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Cartegraph Invades THAT Conference

This Summer Vacation Makes Cartegraph Technology Even Better

Events that allow developers to sharpen their skills, enjoy fellowship with colleagues and peers, hit a few waterslides with their families, and witness an underwater text-messaging robot in action may happen regularly in Silicon Valley, but here in the Midwest, no so much.

Last month, my Cartegraph Development colleagues and I, and our families, trekked north to the Wisconsin Dells for THAT Conference, a three-day technology conference/summer camp for "geeks" that, for me, redefined and elevated the concept of a typical family vacation.

Today, software development evolves at an unprecedented rate. As professional developers, our ability to stay up to date on the latest-and-greatest technology bolsters our ability to deliver a world-class product to Cartegraph users.  

THAT Conference gave us the opportunity to learn from the best minds in our industry, make valuable connections, formulate new ideas, create solutions to some of the biggest challenges we encounter during the development of Cartegraph products, and ultimately pass these benefits on to you.

While the kids were busy playing Minecraft, building robots, and competing in LEGO building competitions, the Cartegraph grown-ups were studying emerging trends in the software development community, learning more about the technologies we use to build Cartegraph OMS, and getting a glimpse of what's in store for the future of software development.

With nearly 200 sessions to choose from, there was certainly no shortage of things for us to learn. From web application development with AngularJS, cross-platform mobile app development with Xamarin, robotics with Arduinoand RaspberryPi, and discussions on topics like user experience and technological innovation, there was something for everyone.

And there was plenty of fun to be had, too. For Tuesday night's Pig Roast, our entire team dressed in matching yellow Cartegraph shirts, making us stick out like an oversized ear of Iowa corn in a sea of people. Those who noticed and asked us about our shirts got to hear a little bit about Cartegraph and how passionate we are about the work we do.

I have been to several technology conferences before. A company sending more than a handful of developers is a rarity.  A company sending 20+ employees and their families is unheard of. I am grateful that my team and I were able to attend and grow closer as professionals and friends.  

Thanks go out to Cartegraph and the THAT Conference organizers for putting on such a great event and for inviting our families to join.

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