Jack Hooper

Jack Hooper

What have you been doing since finishing your studies? What are you doing in terms of your career? 

I went on to do the Innovation Design Engineering MSc+MA course run between Imperial College London and The Royal College of Art. During the degree myself and three colleagues produced a new kind of wearable technology that can make someone feel more alert or relaxed on demand. We have since started a company and are launching our product, called doppel, on Kickstarter on 16th June – check us out at www.tturquoise.com

What company are you working for, what is your role and what does it involve?

Our company is called Team Turquoise, I am one of the four co-founders and a director. I am mostly responsible for the business and strategy aspects of running the company, although I am also involved in product development – that is what I studied after all!

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career/will help with your future career?

First of all my degree, the Mechanical Engineering Course at Leeds is a great, broad course that not only set me down this path but also developed the skills I have needed to create a product. We also learned aspects of business and law that have been really useful. The broader community of Leeds, particularly the union and getting involved with sports and societies gives a great understanding of what it takes to organise and run something too.

Looking back, why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

Originally I was studying and working as a filmmaker but when I decided on a change of direction I wanted to do something more challenging and academic. Having always enjoyed making things, engineering was an obvious choice and Mechanical Engineering is a really broad basis to build on, for just about anything.

I chose Leeds Uni. because I knew other people that had gone and so loved the city and knew it was a great university with interesting students.

What was the best aspect of the course and the University and why?

One of the best things is the union at Leeds. People are doing the things they want to do, are self-driven and have made it an amazing community.

My favourite part of the course was always the design and build modules. That is so important for engineering courses if they want to produce people who will go out and make real things. Theory is important but it is only worth something if it is applied.

What other activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

Rugby. I’m an addict. I did not play for the University but instead joined a local team in Roundhay. It was a great way to get out of the student bubble and actually meet people from the city.

What would you say to students thinking about studying the same course at Leeds/thinking about the same career?

Concentrate on making. The course gives you the opportunities, make sure you take them. There are also lots of options to learn about the business aspects. I’m also sure the union will have a societies involved with hacking, making, start-ups etc. If they do, join them. If they don’t... start them!