ShowGizmo’s greatest hits

ShowGizmo’s greatest hits

Events on the Edge. Being based in New Zealand means a lot more than Hobbits and Kiwis….it also means we’re driven to innovate (which is great news for the rest of the world)! Check out the article here

Increase engagement for your association members with event tech: Earlier in the year we hosted a webinar all about event tech for venues….and y’all loved it! So, incase you missed it, or wanted a refresh here’s the recording for you to enjoy!

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A cool idea for show swag: Our friends at misprint.co create notebooks from your waste paper – a sustainable approach to show swag…added bonus, it’s unique and pretty funky!

Suchcrowd: Wouldn’t it be great if you could test your event before you commit to it? Suchcrowd let’s you do that…genius right?!

Codecamp: Earlier in the year our CTO organised and ran a workshop for developers in Wellington. He summarised his event planning experience and his learnings about his own product. Give it a read here

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Global Meetings Industry Day: We we’re so excited to be working with the Meetings Mean Business team this year to product the official app for Global Meetings Industry Day. Missed it? Read up on it now in preparation for GMID17!

Forbes most stressful jobs: Guess what….event planner made the list!

We’ve all been to averages networking events…you know the type, awkward icebreaker games, stagnant atmosphere and what feels like a room full of people who aren’t actually interested in networking.  Surely they can be better, right?! Read “Taking the work out of networking” written by our one and only, Zaf Burns.

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IACC’s meeting room of the future: We worked closely with IACC this year to help predict, create and shape what the meeting room of the future looks like. The resulting research has been fantastic to see…clearly you’re all equally as passionate about the future of the meetings industry as we are! Access the findings here

We’re Hiring: Rails Developer

We’re Hiring: Rails Developer

ShowGizmo is an app which helps people organise events. You’ve probably been to a tech conference and thought “Why do I have to fill out this paper based survey. This should be in some sort of app, possibly one which also has all the schedules and maps in it as well”. That’s our app. It does a bunch of other stuff as well, and we’ve won awards for it.

We’ve got Australasia sewn up and we’re currently taking our product to the US with good success. We’ve spent a lot of time this year improving our platform and gearing up to scale both the team and the number of users on the platform in anticipation for growth which should be somewhere between exponential and explosive.

Our tech team is small, diverse in all senses, amiable, and keen on learning. We’re Agile in the true sense, iterating frequently on the way we work. Shared lunches, stopping work on a Friday to try to solve problems in antique languages, pokemon, and the whole team going to NDC together are all things that happen or have happened recently. About half of the team works from the couches on any given day. My dog comes in a few days a week and climbs on people while we try to have meetings. We value automation and beautiful code. Almost all communication on Hipchat now consists of animated gifs and chatbots arguing with each other.

We have native apps for all the major platforms, a Rails admin site, and a Rails mobile site. All of this is backed by a Rails API. We work hard to ensure that we’re on up to date versions, that our test coverage is good, and that every commit leaves the campground tidier than we found it.

You’ve been coding for about five years, with at least a couple of those being on Rails. You love RSpec and hate monkey patching. You’re also at least somewhat into front end development – perhaps you can explain how prototypal inheritance works without that mild feeling of unease that I get and have a preference for SASS over LESS, or vice versa. If it hasn’t got a test over it, it’s not finished. You’re familiar with at least some of the other technologies in the ShowGizmo mix – Git, Jenkins, Capistrano, AWS, Sunspot/Solr, and Postgres.

The small firm environment and being part of a close-knit and collaborative team fires you up. You’re equally happy learning and teaching, and working on your own and pairing. Your favourite book is the pragmatic programmer. Or maybe you hate it. You’ve got an opinion on it anyway. You probably follow at least one parody developer on twitter.

Outside of work you probably do a bit of coding for fun, and attend a few user groups, but there is more to you than code. You are also part of a knit graffiti circle, which is cutting into the time you can spend on restoring your beloved 1980s jetski. You have an extensive collection of signed photographs of Richard Briers. You once flatted with a bloke from Nairobi who had a harpsichord.

Let’s have a chat.

How to apply:

CV would be a good, but also happy with a link to your Github profile, a few lines that you’ve dashed off outlining your experience, even your LinkedIn profile. Doesn’t have to be desperately formal. That fact that you’re applying through this channel suggests that you’ve done some research into the company and that you’re keen on the sound of us. 

