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I’m Michael Kimb Jones, please don’t call me Michael, it’s just Kimb with a ‘b’ because without it I’d just have a girls 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.
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 my first WordPress-based start up WonderThemes.
WonderThemes 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.
The event was 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.
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 meetups 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.
Recent MKDO Ltd products include base6, a rapid website development system that allows me and the team to turn around hi-quality websites for small businesses and individuals in under for low cost in about a week.