Custom software development - web & mobile.

Apptension is a Poland-based creative software house, focused on creating innovative experiences and solving complex problems. We’re a group of people who live & breathe technology and feel comfortable on the bleeding edge.

We’re passionate about delivering the most creative and effective solutions possible on time and within the budget. We specialize in crafting responsive web applications and user-friendly e-commerce as well as technically supporting game-changing startups.

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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Poznań, Poland
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Essence Digital, Clubhouse Studios, Oh My! Digital Design Studio, rehabstudio LTD, Psyomics, Saatchi&Saatchi, Symetria, UNIT9, Vuclip.

Clubhouse

‘86½ years’ is a web experience using both photography and audio to tell stories of Joseph Markovitch, a London pensioner, who had lived in East London area his entire live. It is a homage to him, payed by Hoxton Mini Press, a small and locally run East London publishing house, and Clubhouse Studios. The narrative, driven by the eye tracking technology, makes the website both unique and sentimental journey.

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Tresilio

Psyomics is a biotechnology company founded by Prof Sabine Bahn from The University of Cambridge and Dan Cowell. They wanted to create a tool to explore how people could monitor their psychological well being and develop a better awareness and understanding of their own mental health. Psyomics approached us to help them develop the first stage of the app for a trial phase. How does it work? Tresilio is a mobile web app meant for different types of users: people who consider themselves healthy, those who may have early signs of mental health challenges, but are unaware and help-seeking individuals. Users can use the app to monitor their mental health, develop a better understanding of potential causes of any challenges faced or get personalized advice on the best options to access further help and support.

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Vuclip

VIU is a video on demand service, offering the latest TV productions and music videos, that is taking Asian & African markets by storm. So far, it has been launched in 14 countries, including India, Malaysia and UAE.

Vuclip, the company behind VIU, approached us in September 2015 and tasked us with handling the frontend side of this complex service and developing a sleek corporate website for the company.

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RespoTeam

RespoTeam is a tool that helps to include end-users feedback in design and development process. Agile teams can invite users to share insights and opinions about ideas, design and content on a daily basis. The goal is to make user research/testing a daily practice rather than a project milestone.

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Sumosan

Through striking visuals and sleek experience, we transfer the elegance of contemporary Japanese cuisine into the digital. Sumosan.com is a fully responsive website for one of the most sophisticated Japanese cuisine brands. The page is based on a series of beautiful videos and a visual menu that allows users to order their meal right from the page.

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teamdeck

Teamdeck is our first major in-house product. The tool combines resource scheduling, time tracking and leave management to help companies manage their teams effectively. Typically, teamdeck is used by creative agencies, software houses, finance & product teams that manage multiple projects at the same time. Being a software house ourselves, we understand the challenges that these companies are facing and had a solid idea how to solve them.

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Selva

SELVA is a passion-project created by like-minded individuals. The brand is known for high-quality fabrics, striking designs and beautiful photoshoots. We have partnered with them to create a website that would showcase the fashion and provide a unique shopping experience.

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Reviews

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Outsourced Web Dev for Digital Studio

“They’re communicative and organized.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Fall 2017 - 2018
Project summary: 

Apptension adhered to technical plans and developed two websites. The first website is for an educational institution, while the other is a campaign site that displays user data in the form of infographics.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Toronto, Canada
Executive Producer, Digital Studio
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Apptension values hard work and that culture yields high-quality products. They remained motivated in response to demanding client feedback and ultimately delivered what they promised. Their productivity is unmatched and that commitment enables them to be unhindered by time zone differences.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m an executive producer for a digital studio. We provide a variety of services like experience design and web development. We can also take on large-scale interactive installations and documentaries. Our other services include video content production, marketing material design, and 3D asset creation for web development projects.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Apptension?

Despite having an in-house development team, we occasionally get too busy and need to extend our capabilities by engaging a trusted partner. We've meant to work with Apptension for a while and when two projects came up simultaneously, we seized the opportunity to hire them for web development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Apptension helped us over the course of two projects. First, they developed an informational website for an educational institution. Then, they developed a campaign website that utilizes user data to display exciting infographics and innovations. We attached a director to both projects and provided the technical plans. They contributed to those documents as well. Our internal QA resource worked with their QA team. We designed each site’s UI/UX, but only provided minimal development support. They skillfully lead the development efforts.

What is the team composition?

They assigned a project manager, a QA team, and a few developers.

How did you come to work with Apptension?

