Outware Hackathon: Improving Mobile Health

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On Friday 1 May, Outware Mobile will be hosting its next Hackathon!

The theme for the event will be Health and we’re really privileged to have three great partners on board: VicHealth, HISA and nib Health Insurance.

The purpose of this event is to get creative and collaborate to develop working solutions to real health issues. It’s also a time to test new technologies and ideas, learn something new and have some fun!

Each partner organisation will present Outware Mobile with a challenge to address important issues in the health space using technology.

On the day, self-formed teams will come together to try and realise their solutions by bringing together multidisciplinary skills and “hacking”.

At our last Automation Hackathon, our teams came up with some incredibly innovative solutions including an NFC check-in app that we now use to keep track of all our test devices. Many other ideas have come to fruition  that we are continuing to work on. We’re looking forward to seeing some great ideas come out of the Health Hackathon that will help make a difference by addressing some important health issues.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact us or keep watching this space for more information.

Team Outware @ Run For the Kids 2015

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On a brisk Sunday morning in March, Team Outware took part in the 2015 Run for the Kids 15.5km course.

For some of us, finishing the course itself was a huge challenge, considering we had never run this distance before. For others, the challenge was to beat a personal best time. With months of training and the help and support of the rest of the team, and the great atmosphere on the day, we all managed to cross the finish line without any dramas.

As a team, we came 22nd out of all 80 corporate teams that participated. We also raised over $1,800 for the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal.

Well done Team Outware and everyone else who took part in the run. It was amazing to see over $600,000 raised for such a great cause.

The OMPodcast – Ruby! Ruby! Ruby!

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Season 2 of the OMPodcast has now kicked off! Episode 1 is now available from – iTunesdirect feed, or direct download.

We’re very lucky to start the 2015 season of the OMPodcast with a very special guest – One of the organisers of RubyConf 2015, Pat Allan.

Pat joins host Keith Smyth (Android Team Lead) and fellow Outwarians, Adam Sharp (iOS Developer) and Jerram Watters (Integration Services Team Lead) to tell us how RubyConf came about. Adam and Jerram talk about their experiences at the conference, and we discuss why we think the Ruby community is so friendly, collaborative and inclusive.

Latest updates on Grow by ANZ

 

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The most recent update to the Grow by ANZ iOS app is now live!

This latest update includes:

  • A fresh new design that brings banking, super and share investments together – This is an app wide refresh of the UI with beautiful animations and dynamic transitions using UIKit Dynamics.
  • A new Grow Insights magazine with regular articles, video talks and information to help you become more confident with your money
  • Full iOS8 compatibility, with native support for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPads, swipe to navigate, plus stunning new images, animations and transitions, streamlined features like transferring money, paying bills, paying friends and searching for transactions.
  • An updated Banking tile with the ability to total up your bank accounts
  • An updated Share Investments tile with the ability to modify open orders, transfer in shares from other places and more

We’re really proud to be working on this beautiful app with ANZ. It really embodies our vision to create intuitive, effective and engaging mobile experiences that make a difference to people’s lives by combining banking, share trading and insurance in one place to make it faster, easier and more convenient for ANZ customers.

 

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Outware at The Amys

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Last night, Eytan and Adam attended the 21st AIMIA awards ceremony in Sydney.

We’re incredibly pleased to announce that MedicineList+ was a finalist for the best app in the smartphone category for Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals! Congratulations to NPS MedicineWise and well done to everyone in our team who worked on the app.

We’d also like to shout out to all the other winners on the night. What a great event that showcases the best of digital in Australia. A big thanks to AIMIA!

Netball Live in the media

We’re really excited to see news about the Netball Live app in the media today, including:

This is a great app that will bring the sport to many more people and make it easier for fans to engage with their teams at any time and any place. We’re really proud of our work on this project and look forward to building new features and making more enhancements to the app.

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Netball Live featured on the App Store

Netball Live featured on the App Store

Netball Live featured on the App Store

Outware Mobile is very pleased to announce our partnership with Netball Australia to create the Netball Live app in time for the 2015 ANZ Championship, which kicked off on Saturday 28 February.

Mobile technology is changing the way we want to watch sports, engage with our sports teams and keep informed about team and club news. With this in mind, the app has been designed to boost engagement with fans ahead of the Netball World Cup in Sydney later this year. The new mobile platform will mean that more people than ever before will be able to watch the game.

Netball Live delivers users a world-class sports entertainment experience and completes the broadcast strategy to deliver national and international netball to fans across free-to-air, subscription television and mobile platforms.

The Netball Live app features a match centre, live videos, team information and news. It is available on both Google Play and the App Store.

The team at Outware Mobile and Netball Australia were incredibly proud to see Netball Live featured as one of the Best New Apps on the App Store. Only the best of the best apps which conform to Apple’s strict user experience guidelines get featured on the App Store.

 

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Celebrating 100 Outwarians!

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This month, we reached a huge milestone in Outware Mobile’s history – reaching 100 Outwarians (employees) in our 5 year history!

Growth is an important aspect of our strategy, because our vision is to make a difference through creating mobile experiences that are intuitive, effective and engaging. We believe that in order to make a true difference, we need to work on projects that reach millions of people and help them get things done, be more productive, learn, grow and be entertained. To do this, we need the right people and the right scale to service our clients, but also to work on projects beyond geographical constraints. Growth helps us make a bigger impact with our work.

To celebrate, we had cake and champagne along with our usual end of month BBQ.  We’d like to thank our entire team for being part of this exciting journey with us, and also our friends, clients and partners who have supported us and worked together with us to build some of Australia’s best apps. We’re really looking forward to the road ahead together.

Startup Grind Melbourne

Last night, Danny and Eytan took part in Startup Grind Melbourne to talk about their experiences growing Outware Mobile from a startup of three to a company of more than 100 staff working with some of Australia’s largest companies in just five years.

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Startup Grind hosts monthly events in more than 150 cities and 65 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Outware Mobile is very proud to have been invited to take part in this event because we strongly believe that continuous improvement through learning and sharing is the best way to do business. Thanks to Chris Joannou and the rest of the Startup Grind crew for hosting.

Swaggering at Android Meetup Melbourne

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Last night our very own Pece Nikolovski (iOS Team Lead / Senior Android Developer / superstar allrounder) presented his seminar on Consuming RESTful APIs using Swagger 2.0 at the February Android Australia Meetup in Melbourne.

This was an introduction to the Swagger v2.0 specification for documenting Restful Web Services and other Swagger tools that we use. The main focus is the approach/process that we are taking from both integration services and mobile development. Also, how to most effectively utilise response validation from web service side, and save dev time and reduce risk by using the “Code Generator” tool, for both mobile platforms (Android & iOS).

The evening was a great success and we’d like to shout out to Pete Williams on his presentation and thank the Android Australia User Group for organising and NAB for their support of this great event.

Android Australia User Group is a community devoted to promoting local Android developers in Australia. It’s aim is to help bridge the information gap between Australia and other technology hubs such as the United States. Outware Mobile is proud to be part of this community and supports the great culture of learning and knowledge sharing that it promotes.

If you have any questions for Pece, please feel free to contact us.