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Hi there! I’m an app developer Brisbane based but with international expertise. 

This is the professional portfolio site for me, Sarah Smith. Welcome!

As of Jan 1, 2021 this is no longer a consulting business.

Did you know Sarah Smith was covered in Game Informer magazine? Check the press coverage and releases for details.

Brisbane Developer

When I founded Smithsoft in 2012 it was for building my own apps and games. I quickly found myself doing bespoke apps for people too. Soon I was doing that both here in Brisbane and also remotely for folks overseas. In 2017  my co-founder & I began award winning startup Sortal. For that I built patented AI-powered image management software for the iPhone.

Read more about Sortal on our portfolio pages.

Worldwide Expertise

I’m a Brisbane app developer. But I have over a decade of mobile device experience, including working in Europe & the USA. I’ve worked for companies such as Nokia, Google and Expedia.

I am an international speaker and expert in creative teams and agile projects, mobile development and technical architecture for apps. For my apps I builds scalable architecture for app backends.

Here’s Sarah speaking at Pacific++ in 2017.

Cross platform Veteran

What a lot of people don’t know about Nokia is that they have developed cross-platform technologies. That is to say, tech that works on Mac, Windows or Linux; or on different devices like iPhone and Android.

Sarah was a core-developer & team lead on graphics for Nokia’s “Qt 3D” cross-platform graphics software. She has worked on Linux powered phones, and built one as part of Norwegian software company Trolltech, before they were acquired by Nokia.

Unity, Unreal and other cross-platform game technologies make great choices for some apps. Here’s Sarah speaking about the choices at tech group Game Dev Brisbane. While other apps suit using native technologies like Swift or Objective-C on iPhone, and Java or Kotlin on Android. Sarah has worked with all these and more.

App Developer Brisbane

Sarah is a Brisbane local, entrepreneur, and an expert app developer. With Smithsoft for typical projects she utilises her cross-platform, multi-language skills to build the app from the ground up.

For larger apps as well as writing code herself, she leverages her years of team leading & project management skills. She will project manage & collaborates with a distributed team of top creatives & frequent collaborators.

For her work on the Sortal app Sarah was awarded App Developer of the Year in 2018 from Women in Digital.

The award also called out her volunteer work on diversity in hiring and mentoring women coders. Sarah has worked in a professional capacity with & codes in the following technologies:

  • Swift, Objective C, C++
  • Java, Kotlin
  • Perl, Bash, Linux, Shell
  • Javascript, Ruby on Rails
  • Google Firebase
  • AWS, DynamoDB, Cognito
  • Secure programming & systems

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Media Coverage & Press Releases

Sarah Smith awarded ERM Power Software Developer of the Year
Women in Digital

Sarah Smith awarded ERM Power Software Developer of the Year

Sarah has had an impressive global career in technology working with Nokia, Google and Expedia. The judges were impressed with her constant contribution to the Digital eco-system and entrepreneurial spirit.
Pandora’s Books review – A word game worth your time?
Pocket Gamer

Pandora’s Books review – A word game worth your time?

As much action game as spelling bee, and it manages that as something fresh.
How an ex-Nokia software engineer coded a mobile game from scratch in less than 6 months

How an ex-Nokia software engineer coded a mobile game from scratch in less than 6 months

Newcomers to game development are flocking to easy-­to-­use game tools like Unity, and GameMaker. However, veteran programmer and ex­Google, ex­Nokia software engineer Sarah Smith says there are other ways to go.
Smithsoft Games announces first ever word unscrambler, monster shooter game to hit the market

Smithsoft Games announces first ever word unscrambler, monster shooter game to hit the market

Smithsoft, the all female studio from Brisbane, Australia has announced the release date of Pandora’s Books on iOS for August 18. The first ever game to combine word unscrambling and monster shooting into the one game.
Novelicious word game Pandora’s Books heads to iOS later this month
Pocket Gamer

Novelicious word game Pandora’s Books heads to iOS later this month

Certainly looks like it offers a little more than just a typical word game.
New Australian Indie Games Studio, Smithsoft Games

New Australian Indie Games Studio, Smithsoft Games

Smithsoft, Brisbane’s newest Indie Games Studio announces their entry into the games market with a majority female line­up. The studio is set to launch their first mobile game ‘Pandora’s Books’ in August and has high ambitions to release more games in the future.
How a One-Woman Dev Team Made a Game Work on Older Devices
Kotaku

How a One-Woman Dev Team Made a Game Work on Older Devices

Smith didn't want to make the game in Unity, or GameMaker, or any of the other tools. By coding it in Objective-C, the game is available to more people — anyone who can run iOS 7 can play the game, even if they've got a three-year-old iPhone 4S
Game and App Explosion Looms as More People Embrace Mobile Gadgets
Courier Mail

Game and App Explosion Looms as More People Embrace Mobile Gadgets

Software engineer Sarah Smith of indie developer Smithsoft hopes to have her first game - SpaceBotAlpha - launched on the App Store in about three weeks.

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