Product

Writing production-ready kidtech code

SuperAwesome is pretty unique: we are pioneering the kidtech sector with an array of products at different maturity stages, and our engineers work seamlessly across the full stack. The concept of “production readiness” is highly influenced by the product we make, and by the culture and the people involved in designing, developing and maintaining the code. Read More

Women in Tech: An interview with Anna Birchall, Product Manager

At SuperAwesome, we're committed to ensuring team members grow and up-skill within their team, and the company as a whole. Anna Birchall joined SuperAwesome as an intern in 2015, and became Head of Publisher Development in 2017. Since then, her appetite for knowledge and technical nous have caused her to pivot into Product Management. Here, she talks about how her career direction changed, and what she does every day to make the internet safer for kids. Read More

Building COPPA-compliant competition flows for kids

When I was seven, I entered a competition at a local toy shop. The new James Bond movie, Licence to Kill, had just hit the theatres (eek, that dates me) and the competition was to promote the movie. The challenge was to build a vehicle out of LEGO to help James Bond escape from a desert island. (Did Licence to Kill even feature a desert island?)  Read More

How we implemented kid-safe analytics with Amplitude

PopJam is a social platform that is built from the ground up to be safe, appropriate and fully anonymous for kids. It’s a safe, moderated community for kids to engage with their favourite content and brands, designed specifically for the safety and data privacy requirements (COPPA, GDPR-K) of the under-13 audience. Because it is aimed at an audience of 7-12 year olds, we take both privacy and compliance extremely seriously. A critical concern for any platform is the product analytics you use to measure and learn. This is never a trivial thing to get right. Deciding what to measure, and how, requires careful thought, but at least you have a massive array of products and solutions to choose from, often with fully-featured SDKs to make implementation quicker and easier. Read More

Securing Postgres clusters in privacy-led architecture

Kids Web Services (KWS) enables developers to create, build, and manage COPPA/GDPR-K compliant apps and sites aimed at under-13s. As part of operating the KWS SaaS platform within SuperAwesome, we frequently create new databases for our customers, as well as managing several large Postgres databases on RDS. Data security is a fundamental success criterion in kidtech; and ensuring that data is safely isolated in different databases, properly encrypted, and accessible only by the authorised services with their respective encryption keys is just the start of the journey. Read More