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GLSEC 2014 Focuses on Craftsmanship & Teams – Register Today

The annual Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference (GLSEC) will be held at The Prince Center at Calvin College on May 5, 2014.

GLSEC is the premier software conference in West Michigan. This year’s keynote speaker is Rich Sheridan, the CEO of Ann Arbor-based Menlo Innovations. He will be kicking the conference off by discussing the business value of joy. Rich is an amazing storyteller, and I am looking forward to his presentation. Read more on GLSEC 2014 Focuses on Craftsmanship & Teams – Register Today…

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Saying Goodbye to Maja

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We lost a member of the Atomic family recently. Maja, my 11-year-old Siberian Husky, reached the end of her long, happy dog life.

We got Maja as a puppy, and though we tried numerous crates and outdoor kennels, she was not a dog to be away from her pack. So from a very early age, Maja came to the office with us. She must have met hundreds of customers, guests, and other office visitors over the years. I can only think of one she didn’t like, and only a couple of people who didn’t like her (they were allergic to dogs).

Maja had a big personality. She was an integral part of my family’s life, and she’s the dog my kids will always remember. She was a dog I’ll never forget. Read more on Saying Goodbye to Maja…

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Atomic Object Looking to Hire 2 Designers in Grand Rapids

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Atomic is looking to add two talented designers to our Grand Rapids team. We are interested in talented junior or senior designers who take a user-centered design approach to their craft and are excited to participate in the entire product lifecycle from concept through implementation. Read more on Atomic Object Looking to Hire 2 Designers in Grand Rapids…

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2013 Fun Facts

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Last year, I compiled some fun facts about Atomic Object.

I thought it would be interesting to reflect on 2013 and compare to 2012.

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Atomic Office Hours at Grand Circus

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Photograph of the Atomic Object Office Hours sign at Grand CircusThe first semester of in-depth classes finished last month at Grand Circus, a technical training institute and community hub in downtown Detroit. A combined total of 54 students graduated from 10-week training courses in web development, Android development, iOS development, or digital marketing. And each week during the semester, developers from Atomic Object in Detroit held office hours at Grand Circus, offering our experience and one-on-one support to the students and other members of the community.

The end of the semester has given me a chance to reflect on the value and importance of organizations like Grand Circus in the community, and the opportunities made available to students.

“A Point of Collision”

Although Grand Circus is primarily a technical training institute, it also rents coworking space and hosts a variety of community events.

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Hour of Code – Because Development Isn’t Just for Nerds Anymore

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I was a sophomore in college before I learned how computer code works and got my first taste of HTML. By then I’d already chosen a career, formed a lot of misconceptions about what software makers do, and been told by a well-meaning developer cousin that developers were a strange lot (true) and I wouldn’t enjoy hanging out with them all day (definitely not true).

Unfortunately, this kind of ignorance and misconception about software development is very common. High school students are expected to solve algebra equations and read plays in 400-year-old archaic English, but they aren’t even taught to the basics of computer language. Why is this a problem? Because there’s a growing demand for software makers, and the world is full of kids who would love working in software — if only they knew it was a possibility.

That’s why Atomic was really excited when we heard about the Hour of Code, a campaign to introduce 15 million students to computer programming during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013. Hour of Code included videos, activities, and tutorials that students can do online or without a computer. Read more on Hour of Code – Because Development Isn’t Just for Nerds Anymore…

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Atomic Object ❤s Girl Develop It

Girl Develop It logoGirl Develop It (GDI) is a not-for-profit organization with chapters around the world, dedicated to providing affordable and accessible instruction and mentorship to women interested in software development.

For the past 9 months, Atomic Object has been a proud sponsor of the Detroit chapter of GDI, providing space, equipment, and food for classes and workshops. We are thrilled to have hosted 13 (and counting) events, covering topics like HTML and CSS, JavaScript and jQuery, PHP and MySQL, and Git.

Upcoming GDI Detroit events at Atomic Object include:

Bringing GDI to Detroit

GDI Detroit was founded and is organized by Erika Carlson, now a software developer at Detroit Labs, and Michelle Srbinovich, Digital Director and current interim co-general manager at WDET radio.

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Growing through Acquisition: Atomic Welcomes Former SRT Solutions Employees

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I’m pleased to announce that Atomic Object is opening an office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Unlike when we started our office in Detroit last year, we’re opening our doors in Ann Arbor with a small, but strong and diverse team of developers. Our acquisition of SRT Solutions positions us to be part of the vibrant technology and software ecosystem centered around Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan.

We’re operating out of the former SRT Solutions office at 5th and Washington in the heart of downtown (shown above — yeah, you could probably say we have a thing for old brick buildings…)

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Thank You, Summer Interns – and Good Luck!

Atomic Object had four interns this summer, two in Grand Rapids and two in Detroit. We invest heavily in the development and growth of our interns, putting them to work on real projects, interacting with real clients, and getting a taste for the world of commercial software and agile design.

Thanks to all of our interns for their hard work this summer. We’ve loved having you here.

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Michelle is a Grand Valley State University student majoring in Computer Science, and minoring in Mathematics and Spanish. She plans to graduate in May 2015. When Michelle has free time, she reads, plays video games, or hangs out with friends or family. A good adventure is always welcome too!

I came to Atomic to learn as much as I could, and I am certainly being challenged to learn more and more every day. Atomic Object seems to be a place full of bright, quirky minds who are always eager to help solve the next problem– in short, a wonderful environment to work and learn in.

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Agile + Branding, Sitting in a Tree

agile2013-conferenceIn just over a week, I’ll be speaking at Agile2013 on the topic of branding in the agile world: Agile + Branding, Sitting in a Tree. Check out my session Tuesday August 6, 2013 2:00pm – 3:15pm, in Canal E.

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