Don Christie

Diversity, inclusion and marriage equity

Since Catalyst developed its diversity policy earlier this year there were a number of things that struck me. The first was that it had taken us 20 years to describe the...
Don Christie

Open source underpins Open Knowledge

"Open knowledge is knowledge that one is free to use, reuse, and redistribute without legal, social or technological restriction. Open knowledge is a set of principles and...
Brendan Heywood

Under the hood of Moodle’s cron system

At Catalyst we work with a lot of clients who have pretty big Moodle instances. One of the critical parts of Moodle is the Task API aka cron system which ticks along in the...
Brooke Penny

It's safe to say, we made the tourists day!

You may recall seeing an article on Stuff.co.nz late last week, which told the story of the two 23 year old French tourists, Antoine and Sven, who had their van they were living...
Russell Michell

ScaleConf 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending ScaleConf here in Wellington for the second time. For the second year running, the conference was sponsored by Catalyst...
Andrew Boag

Follow The Sun Support – One Year In

Catalyst started up in 1997, and from humble beginnings as an outsourced services company we have grown to over 250 staff globally, with seven offices across Australia, New...
MaryRose Painter

Work, family, diversity

It's disappointing to see Jacinda Ardern being grilled about her plans for parenthood, less than 24 hours in as the leader of the Labour party. As well as being sexist,...
MaryRose Painter

Arduino Academy 2017

We've been holding our Arduino Academy for several years now, but this is the first time our participants have been all female. Needless to say, we get pretty excited about...
Chris Cormack

How many other IT companies have a Kapa Haka?

I'm going to hazard a guess and say, not many, if any. As part of our birthday celebrations, all the staff of our NZ offices spent Friday the 7th of July being able to work on...
Don Christie

20 Years Ago

20 years ago Jim Bolger was still our Prime Minister, the All Blacks made a clean sweep of the Bledisloe Cup and Wellington became the first city in the world to lay a fibre loop...
Jen Zajac

How to run a conference

I recently had the pleasure of directing the first national JavaScript conference for New Zealand, which took place in Wellington earlier this year. The conference, nz.js(con);...
Donna Benjamin

What's an Inkscape?

Inkscape is free and open source drawing software.  It’s available for Linux (of course), but also for Windows, and for MacOS too.  It’s a tool for drawing 2D vector...