Rabid is now Ackama

In September 2018, on the company’s 8th birthday, Rabid became Ackama - this was to reflect that fact that we work on large digital ecosystems, and given that nature is the largest ecosystem in the world we wanted a name that came from nature. Ackama, or Makamaka, is a small bushy tree with white flowers and red seeds. It’s found on the coast from Whangarei north.

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More about Merrin Macleod

Merrin was the first designer to join the Rabid team in 2012, bringing a focus on user experience, matching form and function, and thoughtful writing. She advocates coding as a tool to design and prototype experiences.

She co-founded the Wellington chapter of Rails Girls and has spoken at Geek Girl Dinners, the Summer of Tech Xero Seminar Series, and on the Do Podcast. Merrin is also the secretary of Ruby New Zealand and has interests in open government, public knowledge and digital politics, having founded the Adopt an MP campaign at NetHui in 2013 and helped out with the AskAway project.

Posts by Merrin Macleod


Democracy and the internet

Last Friday I attended the launch of AskAway and On The Fence as part of Massey University’s Design + Democracy labs. Various Rabidiers and our officemates from Enspiral and Loomio have been involved with Meg Howie’s project AskAway since it was in its infancy in her final year design project last year, and Meg also helped us out with the Christchurch Journey Planner, so we’re excited to see it launch. This year’s incarnation has been...

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