Software Development Studio

Bright Inventions is a full-stack software development studio with HQs located in Gdańsk, Poland. Our developers offer both backend- and application-level expertise, which is difficult to find under one roof in other agencies. We deliver on time and on budget anticipating future market needs of our client's products. 

We are not another big software company, but a team of talented senior developers who value and apply the best programming practices. We focus on cutting-edge technologies and innovations, and try to find simple structures in complex things.

WHAT WE DO?

We specialize in mobile and web applications, system integrations and IoT devices. We have also experience with Ethereum and Hyperledger as a Blockchain-based app platform. Since the establishment in 2012 our services have been found superior in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, UK and Israel. 

Our passion for work is visible in every phase of the project. Dealing with a variety of clients from startups to consulting and interactive agencies we have learnt that an individual and transparent attitude about a multitude of options our clients have, allows us to maximise the value of their product. We pay special attention to selecting the appropriate technology stack that will support client’s solution and provide foundation to its scaling. 

CORE PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: Swift, Kotlin, Objective-C, Java, Typescript, Javascript, Angular

PLATFORMS: iOS, Android, Web, Blockchain

METHODOLOGIES: Pair Programming, TDD, Continuous integration, Code review, Extreme programming, Kanban 

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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Gdańsk, Poland
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Everytap, AirHelp, SmartHelp, Datarella, AppAdvisors, etventure, Goyello, Confr 

Pitu Pitu

Pitu Pitu is a popular party app that allows users to find best parties in Polish main cities such as Tricity, Warsaw, Cracow, Poznan or Wroclaw. Users can easily locate night shops, public transport, places to eat and sleep. The app has a heavily customized look and feel. We developed both iPhone and Android versions of the app. 

Main features: custom made black-and-white map theme, custom made horizontal scroller which you can swipe left-right to navigate between places and swipe up-down to reveal/hide more details, Facebook integration, auto-refresh, integration with GPS location provider

Mobile Therapy Application

For one of our clients we developed a health application which utilizes user's information to create their personal therapy plan. The application allows to create a continuous therapy process and mainatain a regular effective communication between therapists and their patients. It provides a professional guidance how often and what kind of exercsies users should do. 

Users can upload multiple photos and videos of exercises in the app as well as set up reminders and alarms. The application has two independent designs depeding on the user's role. 

Main features: background connection between patient's and therapist's devices, data tracking system, custom animations, backend (Firebase)

Main skills used in the project:

Backend: Node.js, Firebase, Typescript 

iOS: Swift, RxSwift, Fastlane, Firebase 

Android: Kotlin, RxJava, Firebase, Gradle 

Pregnancy App

Bright Inventions was engaged to create an Android and iOS version of application as well as internal content managemnt system. The app is dedicated to women during pregnancy. It tracks their baby's growth week-by-week and gives users personalized updates about their pregnancy progress. Mumies-to-be can find there professional tips for eating healthy and exercising as well as follow a blog specially prepared by a panel of specialists. 

Main features: inner purchases, Facebook and Google integration, custom animation, push notifications 

Skills used in the project: 

Backend: Node.js, Typescript, 

iOS and Android: React Native, Redux, Typescript, Gradle (Android), Fastlane (iOS), Firebase 

 

POSPulse/ShopScout

POSpulse is the leading crowd based Shopper Insights Intelligence company which enables main industry segments better market their servcies and products. After the DACH region, the company is now introducing its services to new European markets (now available in Italy and Czech Republic). 

Our work included creating backend, a web panel and a proprietary app “ShopScout” POSpulse which generates insights along the entire customer decision journey: at home, out-of-home and directly at the point of experience (POE). 

Main features: dynamic custom-made survey, data gathering, respondent segmentation and categorisation, handling multiple images (in both applications); web panel data cleaning and data ingest; Paypal integration in backend  

Skills used in the project:

iOS: Objective-C, Reactive Cocoa, geolocation

Android: Java, low-end...

Motivo

Motivo is an iOS indoor cycling app that offers a complete personal training system, for brilliant results. It connects to your ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart sensors and displays live data on-screen, whilst you train. The app comes with a bespoke user interface, a one that is easy to use and gets out of the way when you train. 

