Ian Dickinson

About me

Computer scientist and full-stack software developer. I am the CTO at Verna Earth Solutions, where we're applying geospatial and data technologies to the problem of using land in a more sustainable way. Our current focus is identifying and modelling sites for tree planting and biodiversity uplift within the UK. Formerly, I was a co-founder and front-end team lead at Epimorphics Ltd, where with my team I build web apps and data visualisations for linked data and semantic web datasets.

While I've used a lot of different tech in my career, my current stack is essentially: Phoenix and Elixir, PostGIS, Python, HTML/Sass, TypeScript and VueJS.

Mostly I make software & digital things. When I can, I like to get away from my computer and make greenwood furniture and other craft pieces. You can read more about what I do on my (alas sporadically updated) blog.

I believe strongly in the need to bring more diversity in to software development. As an industry, we need to do much more. I am a volunteer coach/mentor at CodeBar Bristol, and have been a volunteer coach at Rails Girls events. I am open to more opportunities to coach at, or otherwise support, diversity-affirming events. Please see my contact details .

I live in beautiful Somerset, UK.