About OpenUp

Address

Codebridge, Thicket Street, Claremont

Company Size

1-15
Summary

We're a civic technology organisation: we build tools, open up data, and provide training that support active citizenry and help communities and government work together. Our founding principles are based on the right to Access to Information, section 32 of the Constitution.

We're a non-profit, but that doesn't mean our services are free: we pay decent salaries and invest our profits back into our community and partners.

As a team, we are a group of post-corporate, tech and media professionals who cut our teeth in the commercial sector and now want to use our skills for social good. We know that technology is a means to an end, not the end itself. We're a small team, around 10 people, so everyone gets to contribute in multiple ways. We work with a diverse range of partners, including national and provincial government, municipalities, non-profits and the media.

We care about our people and believe in personal development. Every Friday we make breakfast together. Weekends are for family, friends and you--not for work.

Our tech and dev process

All our code is openly licensed on GitHub and we talk at local and international conferences. We play with data a lot and Python is our programming language of choice. We believe in building tech that matters.

We work in small teams and deploy multiple times a day.

Our hiring process

We'll chat over Skype, then in-person, and there will be a small programming challenge. We care a lot about cultural fit and interest in improving South Africa, and we want you to be happy with us, too.

What we build

We build stuff like:

Perks
Weekly team breakfasts
Local and international conferences
Flexible hours
Open source: you can share what you work on
Casual work environment (under a bridge!)
Meaningful, challenging projects
No dress code
We're not "working for the man"
Diverse partners and subjects: media, law, government, finance, communities, tech ...
Tech Stack

Application and Data

Amazon ec2
Amazon EC2
Amazon s3
Amazon S3
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
Django
Django
Html5
HTML5
Heroku
Heroku
Java script
Javascript
Postgresql
PostgreSQL
Python
Python
Sass
Sass
Jquery
jQuery

DevOps

Git
Git
Github
GitHub
New relic
New Relic
Travisci
Travis CI

Utilities

Amazon route 53
Amazon Route 53
Google analytics
Google Analytics

Business Tools

Google apps
Google Apps
Mailchimp
MailChimp
Slack
Slack
Trello
Trello

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