What are the costs of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Blockchain for Business Apps?

We are now at a technology tipping point where the application of blockchain technology is feasible for businesses and startups. The cost of implementing Blockchain applications has reduced through vendor support in the form of Blockchain as a Service (Baas) and open source libraries.  However, care should be taken before diving into implementing a project using Blockchain, as a number of hidden costs and variables must be carefully examined. What is Blockchain? You can read the comprehensive definition of Blockchain on Wikipedia; however, Dr Mark Staples (Data61) eloquently distills the essence of a Blockchain to simply, "A distributed database and…

Myriad in Brisbane – Connecting the dot connectors

Last week I attended Myriad, a three day technology and innovation festival in Brisbane. According to their site, some of the highlights of this event were: * 50+ local and international speakers * Next generation technology & Interactive experiences * Workshops & Fireside chats * Global Investment and insights * Powerful and inspiring stories * Connections * Investor matchmaking * Sweet, sweet Queensland sunshine. It sounds great, right? However, personally the biggest highlight was the alluring atmosphere where community members, local & international speakers and investors gathered together to discuss inspiration, innovation and impact through a common theme: the use of…

DayNinja app recognised for innovation

The DayNinja app has been featured on More Gold Coast publication as one out of six most innovative apps designed and developed on the Gold Coast, Australia. The free-to-download app is based on the revolutionary Pomodoro Technique by Italian Francisco Cirillo, one of the all-time favourite methods to effectively manage time and increase productivity. Innovation results from the combination of mindfulness and To Do lists to help the user find flow, block interruptions and maintain focus during the working day. "The app allows you to name and prioritise tasks for the day, creates a calendar, and uses a timer to break up the workday…

The power of psychology in User Experience & app design

Have you ever wondered what makes good app design? Why some apps are more popular than others? What exactly makes an app so addictive that finds millions of people willing to interact time and time again? In this article from Smashing Magazine, Nadine Kintscher gives a powerful analysis of how User Experience (UX) and psychology go hand in hand when designing an app that solves the right problem in an efficient and enjoyable manner. When an app design is based on good UX customers/users will intuitively seek to return to the app over and over again because is self-explanatory, clear to navigate, fast to load and…

Why we don’t usually sign NDAs? And you shouldn’t worry about it

Client: "Hi, I would like a quote to get an app developed." Envisage apps: "Sure thing. Please tell me what you have in mind?" Client: "Do you sign non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements? You see, I would like to be able to talk freely about my app to ensure my idea is safe. Otherwise, how do I know you won't steal my idea?" Does this sound familiar to you? It certainly does to us. Well, here is the deal: There is not much new under the sun, and your idea may not be as novel as you think. Over the years we have…

Apps within apps – End of apps as we know them?

I wondered how long it would take for apps to start integrating with other apps.  The first app I noticed this occurrence was Uber - integrating Password1 to retrieve a filed Uber password.  Upon reflecting this really was nothing new in that Stripe and Braintree payments have been in apps for a long time via SDKs. With the arrival of the Apple Watch early 2015 users are likely to expect more than ever a consistent experience across all devices (smartphone, smartwatch, desktop and tablet).  The components in the fabric of the OSs are already supporting this concept through notifications across…

“Millions more needed for startups” – Dave McClure

Dave McClure, founder of leading US start-up tech accelerator program 500startups, recently spoke to Rose Powell of the Australia Financial Review. Full Article here Extract: ...it is the smaller end of the scale, the early seed stage capital investors, that Mr McClure said needs to shed their timidity and take more risks, for the sake of the ecosystem and their own wallets. Mr McClure said there should be less investments in the hundreds of thousands range, and more of millions of dollars. He warned that in a global game less daring players would soon be left behind. “Our biggest winners…

Uber set for ‘Uber valuation’ that would eclipse Twitter & Hertz

The 5 year-old startup Uber is shaking up the taxicab and black car markets with a predicted 'Uber valuation' set to disrupt some of the long established giants.  The booking app that quickly managed to disrupt the space is currently operating in 53 countries, and locally in Brisbane and Gold Coast. According to Uber Brisbane manager, Mr Mike Abbott, "Uber has been successful because our technology is pro-consumer, pro-driver and pro-community.” (source: Gold Coast Bulletin). Despite the attacks, Uber is taking the controversy and regulatory challenges in its' stride, and more so to its' financial success. "If Uber completes the funding, the valuation…

goStandby app receives local recognition

This month the team at Envisage Apps was interviewed by Sarah Blinco from Get it magazine, after one of their own mobile apps goStandby, received an impressive top 7 in the Anthill Smart 100 innovative companies awards. Their travel app became popular within the media circles after winning Startup Weekend Gold Coast last July. Read the full article below by clicking to jump to page 30 in Get it Magazine. Extract: What’s your view of the future when it comes to app technology – will apps become more and more ingrained in society, do you think? "The beauty of Apps…

goStandby voted #7 in Anthill Magazine Smart 100 for innovation in 2014

goStandby, the app specifically designed for tour and activities operators has been voted #7 in Anthill Magazine Smart 100 for innovation in 2014. Nathan Challen lead the goStandby team on the Gold Coast and explained the idea came about after a personal experience with a whale tour company in Brisbane. He shared the moment when the awards were announced: "Initially, we were delighted to be listed as a candidate in the SMART 100 for 2014.  Then we were ecstatic to hear our final placing today!   We were placed #7 in the final judging." Anthill Magazine describes it's judging process: At…