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Local Government Digital Service Standard - TeaCamp #2
May 9, 2017
As a network for digital practitioners in local government, LocalGov Digital is on a mission to raise standards in web provision and the use of digital by councils across the country. The London Peer Group is aiming to focus on raising awareness ...
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Running ActionCable behind Elastic Load Balancers on AWS
March 31, 2017
We were recently tasked with adding a feature that showed the status of a IoT device as it changed. It was important that the status page updated quickly; and given we’d recently upgraded to Rails 5, this was a prime opportunity to learn Act...
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Local Government Digital Service Standard - TeaCamp #1
March 23, 2017
As a network for digital practitioners in local government, LocalGov Digital is on a mission to raise standards in web provision and the use of digital by councils across the country. Through releasing the Local Government Digital Service Sta...
Deploying indigo-falcon to production!
March 20, 2017

This isn’t my idea (it’s Ben’s) but I wanted to write it up because I think it’s interesting. I originally started this post in December as a fantasy story about train stations and animals of the Ark but couldn’t get...

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Taking action to combat health inequalities in Lambeth’s Portuguese...
January 31, 2017
The London Borough of Lambeth is a very diverse community, with an estimated 1 in 6 residents across this Borough speaking Portuguese as their native tongue. Following an annual report compiled by healthcare leaders in Lambeth and the completion o...
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Digital Customer Programme: Show & Tell #12 with Newham Council
January 17, 2017
Here we are - Show & Tell #12 with Digital Team, and the first of 2017. With a room full of refreshed attendees from the festive break, it’s time to see what’s been happening across the lastest sprint of the Digital Customer Programme with New...
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The five day design sprint with Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation ...
January 11, 2017
At Unboxed, we are constantly running various workshops. But that doesn’t mean we know everything. We are always up for trying something a bit different if this will ultimately allow us to serve our customers better, so we never stop reading or ex...
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Bridging the gap between Discovery and Alpha: Show & Tell #11 with ...
December 20, 2016
The first Show & Tell since the completion of the initial Discovery Phase, and the final of 2016, with the Digital Team at Newham Council. With the Digital Customer Programme now entering into the Alpha Phase, it’s a very exciting for the tea...
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Unboxed Hackathon #2 - All in an innovation day’s work
December 19, 2016
Following the success of our last Hackathon day, we decided to make this a recurring event, spending more innovation days together as a team. Last week, a group of six of us (Charlie, Chris, Elena, Jack, Neil and Tom) headed back down to Campus L...
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Faster than Lightning: November's Developer Event
November 30, 2016
Interesting code snippets, insightful discussion, story sharing and good company - it’s November’s ‘Faster than Lightning’ developer talks at Unboxed. Here’s a selection of the submissions from this month: Charlie Interestingly; it’s p...
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Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase: Show & Tell #10 with Ne...
November 25, 2016
The Digital Team have reached a milestone Show & Tell in their Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase with Newham Council - Sprint 10. With a buzz across the room, spirits are high as it reaches 11am – the time for the Show & Tell kick...
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Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase: Show & Tell #7 with New...
November 9, 2016
It’s been two weeks since I attended Show & Tell #5 at Newham Council, so back along I came for the next weekly session to see the progress the Digital Team have made across Sprint Seven of their 10-week Digital Customer Programme Discovery Ph...
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Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase: Show & Tell #5 with New...
November 2, 2016
Another sprint down, and the next weekly Show & Tell with the Digital Team in our 10-week Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase with Newham Council. I headed to meet the team on Wednesday morning to see what they have been up to across Sp...
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NEXT London 2016 - Google Cloud Platform's User Conference
October 28, 2016
Paula and I attended last Friday’s NEXT London 2016 - Google Cloud Platform’s User Conference - the largest Google developer and IT gathering in the UK, exploring the latest developments in cloud technology. Across the day, we attended a ...
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Unboxed Hackathon - what a difference a day makes
October 14, 2016
At Unboxed, one of the ways we are encouraged to grow and enhance our personal development is through innovation days. We are given a lot of freedom to choose what we do with them - whether that be learning a new technology, working on something o...
