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‘Let’s Talk FGM’ app wins London Design Award

The following is a shortened press release, 24 Nov 2016. An app designed to make it easier for health professionals to talk about female genital mutilation (FGM) with their clients has been voted Best in the Digital Health category in the London Design Awards, a global award series that celebrates excellence in design. ‘Let’s Talk […]

Shortlisted for the London Design Awards with Let’s Talk FGM and Oxford Analytica.

We’re really proud to be shortlisted with our Clients for this award. The London Design Awards celebrate the creativity and courage of those who are leading the way. Congratulations to the teams working on Let’s Talk FGM and Oxford Analytica. Here is an outline of both projects with links to the nomination. Feel free to give us […]

Put your money where your mouse is

“If you found this program useful, please consider making a donation.” You’ve probably seen those words quite a bit on software that you use.  I have too.  But it struck me a little while ago how much what we at White October do relies on hard work done by others for free in their spare […]

White October fills key management roles from within its own talent pool

The following is a shortened press release, Sep 2016.   Two talented women from the White October team are taking on leadership roles within the firm and our sister company White October Events.  Jo Lankester is to become Interim Managing Director of White October Events, to provide maternity cover for founder and MD Ruth Yarnit.  Sarah […]

Connecting to Google’s Natural Language API with Python on App Engine.

Connecting to Google’s Natural Language API with Python on App Engine. Introduction As part of our recent White October Hack Day, I did something very basic using Google’s Natural Language API to extract a list of nouns from a sentence. The detail of what I used it for isn’t important here.  What is important is […]

Handling uploads with App Engine and webapp2

I’ve been developing a prototype with Google App Engine, webapp2 and Python for a few weeks now, and I’m really enjoying it. That said, some things have taken a bit more digging to work out.  This blog post is an attempt to explain one of those areas that I think could do with a bit […]

FGM – an app to get people talking

Let’s Talk FGM is an app we’ve built in partnership with Joanne McEwan, Health Visitor at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and awardee of a Mary Seacole Leadership Award. We’ve been working closely with Joanne to design and build an iPad app for health professionals to use when talking about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with […]

What are we doing about diversity?

At the start of the year, my colleague Sarah Plant and I decided to host two film screenings. CODE Girl and CODE-Debugging the gender gap. We’re both advocates of women in tech and hoped the film screenings would bring together like-minded people who could share in a discussion around this topic. The second film touched […]