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Thinking Ahead: The evolution of content management—the Decoupled CMS

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Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at some strategies, trends, and technologies that can help organizations succeed in 2016. This week, we’re getting our geek on, and looking at decoupled content management system (CMS) architectures.

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OpenRoad just expanded by three! Meet the new co-ops.

What does it take to do your co-op at one of Vancouver’s largest digital agencies? Just ask one of our three new, fantastic co-op students.

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Valeriya Korotchenko, Software Developer Co-op

Valeriya Korotchenko is a third year, Physics and Computer Science student from the University of British Columbia (UBC). As a member of the UBC Orbit Club, her and 35 other students are in the process of building a small satellite that will be used to detect forest fires. Valeriya’s contribution to the project is to write algorithms that are used by the satellite to detect smoke. (Our developers were pretty impressed in the interview).
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Celebrating User Experience in Vancouver

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OpenRoad has been advocating for the importance of user experience in Vancouver for over a decade. Darren, Gord, and a handful of other UX practitioners originally formed the Vancouver User Experience Group in 2003, with the goal of building and nurturing a strong community of talented UX designers’. We’re thrilled to see how the community has thrived. On November 25, we co-hosted the second annual Vancouver User Experience Awards that recognized industry-leading work created right here in our own city. (more…)

Awesome work Mo’ Bros and Sistas

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You may have noticed some extra dapper style around the OpenRoad office in November. We’re proud to announce that our own Mo’ Bros and Mo’ Sistas raised a total of $3,624 for men’s health in November. We ranked #604 in Canada (seems appropriate for a Vancouver-based company). Well done team! (more…)

Tackling Gender Diversity in the Software Industry

logo-ladieslearningcode-410The software development industry faces a major gender diversity problem. According to a survey conducted in 2015, only 5.8 percent of developer positions are occupied by women1.

OpenRoad was thrilled to help narrow this gender gap by hosting a Ladies Learning Code workshop this week. (more…)

Say hello to our new(ish) marketing coordinator, Christie Atkins!

You may have noticed our OpenRoad and ThoughtFarmer blogs have seen a lot of contributions from a new author… meet Christie Atkins. As our marketing coordinator, Christie is responsible for brand communications, including blogging, website content, email marketing, sales collateral, and social media. She is also the friendly face of OpenRoad at our events, and herds cats to get all our award entries submitted on time.

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Christie learning what it takes to be a power line maintainer for a lines appreciation event.

Christie joins us as a new graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University. We’re big fans of SFU grads around here, both Gordon Ross and Jacqueline Antalik are also alumni of the communications program. She also completed two co-op semesters at Hydro One, one of Ontario’s major electricity providers, where she worked on their corporate communications team and was responsible for managing mobile app content, handling social media inquiries, and publishing a lot of their corporate intranet content.

One of the great things about being a writer is during the process of researching your subject, you get to experience the world through other peoples’ eyes.
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We’re Excited about Clicklaw’s New Mobile-Optimized Website!

In April, Google announced it would be boosting the rankings of pages that were optimized for mobile. This announcement acted as the catalyst for Clicklaw to connect with OpenRoad to create a mobile friendly version of their website. Clicklaw is an online resource aimed at enhancing access to justice in British Columbia. By having their site optimized for mobile, it would allow people in need of immediate legal information to have unfettered access wherever and whenever.

With limited budget and not a lot of time, we helped make their existing site mobile-friendly with some smart refactoring. In eight weeks Clicklaw had their mobile site up and running. We were thrilled to be a part of the project.

Below you can see a screenshot of Clicklaw’s new mobile-optimized website.

 

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Meet our new Front-End Developer, Foley!

We are very excited to welcome Foley Lynn to the team. Foley brings over 15 years of digital communications experience to OpenRoad. He cultivated his expertise by splitting his time between agency work and running his own web development firm.

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Foley with his adorable son Markus.

Over the last 15 years, Foley’s favourite project was working as the Lead Front-End Developer building the mobile web app for tiipz.com. “The project moved quickly — and with no dedicated project manager, all team members became experts at communication. It was an exciting, fast-moving development environment that leveraged cutting-edge technology. It was a fantastic experience,” said Foley.
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OpenRoad is proud to co-host the 2nd annual VanUX Awards

From a fledging roundtable group of people interested in this thing called ‘user experience’ to a sold-out award show celebrating some of the biggest brands in Canada, the Vancouver User Experience group has grown up over the past twelve years. We’re excited to announce OpenRoad will be co-hosting the Vancouver User Experience Awards for a second year in a row. You’re invited to join us on November 25, to celebrate the most joyful, innovative, and elegant user experiences created right here in our own city.
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Congratulations, Emily Carr University!

A big congratulations to Emily Carr University on their new website, designed and built by OpenRoad! Emily Carr University of Art + Design is one of Canada’s premier post secondary institutions, devoted to excellence and innovation in visual arts, media arts, and design. They needed a site that was as vibrant and diverse as the university itself to attract the best and brightest students. We are really excited to have been involved with the project. Congrats again, Emily Carr University.

Take a peek at the University’s newly redesigned homepage:

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