We’ve also built My Motivo Web - a web client for Motivo system. It's a tool via which users can build their workouts, schedule their whole training plans and even share them with their friends. Users can also analyse completed workout results and see their statistics.

Bright Inventions provided the full stack development from the grounds - starting from Ruby-on-Rails backend up to the iPhone app.

Main features: integration with external devices, custom made UI controls, Bluetooth Low Energy, ANT+ integration...

SmartHelp

SmartHelp is a holistic solution for emergency services in Norway. In case of an accident the Services know where you are and how they should help you. The platform was built with 'Privacy by Design' approach in mind and has a fully end-to-end encrypted channel for exchanging messages between parties.

Bright Inventions took part in the whole process from day 0, starting from ideas, through full-stack implementation to deployment and maintenance. The solution consists of two native mobile apps (iOS & Android), Emergency Services web panel and the backend.

Main features: Websocket communication, push notification, end-to-end encryption, Privacy by design, custom map layers integration, geolocation, text messaging integration, reverse geocoding 

Skills used in the project:  

iOS: ReactiveCocoa, Swift 

Android: Kotlin, RxAndroid, Dagger,...

AirHelp

AirHelp is an iOS and Android application that lets you check if your flight is eligible for compensation and guides you through the whole process of complaints. As of March 2017, AirHelp has assisted more than 2 million passengers in 35 countries all over Europe and the USA. We cooperated with the company in 2015 and we rewrote available then iOS application using native technology and new design.

Main features: push notifications, Facebook and Google integration, dynamic surveys

Skills used in the project: Swift, ReactiveCocoa, CocoaPods, Fastlane tools, GYP

EasyTapp

EasyTapp is an iOS & Android application available in the Dutch market which thanks to iBeacon technology informs users about local offers (houses, cars, etc.) when they pass by. The applications is optimized for low battery usage while working in the background. 

We were responsible for creating both application versions - iOS and Android. 

Main features: iBeacon technology, Google Maps integration

Skills used in the project: 

iOS: Objective-c, Reative Cocoa, iBeacons, Cocoa Pods

Android: Java, Dagger, iBeacons, Gradle 

Easy Card

Easy Card is one the leading payments solutions in Israel that lets small business opperate quick payments. We built both iOS and Android version of the application and successfully faced the challange of integration with various custom hardware, including magnetic card swipers.

Main features: scanning magnetic credit cards, scanning credit cards using device camera, collecting electronic signature, generating receipts and sending them via email, support for both left-to-right and right-to-left UI orientations

Skills used in the project: 

iOS: Objective-C, Cocoa Pods, Fastlane, ReactCocoa 

Android: React Native, Typescript, Redux, Gradle 

POS application

Our service included creating an intelligent point-of-sale application which runs on iPads. The application is widely used in Israel and since 2016 has been successfully entering European market. We were responsible for providing: backend server, web application a set of mobile applications including the main POS app, customer facing application, self-checkout application. In addition to development we are still taking care of the management, testing and the maintenance of the system. 

Main features: printer and cash drawer integration, reporting services, analytics, data export and import, third party integration 

Skills used in the project:  

iOS: Objective-C, Swift, ReactiveCocoa

Backend: Kotlin, Java, Node.js, Docker, AWS, MySQL, PostgreSQL

Frontend: Angular, Babel, Elastic Beanstalk, Docker 

 

Everytap

Everytap is a Polish startup now backed by TVN Ventures VC. We not only bootstrapped the implementation on both platforms and provided the Ruby-on-Rails backend, but also helped its founders understand the customer’s needs even before the idea was fully definite and clear.

The realised project resulted is an innovative loyalty program for iOS & Android platforms using iBeacon technology for collecting and spending points and notifying users about new events and promotions in the shops and restaurants. 

Main features: custom animations, UI effects, push notifications, Google Maps, Facebook integration 

Skills used in the project: 

iOS: Objective-C, iBeacons, push notifications, custom animations

Backend: Ruby-on-Rails, Heroku, MongoDB

 

Reviews

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Native Mobile App Dev for eHealth Startup

"We’ve had a great collaboration in terms of both production and communication."

