Tech News by SmartLogic

SmartLogic Gives Back In 2014

Posted by LeAnne Matlach on Dec 15, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Every year SmartLogic gives back to the community by supporting a different  group of charities. Our tradition is to allow each employee to designate a charity to receive part of our company donation and employees can then give a matching donation. We're happy to be good corporate citizens and encourage our team to be aware of local and national charities.

For some of the SmartLogic team, the charity they chose has a close personal connection. Kei Ellerbrock, SmartLogic's office manager, adopted her dog, Ben, from the Puppy Paws foster program. "Getting Ben from a foster meant he was happy, socialized, and even trained when I got him," she said. "I'm very grateful to the organization for finding temporary homes for these dogs as well as support fostering."

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Topics: Company News, charities, smartlogic, Bmoregivesmore

New Addition To The SmartLogic Team

Posted by LeAnne Matlach on Dec 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM

The SmartLogic team is growing. 

I’m LeAnne Matlach, the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement at SmartLogic. I'm so excited to join this amazing team of designers and developers. This is a brand-new position for the company and I plan to make SmartLogic more of an active resource in the community, share what’s going on, make connections and help everyone learn a few new things, even ourselves.

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Topics: New Hires

Growing The Baltimore Tech Community In 2015

Posted by LeAnne Matlach on Dec 8, 2014 10:11:45 AM

More than a dozen people from various backgrounds sit around a table at the Emerging Technology Center talking tech and the community. It’s a pretty common sight in Baltimore, but Chris Wink with says it’s rarer than you might think.

“These kind of mish-mash groups don’t happen as often in other communities and this is something we’re excited by,” he said. “Like the arts, gaming, entrepreneurship, web
development and software development, those are not seen as cohesive entities in other markets and that’s something I’m really excited by in Baltimore.”

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Topics: baltimore tech, tech meetups, Events

Baltimore Hackathon Recap and Winners

Posted by LeAnne Matlach on Nov 17, 2014 2:24:00 PM

Clockhackathon Brian Sierakowski at Baltimore Hackathon Paul Grodt with Luminar Fountain at Baltimore Hackathon  
More than 100 people came out for the third annual Baltimore Hackathon this past weekend with a lot of first-timers stepping up and winning top honors.

High school student Peter Collins won best individual software project and audience favorite for his interactive game, Node Swipe. Watch a video of his presentation.

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Topics: baltimore software developers, event, baltimore tech, software development, hardware development, hackathon

Maryland Entrepreneur Expo Highlights

Posted by LeAnne Matlach on Nov 14, 2014 10:29:00 AM

(SmartLogic's Yair Flicker and Brian Sierakowski with Md.'s Gov.-Elect Larry Hogan)

“Maryland is home to many growing companies that are changing the business landscape, and this event brought together entrepreneurs and business leaders to learn about entrepreneurial resources,” said TEDCO president Rob Rosenbaum at the Maryland Entrepreneur Expo Wednesday.

It wasn't just entrepreneurs and other members of the state's growing tech community at the expo: Governor-Elect Larry Hogan stopped by the event. Hogan didn't make any specific announcements about how the technology community will play into how he leads the state but did say it's high on his radar when he takes office this January.

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Topics: Events, entrepreneurship, TEDCO

66 Useful Links from RESTFest 2014

Posted by Eric Oestrich on Sep 29, 2014 12:22:54 PM

I bookmarked links from RESTFest this weekend; check them out below for resources, upcoming events, and more. Feel free to add anything I missed in the comments!

  1. mgonto/restangular
  2. Vatican.js - quick and powerful APIs at your fingertips
  3. cainus/hyper-json
  4. zetta - zetta.js
  5. REST APIs must be hypertext-driven » Untangled
  6. kevinswiber/siren
  7. Zetta Browser
  8. mdobson/SHMKit
  9. zettajs
  10. Getting Started with API Monitoring and Testing · Runscope API Tools Documentation · Runscope
  11. ModelSolv - RepreZen - Discover the Zen of API Design
  12. API Management, API Gateways, Strategy Services and Developer Platform Services
  13. What is the RESTed NARWHL? | The RESTed NARWHL
  14. Swagger 2.0
  15. Transparent Content Negotiation in HTTP
  16. hypergroup/hyper-json
  17. hypergroup/ng-hyper
  18. hypergroup/hyper-chess
  19. cognitect/transit-format
  20. FoxyCart HAPI
  21. Privacy Icons
  22. ClearButton.Net: Developing a Personal Data Notice Registry
  23. Open Notice
  24. kimono : Turn websites into structured APIs from your browser in seconds
  25. RestExpress/HyperExpress
  26. einarwh/hyperwizard
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Topics: application development, APIs

5 Top Links from Google I/O: Android App Development

Posted by Eric Oestrich on Jun 27, 2014 11:21:17 AM

I watched the Google I/O conference this week from my desk in Baltimore. If you didn’t have time to stream any of the sessions, here are a few interesting resources and highlights that could be useful to you.

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Topics: android

4 Cool Parts of The New Swift Programming Language

Posted by Ara Hacopian on Jun 26, 2014 6:26:31 AM

The biggest news out of the recent WWDC keynote a couple of weeks ago has to be Apple’s announcement of a brand new programming language called Swift. A small team worked on Swift, in secret, for four years and their efforts paid off. While Apple was successful in gradually bringing more modern language features to Objective-C, a 30-year old language, over the years, Swift represents a clean break and brings with it a new syntax and some exciting features that other languages like Ruby, Scala, and Javascript have enjoyed. Here are some that I’m most excited about:

1. Type Inference
Swift is a type safe language, so the compiler performs type checks to ensure that if a part of your code expects an Integer then you can’t pass it a String instead. Type inference is a great feature that allows you to dispense with explicit declarations of a variable’s or return value’s type. If the compiler can infer the type from the context of the declaration, then you don’t need to be explicit. So, while you could write this:

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Topics: iOS Development

Social Media and the Job Search: SmartLogic’s Take

Posted by Yair Flicker on May 29, 2014 11:57:00 AM


SmartLogic is always looking to meet and hire good people, so I keep my eye out for hiring and job-seeking advice. I’ve noticed a rash of sensationalist articles about how social media can hurt job seekers, like this article, which says you shouldn’t post a picture of yourself wearing something you wouldn’t wear to a company function. Some people would have to remove every picture of themselves not wearing a suit under that rule.

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Announcement: SmartLogic Opens Office in Berlin

Posted by Yair Flicker on May 13, 2014 8:45:00 AM

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Topics: Company News