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Levelling Up - What & How to Prototype


Collation of Tom's live appearance at the Levelling Up launch event.


Tom Forth

Tom has a PhD in computational biology and now runs software and data consultancy Imactivate as well as being Head of Data for Open Innovations and a partner in the Data City.

 Since 2013 a lot has changed. I still work on computer vision, such as The Little Car Counter, but I now focus on selling systems and data analysis based on this. Our main clients are businesses and governments. I've worked with tOpen Innovations since it started. I was the first associate and I'm now the Head of Data. As early supporters I've played a part in making Leeds one of the world's best cities for open data. I write for various publications about industrial strategy in the UK, and I sell software I've written for Windows 10. My top-seller is the top-rated photo management app PhotoMaps. If you've ever checked your bin day in Leeds using an app, I wrote it. If you're one of the thousands of teachers being surveyed every day by the Teacher Tapp app, that's our work too. My latest thing  is The Data City, we're using huge amounts of data to better understand economic development and the potential for innovation.