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

Bright Inventions built two versions of a mobile app for data sharing between physicians and patients. Both versions were developed natively for iOS and Android.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Artjom Pusch
Former CEO, Therap.io
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Both apps impressed users with their dependable performance, and the platform was quickly purchased by a German software company. Bright Inventions delivered everything on time and within the budget. Their broad technical expertise and collaborative, iterative mindset set them apart. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We were an eHealth startup that created an app for physiotherapists and clinics. The app was designed to digitally assist patients and aid their recovery in a faster, more reliable way.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bright Inventions?

We established a business plan and needed an external partner to complete the programming.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Bright Inventions developed our native iOS and Android apps from scratch. We spent two days at their office introducing our model. They built a minimally viable product that we showcased to customers. It received positive feedback, so we continued to work on a full product.

One of the tool’s functionalities was a recording process for exercise routines. Therapists could use it to send comments and other data to their patients, who could review those inputs and manage their exercises from home.

The platform has two versions: one for therapists and one for patients. The therapy version has more features, whereas the patient version is limited to exercise reviews and feedback.

What is the team composition?

They assigned a project manager and separate iOS and Android teams for our project—five or six people in total. The manager ensured that both versions worked well and complied with our requirements.

How did you come to work with Bright Inventions?

One of our investors had worked with them in the past and introduced us. We reached out to Bright Inventions and described our challenges.

How much have you invested with them?

The cost of their work was around €110,000 [$136,000 USD].

What is the status of this engagement?

Our first meeting was in December 2016. We started working with Bright Inventions in January 2017. The first development phase ended in July. A German software company became interested in purchasing our app, and Bright Inventions helped us with the documentation and legal process. Although the contract was complete, they still offered to help.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They delivered on time and on budget, which was one of our biggest criteria. From a qualitative standpoint, we were very satisfied. Our customers were also impressed with the speed and reliability of the app.

The platform was ultimately acquired by another company, so the code and overall work were definitely of a high quality.

How did Bright Inventions perform from a project management standpoint?

My business partner and the CTO of the company was the main point of contact for their team. He also tightly managed the process between our company and the developers. The project manager from their side acted as a single point of contact for us.

We had different levels of communication, mainly using Skype and management tools like Jira. Our five-person team also went to visit Bright Inventions in person.

We worked in two-week sprints, updating our vision and goals for their team at the end of each one. They delivered the MVP version on time and on budget.

Through open communication, we leveraged their experience in app development. Rather than developing the entire product, we worked in an iterative, lean startup manner. We were constantly improving the prototype towards our goal.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We were impressed by their young team’s experience level. They are a young team that works closely with the customer, and we had a similar approach. We learned more about the app and our customers with each step, and they implemented those findings into the next sprints. We became better and better throughout the collaboration. We would have paid much more in Germany for the same quality.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We’ve had a great collaboration in terms of both production and communication. I have nothing negative to mention.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Their scheduling was good, but certain features needed to be implemented quickly.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Relative to the amount of work done and the quality, the cost was much better than that of German companies.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We received good feedback from customers for the app.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They were recommended to us by an investor, and we would definitely recommend them to others.

Native App Dev for Retail Management System

“Besides being extremely proficient in their field, they care about our business and want us to succeed.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Bright Inventions augments the internal team on all development work (e.g., engineering, QA). The products include native Android and iOS apps and a web-based cloud service. Minimal oversight is required.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Founder, Retail Management System
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bright Inventions is trustworthy and reliable. They manage their own work and are responsible for a large portion of the business’s tech projects. Creative problem solving and a commitment to their clients make Bright Inventions a great partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of a business that provides a holistic retail management system to small and medium-sized chains around the world. We also provide services for shoppers in those establishments as well as to commercial real estate and large brands.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bright Inventions?

We needed additional development capacity. I was frustrated with the caliber that I was dealing with, so I wanted a new outsourced team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We first tasked Bright Inventions with a pilot, which they completed quickly and well. After that, nearly all of our development efforts became their responsibility. They took control of engineering, QA, and all other technical aspects of the company, as well as design and usability.

