8-10 June 2016

Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, UK

Why it's important for your sanity and career to turn your side projects into MVPs

Gary Birnie Frame

Session type: Tutorial
Session duration: 45 minutes

About this Tutorial

So you have an idea? Big deal.

Everyone has ideas but very few actually follow through. I used to be like that until I stopped thinking and started making.

I am the founder of Scottish Running Diary, a website that lists all half, full and ultra marathons in Scotland. Through minimal research I created the site after discovering it wasn't just me who found it frustrating that there wasn't a place that provided race information in a user-friendly format.

I also have one app in development that started off as a personal project.

My workshop will provide you with a step by step guide for transforming your ideas into real products. At the end of the workshop you will have a real minimal viable product and one less personal project you had wanted to do.

About the Speaker

Gary Birnie is Head of User Experience and Design at Frame, with 7 years' experience working in the digital industry. He has worked for startups, in-house for organisations of 10,000+ staff and design agencies throughout Scotland.

He has one app in development, is the founder of the Scottish Running Diary and speaks about the future of user experience in sports, the latest being '100 Miles & Running: Augmented Reality in Long Distance Running.'


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