Ben Trewhella

"The skills gained at Bristol, and its entrepreneurial focus have been invaluable to starting companies and initiatives ever since."

After University I spent six years with PwC developing software and providing IT consultancy to insurance companies and banks. I then spent two years travelling across Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. During my travels I worked at Macquarie Bank as a business analyst, then Starlight Children’s Foundation where I managed a programme that obtained $7m from the Australian Government to build a protected social network for chronically ill children called Livewire, now a large organisation in Sydney.

Apple and Google had just released their mobile OS’s when I returned to the UK, so I started writing mobile applications. After a few successes I found a local investor and started the mobile application development agency Mubaloo, which became one of the UK’s largest mobile development agencies.

I then left Mubaloo to start a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and in parallel, co-founded Opposable Games, developing connected and second screen video games. This has gone really well so far. We’ve had some great game releases, and are now looking to create a much larger property for next generation consoles.

The skills gained at Bristol, and its entrepreneurial focus have been invaluable to starting companies and initiatives ever since. My degree has allowed me to travel the world and be involved in really exciting projects.

There are many exciting avenues available as a technologist. My current role creating computer games was always a childhood dream, and watching people enjoy games or apps I’ve built is hard to beat in any profession.

Ben Trewhella, Computer Science, Managing Director at Opposable Games

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