“I’m Michael Kimb Jones. But please don’t call me Michael, it’s just Kimb with a ‘b’ because without it I’d just have a girl’s name!
“I love films, animation, technology, space, comic books, converse trainers and hoodies. I also have an unhealthy addiction to Wikipedia.”
Making, doing & learning: “I’ve always been in love with technology and have a passion to make new things. I started making things for the web back in 1996 while I was at college studying for a degree in music production and multimedia. After graduating I started a small company (Music Support Ltd) that made educational CD-ROMS (remember those?!) for schools and universities to assist in musical education. After a couple of years success we realised that the internet would come along and scoop up all of our business so we shut down and moved onto new things.”
NHS and IT: “In 2001 I was hired by a local hospital to assist in the creation of their new web and intranet developments. I worked as part of the IT team for 5 years designing and developing a new intranet platform, a number of web-based clinical applications and other enterprise tools that are still in use today.
“After my stint in IT I moved into the newly formed Marketing and Communications team as Digital & Web Manager, where I spearheaded the re-launch of the highly successful website, blog and updates to the internal intranet. I also support the web and digital aspect of the Barnsley Hospital Charity which formed in 2012.”
Finding WordPress: “In 2005 I discovered a blogging platform called WordPress (v2). I was hooked and have been using it to power my own website and client websites ever since.
“I started providing WordPress website design and development services soon after and have worked with clients all over the world helping them to build WordPress-powered websites, brands and blogs.
“In 2009 I was invited to speak at my first WordCamp in the UK, at Cardiff. And I was lucky enough to be asked back to perform the keynote at the 2010 event in Manchester where I announced the launch of my first WordPress-based start up Wonder Themes.
“Wonder Themes was my first big personal business project. It took over 2 years to get from idea to inception but after just 12 months the site was closed down after I’d ran out of money and passion for the project.”
Conferences, events & education: “In late 2011 I ran my first event, a conference called ‘The Digital Barn’, which was the first event of it’s kind in my home town of Barnsley.
“It proved to be an incredible success and attracted speakers from Opera, Microsoft, BT, the NHS and the BBC.
“The Digital Barn is now a yearly event and continues to grow in maturity and quality.
“After the success of The Digital Barn I partnered with my close friend, fellow geek Matt Watson, to form MKDO Ltd. Through this we started Make Do – an education and events initiative.”
The ‘Make Do’ initiative: “The aim of Make Do is to teach people how to make amazing things and learn by doing. We achieve this via our calendar of varied and regular events from large, inspirational conferences to local meet-ups and interactive workshops.
“Make Do is growing every day and takes up most of my spare time and it’s the most exiting and inspiring aspect of my current projects.”
From the Make Do mission statement: We aim inspire and connect with makers and doers all over the world to help them share their skills, message and story. We believe that anyone can understand how the web works. Anyone can learn to code. Anyone can build an App. Anyone can improve their life with the help of technology.
Everything else….: “Alongside Make Do and working for the NHS I design products at MKDO Ltd and work as a WordPress consultant for a number of clients.”