Overnight Web Challenge Founder Honored With Titans of Technology Award

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This podcast was recorded just days before Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge founder Mark Hurlburt was to be honored by Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal as a Titans of Technology Award recipient in the Community Hero category.

Whether you’re a Web Challenge vet or you know very little about this 24-hour community service initiative, you’ll learn something from this podcast about the history and evolution of The Nerdery’s pro bono endeavor. Since 2008, Web Challenge volunteers have freely given more than $5 million in professional web development services to 144 nonprofits in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Kansas City.

Not (yet) included in this recording is a voiceover by James Earl Jones saying, “Mark Hurlburt. Technology Titan. Community Hero” (hopefully coming soon, budget permitting). But if I could be serious for a moment I’d say that it’s been the greatest among many pleasures of my Nerdery career to work with Mark on the Overnight Website Challenge from the humble beginnings of his idea. Congrats for this well-deserved honor.

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The ROI of Advocating for Accessibility and Quality Assurance Early and Often

A Podcast Discussion:

Bree and Adam are the keynote speakers for the 2014 QA Summit for Digital Marketing in Chicago on October 3rd.

There presentation will focus on how developing websites with the intent of making them accessible to people with disabilities is the right thing to do. But well beyond altruism, companies should understand the solid business case for accessibility.

Is there a business case for accessibility?

There are developers, designers, and quality assurance engineers who are passionate about how the Internet can help make the world a better place for everybody. But in order to make the Internet truly for everybody, web developers and app designers need to take into account the 60 million disabled users in the U.S. who cannot access many websites without issue due to visual, cognitive, or motor impairments. Websites fail to meet accessibility standards due to lack of planning, knowledge or awareness.  Read more

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Tech That Makes Social Media Less of a Guessing Game

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A Podcast Discussion

How has social media tech made life easier for a Community Manager?

With the growth in social media tools, there is a proportionate amount of noise within the networks. It’s almost necessary to leverage the tools now available to filter, combine, and collate the vast amounts of communication on the social sphere. We have a fruitful discussion around communities and groups within the social sphere and how they are a direct response to the amount of seemingly random conversations happening around the clock.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge Cometh

There are a number of good ways to raise money and awareness to fight ALS, but lately there’s this.
 

The Nerdery ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from The Nerdery on Vimeo.

I almost missed this refreshing experience. A couple hours ago – and 45 minutes before my fellow Nerds planned to pre-emptively get doused – I was working from home and just minding my own business when our friend Adam Best from Code 42 said this:
 

Are you talking to me?

Lou Gehrig was a great man who died of a horrible disease that we should all want to beat the living crap out of. Nerdery staff donated more than a thousand bucks today. Let’s keep this going. Who’s next?

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New iTunes Connect Analytics Will Revolutionize iOS App Marketing

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Every marketing professional that works with iOS mobile apps will receive the gift that keeps on giving this fall – the gift of insight over their conversion funnel, granted by analytics data that you do not have access to today. Read more

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Facebook Like Gates Are Dead

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Ever had an offer to get something for free if all you did was click ‘Like’ on the companies Facebook page? The gravy train for consumers that willingly traded their marketing information in exchange for free tacos and car washes are coming to an end. Read more

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Next Generation Mobile Applications and iOS 8 Extensions

Every year Apple stands in front of an audience of devs/fans to announce how the new version of iOS will change the playing field. Sometimes it’s glitzy consumer-facing features like last years iOS 7 flat design – but every-other year Apple tends to feature developer-centric updates. Developers are specifically excited about Extensions – a new set of developer tools found in iOS 8 that eliminates many of the previous barriers that kept mobile applications from communicating with other mobile applications on a users device. Read more

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The Ten Most Notable Features of iOS 8 [Infographic]

Anticipation for Apple’s iOS 8 update launching this fall is a lot like a rocket’s launch-day – with everyone scrambling to make the necessary preparations before take-off. As we observe the progress from mission control, we’re seeing a new world of possibilities for iOS appstronauts to create new and interesting mobile experiences.

In prep for the big launch-day we’ve created this visual countdown of the 10 most notable features of iOS 8 for you to share with the appstronauts in your life.  Read more

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Learn to Prototype your Digital Ideas: Workshop, Aug. 25 in Chicago

Fred took a few moments out of planning for his upcoming workshop on Prototyping to discuss the value of visualizing digital projects before actually building them for real. But this nerdcast is also just the shape of bigger things to come; there’s so much more to be learned on August 25th at our Chicago office, co-hosted by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Events.


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Overcoming the iPad Tax With iOS 8 and Adaptive UI

Apple has addressed the device fragmentation issue head-on in a single major release of their iOS 8 operating system. In comparison, the modern web has been iterating for nearly a decade in order to improve the user experience of people accessing the web from a wide spectrum of devices and screen sizes. Developers of native mobile applications on both Android and iOS  have dealt with these same fragmentation issues that the web has been through, as manufacturers have shifted to making phones and tablets with an ever-widening selection of screens and resolutions.  Read more

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