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Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase: Show & Tell #1 with New...
October 11, 2016
I spent Wednesday morning visiting the Digital Team at Newham Council, to attend the first Show & Tell of their 10-week Digital Customer Programme Discovery Phase. Over the last week, a small Unboxed team have been working alongside the Dig...
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Faster than Lightning: September's Developer Event
September 30, 2016
This month we hosted our regular ‘Faster than Lightning’ developer talks, where Unboxed developers get together to discuss code that we’ve been working with, and share stories about these with each other. The idea is to get together an...
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Development Re-bundling in Dockerland
September 5, 2016
Development Re-bundling in Dockerland When starting out development on a Dockerized application, adjusting Dockerfiles and rebuilding images is a common task. Bringing together two separate services, as well as applying some gem security patche...
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Faster than Lightning: July’s Developer Event
August 12, 2016
We regularly host “Faster than Lightning” code talks where our developers get together and submit a snippet of code that they found interesting - Ruby, CSS, JS, test code, server config or anything else. It’s an opportunity to learn a little about...
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Meetup: UX For Life
July 22, 2016
This Tuesday was the initial first UX For Life meetup, held at Unboxed HQ. Hosted by Leon Odey-Knight and Alice Richmond, UX For Life is a meetup group consisting of lightning talks which delve even deeper into the user experience of our existenc...
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Brighton Ruby Conference 2016
July 22, 2016
Brighton Ruby is unsurprisingly a conference about Ruby based in Brighton, and organised by @AndyCroll. Being quite new to both Ruby and to Rails, a Ruby conference seemed like the perfect place to pickup a few tricks of the trade and see what&rsq...
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ShareDigital conference 2016
July 19, 2016
The conference: Share Digital 2016 The date: Wednesday 6th July The attendees: Graeme, Martyn With the aim of growing and expanding my knowledge in the digital public services area, I jumped at the opportunity to attend this year’s ShareDigital 2...
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Faster than Lightning: May’s monthly developer event
June 9, 2016
Each month, we host a Dev Event which is an opportunity for our developers to get together, share ideas, or just catch up with each other. May’s developer event This May we hosted “Faster than Lightning” code talks. For this event, each d...
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Shaking up early product development, part 2: The Minimum Viable Pr...
May 4, 2016
An MVP is a Minimum Viable Product. This is the smallest possible thing that delivers value and you can learn from. Your MVP can usually be thought of as your initial product; the first thing you try to sell to your customer. But your MVP can help...
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Spanning the rift: Beginning your first agile project in a waterfal...
April 21, 2016
One of the first mistakes you could make is thinking that the transition from waterfall to agile as being simply a process change – a change from one set of processes and practices to another. It’s much more about your culture and behaviour. In t...
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Event: Digitalising Local Government Services
March 18, 2016
With ongoing spending cuts and budgets getting tighter and tighter, it’s becoming more costly for local councils to maintain their services as they currently work. Shifting these services to digital reduces running costs, increases accessibility a...
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Recruitment: Test Driven Candidate Self Selection
March 7, 2016
The Problem I have been to a number of university careers fairs - as both a job seeker and an employer - and know how awkward those conversations with somebody that you do not know, who almost definitely intimidates you, can be. As a jobseeker yo...
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The Unboxed product accelerator adventure goes to South Africa
February 2, 2016
We’ve been on a mission to conceive, build, nurture digital products that matter for many years now. More recently this means creating an ecosystem in which other people’s ideas can become reality. Unboxed invested in my purpose-led start up acce...
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SnowHow: Mountain vs. Startup
January 26, 2016
At Unboxed, we like to work with, and mentor, entrepreneurs and startups. We love ideas. Growing ideas and exploring new ones – not only our own but those of others. That’s why we’re spending this year working with 50th Generation – a purpose-led ...
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Guest post: Learning in Local Government - Part 2
January 18, 2016
Following on from part one in our ‘Learning in Local Government through Discovery’ series, part two is a guest post by Helen Gracie, a Business Improvement Advisor for Buckinghamshire County Council. We’re currently working alongside B...