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Leading the Herd: 2013 at the Ranch

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Tasha Schroeder

For Big Nerd Ranch, the last year was full of teaching, developing apps and learning from one another. We published books, added courses and—well, we’ll let the numbers speak for themselves.

At the Ranch

118 nerdsWe’ve grown to 118 brilliant, kind and hardworking Nerds. In the fall, we announced a new structure for our team that allows us to solve more problems, explore new technologies, develop new courses and write more Big Nerd Ranch Guides.

It takes a lot to fuel our Nerdy endeavors: We ate 442 pounds of lunch meat in 2013, and drank 7,150 bottles of Arden’s Garden juices.

We’re also powered by caffeine. We love our coffee, and it shows: from pour-overs to lattes made with our full-size espresso machine, we have 10 ways to brew it.

10 ways to brew coffeeBut don’t worry; we found ways to work it all off. We ran a combined total of more than 1,000 miles on our Wednesday after-work runs, and sent teams of Nerds to events ranging from neighborhood 5ks to the Peachtree Road Race, Bay To Breakers, the Twin Cities Marathon and more.

Teaching

2013YIR_trainingWe taught about 100 bootcamps at our Ranches, where students learned everything from Android to Ruby on Rails development.

We held 100 corporate training classes around the world. Our experts taught classes everywhere from South Korea to Sweden to Trinidad and Tobago—and more.

We helped Facebook go mobile by training more than 700 of their employees.

Programmers rejoiced when our Android and Objective-C programming guides were published.

Our design team taught Windows 8 mobile design courses in four countries around the world and as part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

We helped iOS developers get up to speed with iOS 7 through additions to our Advanced iOS bootcamp and seven blog posts full of Nerdy goodness.

Our blog reached new heights with 150 posts that ran the gamut from nerdy tips and tricks to stories from our students and reports on what it’s like to work at Big Nerd Ranch.

Developing

In 2013, we developed 47 apps for our consulting clients and worked in 200 Github repositories.

Developed 47 appsWe launched Roominant, our scheduling app that makes it easy to book meetings and conference rooms. eClicker, our interactive quizzing app, got a new home.

At our second annual Clash of the Coders, a 72-hour app-building marathon that puts our programming prowess to the test, team Raisin’ Elevens reigned supreme.

Learning together

We like code blocks and we cannot lie. Our first Nerdy music video, Cocoa Got Blocks, launched.

1 Nerdy music videoWe opened the doors to our community to host Tech Talks and eight Hack Nights. Miss a talk? You can watch the recordings on our YouTube and Vimeo channels.

We hosted two code retreats in our Atlanta offices, along with CocoaHeads, PyLadies and RailsGirls meetup groups.

2013 was a great year for us, and we look forward to all that 2014 will bring!

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Tasha Schroeder

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