A day in the life of…a Project Manager

Janine Hamilton

Janine with what must be the world’s biggest sunglasses!

Janine Hamilton reveals what it’s like to be a Project Manager at the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire – one of our local centres. 

Name: Janine Hamilton

When did you join Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire?

January 2015

Why did you join?

I have managed many projects in my seven years as a Project Manager, but none quite as exciting as the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire. I like to be involved in projects that make a difference in society and the Digital Catapult definitely does that! It’s fantastic to be at the forefront of digital innovation and work with very talented people.

What does a typical day at work involve?

I’m a morning person and like to be in the office for around 7.30am. Once I’ve had a very large cup of coffee, my day typically starts by checking emails and catching up on progress with the project team. I usually have at least two meetings a day and a catch up with key stakeholders. I manage a couple of projects at the moment so every day is very busy.

Describe the team you work with…

I work with two very different teams, both equally as driven, enthusiastic and knowledgeable in their areas. We have some very positive, funny people in our team who always keep morale up and are great for when you’re having one of those days.

What small digital business excites you right now and why?

I’m very interested in wearable technologies and being a user myself, I’d like to see this industry grow and become more sophisticated in the data collected and use of it to make a positive impact on health.

What gadget could you not live without?

I’ve just started wearing a Jawbone UP24 and I love it. It’s great being able to track your activity and sleep patterns. It alerts me if I’ve been sitting for too long and sends a reminder to go to bed at a set time! It’s made quite a difference to my daily life already.

What was the funniest thing that happened here recently?

I had a very amusing day recording audio for a training video recently in a state of the art sound booth – I was challenged to do as many different accents in two minutes. Great fun!

What has been your proudest achievement since you’ve been working at the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire?

It has to be the launch of the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire in March. We had a very positive evening, with great speakers and support from the Digital Catapult, our partners and networks. The turnout was great and we received fantastic PR coverage.

Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire

Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire launched in March 2015

What do you think is the most exciting thing on the horizon for your local centre – and for you?

I’m excited about getting a number of projects off the ground across our partnership, working with our academics, SMEs and wider networks. One in particular I’m excited about is a project focusing on personal data and trust and cyber security. There’s a lot of interest within our community around this subject, so I’m looking forward to working with some great minds in developing something innovative.

Finally, in 10 words or less, sum up the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire…

A hub of creative thinking, innovation, collaboration and hard work.

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