Siddharth Vadgama
I Make Things

I'm Sidd; a technologist. I like creating both virtual and physical experiences, being versatile enough to tackle large and diverse parts of projects. Focusing on bringing all elements together to create a streamlined user experience.

Skills

I enjoy solving practical problems, and working on solutions to real challanges that people actually face, while keeping technical complexity as managable as possible. I understand in the importance of putting people at the centre of everything I create, and work with others to create.

I also love learning and challenging myself. I consider myself a fast learner, and am confident in picking up new languages and skills that pique my interest. You can see some of my side projects on my GitHub.

Web Development

Core
  • JavaScript: Vue/React/Angular/Polymer
  • Testing: Cypress/Jest
  • Semantic HTML
  • Responsive CSS/SCSS (BEM/IT/CSS in JS)
  • Version Control: Git
Additional
  • Node: Express/Lambda
  • Continious Integration: Github Actions
  • Mobile: React Native/Ionic
  • Websockets/MQTT/Pusher
  • Cloud: Firebase/Netlify

Physical Computing

I enjoy creating fun projects with hardware, sometimes ones that are even useful.

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Extensive Arduino
  • 3D modelling/printing
  • Intel Edison

Media

While not my core skillset, I have experience in both digital and print design, along with video editing.

  • Figma
  • Sketch
  • Photoshop
  • Premiere Pro

Experience

frog / Idean UK
Lead Developer | January 2021 - Present (Idean UK, now frog)
Senior Frontend Developer | November 2018 - December 2020 (Idean UK)

At frog I balance my client work with strategic work that helps define what technology at frog UK looks like, and keeps our tech department progressing forward. I regularly work with our leadership team, and other areas of the business to define the scope of inbound work, and outbound responses to RFPs.

Achievements
  • Led early-stage talks, as well as the build, launch, and ongoing maintenance of internal initiatives: Cards for Humanity, and The Universal Score
  • Heavily contributed to the research and implementation of alternative/emerging technologies we discuss in our tech catchups, including sustainable technology
  • Actively working wth a few other folks in two working groups, one promoting the incorporation inclusive design in as many projects as possible, and another sustainability in our operation as a business
  • Launched Donut on Slack to help people connect during the pandemic
  • Introduced and implemented the concept of humans.txt for our own-brand, and hopefully commercial, projects. Example on Cards for Humanity
  • Worked with AIE to help build interfaces and work on the phone app for an experimental retail space, Cornershop
  • Set up and currently manage many of our internal tools including GitHub (teams, actions, and packages), Firebase, and Netlify
  • Led the migration of content from adaptivelab.com to idean.com, and am currently aiding in the migration from idean.com to frogdesign.com
  • Helping organise and run public events at our offices, as well as our fortnightly internal tech catchups

Tribal Worldwide
Senior Frontend Developer | August 2017 - September 2018
Frontend Developer | July 2016 - August 2017

My role at Tribal encompassed a wide array of skills and responsibilities. I regularly worked both independently and as part of a team, depending on the scale and requirements of the project.

Achievements
  • Expanded our capabilities in experimental fields, such as Mixed Reality, and Physical Computing
  • Built numerous functional prototypes in quick turnarounds
  • Led major refactors on volkswagen.co.uk to utilise modern design patterns and technologies
  • Led a team of developers in building a Vue/Metalsmith/Directus static-site generator with CI integration
  • Pushed best practies and agile methodologies to encourage better colaboration between teams and departments
  • Pushed process change to allow for a better personal development model within Tribal
  • Helped organise social events including parties, after-hours activities, and during-hours activities

British Airways
Software Engineer | April 2015 - June 2016

The project involved working in an agile environment to re-imagine the entire booking experience of BA.com as an Angular application.

Achievements
  • Built and maintained a handful of reusable components for use across the company
  • Ensured quality by writing effective unit and integration tests
  • Pushed methods of effective communication and working practices to allow for better colaboration across a remote team
  • Introduced hackathons to the team, and organised a trip to one where we built an internet-connected coffee machine

SunEos
Technical Lead | October 2014 - December 2014

Brief stint in startup. Responsibilities there encompassed anything technical. This included mobile app development with Phonegap & NFC, building dashboards, along with designing and developing the website.

N9 Design
Junior Designer & Developer | October 2012 - June 2014

Built nine bespoke content-managed websites including n9design.com. Put onto an increasingly broad range of jobs, including artworking, e-flyers & bespoke web development. Worked full time from October 2012 to August 2013, and then part time until June 2014 - parallel to final year of study.

TermiSoc: Plymouth University Computing Society
Chairman | March 2011 - July 2013

Organized and ran numerous events scaling from small weekend projects to 50+ person LAN parties. Alongside these non-regular events we also ran fortnightly talks and tutorials - myself hosting some tutorials on web development. I also produced all the branding material for the society during my time.

Awards and Achievements

Mentor & Volunteer
YRS Festival of Code | August 2014

Webster Award
Plymouth University | September 2014

Best Technical Hack
Tesco Labs Health Hackathon | September 2014

Grand Prize
Hackference | September 2014

First Place
McDonalds Hackathon | November 2014

Braintree & Sendgrid Sponsor Prizes
MLH: Hacknotts | November 2014

First Place
Resin.io Xmas IoT Hackathon | December 2014

Best Technical Hack
Dropbox Hackathon | January 2015

Third Place
PayPal BattleHack | April 2015

Second Place
Intel IoT Roadshow | June 2015

Co-Organiser
BanterHack | Febuary 2016

Mentor & Volunteer
UKGovHack | April 2016

Mentor
Railsgirls London | December 2017

Mentor
Creative Mentor Network | October 2017 - March 2018

Mentor
YSYS | May 2021 - August 2021

Education

BSc (hons) Digital Art & Technology with Interaction Design
First Class Honours with Certificate of Industrial Experience | September 2010 - July 2014

A-Levels
Product Design, Physics, Biology | September 2007 - July 2009

[Unfinished] BSc (hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacture
Unfinished | September 2009 - July 2010

GCSEs
Eight including: Product Design, Mathematics & Double Science | September 2005 - July 2007