Half of Atomic Developers Now Past/Current Accelerator Members

The Atomic Accelerator program has recently reached an exciting milestone—Accelerator members and graduates now make up over half of our development team!

We’re thrilled with the value our Accelerator Atoms are contributing to client teams, the strong positive effect they’re having on our company culture, and the relationships they’re building early in their Atomic careers. Our new Atoms have done so well in the program that it’s become our primary way to hire for development positions. Read more on Half of Atomic Developers Now Past/Current Accelerator Members…

Atomic Grand Rapids Welcomes its 2018 Accelerator Cohort

Three new makers have joined Atomic’s Grand Rapids office as part of the Atomic Accelerator—a professional development program for newly-graduated developers. I asked each to tell me a little about themselves and to share their first impressions of Atomic Object and the Accelerator program. Read more on Atomic Grand Rapids Welcomes its 2018 Accelerator Cohort…

GOTO Chicago 2018 – Complexity, Boring Languages, and Not Throwing Null

Recently, our group of Atomic accelerators headed over to Chicago for the 2018 GOTO Chicago conference.

It was a two-day conference with six different tracks each day, so there were always multiple good options to choose. The talks ranged from machine learning to office politics. Even though the conference did not have a specific focus, there were themes that came up repeatedly, such as the complexity of computer science, big data along with its capabilities and biases, and handling errors well. Read more on GOTO Chicago 2018 – Complexity, Boring Languages, and Not Throwing Null…

Atomic Games 2017 – Now with Real-Time Strategy!

We really enjoyed hosting our third annual Atomic Games event in Grand Rapids this year. It was a huge success! We met so many smart students and had lots of opportunities to work with them throughout the day. Our team overheard a number of the competitors saying how much they enjoyed this year’s challenge and that they continued to work on the problem after the event.
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Announcing the 2017 Atomic Games!

It’s time for our third annual Atomic Games! This programming challenge provides a great learning opportunity for college students and a chance to interview with Atomic in a fun, low-pressure environment. We were delighted by student interest and enthusiastic participation in last year’s Games, and we have some key enhancements for 2017.

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Reflecting on the Atomic Accelerator’s First Year

I’m very excited to welcome our second Accelerator cohort this summer. This milestone provided a natural opportunity for introspection on the first year of the program. We’re very pleased with the expected–and surprising–successes of the program. We’ve also made some changes based on what we’ve learned from the first year. Read more on Reflecting on the Atomic Accelerator’s First Year…

Curriculum & Goals for the Atomic Accelerator’s Second Year

Cell Zero of the Atomic Accelerator: (l to r) Rachael, Andy, Dan, Alex

May signaled the start of our initial Accelerator cohort’s second year, and with it, a new focus for our curriculum. Our first year was packed with technical content, but recently, we’ve been reading books like Influencer, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, Coaching for Performance, Crucial Accountability, and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

During the second year of the program, we’ll develop four key skills: accountability, conflict resolution, mentorship, and leadership. We’ll work on each skill using both a personal and team perspective.
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Cell Zero Reflects on Their First Year in the Atomic Accelerator

Atomic’s Accelerator program (an accelerated professional development program for newly-graduated developers) is rounding out its inaugural year. That means the four members of Cell Zero will have completed their first year as Atoms, and Cell One and Cell Alpha (the next cohorts) will join our offices this summer in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor respectively.
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