Your ally software development studio

We are a team of software developers, game developers and data scientists that make things happen. Our technology stack:

- Web Development Front End: Vue.js - ReactJS

- Web Development Back End: Django - DjangoREST

- Mobile App Development: Unity

- Video Game Development: Unity - Unreal Engine

- Data Science: R - Python 

 
$1,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2019
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Medellin, Colombia
headquarters
  • Cra 43 # 9 sur 195, Inexmoda Square, Office 1232
    Medellin, ANT 050021
    Colombia
other locations
  • 1045 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

UCSF, Phillips 66, Demand Frontier, March Capital, Century Homebuilders

Reviews

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Unity Development for Virtual Event Platform

"Their ability to adapt and learn is also impressive."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

When COVID-19 hit, an in-person adventures and events company had to adapt. Alternova, Inc. built a virtual event platform using Unity and other technologies. The team also performed maintenance. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Tyler Welch
Founder, Tyler's Mystery Tours
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Within a month and a half, we had a prototype completed. Currently, the team is ramping up and working through the beta version. The team at Alternova, Inc. is responsive, accommodating, and communicative. Customers can expect a dedicated and invested team. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My first business is called Tyler’s Mystery Tours. We do all kinds of in-person adventures and a lot of team-building events.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Alternova, Inc.?

When the coronavirus hit, Altenova developed a virtual event platform for us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The leading service was Alternova building a Unity platform that uses WebRTC. We also went through a brainstorming & design process with them. They also troubleshoot bugs and everything else related to the platform.

We also used AWS, Photon Engine, Fireface, and DigitalOcean.

What is the team composition?

Throughout the engagement, we worked with four or five people.

How did you come to work with Alternova, Inc.?

I found Alternova in a Discord channel of Unity game developers in the Bay Area. I posted at the beginning of COVID-19, saying that I was looking for help with a project. The next morning, I spoke to Alternova, and they were very responsive. They had really good ideas too.

That paired with their response rate and lower rates, it just made sense to partner with them.

How much have you invested with them?

The project cost between $50,000–$199,999.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started our engagement a little over three months ago.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We had a prototype within a month and a half, and we’re almost at our beta release. We’re ramping up and plan to double their team.

They’re based in Colombia. They’re responsive and fast. Through the majority of the technical problems and issues we’ve had, they’ve been able to work with us and find a solution.

Their ability to adapt and learn is also impressive. My project is using newer features that they weren’t familiar with. It’s a learning process for them and me.

How did Alternova, Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Discord to readily have discussions with threads for different topics. I talk directly to most of their team members. Most of them know English, but if they don’t, we usually translate. We’re practicing English and Spanish together. The language barrier hasn’t been an issue because the tools we use are just fast and streamlined.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Along with being adaptable, their team is interested and invested in doing the best for their clients. Sometimes I’m changing my plan or testing goes one way, so we have to modify it, but they’re ready for the change and eager to make the best result.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There are a variety of engineers and skill levels. When I signed up with them, I knew I wasn’t getting a WebRTC expert, but they’ve learned it. The only thing I can think of is that although they weren’t knowledgeable in this tool we’re using, they’re super aggressive about learning it.

4.5
Overall Score I've been happy with their performance.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    It depends on what the colleague wants.

Web Development for Psychology Research Platform

“Their communication and follow-up were great.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Alternova, Inc provides app development services for a university psychology research department. Their work includes creating a web application to promote organizational skills for children.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Melissa Dvorsky
Researcher, UCSF
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Alernova’s efforts were met with positive feedback. The team creative a cohesive application that catered to their client’s needs as well as adhering to user interface best practices. Skilled and flexible, customers can expect a diligent vendor that is thorough in their execution.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a researcher at the Univestity of California San Francisco.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Alternova, Inc.?

We needed help designing an app that would promote organizational skills for children.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They designed and developed our web application. We first brainstormed the idea here with our team, and then started talking with Alternova. They had us send them various features we liked. Next, we created a user story of what we wanted and they created mockups using InVision. We gave them feedback on the design, function, and orientation, and they built the first version. Then we took that version and gave it to parents and teachers and we got the version we have now.

What is the team composition?

We worked with four people from their team, including a designer and a main point of contact.

How did you come to work with Alternova, Inc.?

