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Avid AML is a new RegTech platform designed to help small-to-medium businesses around the globe satisfy anti-money laundering (AML) compliance regulation.

Some of the world's most corrupt acts; modern-day slavery, terrorism, human trafficking, the illegal wildlife trade, organ trafficking, and child sex exploitation are made possible by money laundering. Trillions of dollars finance these crimes — an estimated 2% to 5% of GDP per year, or USD$800 billion — $2 trillion.

Governments around the world are trying to address money laundering and more effort is being put into detecting laundered money and criminal organisations. …

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Recently, we built a small site for a client. Accessibility was a primary focus, and our Case Study on that work was published by UX Collective.

We’ve open-sourced our code and provided info on the tools we used, so that others may benefit from our experience creating a simple, accessible website. It is intended as a starting point for your own journey.

Image: hiking in the Weminuche Wilderness in Colorado.

We’re sharing the stories of people who help make Propellerhead tick. In this edition, we interview our Security Lead, SRE and Senior Developer Kris Hardy.

Hey Kris! Where did you grow up?

I was born on a US Air Force base in rural Illinois, USA. My dad was in the Air Force, so we traveled for several years around the US and spent the earliest years of my memory learning to ride a bicycle in West Germany.

We’re sharing the stories of people who help make Propellerhead tick. In this edition, we interview our Technical Strategist and Board Member, Andrew Goldie.

So Andrew, where did you grow up?

I grew up in Tamaki Makaurau and apart from a couple of years in Nelson, I’ve lived in Auckland all my life. I think it’s a great city. I love the connection to the ocean: the picturesque Waitemata harbour and the wild west coast beaches are amazing.

I’m interviewing people who help make Propellerhead tick. In this edition, I interview our Revenue Lead & Client Strategist, Tammy Chee.

So Tammy, where did you grow up?

I grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am from a middle-class South East Asian family, so growing up, if I was not in school or participating in mandatory after school activities like Girl Guides, then I was attending extra after school classes (tuition) to make sure that I get ahead / do not fall behind since most of my friends went for extra classes. I think it was quite a different upbringing to what kids in New Zealand get to have.

Accessibility guidelines you can use.

How do you integrate inclusive and accessible design practices into your work, so that it becomes almost Business As Usual?

We just wrote 10 steps, and published them on UX Collective’s medium publication. They’re forming the basis of Propellerhead’s company-wide accessibility training, which we’re looking forward to documenting.

You can read the article here 😄

Recently, we undertook a journey of discovery. Our client, who is working on a portal for accessibility, needed a small initial site. Above all else, the site needed to be accessible.

We came on board to help, and in the process, learned things about our knowledge (or lack of) around building sites everyone can access.

Our Accessibility Advisor Sarv Taherian created a case study that documented what we learned, and were invited to publish it on the UX Collective’s Medium Publication— they have 360k followers! 😄

The work which has come out of this project is also forming the basis…

Showing a user how to operate Thought-Wired’s brain-computer interface at TEDxUoA.

We’re sharing the stories of people who help make Propellerhead tick. In this edition, we interview our Accessibility Advisor Sarv Taherian. Sarv helps our teams, and our wider company, learn more about creating accessible software users love.

So Sarv, where did you grow up?

I was born in Iran, 10 weeks premature. My mum had a very stressful pregnancy with the war happening, and I had tried to self-abort twice, unsuccessfully.

My dad came to NZ on a business trip in the 80s and fell in love with the country — before that we were set to go to the US. Thank goodness that never happened! We moved here when I was 4 years old — mum, dad and older sister.

I grew up in Glenfield, Auckland. …

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In response to COVID-19, and the increasing need for passengers to make informed decisions about their safe travel, Auckland Transport and software vendor Propellerhead have introduced real-time occupancy levels into the official Auckland Transport travel planning app AT Mobile. Passengers can see occupancy levels on a bus or train at any given time.

After releasing the Live Occupancy feature in March, we’ve had interest from transport authorities from around the world. …

Matthew Simmons from Nyriad speaking at our Digital Leadership event in May 2019.

In 2019 we started a Digital Leadership event series, bringing together our clients and friends to hear the stories and challenges of company leaders, and to meet each other in a relaxed setting. Around 100 people from both startups and large Kiwi companies attended across the two events.

COVID-19 has put a spanner in the works, but we’d like to hold these physical events again sometime in the future, and expand our network to include more great people.

Using a formula

After running a popular event series for a few years showcasing lots of Kiwi hardware companies, I decided to kick off these…

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