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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Introducing Flarecoin!

With the rise of cryptocurrencies we have decided to build our own blockchain… For the hackathon that is! Introducing Flarecoin! Oneflare’s revolutionary cryptocurrency that allows businesses and customers to purchase and earn Flarecoin, which can then be spent on credit packs or used amongst our ecosystem of apps. So why introduce a cryptocurrency? Trust-less payments; we can build smart contract protocols into the blockchain. Once the job is done, the customer releases the payment which automatically pays the business. Less

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“OK Oneflare” – Oneflare Ignite Hackathon

Twice a year, Oneflare engineers break from normal duties and form into super teams for our ‘Oneflare Ignite’ hackathons. Anyone can post ideas on our ideas board and then try to convince people to join their team. The afternoon before the hackathon officially starts, we get a bit of time to get together with our teams to make a plan of attack. So our team found a room and after asking our new office Google Home to tell us a few

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Oneflare @ RailsConf 2016

Earlier this year a colleague and I embarked upon an epic journey to Kansas City Missouri, where over 1500 other Rails developers gathered for the annual RailsConf conference. After spending a good 10 minutes looking for the poweroutlet on our Qantas A380, we finally settled in for the 18 hour journey, with only one focus only – to build and finish what we had called “PingFlare”, a Ruby on Rails powered ping pong tournament platform. Needless to say, after a

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