Another researcher at UCSF had used them for a different cognitive training tool and had a great experience with them. We interviewed 4-5 different companies and made a Google Hangouts chat and we clicked really well.

How much have you invested with them?    

We've invested $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in October 2019, and our engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We were all really impressed with how things turned out and how responsive they were throughout the process. They knew when to go with their instincts and balanced that with what we wanted in the app. We appreciated that because we know the psychology aspect, but we're not UI people. It was a great give and take.

How did Alternova, Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate via email and use Google Hangouts to video chat regularly. They always respond within a couple of hours.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their communication and follow-up were great. They're always very flexible and solutions-focused.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, not that I can think of.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

My advice is to communicate with them early on and flesh out a timeline and a budget. Once we did this, things went exactly as planned.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev & Design for University Program

“Our ability to trust Alternova, Inc. has made the engagement successful.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Alternova, Inc. designed and developed a mobile and web app for a university neurology program. Working in Unity, Django, and Firebase, the team created an accessible platform.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Joaquin Anguera
Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical Program, UCSF
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the work is ongoing, the work thus far has met the expectations of the internal team. Alternova, Inc. collaborates effectively with the client, allowing for an engagement based on trust and confidence. The team is hard-working, creative, and talented.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. I am also the director of a clinical program at Nueroscape.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Alternova, Inc.?

I needed help designing and developing a platform to help assess a user’s cognitive abilities.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Alternova, Inc. developed and designed our platform for us, which can be accessed from a phone, tablet, or desktop. The app syncs with our backend in a robust fashion to synchronize with different types of statistical software packages for dashboards. They work hand in hand with our team on the design. 

The app was built with a Unity framework to ensure it could be accessed from different devices and has a Firebase backend to capture data. We have since updated the software with Django.

What is the team composition?

Their team grew during the scope of the project. What began with just their lead technical person and an engineer, grew into an entire team with different people playing different roles. 

How did you come to work with Alternova, Inc.?

I originally came in contact with their CTO years ago when I first started this project. He matriculated to Alternova, Inc. while we were working on the project so it made sense to continue working with him. He was able to bridge the gap between a lot of different engineers on his team. As their company began to grow, the resulting work was of similar quality but was produced faster.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested between $275,000–$500,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our ongoing engagement with Alternova, Inc. began in January 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

While the work is ongoing, we’ve been doing qualitative assessments. Alternova, Inc. consistently hit deadlines and give us fair notice when they need to push one back. They’re able to shuffle things around and take care of things without fail. It’s been really great.

How did Alternova, Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

Our project manager is fantastic and is great about keeping in contact. The Alternova, Inc. team is always suggesting improvements to make things more streamlined. We really appreciate the way they work with us and our partners, which is great because the university always has many collaborators on projects.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Our ability to trust Alternova, Inc. has made the engagement successful. Everybody that works for them is confident and honest. I find working with them very comforting and I’m always confident we’re going to get the results we’re looking for. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, everything has been great.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

VR Development for Real Estate Construction Company

"They were very patient and understanding of our needs and feedback."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Jul. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Alternova, Inc. created VR models of apartments for a real estate firm. They built nine models with a VR tool so that customers could fully experience a new apartment. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Medellin, Colombia
Elisa Echeverri
Communications Director, Cuarto Plano
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Alternova, Inc. has provided excellent service. Their ability to send updates and respond to feedback was impressive. The results have been impressive. Patient, professional, and punctual, their consulting experience was top-notch. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the design and communications manager of a real estate company based in Medellin, Colombia.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenges were you trying to address with Alternova, Inc.?

The goal of this was to create a virtual reality experience for the project’s sales and international fairs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We're currently developing a residential neighborhood near the city so we hired them to create models of the apartments during one of the stages of this development. The model contained three different types of apartments with three different finishes. In total, they modeled nine apartments for us.

I don’t know in detail but they provided consulting for us about the equipment we acquired to set up the virtual reality experience in our salesroom.

What was the scope of their involvement?

I don’t know in detail but they provided consulting for us about the equipment we had to acquire to set up the virtual reality experience in our salesroom. As for the tool they use for the development I believe it was ??, but I am not certain.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Ricardo the general manager, a project manager, both of them very attentive. There were also at least three engineers working in the project. 