Our products are divided into three different toolboxes: shoppers, retail, and large brands. For the first, we built autonomous shopping capabilities that allow shoppers to purchase in and out of brick-and-mortar stores. These tools are for the end user (the shopper), and they come as native apps; we built an engine that can facilitate both Android and iOS native apps.

The second toolbox is a single point in the cloud that concentrates on all the different parts of a retail business. It’s a web service combined with a native point of sale product. Lastly, we built a special system for commercial real estate and large brands to monitor and manage their cohort of retailers. It allows them to see, in real time, what’s happening in a certain market or at a certain shopping center. The client can use it to optimize their rev share, and it contains other tools to enable better communication. Bright Inventions helped with all of these projects.

How did you come to work with Bright Inventions?

I was looking for international tech teams, and a colleague referred me to a different company. I began searching a directory that company was on, and Bright Inventions was also on it. I sent an email to many of the companies on that list and interviewed a few of them. Bright Inventions seemed to be a good match in terms of attitude and transparency, and they communicated well. They were familiar with what I wanted to do, so after our pilot, we met in-person, and I hired them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $200,000–$1,000,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve worked with them since 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We don’t have any quantitative metrics, but Bright Inventions is a great partner and feels like part of our team. We trust them and their work so much that they have the liberty to make a lot of different decisions that aren’t typically allotted to contractors. They’re essentially responsible for certain pieces of our business; that’s how much we rely on them.

How did Bright Inventions perform from a project management standpoint?

They're extremely committed and responsive. We have a fairly small team with customers all over the world, so we can’t always invest a lot of time into Bright Inventions’ work, but they take ownership and always deliver.

We use Jira, Slack, Trello, and really any kind of tool that will help us get our work done. We have quite a bit of information that needs to be coordinated and multiple pieces of software, so we have to have a coherent process and clear guidelines for managing that.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Besides being extremely proficient in their field, they care about our business and want us to succeed. They also like to be challenged and are open to experimentation. Even if they’ve never used a certain technology before, they’ll give it a try and do their best.

They’re responsive, responsible, and enjoy their work. Most other companies provide standard and boring solutions, but Bright Inventions is innovative and engages with their work in new ways.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Most of the issues we have are on our end.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There's always room to get better.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Development Projects for Cloud Survey Firm

"There have been some interesting things we've asked them to do, and they always delivered."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Bright Inventions provided web development and maintenance of the servers and system. Other developments included the main application, back-office, dashboard, and mobile applications for Android and iOS.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
CTO, Survey Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The developments done by Bright Inventions contributed to the growth of the company. There were returning customers and several white-labeling requests. The team delivered high-quality coding, and they correct mistakes while offering usability advice proactively. They deliver fast results and flexibility.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

My company is called 24 Insights. We are a crowd-based market research company. We offer insights from the point of sales via a network of app users. Our clients want to know about the availability, pricing, and promotions of certain products, and also how they are perceived by shoppers.

Our app users go into shops, take pictures, answer questions, and talk to service people. They give the information back to us; we go over it and put it into our own dashboards. We show how different promotions perform in different areas and if product availability is something that has regional patterns over different chains of supermarkets, etc.

What is your position?

I'm the Chief Technology Officer [CTO] within the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Bright Inventions?

Bright Inventions has been our development agency over the last two years. They have helped us with all our development needs including our main application, back-office, dashboard, and our mobile applications for Android and iOS.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

The main service they've provided is web development and the maintenance of our servers and system. They've also been involved in the domain and have helped us with the design of our features.

How did you come to work with Bright Inventions?

They had a previous relationship with our contact. We sent out the feature catalogue for our projects to a couple of companies. We talked to each of them and got an estimate for duration and budget for the initial phase.

Bright Inventions made a very good offer. We talked to them and found that they were invested in showing that they did good work, had great attitudes and good availability. We decided to work with them and have been very happy since.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

We started out working at feature-based prices and eventually worked out a full time agreement. Now that the work has decreased for them, we are feature-based again. At the highest point, when we fully utilized two seniors from them, as well as some support, we were in the $90,000 range.

What is the status of this engagement?

