At our recent Future of Retail Hackathon, eleven teams competed by building retail apps that would improve the Retail sector for consumers, employees and retailers.

The creative application of new mobile technologies are making the Retail sector an incredibly exciting place to be.

Social media, robotics, image recognition, near field communication, artificial intelligence, beacons and geofencing technologies mean that the smartphone will become essential to the retail experience.

Those retailers who can best harness this technology will outlast their competition and win the favour of their customers.

We’re really excited to showcase the winning projects from the day.

 

BEST EXECUTION: WORKM8

workM8 improves workplace culture and efficiency by allowing Store Management to automate processes and track staff accountability.

workM8 improves workplace culture and efficiency by allowing Store Management to automate processes and track staff accountability.

 

MOST INNOVATIVE: FRUGALSHOP

FrugalShop helps users get the best deal from nearby retailers. FrugalShop helps users get the best deal from nearby retailers.

 

MOST CLIENT VALUE: JASMINE

Jasmine combines mobile and in store experiences with personal shopping assistants that are armed with information about the customer upon arrival. Jasmine combines mobile and in store experiences with personal shopping assistants that are armed with information about the customer upon arrival.

 

PEOPLE’s CHOICE: PROFOMO

proFOmo is an app that allows consumers to follow items and brands so that they can be notified of promotions that matter to them. proFOmo is an app that allows consumers to follow items and brands so that they can be notified of promotions that matter to them.

You can also download a PDF summary of all the projects created on the day.

 

HUGE THANKS!

A big heartfelt thanks to our judges from Coles, Vicinity Centres and Officeworks for taking the time out of their days to come along and help us decide on the winners. Your questions, comments and feedback provided us with more thinking fuel to improve our ideas even further. We hope you had as much as fun as we did!

Well done to all the teams that participated! The hackathon was an incredible display of your skills, expertise and creativity. We are so proud to have such a diverse, motivated and passionate team that works so collaboratively together to build software that makes a difference.

 

GET IN TOUCH

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the hackathon, please contact us.

 

Thanks to Tina for providing us all with the following, latest updates from WWDC! Get your Apple Watch fix below.

Outwarians at WWDC

These notes are a summary of multiple Apple Watch related sessions throughout the first three days of WWDC. We are very excited that Apple has finally released native watchOS, together with many new interesting features. This means we are now able to be more innovative and creative with our watch apps.

What’s new in WatchOS 2?

Architecture

In the first watchOS, the watch only contains WatchKitApp which is the UI part of the application and all logic is in WatchKitExtension which is located in the main iOS application. In watchOS 2, WatchKitExtensionmoves over to run natively on the watch, so now it contains both WatchKitApp and WatchKitExtension. The watch can communicate with the iOS app via WatchConnectivity framework. In addition, it can talk directly to the web services using NSURLSession. This means that the watch app still work even your iPhone is not presented or out of range!

3 Brand New Frameworks

  1. WatchKit
  2. WatchConnectivity
  3. ClockKit

Complications

Developers can now make their own complications which are displyed on the watch faces. A complication is a customisable widget on your watch face.

Time Travel

Apple has introduced new feature which is called Time Travel which lets you speed forward in time by rotating the digital crown. You will be able to see what is coming in the day, including your watch battery percentage.

Media Playback + Audio Recording

Apple now supports media playback and audio recording. It can play

  • Videos through WKInterfaceMovie
    • which give a full screen video standard appearance.
    • The video content can be stored locally or remotely.
    • Good to playback short contents.
  • Long-form audio
    • Suitable for playback long form audio, such as, Podcasts or music.
    • Media is playing in background.

Haptic

Apple took a watch experience to another level with Taptic Engine. Users will come to know a feeling and sound of each individual haptic and what it means in the context of the application. They now can be delivered information without having to raise their wrist. To play Haptic, you can simply callWKInterfaceDevice.currentDevice().playHaptic(.click).

Security

In watchOS2, you now can store user sensitive data in Keychain which is now made available on the watch. You can make the data available only when the device is unlock and when the user lower their wrist, the data will become unavailable.

How to migrate from watchOS 1 to watchOS 2

If you have already started developing watchOS 1 and want to migrate to watchOS 2. Apple has provides a detailed guideline which can be found here.

For more in-depth information, checkout WatchKit in-depth part 1 and part 2.

P.S. We finally got to meet meet the legendary Kent (Outwarian Alumni)!

 

 

The news that Melbourne IT has acquired of 50.2% of Outware Mobile has featured in the Financial Review,  The Australian and Smart Company.

Danny Gorog talks to SmartCompany about how the deal represents a huge opportunity for both companies to increase market share in the local IT market. Danny says, “The two main things in IT at the moment are mobile and cloud… We’ve done very well in the mobile market – we are one of the most dominant players in Australia and have worked on some of the biggest apps in the country. But when we think about other half – the cloud – Melbourne IT have a really good track record in providing cloud solutions.