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Simplifying web forms with React and voice commands

At our recent Hackathon we were given the challenge of making our service more accessible. On web apps the main way users interact with our site is through forms. To post a job on Oneflare for example, you need to answer a series of questions to tell us what you need. This is the standard experience for entering information on a website, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.  Forms require a lot of attention. You need to stop what you’re

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Considering CarPlay for Inclusive Design

At Oneflare, we just had our 5th hackathon (!!). In the past, we’ve been given carte blanche to do basically whatever we like. This time around, we wanted to give the hackathon a more narrow focus, so we decided to focus it around Inclusive Design. Inclusive Design is an amazing field of research, and once you start understanding the foundations, you can literally apply it to every product decision you make. We had some fascinating projects come from the hackathon,

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Project Jetpack

As the head of Marketing, I usually get left out of all the fun aspects of Hackathon, but this year my team and I worked across a few teams and got to join in on all the festivities. Oneflare does a great job of onboarding its business customers and training them on how to use the platform to win more work, but, as hard as it may be to imagine, there are some things that we’re not so great at.

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Story of a badass team who won the hackathon

It was that time of the year again, Oneflare Ignite Hackathon! Everyone was so excited about sharing their ideas and recruiting needed talent to bring those ideas to life. As a mobile developer at Oneflare, I’ve always had this idea of adding AR features to our apps. Since a hackathon is the best place to do crazy experiments, I submitted the idea and that’s where our story began. Challenges The first big challenge was the idea itself. Since AR is

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It’s like X, for Y!

For the Haunted Hackathon we just had, my team and I decided we’d figure out how to solve a pretty unique challenge that we have around state changes.  If you’re not already aware, Oneflare is a two-sided marketplace. A core part of our product is helping Businesses quote on work. We do this by presenting Businesses on our platform leads, which are posted by Customers.  A Business makes a decision around wanting to quote for that lead, and then they provide

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#SquadGhouls

Last week marked another Oneflare Hackathon, our quarterly R&D event which sees creative minds in overdrive and competition unleashed! The timing of Halloween saw the office completely decked out with pumpkins, cobwebs, and an ensemble of ghoulish characters over the course of 3 days. Typically individuals will ideate over the course of the week, coming together to form groups on the Wednesday afternoon, leaving two and a half days of valuable hacking time! Hot skills to look for in a

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What’s it like to run a Hackathon?

Oneflare’s 4th hackathon is fast approaching (October 31st -> November 2nd), so I thought it’d be a neat idea to give you a peak behind the curtain to see what’s involved in organising and running a successful hackathon!  I’ve been lucky enough to help organise the last 2 hackathons at Oneflare. Typically, we’ll start planning a few months out. The first thing we’ll do is gather together and decide a theme. Because of the timing of the upcoming one, a

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Writing a cross-platform chatbot in Go

Chat apps have long been an important tool for us in the Oneflare Engineering team. We use Slack (previously, HipChat) not only to communicate with each other, but also to provide automated notifications and tooling of various sorts to assist in development workflows. For example, we make use of a third-party Slack integration that messages developers when someone has tagged them as reviewer in a GitHub pull request—and messages them again each day to remind them of any review requests

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Airflow and Dynamic SQL DAG Generation

Data has been at the heart of Oneflare for a number of years now. We have a very extensive data-pipeline that helps us drive decisions, provide health checks and validate hypotheses. The core of the platform consists of Snowplow as our event stream collector, Airflow as our ETL tool and AWS Redshift as our data warehouse. I will be writing another piece on how our infrastructure all forms together in more detail but wanted to take the opportunity to provide

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Making Oneflare Adaptive

An image with variations of Oneflare icons

Adaptive app launcher icons for Android The freedom of Android is often a double-edged sword. On one hand, it can open up opportunity for creativity and uniqueness. On the other hand, it can sometimes leave the end user with a in-cohesive user experience. Take app icons for instance. I really loved how Android didn’t box app developers in to a rigid shape for their app launcher icons. Their guidelines specified that app launcher icons should represent a real world object

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