Important: Overlock is no more. The team are moving on to new adventures. This site is left up for reference only.

About

Overlock started life as a tool to help Zoetrope Labs solve problems with our own IoT projects more quickly and with less time spent digging through logs.

We’re now developing this concept further into something which we believe will help the IoT community to develop better and more reliable connected products by being able to better understand problems. That’s why we’ve released overlock.

Meet the team


Ben Howes

Ben Howes

Founder & CEO

When creating IoT devices for other clients it became really obvious that debugging was the second biggest problem in the industry (after updating securely!). Overlock aims to address the “What is going on?!” type situations when products have been deployed, but are mis-behaving for unknown reasons.

My background is an MEng in Computer Science and electronics as well as a few production IoT projects under my belt.

Ben Howes

Richard Webb

Cofounder

I met Ben while doing my Masters in Computer Science and Electronics. After a stint in Silicon Valley and building software for one of the UK’s largest financial institutions, he asked me to join him in starting Zoetrope and now Overlock too. I’ve been developing and maintianing production IoT systems with Ben for some time and have worked on the core systems for Overlock.

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Martin Rolph

Software Engineer

I’ve been a programmer almost as long as I can remember, from BASIC and GameMaker through to JavaScript and Python. I studied Maths at university before returning to programming and the exciting world of startups. I even gave founding one a try at EF, a startup accelerator for technical graduates, then worked at one of EF’s earlier companies, a marketplace for office space, as a full-stack developer.

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Michael Boulton

Software Engineer

I first used my Masters in Computer science and Electronics in internal scalability and parallel computing for high-performance computing. Creating scientific simulations of super-computing with emerging technologies, I travelled around the world and was published a couple of times in scientific journals.

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Mitchell Harle

Software Engineer

After completing a Masters in Physics at Durham University, I decided to become a software developer. I particularly enjoyed working on a project for an X-ray metrology company, creating 3D visualisations of the compositions of the X-ray’s wafer chips, in order to find defects.

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Bartosz Flis

Software Engineer

Bartosz comes from an entrepreneurial background. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Control and Robotics and has worked for a small industrial software agency in Kraków, Poland and an international semiconductor company in Wales. He brings a wide range of skills across technologies, from embedded software to distributed systems.

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Jon Wyatt

Front-end Engineer

I previously worked as a paramedic but made the switch to coding because I missed the creativity . I’ve always enjoyed making things and have a long list of hardware and software project ideas on the backlog.