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Front End Developer

full-time KANO London

Front End Developer

What is the role? - As a member of our software experiences team you will work on our newest and exciting Partnership project…...Disney :0 For context our last partnership product won Time magazines “Toy Of The Year” award, entered us into the top 3 most innovative consumer electronics business in the world and became the second highest selling STEM toy of all time. The opportunity is huge and its a chance to build exciting experiences that inspire millions of children to code.

You will help engineer apps that will be used across iOS, Android, Windows, Linux and Mac. You will create puzzle and tutorial systems, finding even better ways to engage and educate children. Working with our team you will be building new tools on the cutting edge of STEAM education, interacting with custom made bluetooth devices and working with exciting partnerships.

Our tech stack is currently:

  • Javascript (as much vanilla JS as possible)
  • Polymer
  • Electron and Cordova
  • Various AWS tools
  • Jenkins

Key team wins - This team was formed to create an app for our Harry Potter Coding Wand. We delivered a cross-platform app (using our new library) going out to over 200,000 users around the world. We see our work appear in Apple and Windows stores and be featured on huge TV shows and publications. Next, we’re taking the magic we’ve made and adapting it to mess and mix with music and sound, teach coding through science fiction and pass on our love for creative coding to an even bigger audience.

Kano Fun Facts

  • In just over five years, we’ve sold, built and shipped over 450,000 kits to 150 countries, our oldest computer maker was 81 years old, our youngest was 4.
  • Winner of Time Magazies "TOY Of The Year" award for the Harry Potter wand
  • Kano is available in over 4,500 retail locations, and our partners include Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and more.
  • Our products are used in thousands of code camps, schools and libraries worldwide, helping to change the face of education, including integration with the national Argentine education system.
  • Kano has raised > $30m from the world’s best technology investors, including co-founder Saul Klein, Breyer Capital, Index Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Jim O’Neill, James Higa & Troy Carter.
  • One of Fast Companys Top Ten Most Innovative Consumer Electronics companies (currently 2nd) alongside Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and more.
  • Our fans and customers include Steve Wozniak (co-founder Apple Computer), Jimmy Wales (founder Wikipedia), Marcus Persson (creator of Minecraft), and many more.

Kano is evolving from a startup to becoming a mainstream consumer creativity brand. Along the way, our audience is expanding, and we will interact with millions of customers this year. We are an entrepreneurial, nimble, can do business and we must retain this culture as we scale. Our mission remains the same, to help people create technology, not just consume it.

  • 2+ years of relevant industry work.
  • Strong vanilla JavaScript skills.
  • Experience with at least one modern framework: React, Angular, Polymer etc.
  • Good version control workflow, preferably using git.
  • Confident working with command line tools.
  • Ability to learn quickly and an inquisitive nature.
  • A creative spark, you bring something extra to the projects you’re involved in.
  • Great communication skills.

Nice to haves:

  • Knowledge of AWS tools and infrastructure.
  • Some experience with web components or Polymer.
  • Youre comfortable with build systems like Jenkins.
  • You have experience with a test framework.
  • Experience with a mobile framework like Cordova, Ionic, or React Native; or with a desktop wrapper like Electron.

  • Join one of the world’s fastest growing full stack tech startups - huge opportunities for learning and advancement.
  • 10% time back to work on your own projects
  • Flexible working schedule.
  • You will partake in the company’s Stock Option plan
  • Team nights out, tons of office snacks and a competitive holiday structure
  • Personal Perkbox account
  • £1600 flexible benefits pot
  • £500 annual personal development fund
  • Large discount on all Kano products
  • Work with an exceptional and diverse group of people
  • Informal, friendly and collaborative office environment

published: April 5, 2019

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