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OVO Tech Blog

Our journey navigating the techosphere


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Introduction to energy disaggregation

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Hello and welcome to another data science themed blog post, this time with a focus on energy disaggregation (aka non intrusive load monitoring or NILM - I know this sounds a bit like a school-yard insult but unfortunately it is not). This is the first in a ser…

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Plan Zero Hackathon

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At the beginning of this month we held a fully remote, group-wide Hackathon as part of our company wide Plan Zero week. Plan Zero is OVO's mission to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2030🌍. 16 teams got ready to take on a 24 hour, Plan Zero themed hackatho…

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Why we have taken a Product approach at OVO?

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OVO’s always had a customer-first mindset. It's why Stephen started the business in the first place, to try and make customer service exceptional.   After 5 years, great customer service in the UK energy sector was becoming the norm with the likes of Octopus a…

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Scala Functional programming

Safe, Expressive Code with Refinement Types

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As developers we devote a lot of time and attention to validating the data we receive and process. In this blog post I will explore _refinement types_ and their implementation in Scala's `refined` library.…

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data analytics gcp kafka

Eating the data elephant

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OVO has acquired SSE Retail Services, expanding our customer base from 1.5m to 5m. We’ll consolidate onto single platforms, so we’ll have multiple technical challenges. We will closely safeguard customer experience, and security of our customer’s data. We’ll a…

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Experiment-driven product development

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“We value responding to change over following a plan” If you create digital products, these words should sound familiar. They’re from the Agile Manifesto and represent a core principle of the philosophy. In the world of digital product development, we someti…