The only constant in life is change — PaperKite Newsletter October 2021

The last 18 months have seen enormous change globally, and as Kiwis, we’re still living and breathing it with the navigation of our latest COVID-19 lockdown.

We have observed the resilience of both people and businesses over the past 18 months, and evolved our business with the changing needs of our people around both life and work priorities. We’ve seen our fair share of change, recently we’ve farewelled our longtime Experience Director Andrew Millar, and our CE, Antony Dixon. In addition to farewells, there have also been many welcomes across our team. In particular, a warm welcome back to our founder, Nic Gibbens, who will rejoin our Senior Leadership team in an operational capacity, as we take care to appoint new senior talent to our team.

Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Awards

We had further recognition last month with our contact tracing app, Rippl, awarded an honourable mention in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards for 2021 (Pandemic Response category). Rippl was an unexpected product build for us last year, with the NZ wide lockdown in March 2020 serving as the catalyst to experiment with a contact tracing solution for NZ businesses. 

“The whole team is super proud of this international recognition of PaperKite's privacy first design approach for Rippl. We knew we'd done something pretty special and receiving this recognition for Innovation by Design from Fast Company is an amazing achievement.”

Antony Dixon, Former PaperKite Chief Executive.

Support of youth in tech!

The last few months have seen some great experiences for our team, and special opportunities for local youth too.

In August, our Experience Director and iOS Developer joined Young Enterprise’s 2021 Entrepreneurs In Action event. Andrew and Melina mentored six high school students from across NZ, competing against other student groups in a range of business challenges. A great learning opportunity for students and our team alike!

Last month, we proudly joined Summer of Tech’s Meet and Greet event to connect with 25 enthusiastic student developers and have made offers to two fabulous people! We’re excited to have Issac Young (Mobile Developer Intern) and Shahil Khan (Support Engineer Intern) join our team this summer. Issac and Shahil join us on 5 November – it’s going to be a sizzling summer ahead!

UX Discovery and Design with AA Smartfuel

UX Discovery and Design is a crucial component of our digital experience process. Learn more about how we worked with AA Smartfuel to review, redesign and future proof their app.

Over on our blog

Struggling to work out if you need a UI/UX review of your mobile app? We cover off why and when this is important to do for your business.

We also share some insights into our latest pivot in our Design candidate recruitment process. Does your business currently issue take-home design challenges as part of your interview process?

Did you support our first ever Mobile Experience Survey?

Our Design team is having a blast pulling the results together and we hope to share these insights with you all soon – stay tuned!

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