Author Archives: James Mundy

13 November 2013 - 10:10 am Foundbite for Windows Phone Released

Since travelling to Finland as part of the Microsoft and Nokia funded AppCampus program  last November, I’ve been working full-time for Mendzapp building Foundbite for Windows Phone.

AppCampus provides funding, marketing and support for developers building innovative apps which remain exclusive to Windows Phone for 3 months. The concept for Foundbite was lucky enough to be picked last May and since last December I’ve been building the app and service with the help of George Powell (a fellow Sheffield student) who worked with me for several months and Alfie Woodland who works from time to time on the website. Continue reading “Foundbite for Windows Phone Released” »

13 December 2012 - 11:50 am Finland Week 3: Slush, Slush and more Slush

As you can probably tell from the title of this post week 3 in Finland was all about Slush. Slush is Finland’s (and Northern Europe’s) largest event for entrepreneurs, start-ups and tech – it’s called Slush due to the type of snow they have a lot here. Much of the previous week’s work on pitching, demoing and presentation had all been in preparation for this really. Continue reading “Finland Week 3: Slush, Slush and more Slush” »

27 November 2012 - 10:49 am Finland Week 2: User experience, AppCampus and the Start-Up Sauna

After the excitement of last week’s sauna evening that I wrote about in my last post it was back to work with a week full of design and user experience (UX) work ahead. We were introduced to a talented team of designers, user experience experts and branding specialists, including Christian Lindholm, a UX expert that worked on the Nokia 3310. Continue reading “Finland Week 2: User experience, AppCampus and the Start-Up Sauna” »

17 November 2012 - 1:40 pm Mendzapp one year on..in Finland

A few months ago, I wrote that I’d be heading to Finland with my start-up, Mendzapp. At that point I wasn’t actually sure when we’d be heading out for a month’s training in Finland with AppCampus but just over a 2 weeks ago we got an exciting email inviting us out here at just under a week’s notice. Thankfully due to currently being on a year in industry at Mendzapp, George and I were able to pack everything up and head out to Finland, it was a bit of a mad rush and the first week was pretty busy so I’m only just getting to sit down with time to write a blog post at the beginning of the second… Continue reading “Mendzapp one year on..in Finland” »

7 September 2012 - 10:10 am Mendzapp on menossa Suomessa!

Almost a year ago now, while I was a USE intern, I took the plunge and decided to start my own business, Mendzapp. At the time I was already coding some Windows Phone apps that were quite successful (as first attempts at coding go) and wanted to capitalise on this. At the time I wasn’t actually sure where exactly this would take me, but almost one year later and I have some exciting news to share… Continue reading “Mendzapp on menossa Suomessa!” »

24 May 2012 - 12:54 pm Last Shift at USE

It seems like yesterday I was here writing my first post at USE reception, how time flies! The end of the academic year is upon us and everyone appears to be going a bit mental with sleepless nights at the IC and meals at midnight seeming to be the norm, its also time for me to do my last post as a USE intern. Continue reading “Last Shift at USE” »

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13 March 2012 - 12:14 pm Who ate all the Pi?

National science and engineering week 9-18 March 2012Computer education in schools in rubbish. For something that has become so fundamental to modern life it’s unbelievable (for me anyway) that school children are taught so little about how a computer actually works. Instead, we educate our future programmers and developers by teaching them how to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint – packages which most school children use on a daily basis and know well enough to use to an acceptable standard anyway.

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2 January 2012 - 12:08 pm Nine ladies dancing (at a cost of $6,294.03)

The traditional carol “The 12 Days of Christmas” tells of an affluent Englishman adorning his one true love with luxurious and extravagant gifts following Christmas in an attempt to woo her, but in a day and age when presenting someone with 364 gifts (most of them live animals) is more likely to get you arrested for harassment, the song has become an indicator of the current economic climate. Continue reading “Nine ladies dancing (at a cost of $6,294.03)” »

29 November 2011 - 12:06 pm My app

Since switching courses from Physics to Software Engineering last year, I have spent the large majority of my free time working on developing applications for mobile devices. This work has recently culminated in my first free application being released and establishing myself as the founder of my own limited company. In this post I’m going to talk about my experiences developing for Windows Phone and how the Enterprise Zone has helped me get to where I am now. Continue reading “My app” »

28 September 2011 - 12:06 pm James’ first USE blog

Being my very first blog post for the University of Sheffield Enterprise Zone, I thought it best to give a little information on myself, what I get up to at the university and what I will be doing in my new role as social media intern. Continue reading “James’ first USE blog” »

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  • About the author

    James Mundy

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    Whilst I was a USE Intern in 2011-2012, I founded my tech start-up, Mendzapp, focused on developing apps for Windows Phone. Almost one year on, I have been joined by two friends and we have produced several successful apps. We have also recently been accepted onto an accelerator, training and mentoring scheme run by Nokia, Microsoft and Aalto University, Finland. As part of the program in the next few months, we will be further developing one of our apps and spending some time in Finland to receive mentoring! I'll be keeping everyone up to date on our progress throughout the year here on the USE blog! Follow Mendzapp @mendzapp