Activate Media

The Digital Agency That Pre-Dates the World Wide Web. Activate Media was founded in the early 1990's, before most people had even heard of the Internet. Then, we were creating digital products for clients on CDs and later on, the web.

Company Milestones

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1992

Instant Access International Limited founded.

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1993

Shipped the UK’s 1st encrypted software distribution CD-ROM.

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1995

Opens Digital consultancy specialising in CD-ROMs and Websites.

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1996

Introduction of Internet Starter kits that people used to access the dial-up Internet, before broadband was introduced.

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1997

Instant Access rebranded Activate Media.

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1997

Activate begins to offer hosting solutions.

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2006

Started working with open source software to tie in with our ethos of collaboration.

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2007

Eventware, the complete online event management system, was introduced to the market.

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2011

Activate embraces the mobile revolution with iphone and android apps and responsive design using HTML5.

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2012

CQSpark, a social media and knowledge management tool is publicly announced.

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2016

Activate Capital, our special startup accelerator programme.

Team

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Adrian Austin

Creative Director

 

Hi, I'm Adrian.

A web designer, educator, cyclist and explorer. Adrian has a passion for creating visually compelling digital applications with great user interface design. He’s always on the lookout for the next big thing but believes usable and useful software still starts with pencil, paper and a great idea.

Adrian has a Masters degree in Design for Interactive Media and has worked in the industry for over 12 years. While a designer at heart, he also brings rigour to the management of projects that pass through our studio. He breaks enormous jobs down into well-defined sprints and then resources them with the best people of the job.

As time allows he teaches Interactive Media at University of the Arts London. Every couple of years he likes to hit the road and explore some remote part of the world. To make sure he is always in shape for his next adventure he cycles 20 miles return to work on a daily basis.

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Andrea Falzetti

Full Stack Developer

 

Ciao, I'm Andrea

If you want to speak either Italian or geek, Andrea’s your man. Before moving to London he worked for the University of Rome keeping their entire web infrastructure running and up to date. He does both front and back end development but thrives on building custom components, which tends to differentiate Activate sites from just the run of the mill. When Andrea not coding, he still looks for technical challenges; figuring out how things work and fixing anything from toasters to smartphones when they go wrong.
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Bhavesh Gorasia

Senior Designer / Project Manager

 

Hey, I'm Bhav

Bhav spends most of his days working with PhotoShop ensuring pixel perfection in our designs. He breathes fresh look into every project- making sure all elements are consistent and have perfect balance. With over 10 years in the industry, Bhav has in depth knowledge of user interface and how to make things really work in the digital environment. When Bhav is not designing, you can usually find him on the football pitch or with a video game control in his hand.
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Gian Paolo Mazzola

Project Manager

 

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Greg Rice

Director

 

Hello, I’m Greg

Director and founder of this show, now running for over 20 years! Greg brings all parts of the business together and provides on-going inspiration, strategy and anything else nobody else will do. He spent the first 10 years of his career working in Silicon Valley, and spent the balance dispensing Silicon Valley methods in London for the European market place.

Greg has an International Business degree from the University of Washington and has worked in a number of different countries and over the years has been involved in many start-ups in various capacities. 

When he is not dreaming about the next big thing in the digital world, you can find him skiing, hiking, climbing, motor-biking or travelling to the next great place to indulge in one of his passions.

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Kapil Chauhan

Senior Software Engineer

 

Hello, I’m Greg

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Naman Srivastava

Senior Software Engineer

 

Hello, I’m Greg

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Paolo Valdemarin

Technical Director

 

Ciao, I'm Paolo

Paolo has been working with digital communication technologies and projects for more than 20 years, contributing to the development of software platforms and web applications with teams based in Europe, the US and India. He has a design background and extensive knowledge of the most used software platforms and development techniques. Paolo is a sought after speaker in the technology field and is one of the founders of the “State of the Net” conference which runs annually in Trieste. When he is not working on the architecture of his next web project he likes to cook or play the blues on one of his guitars.
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Pradeep Chauhan

Senior Software Engineer

 

Ciao, I'm Paolo

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Santosh Singh

Development Team Leader

 

नमस्ते, I'm Santosh

Santosh holds a bachelor's degree of technology in computer science and has been working as a Software Developer for over eight years. He has a deep understanding of designing web based system architecture and vast experience in developing high traffic web applications. He is also adept at managing large teams of developers for multipart and ongoing projects. Santosh is a passionate programmer at heart but in his free time likes to explore future technologies and enjoy spicy food.
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