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.

Go to the Ackama blog

Cara Hill

RubyConf AU 2017

On 9-10 February, I had the good fortune of attending RubyConf AU 2017 in Melbourne. It was my first RubyConf, my second time in Melbourne, and my first time attending a tech conference outside of New Zealand. I had a fantastic time, met a heap of cool people and learned more than my brain could efficiently process.


Vinitha Natarajan

My first Rails Camp

2017 Rails Camp NZ was held at Mt.Cheeseman in Christchurch.

Rails Camp NZ is full weekend retreat, held annually for people interested in web development to gather and be awesome together. This year’s event ran from Friday 24th until Monday 27th of February 2017.


Sandra Clark

Confessions of a Scrum Master

Rabid and Story Inc have been working collaboratively on an amazing project called Together We Make a Nation, an interactive documentary about former refugee women living in NZ. Initially developed in my 20% time, it was then kindly funded by NZ on Air and supported by the NZ Red Cross and became a real thing. You can watch it here www.togetherwmn.nz


Josh Forde

NZ Civil Defence and the importance of Open Data in Emergency Alerts

Immediately after the Kaikoura earthquake, media were reporting a tsunami evacuation alert/order. Many Wellingtonians left for higher ground on foot or by car in the early hours of the morning. But there was confusion about the evacuation zones and the state of the alerts, which became a controversy in itself.

It’s a big issue- how can the public be notified about an emergency alert, especially if they are asleep or in a remote area. What if people at risk are tourists, elderly, infirm, non-english speakers? Example Mobile Alert


Sandra Clark

Former Refugee Women Shine in New Interactive Documentary

Rabid has been lucky enough to be able to contribute to an innovative project showcasing the stories of former refugee women living in New Zealand. The result of that project, “Together We Make a Nation” is an interactive storytelling experience which lets the viewer choose their own path through the content. Ola (Poland), Neary (Cambodia), Yibeth (Colombia) and Dalal (Syria) share stories about their families, histories and what has brought them to our shores, while cooking dishes that remind them of home. We think it’s a great success and we encourage everyone to take some time and check out the website at http://www.togetherwmn.nz.