of talks, workshops, networking, awards and, of course, partying Italian style. Among the prestigious group of designers judging this year’s competition, and eating all the free prosciutto and mozzarella balls they can handle, will be Octopus Labs’ own Stefano De Rosa.
For Harvey Sharp, the same qualities that make for a great Network Infrastructure Manager also apply to being a great backgammon player: tenacity, patience, luck, skill, experience and a thick skin when being called 'a geek’.
This Thursday – May the fourth - marked Star Wars Day 2017. Many at Labs could not resist the opportunity to show off their favourite Star Wars nerdwear. T-shirt designs ranged from the classic Star Wars logo to “Recycle Your Droid,” “The Emotions of an Imperial Stormtrooper,” and parodies of Lion King and Apocalypse Now designs.
Last week, HM Government hosted the International Fintech Conference 2017 – a new fixture on the calendar designed to attract more investment into the UK’s world-leading fintech sector. Alongside Sir Tim Berners Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, our very own Richard Wazacz, CEO of Labs, spoke on a panel at the first event of its kind.
Emma Burt earned her project management stripes working in tech firms, government, retail and banks before being snapped up by Labs. Her peer-to-peer lending experience made her an ideal candidate for getting Choice off the ground. But no one at Labs could anticipate the enormous cultural shift Emma would bring by introducing Agile product development to the team.
Going to an all-girls school in London was empowering for Jennifer Duong, Octopus Lab’s iOS intern. Students there were never exposed to the idea that science and computers were subjects primarily for boys. Only when Jennifer switched schools, did the problem of boys dominating the sciences become apparent.
As a kid, Esau started out programming an old Amstrad CPC 464. His first successful application was a trivia game about basketball, a sport he is still obsessed with. Esau soon discovered Open Source coding. While attending university in the Canary Islands, Esau became part of an Open Source group, “back when nobody had yet heard of Linux.”
Richard Wazacz always wanted to explore. Raised by Polish parents in West London, his dream was to travel and prospect. So, like any young Londoner who wants to dig for treasure, Rich found himself in Cambridge, where he studied chemical engineering which lead to an initial career in oil and gas exploration.