How we designed the 3D avatars for AI:MMO

Since 2014 Code for Life has had a significant impact on the teaching of Computer Science worldwide. However, with over 150,000 users spread across 100 different countries, we still thought we could do more, and therefore decided to further increase our reach by designing a second game for 11-18 year olds. Our new game, AI:MMO, focuses on the continued development of students’ coding skills, while also introducing some of the fundamental concepts underpinning artificial intelligence, all in the format of a multiplayer online game.

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Get hired: Top tips for staying cool

We know that applying for a new job can be daunting. Whether this application marks the first step in your career, or just the latest in a long line of roles, you’re likely to have your misgivings. Nerves are normal and the best thing you can do is be prepared, which is why we have created this guide to walk you through our hiring process.

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How we are enabling OSP for the Machine Learning revolution

In an age where data is knowledge and knowledge is power, knowing how to manipulate and make use of that data in the most effective way possible is crucial to progressing your business. To this end, Ocado Technology decided to create the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) Machine Learning Services (MLS) team, with the goal of evangelising and enabling machine learning techniques within the platform and providing ‘machine intelligence for all’.

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Picking Up Poo

I read a book recently and, like all good books, it made me question my approach to life (it also had pictures and rhyming couplets, which helps with my short attention span… Maybe I should write a blog about that instead…).

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Get hired: What our new starters say

We know that applying for a new job can be daunting. Whether this application marks the first step in your career, or just the latest in a long line of roles, you’re likely to have your misgivings. Nerves are normal and the best thing you can do is be prepared, which is why we have created this guide to walk you through our hiring process: what you can expect, the various stages of our recruitment process, our top tips to combatting your interview jitters, and wand so on.

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How to use an X matrix to define your direction as a new team

As an international company that embraces disruptive technologies, we’re often looking at new and exciting ways to approach the way we collaborate across our teams and departments.

Recently, we set ourselves a fresh challenge of forming an international Ocado Technology department, with sites spread over 1000 miles, and thus decided to try something new when it came to our ways of working together.

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A practical guide to machine learning

Almost every industry nowadays claims to be using the power of artificial intelligence (AI), or more specifically, machine learning (ML) to solve a range of complex real-world challenges. Many businesses have found that, when compared to traditional approaches, machine learning provides better ways to predict real-world outcomes and analyze large data sets with incredible accuracy and speed, uncovering insights that would otherwise remain hidden.

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How to add a Django form to a project

All of our Code for Life projects use the free, open source Django framework, which means it’s really worthwhile for us to get to grips with the framework’s architecture. One of the many benefits of Django is that it provides a form handling service (for a general tutorial on Django forms, click here).

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The design sprint that brought us the Ocado homepage for iPad

Sometimes a sprint is better than a marathon. Deciding to design the homepage of the iOS app for iPad was a big challenge that involved time, effort and dedication from various different departments within Ocado. Choosing a sprint allowed the team to not only create the new iPad homepage design from scratch, but also have it fully user tested first version, all within a week!

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Open to technology, open to the world: Code For Life, an open source project

Lucy is 9 and she has been learning the basics of computer science with her teachers at school for almost three years, ever since the government made Computer Science a part of the primary school curriculum in 2014. Her parents are proud because they know that learning to code will help Lucy understand the world around her, and give her the skills she needs to make an impact. Lucy is happy because she loves to tinker with things and is excited by the idea of building stuff! It sounds magical.

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Mobile testing and automation

Welcome to the Ocado Technology Webinars, where you can hear from the people building the ground-breaking, game-changing technology that powers Ocado, the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer.

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