Mission Data CEO Stu Gavurin Selected for MindShare 2014 Class
MindShare, a prestigious organization for CEOs of the most promising high tech companies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area has tapped Mission Data CEO Stu Gavurin for inclusion in their 2014 class. With his induction into the group Gavurin joins a veritable “Who’s Who” of tech entrepreneurs and CEOs in the region and gains access to MindShare’s significant alumni network of CEOs, angels, mentors and advisors.
As part of the group Gavurin will be participating in exclusive development and networking events. There he’ll form new connections to both pillars and rising stars in the DC tech community. These new relationships will offer opportunities for camaraderie, personal and professional development as well as partnership and growth opportunities for Mission Data.
The entire Mission Data team looks forward to strengthening our ties in the Washington DC community through Stu’s involvement with this distinguished organization. Not to mention that we’re very proud of our CEO for being recognized for his outstanding leadership. #humblebrag
An Elegant Compromise: Responsive Retrofitting
The growth rate of mobile internet traffic over the past few years is staggering. More and more people are accessing the web with phones and tablets instead of (or in addition to) a desktop computer. This fact has led to some significant changes for web designers. Where once we asked clients if a new site should be targeted for desktop users or mobile users we now build sites to accommodate both audiences simultaneously. Not every project is made up of a new or completely redesigned site though. Sometimes a client’s budget or deadline restriction demands a compromise that improves an existing site’s mobile performance without a complete redesign. That’s where Responsive Retrofitting comes in.
A site featuring a responsive design is one that performs well in any size browser window. Whether stretched across a 21 inch cinema display or tucked compactly into a mobile device screen, the site’s text will stay legible and its photos will automatically expand or contract to fit the screen without any action on the part of the user. Retrofitting an existing site to be responsive is an elegant compromise that lets site owners address the needs of both desktop and mobile users without building a completely new site.
We put that elegant compromise into action recently on www.ddwcolor.com. D.D. Williamson came to us with an existing site that performed wonderfully for desktop users but less than ideally for mobile users. They tasked us with finding a solution to the problem without building a brand new site. Retrofitting the site to be responsive was the perfect solution.
Designer and Front End Developer Justin Toon led the project and shared a few thoughts on the work.
Retrofitting an existing site is not the solution for every client but it can be for many. If your website needs to be made more mobile friendly without being completely rebuilt contact us to see if retrofitting with responsive design is right for you.
Keeping Our Eye on Rising Stars
Earlier this month representatives from Mission Data, Google, SendGrid and Bloomberg were all at the Johns Hopkins University for http://hophacks.com/HopHacks, the student run hackathon. Each company was there to serve as advisor to the participants and play the role of judge for various rewards and acknowledgments.
With our Creative Director, VP of Research and Development and one of our Principal Engineers attending we were able to counsel the students on all aspects of their projects. From design to code Mission Data had an expert on hand to answer any questions the students presented us with.
In addition to our role as advisors we were also the judges who gave out the award for Best User Experience. We crowned an iPhone app called “Cape” the winner.
Cape is a civilian emergency medicine iPhone application. It serves to walk those with no prior medical knowledge through basic life support in the event of a medical emergency. Medical emergencies addressed include cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, and profuse bleeds.
We liked Cape’s clean design and the strong interface that walked users through important steps in the app. We also liked how complete and polished the team was able to make their app and their presentation in just 36 hours. It was an impressive feat and it was exciting to watch it and all the other accomplishments these ambitious students pulled off.
Like a baseball scout scoping out young pitchers we got a front row seat to watch some of the great young talent in our industry show off their skills. We can’t wait to do it again at the next HopHacks.
Check out Technical.ly Baltimore’s writeup of the hackathon for details on the three overall winners.
Mercer Microsite Launch for Davos
For the third year in a row Mission Data worked with Mercer to build a microsite highlighting their important work with the World Economic Forum. As in previous years the microsite was launched to coincide with the World Economic Forum’s Davos Annual Meeting.
This year’s refreshed site focuses on the launch of Education and Skills 2.0: New Targets & Innovative Approaches, a book authored by members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education & Skills. Education and Skills 2.0 is available as a PDF download from the microsite.
As part of Mercer’s Human Capital Index the microsite also features the newly released The Human Capital Report and accompanying video. This report “ranks 122 countries representing 90% of the world’s populations and identifies the countries that are best positioned to contribute to effective workforce development, growth potential, and economic success.”
Live From Frankfort, It’s the General Assembly!
Journalists, politicos and citizens of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky allow us to introduce the Kentucky Legislative Coverage app.
We built the app for KET to bring Kentucky General Assembly committee meetings and House and Senate sessions live to your iPhone or iPad.
It’s amazing how engaging the political process can be when you watch it in action. More than one person who worked on this project has found themselves glued to an iPhone to keep watching legislative proceedings.
Kentucky Trivia: The Commonwealth of Kentucky has had 4 constitutions since it was admitted to the Union as the fifteenth state in 1792. The fourth, and current, constitution was adopted in 1891.
Mission Data at HopHacks
Next weekend Mission Data’s Creative Director Todd Budnikas, our VP Research and Development Carson McDonald and Principal Engineer Scott Yoder, are heading to Baltimore for a student run hackathon at the Johns Hopkins University called HopHacks. HopHacks brings together student developers, designers and entrepreneurs for a 36 hour endurance test of creativity, knowledge and perseverance. During the event teams will combine their skills to create brand new apps that the organizers hope will be “the starting point for world changing ideas.”
Todd, Carson and Scott are attending HopHacks as mentors. They’ll be on site to help guide teams throughout the app development process, focusing specifically on user experience. Building apps that are as intuitive and enjoyable to use as they are high performing and stable is one of Mission Data’s super powers and we’re delighted to share our knowledge and experience to help students do the same. Todd and Carson have pledged to attempt to rest as little as students do during the 36 hour competition.
Winning teams at HopHacks will be awarded prizes of $1024, $512 or $256. Tired mentors will be awarded a long trip home to start catching up on sleep.
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PetFirst Makes Getting Dog or Cat Insurance Easy
PetFirst offers a new breed of pet insurance plans for dog and cat owners that simplifies the process of insuring your cat or dog.
Unlike traditional pet insurance plans that offer a few standard programs with rigid restrictions and exclusions, Petfirst allows pet owners to customize their plans with riders to create the insurance plan they need.
Mission Data has worked with PetFirst to develop and launch their innovative step-by-step plan builder that helps members balance the amount of pet health coverage with their budget.
By designing a simple, customizable user experience, Mission Data has helped PetFirst bring their program to thousands of pet owners across the country. To find out more or insure your own pet, visit www.petfirst.com.