Blog / Innovation
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
January 15, 2016
Learning in Local Government through Discovery
January 11, 2016
There’s a lot of content available online about doing agile with local councils - talks, conferences, case studies, white papers, etc. A lot of content guiding us to knowing what this should look like. But what does this really look like in practi...
An E-xperience in Colombia
November 26, 2015
Public Digital Innovation I received a surprise invitation in September from Angelica Bello (@hracangie) from the Colombian Ministry of ITC (@Ministerio_TIC) to speak at their annual e-xperience event (@Gobiernoenlinea). This two day conference i...
Visualising UK Government Petitions
September 21, 2015
Thinking product at Mind the Product 2015
September 14, 2015
I’ve been thinking and talking recently about whether “product” is the right word for what I do. I speak to many people like me (oddly, many of them with fine art degrees) who sit somewhere between design, technology and business and end up as “pr...
May 14, 2015
Roundtable: Digital Healthcare
February 26, 2015
Rapid UI prototyping and getting on the Rails
September 26, 2014
Summer Unboxin' had me a blast
September 18, 2014
May 20, 2014
Innovation days - developing in Meteor
April 23, 2014
The "r" in lean
April 22, 2014
Haskell at the London Code Dojo
March 5, 2014