Rules-as-code is steadily gaining interest in government as an approach to policy development and implementation (Ackama has over the last year assisted with several rules-as-code projects at the New Zealand DIA Service Innovation lab). I believe...Read more
On the 12th of June, I had the opportunity to speak at the Freeplay Independent Games Festival on a couple of topics that are dear to me - game accessibility and the representation of disabled characters in games. The talk in question can be found...Read more
@durdn from Atlassian wrote an excellent tutorial on how to manage dotfiles using a bare Git repository . Your dotfile setup will be ship-shape within minutes!
Yet, it took me hours to demystify the tutorial. It uses a bare repository in a novel...Read more
The New Zealand Prime Minister is certainly popular in Australia, and a great ambassador internationally for my home country. I travel between Wellington and Australia regularly for work and the enthusiasm for NZ...Read more
Ackama and Midas Infomedia are excited to announce the beginning of a transition process where Midas Infomedia will join the Ackama Group. Together they have been looking at ways to better weather the challenges of the current crisis and of being an SME in New Zealand. The merger is a cash-free transaction designed to give stability to Rumi, staff, and clients over the long term.Read more
What are we doing in the tech community in NZ wrt COVID-19 response? What is the implication on the industry? As a NZ based business in Aussie, what are you seeing, what is the projection for sales and revenue stream? Ideas to bring in revenue? What might happen?Read more
Ackama prides itself on its social values and many of our employees freely and regularly give their time and money to causes they feel strongly about and support outside of work. On Friday 21st February, we organised a group volunteer day, and...Read more
Why the proliferation, what if anything is new and what are the challenges that are emerging?
Being based in Wellington, I get exposed to lots of discussions on innovation policy - much of it...Read more
I am a graduate of a coding bootcamp, and throughout my career as a dev I have noticed some definite comp sci degree-sized gaps in my knowledge. Certain concepts and design patterns and data structures that didn’t get covered in the brief time I...Read more
In the last couple of days, there has been public argument on the Kāinga Ora project to put monitoring sensors in NZ state homes. Particular areas of concern being raised are about the nature of data being shared with government, issues of consent and vulnerability, and that this is individual level collection. By individual, I mean that it’s deep enough information to establish not just when people are home but also information on their behaviours. Additionally people might not be given easy access to their own data without making a direct privacy request.Read more