Lee Higgins, Founder Engineer
How did you start your career?
I started my career a long time ago in a galaxy far far away……When I was a kid, in the late 1980s / early 1990s, my father got tired of me constantly asking for computer games. He introduced me to AMOS BASIC on the Amiga to encourage me to create my very own games. I was hooked from that point on, learning several programming languages along the way. I moved from the Amiga to PC, Windows to Linux, from there I switched to OSX and then to iOS. I am now a veteran iOS developer. I’ve worked on a number of top quality apps for smaller and larger clients. My experience includes a full range of input including UX, architecture, design and implementation. I moved from the defence sector, to the gaming sector, and then onto the commercial sector, from nuclear submarines, to game consoles, to smartphones. For the last eight years, I have focused on Mobile and IOT.
What do you like about being a member of the We Are Mobile First team?
I believe the best results come from a well-integrated agile team and I have found a wealth of excellent professionals that have helped me to grow the company into a successful mobile-first agency. Despite our different characters, we are like a small family and we get along really well.
What do you love about Barcelona?
After over ten years of contracting in central London, I decided to escape to the beautiful tech city of Barcelona. I love the rich and friendly Catalan culture, the food and the city’s sense of community. The climate also plays a big part in what I love about it because it’s still seasonal. You can enjoy cosy mountain getaways during the Winter, when it’s cold, and leisurely beach life in the Summer, when it’s hot.
I also love the lack of cars in the central parts of the city and how easy it is to get around without them, from the separate cycle lanes, to the great Metro service and the various forms of electric transport. I think it is genius how, despite this, when you do drive, the city has not made a compromise. There are underground motorways and efficient car-friendly road layouts. The best of both worlds! This is all down to the forward-thinking city planners, which you can read more about here: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/apr/01/story-cities-13-eixample-barcelona-ildefons-cerda-planner-urbanisation
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
One of my favourite activities, outside of the mobile world, is motorbike track days. Catalonia has some great tracks, Castelloli is a 40 minute drive from the city and it’s my favorite place to take my bike. We also have the famous GP track just 20 minutes from the city.