Time to reflect on the year gone by

Today was the last day in the office at Moov2 for 2016, so I thought I’d cast my mind back over the past 12 months and reflect on what went on. Looking through my emails and calendar it would seem it was a heck of a lot. I was going to try and summarise it in some succinct prose, but after reviewing there was just far too much. So here, in all it’s bulleted glory, is a load of “stuff”, both work and personal, that was significant to me in 2016:

  • Attended PGConnects London
  • Entered the Dyfi Winter Warm-up mountain bike race
  • Attended the first VR Southampton Meetup, met the lovely Samantha and Bertie who I bumped into lots more this year.
  • My Sister created a human, my awesome little nephew
  • Gave a talk at WebDevCon for Southampton Solent University about networking
  • Attended the first Guardian Live gaming event
  • Spoke to the University of Southampton’s entrepreneurship society “Fish on Toast” about personal branding
  • Bought an amazing little camper van
  • Organised Rocket Jump London
  • Organised Hacksoton
  • Snuck in a weeks snowboarding in Italy
  • Devastated by the closure of Lionhead 🙁
  • Organised Rocket Jump Guildford
  • Entered the Forest of Dean Wild Boar mountain bike race
  • Attended Supermassive Games charity gaming night
  • Went away for a few days in the Lake District
  • Jack joined Moov2
  • Entered Mountain Mayhem mountain bike race
  • Organised re:cognition hack with Mircosoft
  • Exhibited Moov2 for the first time at the University of Surrey’s G3 event
  • Attended Develop conference in Brighton
  • Introduced monthly “Team day” self development days at Moov2
  • Attended UKIE Whitehall event
  • Organised Shareup Soton
  • Ben J joined Moov2
  • Celebrated my first wedding anniversary to my fantastic wife Andrea
  • Travelled Scotland in campervan for said anniversary, pretending to be in a spaceship listening to the No Man’s Sky soundtrack
  • Attended EGX
  • Attended Silicon Beach
  • Set up a Pension scheme
  • Entered Coed Y Brenin Enduro mountain bike race
  • Survived 13 years of running a business
  • Organised Rocket Jump Bournemouth
  • Joined TIGA
  • Organised Barcamp Southampton
  • Attended Guildford Game Jam
  • Ran a digital workshop at Itchen College
  • Started building an extension to my house
  • Organised Moov2 Xmas Grand Prix
  • Attended several Guildford Gamedev meetups
  • Attended lots of board game and video game nights at Moov2 thanks to Lawrence
  • Attended some “Evening Of” events by Rareloop
  • Worked with a lot of amazing people from our amazing clients:
    • 3FireMusic
    • ABRSM
    • Benefex
    • CliniMed
    • Close Brothers
    • Data Harvesting
    • HEAT
    • Hello Games
    • Incuna
    • Lionhead Studios
    • Peoplesafe
    • Supermassive Games
  • Had the privilege to employ/contract some incredibly talented folks who somehow put up with me and let me claim all the glory for their hard work:
  • Blogged every day for 24 days in the run up to Christmas

Phew! I’ve no doubt missed a load of other people/events/things but suffice to say, I’m glad to have a few days off before diving into 2017. My next and last post of this crazy #adventblogging lark, will be sharing my plans for the year ahead.

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