• Personal Blog

    Posted on January 18th, 2015

    Written by Denis Finnegan

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    Dublin Bus Pebble App

    Dublin Bus Pebble App

    Fresh after the huge success of the Irish Weather App, ok I’m exaggerating a little but where and when I could find the time between work and my other interests, I was just dying to have another go at an App for the Pebble. Specifically a Dublin Bus app that would show the nearest stops, […]

  • Personal Blog

    Posted on January 10th, 2015

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    My Innovation Programme

    Tesco Health and Wellbeing Innovation Programme

    For the last two years or so, I’ve been working on Innovation at Tesco Health and Wellbeing with the team and while Tesco have launched their own Innovation Master Plan for the business, which is a very heavyweight programme to take you from start to finish, I wanted something a little lighter but that I […]

  • Personal Blog

    Posted on January 2nd, 2015

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    My First Pebble App

    Pebble Watch Denis Finnegan

    My First Pebble App I had just gotten a Pebble Watch for Christmas and I do love a good gadget. I spent a good chunk of the Christmas week exploring the Pebble App Store looking for any and every app that could be relevent to my life. At present some of my favourites are ones […]

  • Personal Blog

    Posted on September 29th, 2014

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    Creating a Health Food Score Prototype

    Creating a Healthier Alternative Prototype

    A little while ago, my Data & Nutrition Manager (Dr. Claire Kehoe) came to me with an idea she had fro our upcoming Innovation Day on the 26th of September. The idea was to see if we could create an app to use a government backed health food scoring system; which rates the healthiness of […]

  • Personal Blog

    Posted on June 4th, 2014

    Written by Denis Finnegan

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    Jawbone Up Review & API Play

    Jawbone Up

    Review of the Jawbone Up As part of R&D for Tesco Health and Wellbeing, I was asked to review the Jawbone Up as a potential compatible device for integration with Tesco Health and Wellbeing to provide more advanced activity tracking then is currently available in the current service. I reviewed the device across a number […]

  • Personal Blog

    Posted on March 21st, 2014

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    Tesco.com Python Web Scraper

    Tesco Food Product Import

    So it’s finally finished, what started out as a pet project but one that went on to be further expaned beyond prototype and turned into a Mammoth production project. Using Nick Lansley’s Tesco Grocery API and built on the know how from my Realfood Scraper, I created a single Python Script consisting of about 5000 […]

  • Personal Blog

    Posted on March 13th, 2014

    Written by Denis Finnegan

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    Day in the life of a THaW customer in the year 2030

    Samantha Wakes Up

    Having just last month attended the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month and as part of the innovation effort, I undertook a little futurist activity and tried to look forward to the year 2030 and to hazzard a guess at what life might be like for a future Tesco Health and Wellbeing customer. I […]

  • Personal Blog

    Posted on September 25th, 2013

    Written by Denis Finnegan

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    Kick Starting Innovation

    Kick Starting Innovation

    Kick Starting Innovation This Blog Series is specifically about innovation at Tesco Diets and how one goes about creating an innovative and creative culture. An innovative culture is something of a buzz topic at the moment with many business talking about how they have fostered such a culture. With Tesco also making a renewed push […]

  • Personal Blog

    Posted on August 27th, 2013

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    Send free web texts by Email

    Script using Selenium Web Driver to login to O2 and auto send text messages to anyone. This project started some time back with the idea of creating a community text alert scheme (for free) for Residents Association I’m part of and for which I do a lot of the IT bits and bobs for. To […]

  • Personal Blog

    Posted on May 20th, 2013

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    Adventures in Web Scraping

    Python

    Back in 2013, I really felt I was losing touch with development. Aside from the Batch and VBScriping code I had written in my System Administrator days, I really hadn’t done any coding since college when I did some VB6, Java and C#.Net. At the same time in we had just launched Tesco Health and […]

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