AKIMBOCONNECT

The Akimbo Community Profile Builder includes tools for the creation of a visually interesting individual profile, introducing custom backgrounds, skill badges, and achievement nuggets. The Akimbo Dashboard provides means to add job openings and internships, but also for adding events. The dashboard also features an advanced search for employers.

Akimbo LLC is a young startup in the New York area. The company is focussed on delivering digital tools for underprivileged young people. Akimbo partners with NGO's who are involved in developing potential in young people.

In 2013 Django Web Studio was contacted by Akimbo LLC, which was looking for a company specialised in Django to take over maintainance of their platform and to build the platform out towards the community tool that the founders had envisioned. We did this in 2013, also creating a number of whitelabels for the company.

The Akimbo Community Profile Builder includes tools for the creation of a visually interesting individual profile, introducing custom backgrounds, skill badges, and achievement nuggets. The Akimbo Dashboard provides means to add job openings and internships, but also for adding events. The dashboard also features an advanced search for employers.

In the next year, 2014, the focus was on morphing the Akimbo Community towards a Community Builder, with which partners can create new communities with all the features of the above, but on a custom subdomain, and including a custom interface. The solution includes billing and payment.

In 2015 a number of major changes were implemented in line with new partners Akimbo had acquired, with more on the roadmap for Q3.

We implemented the following techniques for this project:

  • Django: Django is an advanced web application framework, written in Python. Django incorporates a great number of features, enabling developers to develop websites and web applications very quickly and efficiently. We save our clients time and money by getting up to speed quickly using Django.
  • CMS: A Content Management System (or CMS) is the part of a website that enables content managers to edit their sites' content. On of the many marvellous features of Django is that a basic CMS is part of every project. We can then easliy and quickly customise the basic CMS for our clients' needs.
  • jQuery: jQuery is one javascript libraries that started the Web2.0 revolution around 2005, and to date, one of the most popular. We wouldn't know what to do without it (we would then probably need to write it). jQuery enables consistent cross-browser user experience with far less effort and expense, including AJAX support.
  • HTML 5: HTML 5 has great promise in enabling rich web application interfaces to be just as intuitive and flexible as desktop interfaces, even across all the differences there are in the different browsers on the market. Ideally, developers should be able to implement video, audio and animation in a single simple syntax, without having to hack their code to make do for browser compatibily.
  • ElasticSearch: ElasticSearch is a powerful indexer and search engine based on Apache Solr. We use ElasticSearch where the requirement is to search the website as one would search in Google.
  • Single sign-on: Single Sign-On (SSO) gives users the luxury to use one login for all the resources in a cerain network, whereas otherwise they would have to remember a myriad of logins and passwords. We support and implement a number of these techniques.
  • Bootstrap: Django Web Studio uses the interface framework Bootstrap to be able to build responsive web interfaces quickly and efficiently. Note the word "responsive". Modern websites are equally usable on a smartphone, tablet and desktop, laptop and notebook.

Client: Akimbo LLC
URL: http://akimboconnect.com

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