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I've been active in the world of startups for a while now, and have also had (and currently have) startups of my own.
Parlour Gigs is a music startup that offers a platform for anyone to host live music events in residential and commercial spaces, and sell tickets to their friends and the general public.
Parlour has been successfully operating and growing since 2014, and is one of the most exciting young music industry companies operating in the Australia and New Zealand market.
I joined Parlour in 2017. I am a co-owner and I currently work with Parlour as a consulting developer and technologist to reform the business into a world class technology company.
Right now we are developing the next generation of our platform, which will enable us to bring more hosts and artists together to run profitable music events, across the entire planet. This will be rolling out in Q3 2018.
I founded Place Panda with a development friend. It was actually a bit of an accident, as at the time Angular JS was still in it's infancy and we wanted to create something to learn it. This was one of the first sigle page apps around using Angular JS.
We shut Place Panda down about a year after starting. Whilst experiencing some promising successes, we created a stir in the existing share housing market which caused the bigger players to put a lot of money into advertising to drive us out.
We were both solution architects in both the front end structure and the backend (a .NET REST API), but in this case I took on most of the UI work (and also did the aesthetic design, such as creating the logo).
Web Sites and Applications
National Stroke Foundation (NSF)
This is a suite of interrelated websites built for the National Stroke Foundation, that form a pioneering digital platform to assist with stroke rehabilitation and prevention. I was one of two solution architects, as well as a lead full stack developer on this project.
The primary technologies used were Sitecore and Angular JS. This also included an integration with Salesforce.
The solution received multiple awards, including Sitecore's Best use of connected data award, as well as an honoree Webby Award in the Health category.
The platform is composed of the following web sites.
The NSF identified that once released from hospital, stroke survivors were left on their own to navigate through what is a life changing experience. EnableMe was conceived to help stroke survivors rehabilitate with support from other survivors, creating a self supporting and self growing community.
The website had to be accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities that survivors can be left with after stroke, and the the various combinations that they may occur in. We broke new ground in creating a highly adaptable accessibility wizard.
EnableMe may strike you as "not very pretty" at first, but this is by design and is the result of much research and protyping of techniques to make the website accessible to all survivors.
InformMe is a sister site to EnableMe, and focuses on serving the health care professionals that treat stroke survivors. This is an information sharing system. It offers the ability to register health care professionals to be authenticated with one or more hospitals to recieve and utilise core metrics and data points that are relevant to the treatment and prevention of stroke.
The final site in the suite, the Stroke Foundation website, serves as the main point for other institutions and the general public to find information about the foundation, and the programs and services it offers. It also serves to drive donations to the foundation, as well as direct health care professionals and the public to InformMe and EnableMe respectively.
Village Cinemas opened up a cocktail bar in their South Yarra location, and they asked Deepend to create a sophisticated looking website to promote it.
In this project I was the sole front end developer.
The MCH app provides reliable information that Victorian families can use every day. It gives you information relevant to your child's age and development; useful contacts; and ask our "Virtual MCH Nurse" questions - with reliable, evidence-based replies you can rely on.
I was tech lead on this project, and the primary technologies used were React Native, Realm JS, Contentful, Dialogue Flow
Sinc launching in early 2018 the application has had over 21,000 downloads.
Parachuute is a startup which came to Deepend to create a ready for production prototype to get their ride sharing business off the ground.
The Parachuute app helps reduce the chaos of family life. It enables parents to use their trusted networks to solve their kids’ transport and other needs, allowing the parent to literally be in two places at once.
I was a solution architect on the project, as well as lead developer. The primary technologies used were Xamarin, .NET Core (for a REST API), AWS and Hockey App.
Product Development / Ideation
Village Cinemas On-Site Flash Build
For 3 days, I was customer facing at Village Cinemas with my team from Deepend, with the goal of learning about the experience of visiting the cinema, and discovering some of the frictions points that we could ease with technology.
Over those few days we learned a lot about Village Cinema's customers, conducting in person spot interviews. Once we identified some of the problems customers had with the experience of visiting the cinema, we set about creating a prototype solution.
We'd talk to customers on their way into the cinema, and by the time the movie was finished, we'd have coded prototypes there ready to validate with them before they left.
This project informed a lot of the decisions that the business made in the following year, and many of our learnings are now integrated into their latest products.
Miscellanous / Fun
LIFX Lightwall for the Deepend office
When Deepend first moved into it's new Cremorne office, I got tasked with creating a centrepiece tech product that could create a talking point for our clients as they arrived.
The result was dubbed The LIFX Wall – 40 smart bulbs with a custom native mobile application that we could assign one bulb to each one of our current staff members. It became a way for our staff to signify their current status by the color of their bulb (working from home, flow time, out of office, etc).
The "Wave" app for staff members to control their bulb.
Because it was an Internet of Things device with it's own API (courtesy of LIFX's REST service), in subsequent hack days our devs created all sorts of uses for it. Some of the more fun ones had it being utilised as a low res "LED" type display to show animations during key moments of the week, such as an arrow pointing to the stairs at home time, flashing red for scheduled team meetings and a fizzing beer pour at "Beer O'Clock" on Fridays.
It was fun to mix some carpentry and wiring up with programming.
Read more about it in this article.