TRIM-IT is a barbering startup that I co-founded whilst at University. TRIM-IT’s mission is to enhance the barber experience using technology. I was CTO from December 2015 to February 2018 and managed the product team, which at its peak was a team of four.
As we were an early stage startup, I was also the sole web developer - so I was responsible for the creation and maintainance of the API. As our products developed I put the customer experience at the heart of product team and oversaw improvements the user signup flow and introduced a new feed-based homescreen to make it easier to book a barber.
A highlight was winning the StartupSussex competition in 2016!
Bubbl.io is a project I built with two friends at HackTheMidlands. It was a proof-of-concept for placing “bubbles” in AR which when tapped would play a song from Spotify. We won 1st place at the hackathon!
My contribution to the project was creating the backend in NodeJS which implemented WebSockets (using Socket.IO). The WebSockets allowed for new bubbles to appear instantaneously.
I decided to build Hello to help me to network better. Hello is a very simple web app that allows you to enter a new acquaintance’s email address and automatically send you both an email - therefore initiating the conversation. I live-tweeted while creating most of the app too!
So yeah the idea is that if you can start an interaction when you meet then maybe it creates higher chance for a quick follow up.— Elliot Massen (@elliotmassen) July 20, 2017
HackSussex is the University of Sussex’s hackathon society. I co-organised the HackSussex hackathon in November 2017 and also re-branded the event earlier in the year. We wanted to ensure that our schedule would be accessable before and during the event regardless of internet connection which led me to create our website using a Service Worker to enable it to be accessed while offline.
Guardeon was a hack built at HackJunction built by a team I was part of with four others. Our project was building a home monitoring system. The team included two electrical engineers who created sensors which contained Wi-Fi chips. These sensors could be placed on a door for example, which when opened would communicate to the API. My role was designing and creating the front-end for the web application.
For this hack we won the Artificial Intelligence track at HackJunction!