Calvium celebrates winning Developer of the Year award


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Marisa Harlington

Marisa Harlington

Marketing Manager


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Calvium’s Julius Bangert has won Remote Developer of the Year at the 2023 UK Dev Awards, for his exceptional work on the Place Experience Platform, and Open Bionic’s Sidekick App for Hero Arm users. This national award is a great accolade, especially with remote working now normalised. For Jules to win is testimony to his skills and great impact on projects, as well as his contribution to our company.

“We’re really proud to have Jules on the team, he’s put so much into the company and the projects he’s involved with. We’re really pleased that his efforts on these two fantastic tools are not just acknowledged by us, but also by expert external judges, who have been looking at tough competition in a strong industry.“

Jo Reid, CEO, Calvium

Place Experience Platform

The Place Experience Platform (PEP) puts the power of digital placemaking directly into the hands of place marketers; to increase visitor engagement with their locations and boost local economies.

PEP combines the ability to create, deliver, update and analyse bespoke digital visitor experiences. It is an integrated system that gives clients the power of three digital place marketing and experience tools in one: an app for the public, content management system for place marketers, and an analytics dashboard to measure impact.

PEP is a great success, in production in 11 cities across the UK and Europe, and in development in another 11. It was Innovation finalist for the recent UK Digital Growth Awards, and recognised by the Creative Industries Council as a ‘CreaTech’s Ones to Watch’!

Jules designed and developed the software architecture of the front-end app, which provides a unique experience for users when on location and encourages repeat visits. He also developed the CMS to be intuitive and simple when creating and managing app content – with a clean, accessible interface and versatile authoring tools. He has been the developer lead from inception.

“It looks fantastic! Thank you so much for this wonderful update – we are excited to continue working in the CMS with its new layout. These changes are very helpful. Thank you!”

Client feedback

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The Place Experience Platform was used to produce Salisbury Trails for Wilshire Council. The app engages the public, and the easy to use CMS make creation and updates easy for place managers

Sidekick App

The Open Bionics Hero Arm is an advanced, multi-grip prosthetic arm for adults and children. The Sidekick app supports new users by making mastering the functions of the prosthetic arm an engaging process, showing progress and giving awards for achievements. Connected to the Hero Arm by Bluetooth, the app enables fun interactive exercises, arm customization, and enables physicians to record how a user’s muscles interact with the arm.

Jules was core to the visual and gamification design, and created arm data simulations, so remote teams could continue development and testing without local Hero Arms, enabling efficient project delivery.

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Key skills

Jules has always been responsive to the evolving priorities of projects, technology and the company, and has excelled at the iterative build processes. His deep engagement with project briefs has uncovered new ideas and possibilities, expanding what is best for the client, project and end users. In addition to his dev skills, he excels as an all round member of the team – utilising his design skills when building interfaces, contributing to estimates and quotes for new features, building positive client relationships, line managing, and sharing his specialist knowledge and expertise across the business.

Jules has been with Calvium since 2018 as a software developer. He has worked on many heritage and geo-located placemaking mobile applications, and is Calvium’s lead specialist in mapping for mobile apps.

“It’s an honour to be shortlisted at the UK Dev Awards, and great to have the work acknowledged in this national platform. I enjoy working on projects that can benefit people, and look forward to continuing to make an impact.”

Jules Bangert

Jules is part of Calvium’s 20-person team, based in the UK and Europe. Whether through consultancy, research, design, mobile technology software engineering, or all of the above, we work to bring innovative projects to life and positively impact people, place and planet.


If you would like to join an award-winning team, take a look at our vacancies, or if you would like to explore working together please email us or call +44 (0) 117 226 2000.

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