Case study: BetterSaver

April 20, 2021

BetterSaver is a personalised KiwiSaver fund recommendation website that draws from over 180 funds. It offers unbiased, expert advice and takes your ethical stance on investments into consideration - finding you the perfect fund that balances cheapest fees, best returns and making sure you know where your money has been invested. How it works When you sign up, you will be asked a series of questions about your goals, investing personality and ethical preferences.

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Web Assembly Experiment 001

September 17, 2020

At Rocket Science we like to keep an eye on the future. And as part of that future, we see WebAssembly as part of that landscape. As it starts to come into the mainstream, this is a series of our experiments into it. What is WebAssembly If you haven’t heard, here’s the TL;DR: WebAssembly is designed to execute efficiently on a variety of operating systems and instruction set architectures. Therefore, can be written using your favourite server side language and WebAssembly will run it directly in the browser alongside JavaScript.

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Case study: Skycity

August 27, 2020

SKYCITY is New Zealand’s largest tourism, leisure and entertainment company, running multiple casinos, restaurants, bars and conference facilities in New Zealand and Australia. In 2017, they were aware that technology was disrupting their services and that they were falling behind, so they created an innovation department called ‘the CoLab’ to help address this and keep them relevant into the future. I joined the CoLab not long after the department was founded as an Solution Architect / Technical Director / “basically all things digital guy” - and together we discovered a treasure trove of opportunities and innovations we could bring to the company to make a serious impact.

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Ecommerce in the world of Corona

March 27, 2020

The news at the moment is full of coronavirus stories, but right in the middle of that Amazon announced it is planning to hire a further 100,000 workers to cope with an unprecedented surge in demand for online deliveries during the coronavirus outbreak. Closer to home Countdown’s online sales are groaning with orders, and delivery services are hitting record highs. Recent innovations of contactless deliveries have made online services available for even the quarantined consumer.

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