CityLink App launch screen

We’ve been working with Transurban to develop the CityLink app and we’re excited to announce that it has been shortlisted in the 2016 [app] Design Awards in two categories:

The CityLink app allows customers to have more visibility and control of their CityLink account, where previously it was not as easily accessible. The app empowers customers to make simple transactions quickly and easily, anywhere and anytime.

Creating a great user experience was critical to the success of the app. To achieve this, multiple rounds of user testing was conducted with CityLink customers, throughout the project. With each round of user testing feedback, we further refined and developed the app to ensure a great experience that provides users with the most important information as early as possible.

The CityLink app allows users to:

  • Set up auto top ups
  • Swipe to make a quick payment
  • Scan credit card to enter details and save for future quick use
  • View and update account details
  • View and add vehicles to account
  • View e-TAGs associated with account
  • Notifications and prompts when account balance is low

The result is an easy to use, valuable and convenient app.

A number of innovative technologies have been used on this app. The app is written in Swift, the new Apple programming language for the iOS platform. The app also allows users to scan their credit card by taking a photo of the card, automatically pre-filling the required data fields, instead of requiring the user to enter it manually.

The app is currently only available to a select group of customers, with the goal of gathering feedback to further improve and enhance the app for a public release later this year.

 

Last night, Outware hosted Part 1 of BudgetHack.

By working with the wider community in a user-centered & data-driven approach, BudgetHack is the first time the Victorian Government has partnered with Code for Australia to start a conversation and present ideas and technology solutions that make the budget more accessible and understandable. Well beyond the event, we hope to see the government make data meaningful, and enable the community to better understand the decisions that are made in the budget.

Event partners: Code for Australia, Victorian Government, Outware Mobile, NAB, X-Team & Future Assembly

 

THE BUDGETHACK CHALLENGE

To present ideas and technology solutions that make the budget more accessible and understandable.

 

THE EVENT SPACE

We were incredibly excited to hold our first public event in our new La Trobe Street office. Seeing the breakout area fill out from this:

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To this:

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KICKING OFF

With some great opening speeches from Code for Australia, Victorian Government and our very own Director, Gideon Kowadlo, the hackathon kicked off!

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THE IDEAS

Teams came together quickly and started brain storming great ideas about how to make budget data more accessible. There was a great buzz around the room, and the pizza, drinks and chips kept us going well into the evening.

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WHAT’S NEXT?

We can’t wait to see all these great innovative ideas come to life in a couple of weeks time when we get back together for Part 2 of BudgetHack @Zendesk.

Great work to everyone and thanks to all the partners and participants who came along!

Upcoming Hackathon: BudgetHack banner

We’re really excited be a partner in Code for Australia‘s upcoming hackathon: BudgetHack.

Code for Australia is a passionate and skilled community that works with government to develop tech-based solutions to solve civic-problems. Through their work, they believe they can lend not only their voices, but their hands to drive collaboration and transparency, accelerate economic growth and reanimate citizenship. Outware is proud to partner with Code for Australia in our second joint hackathon event, alongside the Department of Premier and Cabinet as well as NAB.

WHAT IS BUDGETHACK?

BudgetHack is a two part Hackathon, where self-formed teams try to find technology solutions that will make the Government budgeting process more transparent and accessible to the communities that need it most. Register Now!

WHY HACKATHON?

Hackathons are a great way to generate ideas, test new technologies, learn new skills, get creative, collaborate and have fun! All while solving real problems by creating working, usable software. We love hackathons and run several of our own throughout the year. Partnering with Code for Australia means more people, more ideas and more collaboration!

EVENT DETAILS

The Hackathon will be split over two dates, one fortnight apart.

23rd March @ Outware Mobile:  Level 3, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

After a short presentation from the Victorian Government and Code for Australia, we will split into groups to work on how might we best make Victoria’s budget data from 2015 more accessible, understandable and transparent. 

6th of April @ Zendesk: 3/395 Collins St, Melbourne

The teams will finalise their projects, whip up a 2min presentation and present to a panel of judges. Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Mr Philip Dalidakis MLC will then present the winning teams with the cash prize.

 

EVERYONE WELCOME!

Not a techie? That’s ok! We encourage non-technical folks to pair up and learn from our community’s designers and developers. We’ve seen time and time again, the best civic projects come from multi-disciplinary teams can can bring together various perspectives and expertise.

REGISTER NOW ON EVENTBRITE