The OMPodcast – Mobile Sports

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In this episode, Keith Smyth (Android Team Lead), Danny Gorog (Director/Founder) and first timer Anthony Richardson (Project Manager) are joined by a very special guest, pro podcaster, Sean Callanan, from SportsGeek. Sean also runs SportsGeekHQ.com and has a couple of his own podcasts called Sports Geek Podcast and Beers, Blokes & Business 

They chat about how mobile technology is enhancing the gaming experience. We talk about everything from stadium connectivity, to live videos on social media, the evolution of digital departments in sports clubs to performance improvement and decision making using technology.

Outware Health Hackathon May 2015 – Highlights from Outware Mobile on Vimeo.

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Check out our Health Hackathon video!

A great summary of the day and all the amazing products our team managed to knock out in just 8 hours. Well done again to the winning teams and everyone else involved. It was an exciting way to see what’s possible in mobile health now and in the future.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the hackathon, please contact us.

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

At Outware Mobile, we believe in the ability of mobile software to positively impact everyone’s day-to-day lives. Our ethos is to create products that are intuitive, effective and engaging and to do this it means that all users from all sorts of backgrounds and circumstances should be included and considered when we are working on projects.

Currently, 1 in 5 Australians have a disability or limiting illness that restricts a person’s ability to function in daily life. These disabilities can include a spectrum of impairments across vision, hearing, physical and motor skills and learning and literacy. For all businesses providing services to the public and especially Government departments, it is essential to consider what these disabilities mean for your product and incorporate features that support access.

We are the first to admit that not all of our projects offer a complete set of accessibility features, but we are committed to continuously having these conversations with our clients and incorporating more accessibility options into our apps into the future.

Our recent work on the RentRight app, where we adapted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for web to native mobile apps is an example of us moving in the right direction.

It is important for Outware Mobile to be a member of the Apple Consultants Network and have team members as registered Apple Accessibility Consultants. We think the responsibility of considering accessibility should be spread across our entire team from designers, developers, test analysts and project managers and the network gives us an ability to skill up our team, stay ahead of the curve in new advancements and better prepare us to talk to our clientele.

 

Health Hackathon Winners Announced!

Winners of the Outware Hackathon for mobile health were announced today!

There were six prizes on offer. Every team created a working, proof-of-concept prototype to demonstrate their idea. The winners were:

VicHealth Challenge Winner: 3+hings – An iOS app that encourages and incentivises the practice of reflecting on what you’re grateful for in order to increases overall happiness, combat depression, and increase overall life satisfaction.

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HISA & Dragon Claw Challenge Winner: The Flare Diary – An Android app that allows users to monitor flare pains. Users can measure severity, symptoms and location by audio or touch.

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nib Foundation & DSR Challenge Winner: Swipe for Sport – A ‘Tinder’ like Android app for crowdsourcing sports and recreational facilities and program data. It does this by engaging all sports enthusiasts, making it as easy and fun as possible and rewarding people with “fitcred”.

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Most Innovative: Schmooze – An iOS app that engages users in a conversation using artificial intelligence to lighten the mood. It simulates a friend to talk to, and helps users work through their problems and emotions.

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Best Execution: Choice-O-Matic – An iPad game where  users encounter various people and enter into conversations about common issues that young people face. It uses positive reinforcement to teach young people how to effectively open up about issues and approach difficult conversations.

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Popular Choice: Uplift – An iOS game and Facebook community that teaches young people a scientifically proven breathing exercise to reduce and manage stress.

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Congratulations teams! It was a great effort by all and well deserved.

Check out the event summary in this PDF or on Slideshare.

 

 

Life at Outware as a Junior UX Designer

Author: Shruthi Anandan, Junior UX Designer

When people ask me “How is life at Outware?”, I can’t help but smile… In a very competitive field, getting a job at Outware just after graduation has been like a dream run. The past few weeks have been an amazing learning experience. Outware has made me realise the potential in myself and has kept me on my toes from the day I started.

Outware has opened my doors to the real world of design through various internal and client facing projects. Being a junior UX Designer, I am responsible for designing apps that will be used in the real world.

Working Environment
Outware realises the importance of a lively work environment and hence has eliminated the monotonous work schedule for its employees. It provides us with different applications to build on, different platforms to work on and different problems to solve within a stipulated time. There has never been a dull moment, and I absolutely enjoy the fact that there are no more Monday blues when I am doing the work that I always have dreamt of, in such a reputed company for which people compete against.

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Events & Hackathon
I always believed that working in a comfortable environment brings out the best in you. Outware hits that ball right out of the park by making the office a second home to each and every soul working for the company. Organising events adds to this. There is always something or other popping out every month. Last Friday, we had our quarterly meet, which played an important role for new starters like me to get to know people at Outware. One of the most awaited events at Outware was the one day “Hackathon”, which provided us with an opportunity to develop something that we have always wanted to work on. The most exciting and rewarding part of this event was the support provided by colleagues in accomplishing the task as a team.

