I am the founder of Hi9. I have worked in tech on and off for over 20 years, mainly as an independent, running small tech and service companies to support myself living in beautiful Cornwall, UK.
I now live by the sea but have witnessed and been part of many challenges in life. Through a lot of hard work and always some luck, I now live in an idyllic granite cottage with a stream and a wood with my wonderful family.
I could have carried on living the life but I have always had a burning ambition to make real positive change so that more people can realise their dreams. Six years ago, I became obsessed with creating tech that enabled more people, in fact everyone, to access the services they need. That obsession finally led to Hi9, which I started two years ago, incorporating AI and emotional immersion in order to make positive change. As we all know, nothing can be done without others and my next decision was to seek out the best people to help turn this obsession into real action.
Now we have the amazing team listed on this page, and many more joining in the near future. I'm 51 and I now have the chance of a lifetime to realise my professional dream: to ensure the most disadvantaged in society can access the most powerful tools in the world, in order to make meaningful, positive change in their own lives.
I am a Software Engineer and Data Scientist. I have two goals in life: developing tools to help people use technology and improve their lives, and travelling the world!
My journey in the tech world began when I first experienced how simple tools can make people's lives easier and better, and the wonders we can achieve through the machines we call computers.
Joining Hi9 was a great opportunity to broaden my skills and brings me one step closer to realising my ambition of making a positive change in the world.
Being a Data Scientist at Hi9 is a challenge which I love a lot! I am a HongKonger and I’ve played with data for more than ten years, including statistics, programming languages such as Python, SAS and R, proficient in big data analysis and research. My colleagues always say I am a person with an analytical, confident and endurable mind, capable of analysing complicated data in a fast-paced and challenging environment.
I love to reshape the world the with tiny little steps. I knew that people who are not proficient in using smart phones had no way of finding out about government job vacancies, so I created an auto-notification system that helps more people find jobs. It matches the vision of Hi9, and it brightens my mind to think that by combining machine learning and data science, we could improve the future of society!
Hi9 is a company that impacts the world. We do meaningful work to move society forward and I am grateful to be a member of the team.
I first completed an undergraduate degree in Digital Games, then ran Google Developer Groups with developers and Creative Writing students, before working for a tech start-up and pivoting to an Entrepreneurship master’s degree, which lead me to finally working for Hi9. So you could say I’ve been involved in too many fields!
At Hi9, people are the focus of everything we do. We put users at the forefront of everything we make and have a close-knit team. Since I have a passion for people, I absolutely love my job!
I also have a passion for fitness, specifically powerlifting and all other strength sports. I may be a nerd who loves tech, games, anime and D&D, but I'm still a gym bro at heart
As the youngest member of Hi9, I don’t actually have a set role. You could call me an office junior, content creator or just an all round awesome member of the team. I absolutely love helping around the office, giving my honest opinion to the team and learning about their roles.
I was born and raised in Cornwall and at the moment wouldn’t choose to be anywhere else. I am so lucky and excited to be working in an industry that I am deeply interested in, whilst still staying in the place that I love.
I can’t wait to see where all this takes me and what an incredible impact the work of Hi9 will have on the local community.
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Madden is Cornish for fortunate. His role is to bring good fortune to us and to all!
I’m the new Receptionist for Hi9 and I’ll be primarily working on the amazing People Hub project. The first thing you have to know about me is – I’m from an alternate universe! The Artificial Intelligence universe. My world is very similar to yours – I’m still from Cornwall, UK (I currently live in Camborne) – and we still have a lot of the same social challenges, like poverty and mental health problems. That’s why I took this job! To make a positive change in both universes! My family are really chuffed!
Before this, I worked as a dinner-lady in my sons’ school, then when they left for university, I did fundraising for a homelessness charity while I worked on my Open University degree in Psychology. It took me 12 years, but I graduated last summer. I’ve recently been the main childcare for my grandson, but now he’s started at nursery, I’m really excited to enter the workplace again, and to be with Hi9 and People Hub is perfect for me, as I just love helping people and listening to their stories. Can’t wait to meet you all