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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 […]

How to be a mentor

This post was originally published on Medium. I recently attended a mentoring workshop as part of the IPA Women of Tomorrow Awards , led by Gwyn March. I was so inspired by it that I wanted to share some of the key points. 1. There is a difference between mentoring and coaching A coach is someone […]

Can agile save the world? Using retrospectives to improve volunteer meetings.

Retrospectives and Global Justice White October is leading the way in applying agile software-development principles to the work of a web agency.  So it’s only natural that I’ve been wondering what agile could contribute to my spare time activities too. When I’m not leading the Backend Development Team at White October, I chair Global Justice […]