They were referred to us by a colleague who has an ongoing engagement with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in Fall 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They believe in producing high-quality work that’s on par with what we develop internally. Apptension remained transparent and proactively engaged in communication to accommodate challenging client feedback. This approach enabled them to navigate short project timelines and deliver successful products.

How did Apptension perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re communicative and organized. We interacted through email, Slack, and Google Hangouts. All document sharing was rooted in Google Drive. We overcame a six-hour time difference by meeting with them at the end of their day. They worked ahead of the production schedule, so our meetings consisted of reviewing their progress and making a plan for the following day.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The speed at which they delivered an early build of the first site was remarkable. They stayed ahead of the curve throughout both projects and that allowed us to polish each deliverable further.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We found that each party had a different understanding of the scope at several points throughout development. We were able to clear everything up quickly, so that didn’t negatively impact the engagement in a significant way. However, both teams discussed the issue as something that could be improved during the next project.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Visual references and guidelines were useful in communicating our vision to them. I’d also recommend establishing a plan to maneuver around the time difference from the start. Later in development, revisit the unknowns that occurred at the beginning of the engagement to ensure a unified understanding between both teams.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Interactive Web Dev for Creative Studio

"The site won about four industry awards – a great recognition of our work."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. - Apr. 2017
Project summary: 

Apptension partnered on an interactive web development project. The site used webcam technology, images, and sound to create a digital experience. Their developers worked with separate design teams.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Digital Delivery Director, Creative Studio
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site won numerous industry awards and received positive feedback from internal stakeholders. They created a compelling experience that resulted in organic growth. However, more rigorous QA and guidelines would benefit future engagements. They demonstrate a great work ethic and flexibility.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the digital delivery director at a creative agency that works with footwear and hospitality companies. Our digital campaign services include product launches, advertising campaigns, and marketing campaigns.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Apptension?

We do annual internal projects. This year, we wanted to create a digital experience based on a local photojournalist’s print work. The photographer had documented his relationship with an elderly man who has lived in Hoxton for over 80 years. We wanted to do something based on this for our project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We built an interactive website using Apptension as a development partner. We handled the creative and the UX/UI design in-house. The photography came from our partner. We also commissioned music, produced videos, and created other content. They worked solely on web development; their UX and design teams collaborated with our in-house development team.

We had audio recordings from both the photographer and actor that portrayed the subject – someone who’s lived in the area for over 86 years without and never left. We segmented the experience into different chapters based on the audio’s topic. They built facial recognition software that uses the webcam to track users’ faces.

The site invites users to close their eyes during each chapter. The experience then introduces background noise to complement each picture. The site asks users to open their eyes after they’ve had enough time to imagine the scene. After detecting that their eyes have opened, we will display the photograph of that scene, so that they can see what it actually was they’d been imagining.

What is the team composition?

The project manager was responsible for planning, delivery, timelines, and managing the development team. However, we maintained direct communication because we prefer close relationships between design and development resources. The development team included three people and the CTO.

How did you come to work with Apptension?

I had friends at a company that previously engaged them. They suggested speaking to Apptension.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them between March – April 2017. The website is still live, but won’t be updated as it is a one-time project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The site won about four industry awards – a great recognition of our work. We didn’t use KPIs because this was a passion project. From an internal perspective, we loved the site and the creativity that went into it. Everyone was proud of the site; it was a positive experience.

We didn’t necessarily want to attract a specific number of people to the site, see a number of shares, or something similar. We wanted to create a compelling experience that resonated with people. To that end, the site experienced organic growth without paid media.

How did Apptension perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very responsive via Slack and phone. We had daily standup meetings each morning to review that day’s work. The team was flexible and adapted to our preferred methods. Our project manager helped them transition to our workflows. They performed well once they learned our processes.

They were experienced problem solvers; we felt confident about the integration between teams. We had access to senior developers. They were ambitious and worked late nights to deliver our vision.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their approach enhanced the team dynamic. As a remote partner, Apptension extended themselves; they were interested in our work and make the project their own. That sense of responsibility and engagement truly distinguished them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Near the end of the project, I spoke with the IT business manager about how we’d like to work with them in the future. We didn’t want to go through the same startup process again. Similarly, any future projects would need a more efficient onboarding process for new team members. We also had some specific feedback for improving QA, which didn’t perform on the same level as development. QA is just as important during the building phase.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Outline requirements to Apptension as soon as possible, and make sure that expectations are clear. We had an upfront discussion on this topic but later found that our approaches differed slightly. Had we provided more information, and spent more time discussing how we wanted to run the project, they would have been in a better position initially to react to that.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS Travel App Dev for Digital Studio

“Throughout the process, we learned to collaborate with them and came to consider them partners.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

Apptension used a provided design to create an iOS app that allowed vendors and users to advertise and sign up for travel activities. The app included search capabilities, itineraries, and digital payment.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Founder, Digital Studio
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app garnered extensive praise for the accuracy of its design implementation. Apptension’s consistent communication, responsiveness, and proven technical skill facilitated a dynamic collaboration.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and partner of a small digital studio that designs and builds websites and native apps. We typically work with third-party developers on larger projects.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Apptension?

