Girl 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.
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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Throughout the year, Atomic Object actively supports a long list of organizations, events, and other community activities through many forms of sponsorship. Depending on the need, we offer up our time, expertise or facilities. We contribute financial support, or in some cases just the snacks for an event.
Here’s just a sampling of the variety of efforts we’ve been a part of over the last couple of years:
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Back in January, we invited Glyph to join our office for six months as part of us supporting the Detroit startup community.
Last week, the Glyph team moved to their own office in Ann Arbor. Mike Vichich, one of the co-founders, showed pictures of their new digs. It was a open floor plan with exposed brick walls — very similar to our office.
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On March 27, 2013 Local First held its 5th Annual Sustainable Business Conference. I was invited to speak on a panel about sustainability initiatives in business. My fellow panelists were Marcia Rapp of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Kris Spaulding of Brewery Vivant, and Matt VanSweden of Integrated Architecture. Bill Smith of CompuCraft was our panel’s moderator.
Participating on this panel gave me the chance to share some of the aspects of sustainability that are important to Atomic Object. I gave the audience a sense of Atomic’s strong culture and the sustainable business practices we have adopted since we opened our doors in 2001.
I won’t claim that we’ve flawlessly executed on all of our many sustainable business efforts, but experimentation and improvement trump perfection. And pragmatic beats dogmatic in our complex and dynamic business environment.
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It’s not every day that a new meetup group springs up in Grand Rapids, but it’s not an altogether uncommon occurrence, either. What is uncommon is the start of a group that gets me personally excited and draws a sizable crowd.
It happened with the GR Web Dev group in early 2011, and now it’s happening again with GR Makers.
So, what makes these groups special?
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Local First held its annual meeting and Local Motion awards on January 29, 2013 at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids. These awards recognize successful, sustainable local businesses in West Michigan.
Atomic has sponsored this event for the last two years, and we were the proud recipient of Local First’s Change Agent award in 2011.
We’re honored to give a shout out to the 2013 award winners. These individuals and businesses strengthen our community and are proof positive of the power of sustainable local business:
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When others said it was too risky or a hardship to be in Detroit, we saw opportunity and a chance to be involved in change. So we announced our intentions in March and officially opened a new office in June.
We’ve made our home in downtown Detroit on Randolph Street. It’s not your typical office space — triangular shape, exposed brick walls, lots of old-fashioned windows, and fun. We keep an open floor plan so we can arrange furniture as needed and have plenty of writing space on the walls. It’s an environment that naturally keeps the focus on software projects and the community. It’s also a stone’s throw from Detroit’s major theaters, concerts halls, and new sports arenas.
Read more on Atomic’s Investment in Detroit Is Already Paying Big Dividends…
“Have you ever thought about learning to program?”
That’s the first sentence in a recent blog post by the Swedish game company Mojang, creator of the hit game, Minecraft. The post describes their recent and upcoming work to create a virtual environment where beginners can explore the power of programming on a low-cost, open platform. While this may not seem interesting to anyone unfamiliar with Minecraft or the Raspberry Pi, the combination with early programming learning is a big deal to me. Here’s why. Read more on “Have you ever thought about learning to program?”…
I recently attended RubyConf 2012 in Denver, CO. I had a great time, and I learned a lot. While getting a clearer picture of the Ruby development community was interesting — particularly the tension among MRI, JRuby, Rubinius, etc. — the talks I keep thinking about were essentially language-independent.
Read more on RubyConf 2012 Reflections: Bad Code Is a Symptom & Keeping Your Business Logic Functional…
Atomic has company shirts made for our employees and families every couple of years. We have a strong pride in our people, so clothing them seems like a good way to show it. You might think we would send off a design and be happy with whatever we got back. After all, we make software products, not t-shirts. Instead, I find myself getting more involved over time, not less. Here’s the story of how our latest shirts were made locally by craftspeople that share our values and our passion for making things with quality and impact.
Read more on How Holland’s Ambrose Crafted our Shirts with Care…