We are dedicated to the powerful ideas that make the world a better place for our clients, their users, and our community.
We believe developers can be far more productive when given the freedom to lead in the process of crafting solutions. It is less about what they do and more about what they choose not to do when creating a great software solution.Everything we do is oriented towards stimulating creativity and unleashing the extraordinary developer within. Our approach is crafted to produce maximum value by providing the right conditions for innovative ideas to surface – stepping out of the way to allow developers to create outstanding results.
We take pride in designing, developing, and deploying great software. But our mission inspires us to be something more than just another software services company. We are at our best when we understand why – understanding the true value of what we are creating.
We believe in the power of “crowd-sourcing” – be it open source software, open data, or ideas. We are drawn towards ways of working and engaging that are generative, supporting emergent behaviour and ideas.
Small & Often
We believe software’s “natural state” is live, in front of real users, used for the purpose it is intended. The earlier we can deliver working software the sooner we are creating value. Not only do we believe in delivering as soon as possible, we believe in delivering more frequently. We believe in building value incrementally, as we adapt and change based on user feedback.
Build the Right Thing
While “building the thing right” is important, we believe attention should be given to “building the right thing“. Building the wrong thing – not getting user feedback early and often – is the true failure. This means being quick to market – delivering in small increments in order to trial ideas early with real users. It also means seeking and acting on their feedback.
For us, hackathons are one of the tools a software developer has in the quest for innovation. Exciting new ideas are showcased in a rapid, low-cost manner – our favourite way to create software. We've supported hackathons including HackAKL, a transport-themed hackathon which we partnered with Auckland Transport to run.
Propellerhead also actively supports other STEM and IT related initiatives, including Shadow Tech Day and Shadow IT (events allowing female high-school students to 'shadow' a female IT professional for a day in the workplace), MIT Code Camp (a boot camp teaching high-school students coding and computer game development), and JHack (an event bringing together over 100 students from over 20 high schools to complete in a series of programming challenges).
We also donated 54 computers and monitors to the charity OMGTech!, to help with their mission of teaching young New Zealanders how to utilise technology.
We design, deliver and maintain large-scale digital platforms. Our clients include Auckland Transport, New Zealand Rugby, Avid AML, BlinkPay, Starship Children's Hospital, SkyBus, Spark, ESR, Ministry of Education, New Zealand Post, and Auckland Museum.
Avid AML is a new RegTech platform designed to help small-to-medium businesses around the globe satisfy anti-money laundering (AML) compliance regulation.
With around 1.3 billion people living with access needs around the world, and despite making up a major portion of the global population, access citizens face immense barriers in their day-to-day lives.
Auckland Transport and Propellerhead have introduced real-time occupancy levels into the official Auckland Transport travel planning app AT Mobile.
Auckland Transport's new and improved layout.
Live Occupancy - a new feature for AT Mobile.
We’ve worked on a number of meaningful initiatives for NZR, including a community app, the Japanese language version of allblacks.com, and a live-streaming platform.
We helped Fintech startup BlinkPay with technical expertise and a working Proof of Concept to support their capital raising efforts.
We worked with Starship to optimise their site for their three main user groups.
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I’m interviewing people who help make Propellerhead tick. In this edition, I interview our Accessibility Advisor Sarvnaz Taherian.
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