How to add a Django form to a project

Step inside Ocado's next generation warehouses

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Ocado’s latest Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) in Andover opened its doors to press on the first day of May this year. This was a key moment in the history of Ocado, as the software and hardware found inside is the culmination of years of hard work and innovation for Ocado Technology and Ocado Engineering.[…]

How to add a Django form to a project

A practical guide to machine learning

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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[…]

How to add a Django form to a project

How to add a Django form to a project

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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). Like most websites, […]

How to make data more human with Google Data Studio

How to make data more human with Google Data Studio

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Code for Life now has over 130,000 registered users as far afield as Australia and Brazil, meaning we produce a lot of data in need of analysis for communication purposes, reports and user research. An official Code for Life report requires many data sets, including the exact number of registered users or the countries these users […]

Using Google Cloud and machine learning to improve fraud detection

Using Google Cloud and machine learning to improve fraud detection

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As the world’s largest online only supermarket, our systems handle millions of events every minute as our customers navigate our website and apps, add items to their trolleys, choose delivery slots, and check out their orders. These interactions result in petabytes of data collecting in our data lake stored in Google Cloud. One challenge facing […]

The design sprint that brought us the homepage for the Ocado iPad app

The design sprint that brought us the homepage for the Ocado iPad app

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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 […]

Why Ocado Technology adopted a cloud-first strategy

Why Ocado Technology adopted a cloud-first strategy

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Using the cloud, Ocado Technology is able to integrate hundreds of AWS-based microservices into a Google Cloud data lake that powers artificial intelligence capabilities across its infrastructure. Ocado uses the cloud to power the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) and offer its solutions to large bricks-and-mortar grocery retailers worldwide. Find out why the cloud has revolutionized […]

Events lie in the eye of the beholder

Events lie in the eye of the beholder

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“Man is affected, not by events, but by the view he takes of them.” – Epictetus My last two blogs examined how external factors influence how we view decisions and then showed how even the conscious visual image we end up with has been distorted by our preconscious mind. Now, I’d like to continue looking at […]

Ocado Technology sponsors IC Hack 18

Ocado Technology sponsors IC Hack 18

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Last week we attended IC Hack 18, the 24-hour hackathon hosted annually by Imperial College in London. The event has now been running for seven consecutive years and this year was more in demand than ever, with tickets selling out in just six seconds! As gold sponsors of the event, we asked our most talented […]

How to use Chromedriver with Travis CI for Selenium tests

How to use Chromedriver with Travis CI for Selenium tests

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This guide takes you through how to download and extract Chromedriver to use alongside Travis, a continuous integration tool. Read on for some useful tips on commonly encountered troubleshooting issues.   The Code for Life initiative has now passed the 100,000 registered user mark. This high visibility and its purpose as a platform primarily used […]

A glimpse of the Welwyn Regional VEX competition at Stanborough School

A glimpse of the Welwyn Regional VEX competition at Stanborough School

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This month we attended the robot extravaganza that was the Welwyn Regional VEX competition. In our capacity as both sponsors and judges, Alex Harvey (head of robotic and autonomous systems) and Clifton Hoyle (automation controls software engineer) spent the day at the event hosted by Stanborough School (more info on our blog). The day was […]

Ocado Technology open sources GCP Census, a BigQuery metadata collector

Ocado Technology open sources GCP Census, a BigQuery metadata collector

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Ocado Technology uses a wide range of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) big data products for data-driven decisions and machine learning. Notably, we use Google BigQuery as the main storage solution for data analytics in the Ocado Smart Platform, our proprietary solution designed to power all aspects of a grocery retailer’s e-commerce business. Because BigQuery is so central […]

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