Send your application to ben@showgizmo.com

We’re Hiring: iOS Developer

We’re Hiring: iOS Developer

ShowGizmo is an app which helps people organise events. You’ve probably been to a tech conference and thought “This paper based schedule sucks. I wish there was an app that did this”. That’s our app. It does a bunch of other stuff as well, and we’ve won awards for it.

We have native apps for iOS,  Android, and Windows phone, plus a new mobile web offering in development. All of these talk to a common Rails API, and there’s a web portal for event organisers, also on Rails.

We’re well established in Australasia and are gearing up to go global. Over the coming months we’ll be building a bunch of new features, sharpening up our development practice, and expanding our technical team. We’re partnering with other tech companies to build some genuinely innovative product.

We have an office dog called Kaiser. One of our salespeople once got called Zaf by mistake, and now none of us know his real name. Our CEO is married to a stunt pilot. There is a bloke in the office upstairs who has a business sharpening saws. The information radiator for the build server occasionally pauses in its primary function to play animations and songs when one of the sales team closes a deal. One of our devs shoots japanese longbows.

Our small team is diverse both culturally and technically, and we’re keen to see that continue as it becomes a large team.

You’ve probably got a couple of years development experience with at least some being on iPhone, probably objective C, and you’ve got a couple of apps in the stores. You’re keen on things like code quality, continuous build, and automated testing. You’d like the chance to make a difference to the technical direction of a codebase. You get excited by the idea of working with technology like beacons and NFC. You’re excited by Swift and want to get involved in an app that’s using it.

You don’t just live to code though. You bring joy to your colleagues with your quirky ways. Our office is 50% loft, 50% warehouse, and 50% barn. You are the value of X that makes this equation balance. Maybe you are a skilled dressage rider, or make your own fireworks. Perhaps you have a slow cooker and an interest in topiary. You probably have a humorous anecdote about a time when you got stuck in a lift with Nigel Kennedy.

We would love to get to know you.

How to apply:

CV would be a good, but also happy with a link to your Github profile, a few lines that you’ve dashed off outlining your experience, even your LinkedIn profile. Doesn’t have to be desperately formal. That fact that you’re applying through this channel suggests that you’ve done some research into the company and that you’re keen on the sound of us. 

Send your application to ben@showgizmo.com

We are hiring! App Concierge role (Casual)

We are hiring! App Concierge role (Casual)

ShowGizmo provides event apps to thousands of event organisers around the world. Every month our app is being used at conferences, tradeshows, awards ceremonies, product launches etc.

We’re looking for new team members in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Wellington, Auckland to assist our clients to have an amazing experience onsite with our event app.

In the same way a hotel concierge knows all the facilities, areas of interest and how to get around the hotel, you as our ‘app concierge’ will understand our app features, how the event plans to use them and how to use the app and will be onsite at our events to assist clients and their event participants. You’ll probably also need to know the event wifi as we ALWAYS get asked that! A typical day will include assisting participants at registration to download the app, making tweaks to the agenda, adding a live poll, facilitating in-app Q&A, handing out exhibitor QR code posters and generally being on hand to answer the event producers last minute questions, and requests for advice.

Your empathy, helpfulness and energy will make all the difference to our app’s success onsite. So, you will be;

• Warm and friendly

• Calm under pressure

• Tech savvy

• Able to explain technology to inexperienced users in a way that makes them feel grateful not patronised

• Enthusiastic

• Well presented

Your experience to date is likely to include;

• Front line support or call centre

• Hospitality front of house

• Data input/word processing

You’ll like this role because;

• It’s casual and can fit in around other things you’re doing

• It could lead to ongoing work with us in a marketing or production capacity

• It will expose you to cool events and interesting clients giving you some experience in the events industry

If selected, we need you to attend a fortnightly one hour online training session with the HQ team to keep connected, up to speed on new features and engaged with us.

You’ll then be advised of events in your location that require an app concierge as and when they are confirmed. You may also be asked to travel. All expenses are covered and we pay WELL as this is such a critical role for us.

Interested? Contact Dott Nemeth to apply

dott@showgizmo.com