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.
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.
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
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.
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.