I’m Rory. Freelancer and creative technologist.

The majority of my work involves web and mobile applications for start-ups just getting off the ground. Now and again I run courses on Ruby on Rails web development. I'm also a Cleanweb organiser, where I help provide a platform for people working in technology and sustainability.

You can find some of my open source work on Github.

Projects and work


Open Data Scotland and Code for Europe

For most of 2014 I was a technologist in residence at Clackmannanshire Council as part of the Open Data Scotland programme run by Nesta with partners around Europe. Along with 4 other 'code fellows', I helped facilitate and advocate the use of open technologies & development for the benefit of local authorities. To find out more about the work, download the Open Data Scotland Programme Report.

NESTA | Code for Europe

Cleanweb Scotland

The Cleanweb Initiative provides a platform for entrepreneurs, researchers, and organisations applying internet technologies to drive improvements in sustainbility. The organisation has a growing number of communities around the globe. After discovering the organisation in late 2012 I decided to establish a community in Scotland. The group has now been involved in runnning talk nights and events such as Startup Weekend Glasgow, the first event of its kind.

Cleanweb Scotland on Twitter | Cleanweb UK


A research project exploring our connection to the supply of energy. onSupply works with the citizens of Tiree to co-design and prototype new energy awareness devices to help communities to reflect on energy availability. As a partner on the project, I assisted the Catalyst team in prototyping energy awareness devices and interpreting energy data.

Tilley the Turbine output estimator | A look at UK energy demand

Ward Watch

A web and mobile application designed to help balance the needs of medical students and staff. The application provides a check in system to help inform students and staff around ward busyness.



Based on the open-source Spree e-commerce platform, Plantedd is a marketplace for nurseries to sell their plants.

Plantedd Blog


An arduino and twitter hack inspired by the Tramway's Albert Drive project twitter data. Each tile represents a twitter user. When connected together the display shows a conversation between the two people. This hack was developed in a weekend as part of Culture Hack Scotland 2013.

There's a video of my presentation at CHScot on Vimeo.

Code on GitHub | CHS 2013 on Flickr

2012 Fencers

A mobile application written in RhoMobile and published for Android. The application provided bios, event information, and a news feed for the 2012 Olympics.

Say hi

You can catch me on twitter @digitalWestie or connect with me on Linkedin.

To keep in the loop, I try to get along to variety of meetups and networking events such as Rookie Oven or Techmeetup