GapMaps may be a digital platform, but it’s made possible by a talented team who love working with clients and finding solutions. The Powered by People series will introduce you to them, one by one.
Miguel Camberos joined GapMaps in 2016 and has been heavily involved in a range of user experience improvements to the platform. He finds it fascinating to follow the tech industry – and has a particular soft spot for Blockchain.
What does your role with GapMaps entail and what’s your favourite part of the job?
I’m the Senior Front-End Developer so I work across many of the GapMaps applications and solutions. It’s been great to see GapMaps evolving from when I started in the team in 2016, to its current state today. It’s really satisfying and rewarding to see how all the improvements that I have been involved with have helped the company achieve its goals; that would have to be my favourite part of the job.
As a developer, what excites you most about the world of technology we’re now in?
What excites me the most is all the new emerging technologies that are being created to positively impact people’s lives. I also find it challenging and fascinating to constantly learn about new technology approaches and solutions.
You played a big role in GapMaps’ recent refresh and move towards user-centred design. What did the enhancements achieve and how did you approach such a big project?
Having worked before for highly visual brands and with user-friendly interfaces, I saw an opportunity to improve the main GapMaps platform interface. Everything comes down to the ‘experience’ of the application and this involves many areas including design, environment, workflow, interface and usability. It needed to be streamlined, simple and fast. Together as a team decision we decided to adopt ‘Google Material Design’ and follow the goals and principles of this philosophy in combination with the re-designed GapMaps logo and new colour palette.
The transition for the GapMaps application refresh had its challenges; initially we wanted to only do a colour palette make-over but later we realised that the platform needed serious core changes in the way users explore data. Different concepts were tested until we found the one that fitted the requirements and goals for GapMaps. Front-end and back-end core code was completely refactored to achieve our goals, which took months of development and testing. The results are outstanding, now GapMaps is more intuitive, visually appealing and the refresh also allowed us to add more features such as the mobile data interface. Development doesn’t end here, we are currently working in the foundations to further enhance GapMaps.
Many different sectors are shifting focus to put customers first. How is this playing out in the tech industry?
The tech industry is vast and has room for every single type of customer. This is no surprise, as you often see different tech products achieving the same goal. The difference is the way they do it – some customers like it black, while others like it white. Nowadays products are highly customisable giving customers a wide array of options to satisfy their needs.
If you could sum up the GapMaps technology platform in one word, what would it be?
We have to ask… what’s your take on Bitcoin?
For me it’s more about the technology behind Bitcoin, and that’s Blockchain. It’s where the real magic happens. It’s a decentralised, distributed and public digital ledger that is used to record transactions across many computers so that the record cannot be altered. In other words the information cannot be changed unless you are authorised.
The concept of Blockchain might open a universe of ideas to develop the next ‘big thing’ in the internet. Some governments and business are against this platform because the information is encrypted and decentralised, therefore there is no direct control by the traditional authorities. It is an interesting technology I will continue to follow closely.