This cold and snowy winter in Baltimore has us dreaming about summer weather. Luckily, we were able to escape to warmer temperatures a few weeks ago. The whole SmartLogic team headed west for a weeklong retreat in California last month.
We spent the first few days of our trip in the Santa Barbara area where we were treated to beautiful views and amazing dinners cooked by Sam Goldman, engineering manager by day and amazing chef by night. When we weren't eating all of the amazing things Sam made for the team we checked out the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and hiked. Luckily we had developer Matt Menefee pulling double duty as our resident photographer for the trip so we can remember all of the fun we had.
Then we headed down the coast to sunny Santa Monica for the rest of our trip. While we had plenty of fun enjoying the beach, the Santa Monica Pier and an afternoon in Hollywood we did manage to get some work done.
At SmartLogic we're committed to keeping up on our skills and constantly learning new things. Part of that education is sharing with each other, so while we were all together in California we held an internal conference.
Everyone presented on a topic of their choosing and we all came away with new knowledge. We don't want to keep the information to ourselves so we've included some of the presentations in this post. You can check out the rest of the presentations on our YouTube page.
Maybe you need to brush up on your Adobe Illustrator skills; our designer Ryan DeStefano can help with that:
Or if you're trying to improve your communication skills, Director of Client Services Brian Sierakowski breaks down the four personality types:
Is there something else you want to learn from us that we didn't cover at our internal conference? Sign up for a Lunch and Learn. You pick the topic, we love talking process and IOS app development, and we provide the lunch and learning.