Chris Ward

Android Developer

Hi. Thanks for popping by!

Welcome to my shiny new website. My name's Chris. I'm an Android developer and I live in Berlin with my husband Josh and my cat Sulu.

I started my career many moons ago in .NET, writing web apps and data migration tools. Since then, I worked for the Lib Dems for a period covering the 2010 general election and part of the coalition government, a branding agency in the internationally renowned WPP network, a gay dating app and in Fintech. I currently work for Germany's #1 real-estate app, ImmoScout24.

My portfolio is diverse and that's something I'm proud of. To me the important thing is the product and, if it fascinates me, I want to work on it. I'm a sucker for apps that do some good in the world too.

Outside of the workplace I'm a bit of an activist. My husband and I together developed the LobbyALord platform which helped get the UK's same-sex marriage bill through the House of Lords. It was so effective, we were even thanked by the Prime Minister for it.

I'm a former district councillor and, when the Lib Dems were in government, I succeeded in changing party policy on MSM blood donation. I was deeply involved in the campaign to Remain in the European Union and as Chair of the UK's LGBT Humanists I raised human rights concerns at the UN Human Rights Council.

I moved to Berlin in 2017, my favourite city in the world. Here I continue to code good things, hide from Brexit and slowly become fluent in German!

As of September 2020 I am studying for an MSc in Artificial Intelligence remotely with Bath University.

Things I can do

Android

Kotlin, Java, Coroutines, Android Jetpack, RecyclerView, Location Services, Databinding, Retrofit, RxJava, Dagger 2, Glide, Google SDKs, Facebook SDK, SQLite, Room, LiveData, MVP, MVVM, React Native.

Front-End

React, HTML 5, CSS, JS, Wordpress

Databases

MySQL, MS SQL, exposure to MongoDB/PostgreSQL.

Back-End

C#, PHP, Java

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