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App Development

Combining technical and UX to deliver incredible digital solutions.

Building a great app is much more than coding. At UpShift we apply our technical expertise to a user-first methodology, making even the most complex tasks simple for the end user. Based in Nelson, but servicing worldwide, nothing makes us happier than seeing our clients' businesses succeed.

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Are you looking for an app developer that:

  • Listens to and understands your business needs?
  • Creates elegant, simple solutions for complex requirements?
  • Is transparent around approach, pricing and delivery timeframes?
  • Has extensive experience within app development across different industries?
  • Builds bespoke, sophisticated applications?
We're the right people to talk to!

Why choose UpShift for your next app project

We've Seen A Lot

Experienced developing for specialist subject areas including science, medical, legal and engineering.

We Love A Challenge

We know how to take process, business or functional complexity and transform it into a great end user experience.

Your Trusted Partner

We're more than just the technical nuts and bolts; we collaborate with you on everything from scope to subject matter.

We Build With Robust Tools

UpShift is proficient across a range of platforms and stacks, with particular mastery of VueJS (front-end) & Silverstripe (back-end).

Some of our past App development work:

What's the process of working with UpShift on my app?


When you initially make contact with us, we'll take your existing brief and request any other important information we need about the goals and requirements of your app. If you need help communicating your requirements, our team can guide you through building a brief.


With a clear objective in place, we can scope out what the app development project is going to look like - timelines, costs, approach and app specifications. We will also help clearly define what’s in and out of scope - so you have complete clarity as to the project’s purpose at any time.


At this stage we plan out how we'll build the app, including the technical requirement, structure, and front end user experience. We involve you closely in this stage, ensuring our build will satisfy all stakeholder's needs.


Our team will then embark on the visual design and UX of the application. UpShift draws upon its design and technical prowess to deliver a perfectly integrated design that mixes function and form.


With the structure and appearance confirmed, it's time to build your app. Our team applies best practice to create apps with clean, clear code. We’ll also apply any required integrations to your back end systems or APIs.


We then throw everything at our build to try and break it, surface bugs and ensure the user experience is exactly as intended. In this stage we'll include both technical and end user testing. All in the name of delivering a much more polished final product.


With all the work to create your app done, our team supports pushing the product live - in whatever medium the app is intended for. With hundreds of projects under our belt, we’re well-equipped to guide you through the whole process of taking your product live.


We don't just deliver and run. Our client relationships are long term in most cases, providing the ongoing support around your app. This includes technical updates as well as responding to feature requests or training your team.

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We are a climate positive business

UpShift is proud to have achieved Climate Positive Business Operations with Ekos. Since 2019 we have measured and offset 120% of our carbon footprint with certified carbon credits.

These certified carbon credits are sourced from projects that grow and protect indigenous forests in New Zealand and help to deliver climate resilence, waterways protection, erosion control, biodiversity conservation and community economic development.