multidisciplinary digital engineer
Let's face it. Marketing is changing and it's getting harder and harder for agencies to keep up. The pace in which consumers embrace a technology as their primary media channel has moved ahead of the ability of many advertisers to modify their strategies to match. Attention spans are shorter and communication is more often than not ignored. It's a case of evolve, or die.
Emerging technology and R&D are now the front lines of the frenzied race between consumer, advertiser, and brand. The creation of cutting edge new technologies by modern, flexible, and highly innovative teams comprised of engineers, digital creatives, and developers is required to counter a market that is evolving faster than agencies or advertising as a whole can change themselves. Starting now, the race is on to stay ahead and discover what new technologies can put people and brands together like never before.
My name is Josh Thomas and I am an engineer, developer, and designer with a deep understanding in how technology interacts with people. After earning a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, I went on to lead Creative Technology and R&D departments at some of the world’s largest communication groups in both North America and Asia, namely Isobar, Ogilvy & Mather and Leo Burnett.
As a constant experimenter, along the way I have developed technology solutions and founded companies for a wide range of industries and applications. This includes Excursion Boston, a pioneering real-time public transportation app way ahead of its time, and most recently, co-founding Glorious Labs, a global technology and innovation company, where I currently lead the technology team, spread between Hong Kong, London, and Singapore, as the Chief Technology Officer.
I am a dual citizen of both the United States and the European Union with both U.S. and French passports, and can legally work anywhere in either location without a visa.
new tools for new problems
I build teams that use only the most modern tools and frameworks. Here are my tools now.
Open Source Prototyping
The first step to building any new concept is to prototype its feasibility. Through the use of Open Source platforms, such as the Raspberry Pi or Arduino circuit boards, 3D printed prototypes can create minimum viable prototypes with the lowest possible cost.
PROCESSING / Python
The software side of rapid prototyping, these languages allow our hardware to think. Add in communication over protocals like Node.JS/Sockets.io even the most basic devices can talk. Internet of Things, meet Advertising. Lets make marketing a bit smarter.
Computer Vision (CV) is the study and use of systems that capture and manipulation visual data from an environment. With frameworks such as OpenCV, paired with languages like Java, devices, applications, and even websites can be aware of who is using them, with highly immersive experiences with exceptional utilisation.
Agile Hardware Development
Experience matters more in hardware than any other area of the digial realm. I find that the Agile Method can be applied to the entire product development and production process - allowing for record speeds and lower costs in the production pipeline. Whether building widgets and gizmos for a one-off advertising campaign or a fully realised production, I have hardware development handled.
Modern Web Design & Development
Kind of a blanket term for a lot of really fun stuff - me and my team use only the most modern CSS3 or Sass + jQuery + HTML5 + material design when developing web solutions - ideally behind a framework such as Materialize or Foundation.