Recently we have been working with Google to create an Instant App for our listings experience, so with the SDK being made publicly available at I/O this week we thought it would be a great time to share our experience.
So what are Instant Apps? Instant Apps allow Android users to run apps instantly in response to tapping a URL without having to install the app. An Instant App contains only the functionality required for the feature that the user is interested in.
The following screen shows an example Instant App experience for users who do not have our realestate.com.au app installed when they tap a URL for an on-market property: Continue reading
I confess to being a mad podcast fan. I am always listening to my favourite podcasts and always on the look out for new ones. I devour podcasts in the same way some people ‘do internet’ or read books. I literally fall asleep each night with my headphones in – incidentally podcast apps usually have a timed stop feature, so you can switch off at the end of an episode or after a specified duration.
I am such a fan of podcasts that Rob Leane, Logan Han and myself created a podcast just to find out what that would be like to create a podcast. It was really really fun, and if you go to http://podcast.rea.tech you will be able to listen to the podcast we created for our Inventorship event (the event formerly known as Hackday at REA). Continue reading
“Invention is a solo event. Innovation is almost always a team sport.” – Larry Marshall, CEO CSIRO
This is just one of the stellar quotes that came out of the seventh annual Tech23 event on 17 November in Sydney. The event celebrates Australian innovation by connecting investors, and entrepreneurs from across enterprise, government, university and industry sectors.
23 young companies with high growth potential and technical expertise pitched their stories and problems they’re tackling, with industry experts responding with both insights and advice. But outside of the presentations themselves, one of the most important parts of the event constantly reinforced throughout the day is the connections and collaboration between brilliant people from all walks of the innovation ecosystem. Continue reading
In August we held our 2nd ever community and charity based Hack Day at REA: Hack it Forward.
More than 110 people in our Melbourne and Xi’an offices spent two days hacking for social causes, non-profit organisations and helping people in need. This year we partnered with more fantastic groups including:
Yet another wonderful event with 25 projects being tackled in 48 hours by smart, passionate people.
Best of all we captured it all in this little video. Enjoy 🙂
I sometimes get the feeling that Google is watching me.
I don’t mean the way it emails me three hours before I have to catch a plane, or how it recommends news articles I actually would like to read, or how it does that thing where ads follow me all around the internet. That’s not paranoia. We all know they’re watching us for that stuff.
No, I’m talking about REA Hack Day projects.
O(n) Week Day 1, 2015 – Somewhere in the Yarra Valley, Victoria: A group of fresh young faces gather in small groups around a house-cum-conference-centre nestled amongst the trees. A communal dinner has been shared and there are beers and soft drinks in-hand: some play pool, some cluster around a newly learnt eurogame, some just chat. Our 2015 graduates are starting to relax and unwind at the end of their first day of (O)n Week.