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OSCAR SCHAFER

I work as an R&D Engineer within journalism and broadcasting. Having previously worked as a secondary school teacher, I have a strong interest in education and Computer Science pedagogy. In my spare time, I develop voice skills for Alexa and Google Assistant.


Selection of work

How busy is the tube?

Together with Gabriel Stratan, I made a tool for checking how busy the London Underground is likely to be based on traffic trends, helping people decide when to travel. Have a look →

Randomly generated pizzas

I made page which randomly picks, decorates and displays pizzas from the Franco Manca menu. A fresh set of unique pizzas each time. Have a look →

flight level (Alexa skill)

Initial developed to explore Alexa skill making, flight level has become a popular skill among aviation enthusiasts across the globe. Through the use of ADS-B Exchange data it's able to provide real-time information about airplanes and helicopters flying over the user. Have a look →

UK Weather Warnings (Alexa skill)

This is one of the most popular weather flash briefings in the UK, providing up to date warnings directly from the Met Office. It supports all of the 16 weather regions across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Have a look →

Sun Buddy (Alexa skill)

Using OpenUV data, Sun Buddy responds to users with guidance about sun exposure and UV levels. Unique to Sun Buddy is the level of user customization offered through account linking. Have a look →

World Cup Goal Light Display

A shorter project to create a light display that blinked as a goal was scored at the Men's 2018 World Cup. A mix of free cardboard, Particle Photon, and IFTTT. To be revived for the Women's in 2019. Have a look →


Timeline

  1. R&D Engineer at BBC R&D (September 2020 - )
  2. Graduate Research Engineer at BBC R&D (September 2018 - September 2020)
  3. Computer Science Teacher at St. Margaret Ward Catholic Academy / Teach First (June 2016 - August 2018)
  4. BSc Hons Computer Science & Economics from the University of Glasgow (September 2012 - May 2016)

Timeline

  1. R&D Engineer at BBC R&D (September 2020 - )
  2. Graduate Research Engineer at BBC R&D (September 2018 - September 2020)
  3. Computer Science Teacher at St. Margaret Ward Catholic Academy / Teach First
    (June 2016 - August 2018)
  4. BSc Hons Computer Science & Economics from the University of Glasgow
    (September 2012 - May 2016)

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