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Kimberley SorensonThe Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic Highlights Foundation 2015
"A wonderful opportunity to get down and dirty with a lot of different voices in a protected space. Inspiring + energizing on all conceivable levels -- many many thanks."
Hans WagnerOwner, Computer Explorers, Dust or Magic 2014
"Just soaked in all of it. Great environment!"
Megan SmithSenior Designer, Interactive Media, Highlights for Children, Dust or Magic 2014
"Warren and Daren really made everyone feel relevant and comfortable. Perfect balance of healthy criticism and ideas for growth."
John Cromie is a co-founder of and Chief Technology Officer at Touch Press. With a background in software engineering, John has architected and delivered scores of successful projects on a wide variety of desktop, web, and mobile platforms. He has extensive experience developing on OS X, iOS and Windows platforms, including a spell working with the QuickTime team at Apple. He has authored a book in the QuickTime Developer series. His strengths in software architecture put Touch Press apps on a more solid technical foundation than is typical for apps, which are often developed as “one-off” projects, with little thought given to extensibility, portability or maintainability. He leads the team responsible for the software that underpins award-winning apps such as Disney Animated (Apple Best iPad App of 2013), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (FutureBook Best Reference Digital Book 2013), and the widely acclaimed children’s app, Barefoot World Atlas. John believes strongly that software design deserves to take its place as creative endeavour, alongside other design disciplines, and that it is this intermingling and fusion of creativity from different spheres that is at the heart of truly innovative app design. John is a core member of the Touch Press team that was recently awarded the 2014 KAPi “Pioneering Team” Award.
John graduated from Trinity College Dublin with first class honours in software and electronic engineering, and then completed a research masters. He is a keen naturalist and is active in nature conservation and research in Ireland. He currently serves on the board of BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s leading nature charity.