Dan started out his academic studies in Physics at Lancaster University, which in turn led to a Masters in Social Network Technologies With The School of Computing and Communications also at Lancaster. Since then he has been working as a Self-Employed app developer and has been involved in several applications from games to utilities that are now available on the Apple App Store. In 2011 He returned to Lancaster to take a position in the School of Computing and Communications where he was involved in research pertaining to making the digital physical along with work looking at user generated content and Augmented Reality Games. He was also deeply involved with the creation of CheckinDJ a collaborative Jukebox influenced by the number of participants in a certain space, altering the music selection to favour the majority in the room. This project was initially born on a Arduino board combined with a laptop to play the music, since this initial system it has moved to a raspberryPi and development is still in progress to make a standalone box that can be a drop in jukebox whenever needed. A version of this project was also created at HackManchester 2012 where the project won one of the awards for inventive uses of the api's made available.