We carried out the planning, UX, and design for a travel app for a client that allows users to reserve and pay for travel activities. We needed development resource to help us build the iOS app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They collaborated with us to build the iOS version of the app; while we created wireframes and provided the designs, they helped us to define the specifics of the functionality and developed the app to our specifications.

The primary functions facilitate vendor-user interactions. Vendors can advertise their activities with photos and promotional videos. Users then browse through the offered activities, organize them with filters, and request bookings. The app also features text/email notifications, integrated digital payment options, and user itineraries.

Currently, they’re providing ongoing support for the app, and we plan to launch other releases by the end of the year. They’ve recently released an update that allowed us to add other markets to our vendor base.

What is the team composition?

We primarily worked with a tech lead, developer, project manager, and a QA tester.

How did you come to work with Apptension?

We received numerous referrals from our colleagues, so we contacted them and detailed our project objectives. Compared to other companies, they responded quickly and diligently to give us estimates. Ultimately, we chose them based on their high-quality portfolio and previous clients.

How much have you invested with them?

We prefer to keep the project cost confidential.

What is the status of this engagement?

The iOS build lasted from March–September 2017. Now, they continue to provide app maintenance and have plans for a potential Android version, though this will depend on our end-client.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The end-client praised the app and wanted to continue working with us, which reflects the caliber of Apptension’s work. They accurately replicated our designs in the final build and included all of the required functions.

How did Apptension perform from a project management standpoint?

Throughout the process, we learned to collaborate with them and came to consider them partners. We met weekly with appear.in and communicated primarily through Slack for smaller inquiries. They always replied promptly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re great communicators and easy to work with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

As we went along, we conveyed minor concerns to them, and they addressed everything we mentioned.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I don’t know what we could have done without our constant communication. They excel at keeping their clients informed, so customers should not be afraid to reach out to them.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Development for Conversational Commerce Platform

“The code and the work were good quality and were really what we were looking for.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May - Dec. 2017
Project summary: 

Apptension developed the MVP of a web platform, using Django on the backend and React on the frontend.  

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York Metro Area
Co-Founder, Conversational Commerce Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Building a high-quality platform with clean code, they displayed good technical design skills and established a solid product. They were a flexible team that communicated well and always went above and beyond.  

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder of a conversational commerce platform focused on the beauty and cosmetic space.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Apptension?

We needed to quickly put out an MVP of what we were launching into the market.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Along with our head of engineering, they built two products and got them to the point where we could test them with consumers.

One is for content creators or influencers, helping them to understand how much revenue they make from their content. The platform allows influencers to generate revenue when people purchase products from their posts. The content creator aspect allows them to indicate which products were in the piece of content. The second was a retailer product that allows retailers to upload products to the platform, and in turn, those products are provided to the influencer.

They used Django on the backend and React for the frontend, a web version and not a native version.

What is the team composition?

We worked with 12–15 people who covered the frontend, backend, QA, and project management.

How did you come to work with Apptension?

We had used them before and felt they knew what they were doing.

How much have you invested in them?

We spent around $170,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from May to December 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They were able to bring technical design thinking to the project. They helped to push the product into something that could be extendable in the future. The code and the work were good quality and were really what we were looking for.

How did Apptension perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management was tight and I always knew what was happening. They ran a scrum and agile process with a two-week scrum duration. They always did 10%–15% more than their story point estimates. Their English and the communication was good, generally. We worked through the time difference by conducting calls in the morning and that worked out pretty well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re a great group. We were happy to work with them and really happy with the results. They developed their own product, so they understand what you go through and there is a lot of positives that go into that.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they’re a solid team and overall, the engagement was positive. Any problems were just general technology issues that anyone would have when doing a project like this.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We went over there for a week to spend some time with them, which we found beneficial. It would be worthwhile for anyone doing a significant project to spend time with the team in-person and become familiar with them. That means when doing remote work, it will work well.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them.