Creating The Nerdery Holiday Party App – An Integrated iBeacon Experience

Each year The Nerdery has a holiday party. And each year our Nerds try to come up with a new way to engage and interact with fellow party-goers. This year, they created an app that integrated with iBeacon technology (naturally). Watch what happens when our own employees are both the app creators and users. Continue reading Creating The Nerdery Holiday Party App – An Integrated iBeacon Experience

How Wearables Will Transform the Mobile Experience

A few years ago, saying that you had a smartwatch put you in the “nerdiest of the nerds” category. You probably had a Casio calculator watch, which while occasionally handy, couldn’t do much beyond basic calculating and telling the time.

The most popular wearables right now are fitness trackers – the likes of FitBit and Nike Fuel Band, which collect data and report it back to your phone or computer. But Google, Microsoft and Apple are all making huge pushes to go the next step and get consumers wearing smarter devices that act as second screens to personal devices, and can serve as standalone devices as well.

With the weight of the biggest tech companies behind them, wearables have the power to do more than ever before and will transform the mobile experience. Continue reading How Wearables Will Transform the Mobile Experience

The Future of Windows 10 and HoloLens

Microsoft clarified their vision for Windows 10 and provided the world with a glimpse of what is on the horizon for Windows development in an announcement made late last month. From unifying development across their diverse hardware platforms to unveiling a whole new way of interacting with apps, Microsoft is taking bold steps forward to empower developers to dream, build and deliver apps to their consumers.

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Project Management: So You Want to Build a “Snowman”

Setting out to build something new can be daunting. Especially something as complicated and intricate as a website or an app. As a project manager at The Nerdery, it’s my job to take an intimidating goal and break it down into very manageable pieces for our clients.

That can be tricky though. Let me show you what I mean. (Spoiler alert: this may or may not be an extended metaphor.) Continue reading Project Management: So You Want to Build a “Snowman”

Chicago Pentathanerd 2014 – Final Results!

The Chicago office wrapped up their second Pentathanerd over the week of December 1st through the 5th.  4 teams competed against each other in some Nerdy and fun events to determine the champion for 2014.  The 4 teams were (with honorary members in parenthesis):

2PMs and 1QA – Travis, Ryan, Joe

In the .NET – Andy, Ben, Ken, (Michael), (Curtis)

Molly and the Spicy Tuna Crunch – Molly, Martin, Jim, (Gary), (Burton)

Team Greggani – Dani, Gregg, (Jabari)

And they competed in the following events:

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Why I Created A New User Experience Model to Help Our Clients

As a user experience designer, I want to be a part of compelling creative projects—projects that solve business problems for our clients and engage their users through valuable experiences. However, given tight budgets and timelines it’s challenging to discuss the intricacies of the design and development process with new clients, develop innovative solutions and create engaging user experiences that provide measurable business outcomes.

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Nerd Holiday Gift Guide

Sometimes it’s a challenge to find that perfect gift for the nerd in your life. To help make that a little easier, we asked our Nerds to share some of their ideas that they have on their lists.

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How to Feed 422 Nerds a Thanksgiving Feast [Infographic]

Every year, the families of our executive committee team up to put together a homemade Thanksgiving feast for our staff. My first Nerdery Thanksgiving was back in 2007. I was amazed that they could put together a meal for 40 people and still have leftovers. Seven years later, they managed to feed 400+ people and still had leftovers. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, your grocery list would look something like this.

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Why $10K Websites Work for Everyone… But You.

As a custom web and interactive development company, it’s not uncommon for customers to come to us asking to help select or implement a pre-built website theme for their business. When we start asking questions, however, we often find that a from-the-box website solution won’t deliver the value clients think it will.

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Quick CMS Comparison [Infographic]

Choosing the right content management system (CMS) for your website – and your budget – is one of the most important decisions in the web development process. To help illustrate the differences, we’ve put together this visual guide examining what makes some of our favorite affordable CMS options unique.

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