16 for ‘16: Smashing Boxes in 2016

Any way you slice it, 2016 has been... interesting. Before we charge boldly on to a new year, it’s time to reflect on what made 2016 so interesting for us. Here are 16 highlights from 2016, in no particular order.

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Our brand new Smashing Boxes website hit the web! We made it for humans, but it features a robot named Djarvis who creates visual art as you use the site.

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Speaking of visuals, our designers created 55 Invision Prototypes.

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Not to be outdone, our developers made 17,409 commits to 218 GitHub repositories.

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Oh, and we crafted 1,149,533 lines of code.

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And squashed 983 bugs.

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Our work on Moogfest.com supported 10,000 festival attendees and was nominated for two Webby Awards. We also snuck in an easter egg called _Substrate. (Can’t find it?)

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The Triangle Business Journal honored us with their 2016 Diversity Award. Fun fact: we’ve achieved an even balance of women and men on our leadership team. Huzzah!

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The Triangle Business Journal also recognized us as one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in the area.

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INC named SB one of America’s fastest-growing companies and put us on their INC 5000 List.

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Speaking of growing, we set up shop in the Big Easy this year. We opened the doors to our New Orleans office just in time for Mardi Gras.

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New Orleans CityBusiness took note and named our NOLA office one of the Best Places to Work (2016).

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We partnered with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans to find NOLA-area grade schoolers with awesome app ideas. We picked 36 “Tech All-Stars”, and treated them to a free day of code school with our developers.

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Between our two offices, we hosted so many Meetups… we actually lost count.

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But we did not lose count of our workshops, of which we hosted eight. We covered topics ranging from design thinking to IoT to Prototyping.

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We also got out of the office. We hit a few conferences as a team -- NOEW, Collison and All Things Open -- and sent speakers to more than ten.

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How did we do it all? Lots of coffee, beer, and Mati. Seriously, we must’ve crushed about a million cans of that stuff this year.

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And we’ll leave you with one to grow on: Babies. Six of them were born to our employees this year. Definitely interesting.See you in 2017!We don't just build great products, we help build great companies. Let's Chat.

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