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Why good design matters

Why good design matters

We live in an increasingly diverse world. A world of Apple-style hi-tech product development and an ever-expanding internet. As a result, our expectations of what makes a good product are more than likely biased by our best experiences. We expect everything to be as good as our best experience and when it’s not that good we vent our disapproval, often with vitriol, on internet forums and in social media.

The problem hare is a mixed one, it’s a problem of managing expectation and balancing the cost of developing good products. If we move the discussion in the web space, we find similar issues. On the one hand we’re working on multi-billion dollar platform like Facebook and in the next browser tab were interacting with a website built to a tiny budget using off-the-shelf technology.

However, even budget websites can benefit from good design and not just aesthetics but good user experience. It’s true that most web developers are almost completely blind to the needs of user experience, they’re more interested in functionality. So how do we address this slowly emerging corner of the Internet? Thankfully, user experience or UX is starting to become a more common feature of the middle-weight website world. Look out for good website experiences and let us know what you find in the comments below.

$150K Top Job Pick: Senior Ruby Developer/Architect/Team Lead – Miami

$150K Top Job Pick: Senior Ruby Developer/Architect/Team Lead – Miami

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Do you love coding in Ruby on Rails?

Through your code, do you want to improve the lives of thousands of people every day?

If yes, then come, live in Miami and lead a team exceptional developers working in a fast-paced environment building world-class software that heals lives.

We’re looking for a Senior Developer/Architect with a passion for programming beautiful code.

  • Write clean, maintainable and efficient code
  • Design robust, scalable and secure features
  • Contribute in all phases of the development lifecycle
  • Follow best practices (test-driven development, continuous integration, SCRUM, refactoring, code standards)
  • Drive continuous adoption and integration of relevant new technologies into design
  • Preferred BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject
  • Proven working experience in developing applications with Ruby on Rails
  • Demonstrable knowledge of front-end technologies such as JavaScript, HTML, CSS & JQuery
  • Experience developing highly interactive applications
  • A firm grasp of object oriented analysis and design
  • Good knowledge of relational databases
  • Working knowledge of SQL and NoSQL databases
  • 5 to 10+ years of professional programming experience in various languages
  • Relocation assistance provided

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MIT EFSF Presents: Printing Products – The Future of Personal On-Demand Manufacturing – April 28

MIT EFSF Presents: Printing Products – The Future of Personal On-Demand Manufacturing – April 28

MIT EFSF Presents “Printing Products: The Future of Personal On-Demand Manufacturing”. Meet the Entrepreneurs/Thought-Leaders bringing the vision of Personal On-Demand Manufacturing to life.

One day you will build custom products faster than Amazon can ship them.

Learn how this industry is changing your life, the economy and our future.


Panel Includes

Michael Pomper (The SolidExperts)
CAD & 3D Printing Expert
Michael holds a Bachelor of Design from Florida International University. In addition to his education, Michael has been working within the CAD industry for over 25 years and has over 10 years of experience in the 3D printing realm.

Michael Pomper is the owner and President of The SolidExperts, Florida’s premier Value Added Reseller (VAR) for the full line of SOLIDWORKS 3D design solutions and for 3D Systems rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing 3D printer products. As the largest and only locally-owned and operated SOLIDWORKS Authorized VAR in Florida, The SolidExperts’ depth of experience, local knowledge, and engineering skills help companies innovate, engineer and manufacture products faster and more efficiently. A recent recipient of the coveted SOLIDWORKS 2013 Highest Customer Satisfaction Award, Michael is the leader of an award-winning team at The SolidExperts.  They offer real-world solutions, training and support to clients ranging from small and medium sized to Fortune 500 businesses.

Werner Bluementhal (WB Engineering)
Werner Blumenthal is a biomedical engineer and seasoned entrepreneur. Founder of WB Engineering, and co-founder of 1Click3DPrint, Werner develops products for both the medical device and aerospace industries, as well as your everyday inventors. He has almost a decade of expertise in engineering, 3D printing, and product design. Implementing 3D Printing has allowed WB Engineering to compress the traditional design cycle time by more than 80% in some cases. With the ability to do fast iterative prototypes in-house it has allowed WB Engineering to turn around projects in weeks, sometimes days instead of months.

