The Richmond Times-Dispatch nominates Shockoe as one of the Greater Richmond Area 2017 Top Workplaces!

The Richmond Times-Dispatch nominates Shockoe as one of the Greater Richmond Area 2017 Top Workplaces!

The Richmond Times-Dispatch nominates Shockoe as one of the Greater Richmond Area 2017 Top Workplaces!

Shockoe has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Richmond Times-Dispatch. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

About Shockoe

Shockoe is a cross-platform and native mobile solutions firm that specializes in building mobile apps and integrating legacy systems. We started in 2010  helping clients to develop mobile strategies which result in consumer and employee-facing mobile applications that meet users’ needs. We believe that technology can make the business better and make that belief a reality every day with the tools we build. We create apps for the entire supply chain – from Agriculture to Manufacturing and Logistics to Retail and Consumer Goods. As a result, we have built apps for Grocery Stores, Financial Firms, Insurance Companies, Consumer Goods, Retail Shops, and Pharma – We aim to get involved in a variety of projects to make sure that we are well versed in the mobile technology landscape.  As one of the leading mobile app development firms, we are focused on creating apps that provide engaging experiences for our clients’ employees and customers. Moving forward into 2017, we will work with companies to help them generate desired mobile experiences through integrating new technologies such as Voice Recognition, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Machine Learning. You can learn more about Shockoe and our openings , come to join the fun!

About WorkplaceDynamics, LLC

Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. WorkplaceDynamics is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.

Unity – Game Development, Developing Together

After the January Game Jam, I wrote about previously, I found out about @McFunkyPants one game a month and decided to jump on board!  I was able to use Audiball as my January submission and got to work on February’s game.  After spending last semester learning Unity and furthering my experience with this amazing tool at the Global Gamejam, I decided to continue developing with Unity.  I was looking for a fairly simple concept for February’s game and eventually decided on game design with similar mechanics to Pacman.  The twist I introduced was a randomly generated graph which allowed the maze to criss-cross in different ways.

Throughout the month of February, I had a lot of ideas about how to develop the idea, but couldn’t try them all!  The result is a fairly playable version I titled, “Red Node Attendant”.  The Player must get to all of the red nodes on the graph; traveling along the edges without backtracking or running into the yellow enemies.  Some gameplay changes occur as your score improves.  I had a blast making this game and look forward to the next one.  RVAGameJams is hosting another game jam this weekend called Flow Jam.  Hopefully, we’ll see some great new Flow Themed games get made!  Interested in learning more Unity or working on a Unity project? I’d like to talk to you!

WP-Logs integrates with Notifo

Having detailed logs of how your services are being used is important, but sometimes it’s nice to have immediate notifications of critical events. Enter Notifo, the super-easy-to-use push notification service.

We recently updated WP-Logs to support the Notifo service so you can now receive notices just about anywhere. We have some of ours going straight to phone, email, and growl.

WP-Notifo is required and must be configured properly. After you’re all setup, use it with WP-Logs by adding the ‘notifo’ key to your event call; i.e.:

$EventLog = new EventLog(array(
    'event' => 'New post',
    'text' => 'A user created a new post',
    'notifo' => true

Amazon S3: Integrate for fun, profit & epic speed boosts

The benefits of using Amazon S3 to store static resources are already well documented. It’s almost a no-brainer if you are building an app that hosts a lot of static files.

We just converted an app that we’re working on to use S3 for all user uploads. It not only sped up our development time but it also basically eliminated the need to worry about file-server scaling in our prototyping stage. And we may not need to worry about it for quite a while after that.

Check out for more information on the Amazon S3 SDK for PHP.