How did you come to work with  Alternova, Inc.?

For this project we have a partnership with another company, they met the Alternova’s manager in a fair here in Medellin. So when we decided to start with this project they referred them to us, we met up and it worked well. 

How much have you invested in them?

We spent around 30 to 40 million Colombian pesos ($8,800-$11,800 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in July 2019 and continue working with them in updates.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

In terms of the quality, it was excellent. They were constantly sending us updates. We would send our feedback and they made all adjustments right in time. They would receive us in their offices and we would work for hours together in improvements, so the quality was extremely good.

The results for us have been very positive. Everyone likes it and our clients are more motivated to buy the apartments with this experience. They really like our way of showing the product and it is not a very common strategy here in Colombia. It has been very well received.

How did Alternova, Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

They didn’t use any specific project management tool. They shared all updates through Google Drive, we used email, phone, WhatsApp. In general, it was a very good experience, we could tell that they were deeply involved in the project. They were very patient and understanding of our needs and feedback. In addition, they were extremely punctual and professional too.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They stand out in their punctuality and permanent feedback throughout the project. The quality of the project, experience, and consulting to set up the experience in our salesroom was all impressive.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could have more options for interior design on the apartments. I know they had to model some things from scratch; if they had had more of these already crafted it would have been faster.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile Apps & AR Dev for Digital Agency

"They are an extremely talented team with a skill set that’s difficult to find."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Alternova, Inc. designed and developed three iOS and Android mobile applications. They included functionalities such as AR, log-in, data input, user scoring, and access to engagement history.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
VP of Client Success, Digital Marketing Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Without cutting any corners, Alternova, Inc. produced high quality, smooth-running mobile applications within the deadline. Their highly-specialized experience makes them unique. Customers can expect a responsive, skillful team that’s committed to working hard to complete their tasks.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the VP of client success at a digital marketing agency.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Alternova, Inc.?

We wanted to work on lead generation. A lot of people are on their phones trying to find content that’s easy to digest and actionable. So, we needed to create a series of mobile applications that would allow our client base or prospects to engage in activities that we could track and score. Afterward, we would categorize them into different streams depending on what activities they did. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built the framework and technology for three iOS and Android mobile apps. Before the development phase, some of their designers worked to improve the designs that we had submitted so that they worked well with the different apps. One of them is an AR app that takes offline marketing tools such as print ads, brochures, trade show material, and direct mailers, and digitizes them. When users log in and scan these tools, the app takes them to the content. 

Alternova, Inc. also included functionalities that allow us to send notifications about product updates, access users' engagement history, and release additional content based on their past interactions. They built the framework such that we can plug-in data into different marketing automation tools and our CRM. Every client comes with their own marketing tech stack so Alternova, Inc. developed the products to meet these differing needs.

What is the team composition?

My main point of contact is Ricardo (Co-Founder & CEO, Alternova, Inc.). His team also includes a handful of developers, designers, and coders.

How did you come to work with Alternova, Inc.?

I was referred to them by someone I know and trust. We did a test pilot for a casino company with them and they delivered. So, we decided to continue working with them.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve invested about $35,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in August 2017 and our relationship is ongoing. We usually work with them for about 12 weeks at a time.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

They got the apps up and running in 3 months, which was within the deadline. Thanks to their work, we were able to immediately release functional apps that deliver results to our clients. Overall, their work is of high quality and it’s clear that they don’t take any shortcuts. 

How did Alternova, Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

We use the scrum methodology so they work in sprints that last 2–3 weeks, depending on the project. When we work with them, we have weekly check-ins either in person or through Google Hangouts. We also communicate with them via email if there is any work that needs to be done urgently. They’re very responsive and when we outline tasks, they always complete them by the time they’re due.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are an extremely talented team with a skill set that’s difficult to find–I wish I could work with them all. Although we haven’t started working on this aspect yet, I know that their data and predictive analytics practices are really strong. They have a real depth of knowledge when it comes to AI, technology, and mobile apps.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They should think about how to communicate what they’re capable of. They don’t realize how sought after their skill set is. We started working with them on one project and it led to another but only because we had been exposed to them. They should figure out how to make their strengths known.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Like any technical project, have a manager, milestones, a timeline, and a plan of what you want to get out of it. That’s how you’ll succeed. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer