Written an open source user system for web apps

Most web developers will know how tedious writing or setting up an entire complete user system can be every time you want to create a web app that requires authentication. So I've creates a simple PHP based user system, that can just be included into projects and have calls made to it when needed.


It has all the features a normal web app would require from a user system:

  • Log In
  • Sign Up
  • Confirm Account
  • User Settings
  • User Profiles
  • Reset Password
  • Manage Users 
  • And some more....
I've also put together a full working demo and published the source code, which includes some nice jQuery forms for all the user sign up, log in, settings, process.



The icons and graphics were designed by my brother, Joe Sykes

Battle Field Study - World War One

Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

AngelHack London 2014 at Google Campus

AngelHack is definitely one of my favourite hackathon programs, it's always a well organised event, with great sponsors, great people and very importantly very good food ;)

This season it took place in Google Campus, London on Bonhill Street, which although smaller than previous venues, it was still a great hack space in East London.
My friends, although we all hacked on
different teams, we still sat together

The main sponsors were, PubNub and BlackBerry. And a lot of people built some great apps using PubNub, and it was surprisingly easy to port existing APK files to the BlackBerry platform.

First prize went to a team who created a smart holiday booking app, they will be going to Silicon Valley for the next round.

Me presenting my app to the judges
I worked in a one-man team, which I've never done before at a hackathon! Although my work paid of as I came second overall :)

I created a security app, which I plan on uploading to Google Play tonight, and I'll write a post with a link to it as well.

Hack space 1

Hack space 2

Blackberry sponsor pitch

Weekend of climbing and trekking in Wales

The view from the (very very windy) top
This weekend a group of us went up to North Wales on Friday evening to go climbing and trekking. We split into two groups so that one group would climb on the first day and walk on the second and visa versa for the second group. Unfortunately for our group the weather was too bad for us to climb outside on Saturday, so we went to the Indy climbing wall in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (full place name is: llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - that's crazily long! )

Our Route 
Longest place name in Europe

By the lake at the Devils Kitchen
On the second day, Sunday we went walking and climbed Tryfan, we only had half a day to do this, and we covered some serious contours, and a 700m climb.

This was also the first adventurous training trip that I had organised, I was so worried that something would go wrong, but other than a few people dropping out last minute (probably after they'd seen the forecast), everything went very smoothly.