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The Team
One of the strengths of Outware is ‘the team’. Members of the Outware family are empires in their respective field. Each and every team has a fascinating leader who leads his/her supporting team members. Adding flavour to that, Outware brings in Melbourne’s strength into the teams, which is the diversity – both in culture and in experience. That makes us even more versatile/strong in different aspects.

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Passionate About Mobile Tech
Being a tech company, there is no scarcity for tech geeks and tech gossip in the office. Whether it is the latest Apple Watch or the trending Material Design and Android Studio, our office provides us with a platform to keep ourselves updated on the latest tech news. We even get a chance to lay our hands on the latest tech gadget soon after its release. What more can we ask?

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To conclude, the “Outware” phase of my life is full of moments that I will treasure forever. It has been an ultimate pleasure to have landed in this job within a short time after my graduation and to get involved in big projects. Be it one of the directors or a new starter at Outware, their passion towards technology unites us together as a huge Outware family. If you want to stamp your name in the biggest apps of Australia, then this is the right place for you to start your journey. I have already climbed a few steps up in the ladder. Have you??

The OMPodcast – nib Health Insurance Case Study

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Episode 2 of the OMPodcast is now available from – iTunesdirect feed, or direct download.

This week, we deep dive into the nib Health Insurance app and talk about how mobile technology is changing this sector. Keith Smyth (Android Tech Lead), Danny Gorog (Director/Founder) and Lucia Vuong (Marketing Manager) are joined by Adam Hatfield, Head of Digital at nib. We talk about the link between health and health insurance, as well as customer engagement levels on web vs mobile.

An interesting fact that we learned is that app users have a significantly higher NPS than web users.

Healthy Hacking

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The Outware Hackathon for Mobile Health was a great success with 17 teams presenting working prototypes to address the 3 key challenges presented by our partners in health:

  1. To build young people’s resilience using digital technologies.
  2. To provide people with rheumatoid disease the ability to monitor and manage their own care arrangements and to quickly share relevant information with clinicians.
  3. To improve access to suitable sport and recreation programs and facilities for people with a disability.

The result was a spectacular array of products including:

  • Uplift – A game that teaches young people a simple and effective breathing exercise to manage stress
  • Threshold – An Apple Watch app for chronic pain management
  • 3 things – An app that uses gratitude to help people build resilience
  • Bump Me – An Android app that uses NFC technology to gamify socialising in person
  • Go Mobile – An Android Wear app that helps people with a disability find appropriate sports and recreational facilities
  • Even a 3D printed heart for a trophy!
  • And many, many more

On the same day, Outware Mobile also held a seminar for our guests all about the current mobile health landscape. We were incredibly fortunate to have three great speakers :

Winners will be announced next next Monday 11 May. Watch this space!

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Hackathon or the Mobile Health Seminar, please contact us.

Outware Hackathon – One day to go!

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Less than 24 hours to go until the next Outware Hackathon all about Mobile Health!

We have 16 teams competing to address one of the following three challenges:

  • VicHealth – To build young people’s resilience using digital technologies.
  • HISA & Dragon Claw – To provide people with rheumatoid disease the ability to monitor and manage their own care arrangements and to quickly share relevant information with clinicians.
  • nib Foundation & DSR – To improve access to suitable sport and recreation programs and facilities for people with a disability.

Outware Mobile’s vision is to make a difference through creating mobile experiences that are intuitive, effective and engaging. The mobile experiences we create help people do the things they need to do, when they need to do them. They remove barriers, save time and give people access to relevant information when and where it’s needed.

From wearables, to interoperability, access and immediacy, rapid developments in mobile technologies have shone a spotlight on the many opportunities to make a difference in health. A hackathon is the perfect opportunity to get together, test new ways of doing things, new technologies and solve real problems by making working software.

We are also committed to building great partnerships with organisations that share our values, and we nurture our team’s technical and creative skills. The Outware Hackathon for Mobile Health is one of the ways we give ourselves time to research, innovate and develop new approaches that lead our industry and help our partners address new opportunities and solve problems.

We’re really excited and can’t wait to see all the great innovations our team will come up with.

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To follow the events of the day, the official hashtag is #OHmobilehealth.

 

RentRight featured on Ausdroid

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The RentRight app was recently featured on Ausdroid with the following comment from Daniel Tyson:

The app itself is pretty well designed, but we’ve come to expect that from the developer: Outware Mobile. Outware Mobile have been behind one of my favourite mobile apps, Snap Send Solve which lets you report issues directly to your local council. RentRight has the same great attention to detail as their other apps and on Android it appears to have taken aspects of Material Design… If you’re a landlord in Victoria, it’s definitely worth a look.

We’re really pleased to see such a great review of the latest update and hope that the app makes life easier for renters and landlords all across Victoria.