This is the first of a series of blogs about using Swift, Apple's new programming language that was annouced at WWDC 2014. They are not in any particular order but are about new and interesting features and differences with Objective-C. I don't intend to explain syntax or specific frameworks as there are plenty of resources available covering those already.


Bzzzt! Opening the door using WebSockets and a Raspberry Pi


A few of us Many have been playing around with hardware here over the past year or two. Being a purely software orientated person myself I found hardware and specifically electronics to be of a different world.

When the Arduino and Raspberry Pi came out however, it felt a lot more accessible and I could use my skills in software to power something special.

To start with we hacked our toilets our meeting rooms and now our front door.

Our office comes with an archaic door opening system that is also somewhat broken. Unfortunately we aren't allowed to change it due to external cable routing and our building being a listed building. So we did what any reasonable developer would do: we hacked it with a Raspberry Pi!


The problem with RFPs


Innovation is hard. Doing things that haven’t been done before, by collaborating with people you’ve never worked with, to navigate obstacles that no one can anticipate. In many ways, starting is the hardest part, which makes pitch processes critical. What is the right way to engage innovation companies? This is my attempt at a useful answer. Hint: it isn’t an RFP.


Small Talks: Disruptive making


Last week we hosted another of our Small Talks events - this time focusing on 3 different perspectives around disruptive making. During the course of the evening we and 50 guests found out more about co-design and open making, also questioning how workspaces influence creativity - or if you even need one at all.


Product Manager, Hackaball

Product Manager, Hackaball
London, UK

We’re looking for a product manager who is deeply excited by the opportunity of growing the market for thoughtful and distinctive products that have lasting impact. Someone who’s a keen generalist, who combines hands-on product marketing experience with an interest in supply chain and retail.