I got three push notifications just as I got to my seat before I left to Melbourne from Dubai.
One from Instagram, as a comment to something I posted on an Instagram story: “You should delete this.”
One from Facebook Messenger: “Hey. Are you still in Dubai?”
One from Gmail: “TERENCE, your Qantas Frequent Flyer PIN had been reset.”
I didn’t reset my PIN.
Turns out, one of my friends wanted to test out Qantas’ security processes and tried to reset my PIN (and, obviously succeeded). …
Here at Localz, our mission is “delivering happiness.” We want to ensure the process for you to collect your groceries or knowing when your engineer arrives is as easy and as natural as possible, so that you — the consumer — are left with a positive feeling.
For us, it is important that we maintain this experience when we push major upgrades or introduce new features. And one way we ensure this is by “dogfooding”.
The term — short for eating your own dogfood — is the idea that organisations use the product they develop. …
One of the big milestones that I was part of this year was the successful relaunch of our Attendant app for our Collections product.
While you won’t be able to find this app on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store, you may have indirectly used our app when you arrived at your local Woolworths or Countdown store to pick up your groceries; or collecting your Christmas Party drinks list in under 30 minutes at Dan Murphys.
Our Attendant app — as the name suggests — is designed for shop attendants to process and keep track of click and…
Other than the coffee culture, one of the many reasons why I love working in Melbourne is the size and the diversity of our tech community. Name a technology buzzword, programming language, framework, or paradigm and you will find at least a Meetup group or tech event for it.
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence? Yep.
Big Data Analytics? Got that too.
Blockchain? You betcha.
But like any community…
One of the best things about working at Localz — in both our London and Melbourne offices — is that we can bring our pets to the workplace. And as we continue to grow significantly, the number of pets coming to the office has also grown.
So, we decided to feature some of the cute little critters on today’s Advent Calendar blog post.
(We could go on and explain why bringing pets are good for the workplace and they stimulate your workers — but mainly, this is just an excuse to showcase the cute dogs and cats we have.)
Oh hello again!
Welcome to the very first Localz Engineering Advent Calendar!
The rules are simple: from December 1, we publish a blog post a day for the next 24 days.
Welcome to Localz Engineering, a blog from the developers (and non-developers) that work at Localz.
This blog aims to share more about who we are and what we do here at Localz. All of us love creating stuff, solving problems, and tinkering with the latest and bleeding-edge tech out there.
It is also a way for us to give back to the community. We could write our own reasons why, but it would be identical to why Vox Media’s product team started their own blog:
We benefit so much from everyone else in our trade who takes the time to…
Disclaimer: the views expressed here are simply my own opinions. They do not represent the views of the UNIHACK Organising Committee, or any person or organisation mentioned in this article.
If you haven’t noticed, Australia has reached peak hackathon. Almost every single week, there has been at least one hackathon somewhere in Australia. For better or worse, hackathons are a sign that people (and companies) are looking to be innovative or — at the very least — shake the status quo.
As a competitor, peak hackathon means a lot of cash and prizes potentially up for grabs. And free money…
When we started planning UNIHACK 2015, the first thing we started looking was how can we improve the participation of women at our event. This was because last year’s event saw only five women (out of 37 attendees) attending. We also had only one female judge (Nikki Parker, formerly from Freelancer) on the panel.
That is why we included a diversity commitment in our sponsorship prospectus — to increase the participation of…
… or the part where Terence finally decides to upload those photos after holding onto them for nearly a year.
Compared to this year’s competition, UNIHACK 2014 was a very small affair. 37 university students from all across Melbourne competed for the title of UNIHACK Champion and a $1500 cash prize (plus other goodies).
All they had to do was simply build a prototype within 24 hours. But to make it more challenging, we asked them to build something in relation to our theme, “Discovery.”
After some brief presentations from the organisers and Braintree, it was time to get to…