Ackama started out in September 2010, when Breccan McLeod-Lundy set himself up as an independent contractor and web developer. He was eager and enthusiastic to do great work and so he started operating under the name "Rabid Technologies".
He met Josh Forde through the Enspiral network (a collection of technologists with a social focus) and at the end of 2011 they took the Rabid name and went into business together, bidding on larger pieces of work. Breccan invested all of his earnings from the previous year of contracting into the business and they began recruiting a team, hiring their first staff member in early 2012.
Both Breccan and Josh believe that technology can make the world a better place by improving, even in small, incremental ways, systems that impact many people. This is the principle on which they founded their company.
In September 2018, on the company’s 8th birthday, Rabid became Ackama - this was to reflect that fact that we work on large digital ecosystems, and given that nature is the largest ecosystem in the world we wanted a name that came from nature. Ackama, or Makamaka, is a small bushy tree with white flowers and red seeds. It’s found on the coast from Whangarei north.
We currently work with corporate and Government clients to build better systems and help them adopt practices like Agile, DevOps and User Experience. We have always worked with startups, social good and charitable organisations to improve their technology capabilities, and continue to do so.
Alongside this we’ve steadily built our IP, both by taking stakes in startups and keeping a license to many of the systems we’ve built. This allows us to steadily become more productive as we grow and leverage pre-built systems to help us enter new markets.
In the future we are going to continue building our team, collaborating with other experts and delivering thoughtful technical solutions for our clients.
We believe that technology can make the world a better place by improving, even in small, incremental ways, systems that impact many people. Breccan McLeod-Lundy