Five questions for… Matt Jukes

1. What do you do in your day job?

At the moment I am working for a start-up in Bristol called Beanbag. As to what I do its a bit hard to describe as there is no job title or job description – basically if its not coding or design I’m involved to some extent. So far that has mainly meant doing some blogging, writing/rewriting some copy, trying to get a bit of publicity from other more impressive blogs and doing a bit of customer service. Its all good fun and interesting to be in on something at the start.

2. What do you outside of work, in your 10% time, or when you boss isn’t looking?

Depends on the sporting season to be honest! During the winter between helping out with a local football club, watching a few Bristol Rovers games, getting stressed out every time England take the field during the Six Nations and Sunday afternoons watching Bristol play the dullest rugby known to man there isn’t much time left. The summer is mainly just recovery time!

In my 10% and other free time I’ve got quite an interest in the idea of using the social web to enhance events and have written a bit about that and put it into practice once or twice. I also try to occasionally update my personal blog.

3. Why are you attending BathCamp?

Because it only 20 minutes away on the train – is that a suitable answer? I like the freedom that unconferences allow you and the opportunity to learn something completely unexpected and interesting. I also enjoy the occasional opportunity to have a beer and a chat with people who actually understand what I’m talking about when I speak about my job!

4. What are you passionate about?

Increasingly my passion seems to have settled on education in particular the idea of literacy. Whether that is traditional literacy, information literacy or media literacy changes like the Bristol weather but its that concept of comprehension – people (mainly young people) being able to do more than just go through the motions with something but to really understand what they are reading (whether its a book, newspaper or webpage) or watching and make their own judgments on its worth. I think thats really important as we are bombarded with more and more information sources.

5. What would you fill a bath with, and why?

Butcombe Gold… any explanation would seem unnecessary!