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On Wednesday 2nd March - Friday 4th March, I attended the first Try! Swift developers conference in Tokyo, Japan. As Apple’s new programming language begins to grow and mature it is now receiving a large amount of attention throughout the developer community. This conference was a great opportunity for developers of the iOS, tvOS, watchOS and Mac OS X platforms to present on the ways they are pushing the limits of the language. It has opened up many unique discussions on the ways the language itself can be improved, some of the drawbacks that exist and most importantly the best practices that have revealed themselves already within the community.
Bilue recently turned 5 years old, and we held a party at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney just to celebrate. With some space left over to decorate we decided we wanted to build something a little different for our staff, customers and family to interact with. The brief we landed on was to create something unique, exciting and modern that encompassed the skill and flare that is involved in each and every day in the life of the Bilue team.
There’s always that one person who stresses out about the most ridiculously minuscule problems and will always find a way to be stressed even when there is nothing to actually be stressed about. I’m one of those people. Lately I’ve been exploring the world of meditation, not just as a way of finding calm but also as a way of trying something new.
Yesterday a small group of us took to the water at the North Sydney Olympic Pool to begin our preparation for The Sydney Morning Herald's Cole Classic 2016 swim. The Cole Classic swim incorporates a 1km, 2km, and 5km ocean swim from Shelly Beach to Manly Beach and will take place on Sunday, 7th February 2016.
On Thursday 10 December, once nothing more than a $10,000 credit card debt and now a Sydney-based technology startup, Atlassian raised $US462 million in a much anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO). It goes to show that now is as good a time as ever to push forward, break down barriers and achieve something bold.
Being a company focused on culture, design-led thinking and relentless improvement, Bilue is always looking for ways to tighten the ship and be better. Not just growth in terms of personnel or physical space but in terms of friendships, teamwork, encouragement, exploration, learning, setting goals and achieving them. Yesterday everyone at Bilue woke slightly earlier than usual and boarded a bus headed out west for an excitement-fuelled day of go-karting.
You can only move fast and break things for so long. At some point you need to slow down, step away and gather a little bit of perspective. Last weekend the Bilue team helped organise and attended NSCamp up in Brooklyn, New South Wales. For the entire weekend we accompanied a group of talented developers, designers and creatives from as far as Perth and Melbourne to spend some time away from the regular routine of life and instead challenge ourselves with focus, growth and passion for the work we truly care about.
Yesterday, I gave a presentation at DevWorld Australia on the design and development process of Apple Watch apps with WatchKit, called ‘Intimate Interactions on Apple Watch’.
You sit back in the cold, sticky, plastic, blue train seat sniffle on the morning train into the office. Beside you is the last person you want to be seated next to. Sniffle Scrolling aimlessly through your Facebook news feed you can’t help but keep hearing it.