March 14th was Pi Day, and here at IMH we celebrated by having a “Show Us Your Pi” contest!
Not That Pie, this Pi
Contestants had to set up their Pi science fair style and show the functionality of their Pi for judging.
Second place went to Nick W. who showed us how he can use his Pi as a security camera. Here is his description on how his Pi works:
“Whenever you are away from the house, all you have to do is login to see what’s going on. In a later project, I am going to refine the motion sensor script so that it will record a 10 second clip and email me a link to the video. In addition to being a security camera, it also constantly syncs any wireless Fitbit tracker that is in range with the Fitbit server. It can also run a speed test from command line. I am always able to connect remotely because of another script that connects with No-ip.com and updates my IP multiple times a day so I can use a hostname instead of an IP. I usually have the pi plugged into a IP controlled power outlet so I can power cycle the pi if it ever becomes unresponsive. However, for the demonstration, I will have that IP controlled outlet plugged into a lamp to prove what you are seeing is in fact video feed.”
Earth Day started 46 years ago as a movement to motivate people to take action on environmental issues. According to earthday.org, over 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year and InMotion Hosting enjoys being involved in the movement.
This year we had our Customer Experience, Development, and Office of Business Intelligence teams go out and pick up trash from along our street in an effort to reduce pollution.
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October 17 at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Advanced Technology Center marked a significant first for the area – the first official WordCamp in the Hampton Roads. With the guidance of the local WordPress Meetup group and InMotion Hosting’s Tim Sisson, the event was efficiently planned with a variety of speakers and topics. The one day event included 19 speakers, with many sessions within 3 different rooms of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC). Topics varied from beginner level “I have my WordPress site, now what?” to developer interests such as the WordPress REST API which stands for Representational State Transfer Application Program Interface. Easier to say REST API, right? The organizers worked to provide a wide array of topics in order to meet the different type of WordPress users who would be attending.
The event started early on that Saturday morning with volunteers scrambling to get the name tags in place and in order for the registration table. Coffee was brewed and provided next to the vendor tables.
The InMotion Hosting table was setup and filled with swag that was quickly gobbled by arriving WordCamp attendees. The event sold 160 tickets but in addition to the volunteers and speakers close to 200 people were involved in the event. A popular Mediterranean restaurant named Azars provided a great lunch for the attendees adding to the almost festive atmosphere.
The ATC rooms were beautiful and functional for the WordCamp providing lots of space and ample presentation options for the speakers. The typical “Happiness Bar” was manned by both InMotion Hosting employees and local expert users to help answer WordPress questions. One tough question with Woo Commerce was resolved by our experts within InMotion’s Website Design services.
The day passed quickly but with new friends made and new things learned. When the WordCamp ended, an after party was held at the Eagle’s Nest in Virginia Beach complete with a mechanical bull, line dancing, open bar, and a great food spread. We look forward to making this an annual event where we can continue to promote the understanding and use of WordPress. We want to keep WordCamp HamptonRoads as a great destination and educational event where can show a little bit of our area, our people, and our company.
On February 21st and 22nd the Code for Hampton Roads Brigade hosted a Code Across Hampton Roads event. Code for Hampton Roads is a Code Across America Brigade comprised of volunteers that contribute their talents towards improving the way local governments and community organizations use the web.
The purpose of the event was to bring together coders, designers, marketers, government staff, innovators, and anyone with the passion to make their city and the region better. In addition to having a few of our staff members participate in the event, InMotion Hosting was able to provide sponsorship.
Here is what a few our team members had to say about the event:
“Participating in Code Across gave me a great opportunity to give back to the community using skills honed at InMotion Hosting. Working on a team with other local developers, we were able to make significant contributions to open-source projects that will help improve the lives of the people living in Hampton Roads. I’m looking forward with great anticipation to what we can accomplish over the coming year.” – Blaine P- Brigade Member and IMH Web Designer
“I was surprised to see so many coders in one place collaborating on so many different projects. Everyone was so inviting, eager to socialize and share ideas. The event seemed to cater to people of varying strengths and disciplines, from novice CMS users to seasoned back-end coders—even to graphic designers, like me. I’ll definitely be returning next time, perhaps with a lot more to contribute.”- Cisco R- IMH Web Designer