Lab Notes

The latest thoughts from the Boffin Lab minds

Stroke Builder swimming app

Early on, when we were creating our initial business plan, Steve and I agreed we wanted to keep building a couple of projects of our own each year. We also agreed that outside of our technical fields of expertise we did not know very much, so we needed to partner with companies that had the expertise we lacked. This is the story of the first partnership.

Published
Jan 2012

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App News

Drupalcon London

Drupalcon London was my first real engagement with the Drupal community in person, up to now it had all been online. On boarding the early train down to Croydon for the first day I wondered what it was going to be like. Would it be low key and like a hack day or a very professional event like a big company conference. In fact once I had arrived and settled in it was somewhere between the two. The setting, speakers, materials and organisation were professional and top notch, but there was also the opportunity to beanbag down in a corner and get into the coding zone if you wanted to.

Published
Sep 2011

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Events

Building a Junk iPhone quoting app!

In April 2011, Tim Whitcomb, marketing manager for waste removal company AnyJunk contacted us with a little request - "Can you build me a rubbish iPhone app?"

Strange request, but we responded, got the spec and the idea was a cracker. He wanted to use the video recording capabilitites on the phone to take a video of a pile of rubbish, geolocate it using the phone's GPS and send a request to AnyJunk to have the rubbish removed - in a word genius. The idea was nice and simple, like all the best phone apps. It supported their existing service offering and could be used to both win new business and to help their existing clients.

Published
Jul 2011

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App News

Work Rights Employment Law app

Our first commercial app and it is for a London barristers chambers - gulp. Well at least we'll find out if our terms and conditions are worth the piece of paper they are written on!

Actually the barristers at 36 Bedford Row turned out to be really friendly and excited to be the first chambers with an app. Their idea was to help people being layed off in the recession by offering a self-diagnosis employment law tool, hence the 'Work Rights' app was born. It was to cover issues of unfair dismissal, discrimination and pay claims as well as working as a marketing tool for 36 Bedford Row's services in the employment law sector.

Published
Jun 2011

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App News

Capricorn Gowns E-commerce site

We are back to building websites while we patiently wait to become appillionaires. Capricorn Gowns is a small family run clothing retailer based in Aberystwyth that wanted to start selling online in order to expand the business. They needed a simple to manage e-commerce solution that did not require a high level of technical expertise for day to day operations, such as taking and dispatching orders and stock control.

Published
Apr 2011

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Website News

Our first apps - Train times and Roast Dinners

The second task to get this venture going was to get into apps. Having got shiny new iPhones and having at least, in Steve's case, a large amount of programming brainpower we couldn't wait to build something.

Published
Jan 2011

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App News