John Stuart (FIU Professor)
John is a registered architect and principal of John Stuart Architecture with research interests focused on architectural design, its contexts, and its impact.  He is currently a 2007-08 New York Prize Fellow at the Van Alen Institute.  During his residency at the institute he will develop “TimeZone,” a built project intended to empower communication between diverse people in public spaces in an effort to address global poverty and the “digital divide.” In addition to his design work, Stuart has written Paul Scheerbart, The Gray Cloth, Paul Scheerbart’s Novel on Glass Architecture (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2001); Ely Jacques Kahn, Architect: Beaux-Arts to Modernism in New York (New York: W. W. Norton, 2006) with Jewel Stern, and edited The Journal of Architectural Education: Gender and Architecture (ACSA, 2002). His most recent book, The New Deal in South Florida: Design, Policy and Community Building, 1933–1940 (Gainesville: The University Press of Florida, 2008) was co-edited with political scientist and FIU professor John Stack. Professor Stuart’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study of the Fine Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, and a Wolfsonian Research Fellowship. He won the 2004 Miami American Institute of Architects Award for Design Excellence for his project “Time Zone,” the chapter’s highest award. His designs are part of the permanent collection of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University.  In 2003 he was a visiting associate professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and has served as a guest critic on design reviews at Cornell, Harvard, Yale, RISD, University of Michigan, University of Florida, University of Miami, and FAU, among others.

Jay Prendes (Blue Ring Technologies)
Graduate of Florida International University with a master’s degree in computer engineering, Jay has worked in the field of product development for over 10 years with major companies such as IBM and Motorola. His passion for engineering started as a child when his father purchased Jay his first computer. That same day he completely disassembled the computer and managed to successfully put it back together. These impressionable years spent in his dad’s mechanic shop lead to his eventual participation in radio controlled robotic competitions. He built robots as a hobby and participated in competitions such as FIRST and TSA. It wasn’t until years working as a lead engineer that Jay realized it was time to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an entrepreneur. Jay dreamed of creating products that directly influence people’s lives. With this goal in mind, he created Blue Ring Technologies LLC under the mission to create cutting edge products that help solve everyday problems.

AJ Perez (NV Robotics)
MIT Professor, Expert in 3D Printing & Robotics
AJ (Alfonso) Perez is the co-founder and CEO of New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS), a Boston-based robotics company that has developed the worlds first fully automated cloud 3D printing management suite. AJ holds a BS ’13 in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Engineering in Manufacturing ’14 from MIT. His studies focus on mechanical design and manufacturing processes automation. AJ has developed and taught several classes during his career. Most recently, he co-developed the first graduate level 3D printing class for the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In collaboration with Citizen Schools, AJ developed a team-based experiential 3D design and 3D printing class for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. He was a teaching assistant for the MIT Gordon Engineering Leadership and an engineering design teaching assistant for the MITES program. During his senior year at MIT, AJ patented a novel gynecological surgery device as well as an automated network 3D printer.

Gabriel Goldstein (Anidea Engineering, Inc.)
Chief engineer and CEO of a Anidea Engineering, a company with a focus on computer and electrical based devices. Managed a successful company with employees and sub-contractors to develop consumer and industrial based product designs of widely various complexities. Also work with outside engineering and manufacturing contracting services to support our designs and benefit our customers.

Contact: Perry “The Inventor” Kaye
MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida
[email protected]

Get SQL Certified with Marilyn Rousseau – May 4

Get SQL Certified with Marilyn Rousseau – May 4

Becoming certified in SQL Server is a great career move and can be very rewarding for a new or seasoned database professional. This session will provide you with an overview of the SQL Server Certification program, including the changes made to the program for certification on SQL Server 2012 and 2014. You’ll also discover the benefits of becoming certified, and some of the best ways in which to do so. You’ll leave the session armed with great tips and tricks that the presenter has used for passing the exams on the first try. If you are thinking about getting certified in SQL Server in the near future, then this session is definitely for you.


SFIMA Presents Park Howell  “How to Drive Business Results for Organizations with the One True Superpower We All Possess – Storytelling” – May 12

SFIMA Presents Park Howell “How to Drive Business Results for Organizations with the One True Superpower We All Possess – Storytelling” – May 12

In today’s world, brands no longer dominate mass media. The masses are the media. The culprit? Technology. Business story strategist and acclaimed podcaster, Park Howell of BusinessofStory.com will explore one of the hottest topics in business today: storytelling. Howell will lead an interactive business storytelling workshop showing attendees how to drive business results in a communications playing field that is now more level than ever. Ideal for entrepreneurs and business owners in any industry, marketers, advertisers, and non-profits.