From a Wallsend Bedroom to a Digital Powerhouse

From a Wallsend Bedroom to a Digital Powerhouse

After leaving university in 2005 to follow his dream of making computer games, Ryan Davies is now the managing director one of the UK's fastest growing mobile app developers.

In just six years, his Tyneside-based company Gospelware has become well known in the creative and digital community. 

The company’s latest gong, the ‘Best Use of Mobile’ at the Big Chip Awards for its work on motorcycle safety app, REALRIDER® – has made both the digital and health industries sit up and listen. The firm is a force to be reckoned with.

Ryan said: "We started the company in my back bedroom in Wallsend in 2010, we had no clients and zero portfolio, but things started to change pretty rapidly after securing some work in the US."

Gospelware has recently won a series of accolades – including the ‘gold award’ for ‘Best new service or application’ at the App Design Awards, and its recent ‘Best Use of Mobile’ for its work om Realrider.

Realrider is a motorcycle app that ‘keeps riders safe and connected’ thanks to its built-in crash detection technology Realsafe® feature, which is the first app of its kind to be 999 certified. It has proved to be an important and vital tool for the motorcycling community in the UK.

The idea for the app grew thanks to research from Great North Air Ambulance which indicated that motorcycle crashes are difficult to find within the ‘golden hour’ as drivers often travel and ride rural roads.

Ryan said: "Finding them in this time is important for survival, and the awesome guys at Realrider, who are keen motorcyclists, created the idea for this app.

"What we create is centred around mobile and web apps, but our work extends into many possibilities from this, like wearables, sensors, and other devices. It depends on the vision of a project and what will work best to achieve this.

"We use technology as the tool to unlock potential, our new tagline ‘turning today into tomorrow’ is what we do for the people we work with. Our focus is to support those who are changing the world."

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