Positive: Bike Lights Playful Everywhere Greggs vs. Pret Guardian comment generator Consult less, do more! More things for Leeds! Cartoons

Politics: Industrial Strategy Fifa and the right Heathrow and localism In defence of the € The BBC in Manchester What works (growth) Maths of inequality GDP mystery Liberal protectionists 5 types of EU voter Why Birmingham fails Who is London? Researching research Heathrow Car free Birmingham North-South divide: we never tried Imitating Manchester Asylum responsibilities The NorthernPowerhouse Centralism and Santa Claus STEM vs STEAM Replacing UK steel The State of the North, 2015 Adonis is wrong on housing The Economist & Scotland The Economist & The North The future of University BBC Bias? Yorkshire backwards London makes us poor Northern rail consultation What holds us back? Move the Lords! Saving the Union Summing it up

Tech: BusTracker Building a TechNation How the UK holds back TechNorth GDS is Windows 8 OpenData at the BBC SimFlood SimSponge See me speak Train time map Digital Health Leeds Empties Leeds Site Allocations Building a Chrome extension I hate webkit Visualising mental health Microsoft's 5 easy wins Epson px700w reset Stay inside the Bubble

Old or incomplete: Orange price rises Cherish our Capital 1975 WYMetro Plan Dealing with NIMBYs Sponsoring the tube Gender bias calculator MetNetMaker Malaria PhD Symbian Loops Zwack Kegg Project The EU Eduroam & Windows 8 Where is science vital? The Vomcano 10 things London can shove Holbeck Waterwheel

Welcome

Hello, my name's Tom.

I founded imactivate in 2013 to make real objects digitally active. We quietly developed and maintained the Phonegap plugin for Moodstocks until they were acquired by Google. We released Rusty the Squeaky Robot, an augmented-reality physical book for children with real-time translations and human voices, in 2014. We're proud that it still works fantastically well and I'd love to sell you a copy today.

Since 2013 a lot has changed. I still work on computer vision, such as The Little Car Counter but I now focus on selling systems and data analysis based on this to businesses and government. I also joined the Open Data Institute Leeds as as the first associate. As an early supporter I and imactivate have played a key role in making Leeds one of the world's best cities for open data.

I write for various publication about industrial strategy in the UK, and I sell software I've written for Windows 10. My top-seller is the top-rated photo management app PhotoMaps. Oh and if you've ever checked your bin day in Leeds using an app, I wrote it.


Before starting imactivate I completed my Ph.D in the Systems Biology of Malaria at the University of Leeds. MetNetMaker, my popular tool for manually building small metabolic networks, is still available on this site. I believe more and more that improving the usability of software in scientific research could help us achieve much more. One day I'd like to try that.

You can follow me on twitter at @thomasforth, StackOverflow, and GitHub. Or check out some of the links above, at imactivate, or at ODILeeds' project page to see what I've been up to recently.