Sarah Smith app developer in Brisbane

About Smithsoft

Hi there! I’m an app developer Brisbane based but with international expertise. With my company Smithsoft I take a creative, and personal approach to building apps. Since 2012 I’ve been running my own business, so call me to discuss what I can do for your business.

Did you know Sarah Smith was covered in Game Informer magazine? Check our 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.

Article & Post Listing

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  • How does my app work with my business? September 1, 2020
    How does my new app work with my business? Its something you need to know as a new app owner. Image credit: undraw.co How does my App Work with my Business? How do I know what I’m getting when I build an app? What are all the parts that I need to make sure it […]
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  • How do you build an app? Pt 2. (Coding) August 31, 2020
    Queensland app developers, show how to code an app James Bowling, Sarah Smith, Cameron Owen and John Passfield. Picture: Annette Dew Courier Mail Oct 2014. How do you build an app? Part 2 (Code) What is involved in building an app? Who do you need to talk to you when you’re building it? Can I […]
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  • Can I make Money from my App? August 27, 2020
    Image credit: undraw.co Can I make Money from my App? How do I get people to download my app? How do I get folks using my app to buy what I’m selling? What is my app is a flop? These are questions that any entrepreneur, business owner or developer should be asking themselves before they […]
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  • How do you build an app? Pt 1. (Design) August 25, 2020
    Image “How to build an app” Sarah Smith coding an iOS app (c) Smithsoft 2016. How do you build an app? Pt 1. (Design) What is involved in building an app? Who do you need to talk to you when you’re building it? Can I build my own app? Can I outsource building my app […]
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  • What kinds of apps are there? August 25, 2020
    Image credit: undraw.co What kinds of apps are there? When I’m using an app on my phone I don’t care what kind of app it is as long as I can do what I need. But if I want to have a mobile app built, suddenly there seems to be so many different choices to […]
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  • How do Apps Work? August 25, 2020
    Image credit: undraw.co How do Mobile Apps Work? Many of us use apps every day. But we don’t often stop to think: how do mobile apps even work? In this article I’ll be digging into how apps work to connect people with things they value, and how that works for your business. I’ll talk about app […]
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  • How to Build an App: Series Introduction August 24, 2020
    Image credit: undraw.co How to Build an App: Series Introduction Have you ever wondered what goes into building an app? What different kinds of apps are there? How can I get an app built? Follow this series of blog posts to find out the answers to these questions and all your other questions about building […]
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  • Open-Source PLIST options August 15, 2020
    Want to edit PLIST files using Open-Source tools? Open-Source PLIST options are available for editing, especially if you’re a developer. I’ve listed a few that I’ve found over the years below, but if you find any others please let me know! Visual Studio PLIST Editor Download the Visual Studio Code programmers editor and install the […]
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  • Why Mobile App Development in Brisbane beats going Overseas. July 31, 2020
    You don’t have to go to Silicon Valley to get a world-class mobile app built. Mobile App Development in Brisbane is less risky than going overseas. Business owners often go out looking for overseas development – it’s usually a costly mistake that can be avoided. A mobile app built in Brisbane will work great for […]
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