We will eventually not need them at some point. We are growing and I'm building the in-house IT department. They have been, and still are, great for the project, and will continue to play a large role because they know the infrastructure. They have been responsible for building everything we have so far, but I'm gradually replacing outsource work with our own team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

In terms of metrics, in the last year, we have grown and managed to get returning customers in the German fast loading consumer goods market, and several requests for white-labeling their software. This is something that I'm very proud of. The analytics part of the dashboard has been especially successful so far.

How did Bright Inventions perform from a project management standpoint?

I am satisfied with Bright Invention's work. Especially in the early stages, they delivered results very fast and were always very flexible. This is good for a startup, since we have feature requests that sometimes come on very short notice.

We were always able to work something out to get minimal versions running in little time and work on additional details later. They've also been helpful in discussing designs and structures for how the application should be set up.

We have a very good working relationship. When there have been quality issues, they were caused by us asking for something being done quickly, knowing the risks involved. They have been good with providing those risky features on time and without breaking everything. There have been some interesting things we've asked them to do, and they always delivered.

What distinguishes Bright Inventions from other providers?

The most impressive part has been Bright Invention's availability. You always have crunch-times in a startup, especially in the early stages. You expect an agency to be on board with that. Whenever there was a special need, and we needed extra availability at late hours, we were able to make things happen and work on solutions together. Their attitude is very solution-oriented; that's something I really enjoy.

In the early stages, when you need a fix for something, a creative approach is great. For later stages, you maybe need different ideas that involve architecture and long-term sustainability, but I can't say much about that. We've been working in a state of needing to ship things. We've always been able to make that happen.

Is there anything Bright Inventions could have improved or done differently?

It's a bit hard to say. We've been a very difficult client and they've made many accommodations for us. As a company, we will start to work more on test-driven design and scaling abilities of the system. In my experience with them, I can't say that everything has been 100% test-covered, but that was not our demand from them. They accommodated us very well.

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

Mobile Development for Entertainment Startup

"Everything we expected was delivered on time, and working with them was seamless."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Bright Inventions developed a mobile application compatible with iOS and Android, and back-end development using Ruby on Rails. They helped on the recruitment for the company's growing team.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Poland
Co-founder, Everytap
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bright Inventions showed responsibility and clarity in their transactions whenever new ideas would come up. The team delivered on time, attentive to details, and flexible. It would be beneficial if they will add testing in their services.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

My company is building a mobile app that offers loyalty programs for independent venues, such as clubs, restaurants, pubs and bars. It works on both iOS and Android, and it is a new and proprietary technology. It's been available on the market for a year.

What is your position?

I am a co-founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with BrightInventions?

We started working with Bright Inventions as soon as we had an idea for the app. We didn't have any development capabilities, so we had to outsource.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

They built our mobile application and also provided back-end development using Ruby on Rails. We first started on our iOS app, and a couple of months after it was finished, we started on Android.

We handled the design ourselves. They were responsible for the development and testing.

How did you come to work with Bright Inventions?

We were working in the same building. I decided to hire them because I saw their work process and had a strong, professional relationship with them.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The price range is between $10,000-50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We wanted to build the basic MVP [minimum viable product]. After we did that, we started to build our own team. We have six of our own developers here. If we need any help, we will sometimes get in touch with Bright Inventions; our developers talk to their developers. They also helped us with recruiting. We didn't have the proper technical knowledge for that.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

They tried to be responsible, so whenever we came up with new ideas, they made it clear that it could extend the project and make it more expensive. Otherwise, they could have agreed to everything we wanted them to do, and it could have taken ages to complete. I like dealing with them.

How did Bright Inventions perform from a project management standpoint?

Everything we expected was delivered on time, and working with them was seamless. I was in touch directly with the developers, not with managers. The communication was quick and they were flexible.

What distinguishes Bright Inventions from other providers?

I liked that Bright Inventions was quite attentive to details. That's not always the case with developers. They actually care a lot about the design. You had to be almost perfect, and that was fine with us.

Is there anything Bright Inventions could have improved or done differently?

Testing. We were responsible for the testing. If they could implement something, that would be it.

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