Education and learning have always been a core part of what we do at Bocoup. From our earliest days in Fort Point, we've held classes dedicated to teaching people to build on the Open Web, the subjects evolving along with the platform itself. Over the past few months, we've been working on a new format for sharing knowledge and skills with the community of passionate practitioners who follow our work, our team members, our open source projects, and (especially in your case) our blog.

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Our pal and longstanding Bocouper Greg Smith has left Bocoup to work with the fine folks at Brightcove.

Greg joined Bocoup back in 2011, and he's accomplished quite a lot since then! Between completing 91 (his ambitious crowd-funded role playing game), single-beardedly developing boxbox, launching the ever-popular learnlayout.com (and the not-quite-as-popular isitmarchfirst.com), and presenting a bunch of great tech talks, he's certainly kept himself busy. But his contribution to our team has been far more integral than a laundry list of achievements could describe.

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This winter we will be offering a workshop series focusing on user experience design. We craft our educational offerings using similar practices to how we design products: using a goal oriented and design driven methodology. In this post, I’ll be sharing the process for how we went about developing this new workshop offering.

Choose a time to user test, then run a two week curriculum writing sprint

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We've had some great opportunities for team bonding lately thanks to our newest teammate—Lorin Bond! Lorin brings a strong background in business consulting and project management, a keen interest in developing accessible software, and an excellent last name for a project manager.

Lorin joins us from Chevron, where she built a software usability center for its 4,500+ IT employees. She earned her MBA and MS in Information Systems from Boston University, and served previously as a consultant for non-profits and government agencies at CirclePoint and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership. In her spare time, Lorin enjoys volunteering with the Boston-based STEM networking group She Geeks Out and Community Servings, a nonprofit focused on providing healthy meals for the critically ill.

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An RICG-branded Ultraman character hugging the unofficial WordPress mascot, Wapuu Illustration by Sue Lockwood

We here at Bocoup want to take a moment to recognize two of our team members for their work on WordPress 4.4, which was released this week: Mat “Wilto” Marquis and K. Adam White.

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The following is a transcript of a talk given at various events throughout 2015, including Bocoup’s own TXJS and Boston JS.

Transcript

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Illustration by Sue Lockwood

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Recently, we announced our Knight Foundation Prototype Grant to work on Data Voyager, a tool for exploring the breadth and depth of a particular dataset with ease through automated visualization recommendations.

Data Voyager was originally created as a research project by Jeff Heer’s Interactive Data Lab at the University of Washington (with implementation led by Kanit Wongsuphasawat and Dominik Moritz). The Data Vis Team at Bocoup was wowed when Jeff presented this tool along with many others during the OpenVis Conf keynote and knew we needed to get involved.

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Illustration by Christine An

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We're servo-ing up some great news today: our coop is embiggened once again, with Francis Gulotta joining Bocoup as Director of Web Connected Devices.

A lifelong New Yorker, Francis has spent his life immersed in building technology. He’s consulted for small businesses, schools, and startups on his own and at his agency, Wizard Development, served as VP of engineering at Levo, and led worldwide network operations at Highbridge Capital Management. All the while, he’s supported the burgeoning community building JavaScript-powered hardware with open source projects like node-serialport and by leading scads of in-person workshops to get folks started with Nodebots and Johnny-Five.

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