On May 5th and 6th approximately 175 developers, designers, UX professionals and entrepreneurs descended on Fanshawe College’s Centre for Digital and Performing Arts for Explode Conference 2016 to share and provoke.

I think a lot more than that happened:

  • Our notions of gender, race and socio-economical biases in design were challenged.
  • The fuse was lit for a number of first time conference speakers!
  • We forged new friendships and strengthened existing ones.
  • We made our mark on history!

I hope we can look back in 5 years and say: “WOW, that’s where this started!”


Security, Authorization & Cryptocurrencies

Join us on Feb 26th, 2015 @ 6pm for ExplodeCode 0x05 — Security, Authorization & Cryptocurrencies!

ExplodeCode 0x05 is long overdue! We have 2 great speakers lined up and they’ll be talking about the #1 topic you all voted on: Security!

Register Now!

Security is one of those things that we all know we’re supposed to incorporate into our apps, but are we doing it right and are we doing enough?

Shaun Kaasten — Team Lead, Development @ FreshBooks

Single page apps are gaining popularity, but they introduce new types of security issues since we can’t rely on server state. …


When I first joined Inner Geek our dev stack was…well…disjointed. We were using Parse for some server platform stuff, Windows Azure to host ASP.NET web services to communite with iOS apps and MySQL for some other database stuff. As you can see, we were using a lot of different technologies, across a number of platforms.Most of these tools were used either because that’s what we knew or they were chosen because they seemed to solve a particular problem for us.

Parse is a great platform for rapid prototyping. It has things like push notifications, a nice management interface and it’s…


#MEAN stack

Join us on June 18th, 2014 @ 6pm for ExplodeCode 0x04 — #MEAN stack!

Technically speaking “Security” was voted #1 by you guys, but due to availability of speakers and other events this summer, #MEAN stack will be the topic for Explode Code 0x04 on June 18th, 2014.

We are excited to announce that Dmitry Baev, Senior Solutions Architect @ MongoDB (yes MongoDB!!) will be one of our speakers! Dmitry’s talk will focus on the role of MongoDB within the MEAN stack. We will start by examining how easy it is to get started building scalable Web applications using MongoDB, Express, Angular and Node.js. …


A collaborative, goal-driven process

Within the first few weeks of working at Inner Geek we decided to submit a proposal for the redevelopment of the London Economic Development Corporation website, which was terrifying to say the least. LEDCs website was deep, full of functionality and lots and lots of text. What happened over the next few months was truly one of the most enjoyable and rewarding website redevelopment projects I have ever been a part of.

We met with the LEDC staff every Monday morning to review, strategize, collaborate and make decisions about the direction of the new website. This literally happened from the…


We’re looking for speakers!

First, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to fill out our survey. We had 32 responses which is about 50% of our usual audience and in my opinion a great response rate.

Though the voting was close, the top 3 choices definitely stood out from the rest and here they are:

Security

With so many security breaches being reported at companies like LinkedIn, Target and EverNote this is a very important topic and something we could all learn a little more about. …


Help pick the Topic for upcoming Explode Code events

As we said at Explode Code 0x03 we’re going to focus the event talks around a topic rather than a random mashup of talks. We think this will be a better experience for attendees and we’re hoping to get more speakers out of the wood-work; constraints are good.

Fill it out: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2QTPZTH

Depending on the participation and results, we’ll try to set the topic for the next 2-3 events rather than sending a survey out for each event…we don’t want to annoy you guys ;)

Once the topic for Explode Code 0x04 is set we’ll put out a call for speakers. And of course, as soon as we have a date for the event we’ll let you know…


If you don’t have it, get it

In most web development circles this goes without saying, but having a clients’ Google Analytics data is priceless for planning and executing a redesign of their existing website.

If you clients’ existing website doesn’t currently have Google Analytics, get it installed now…like right now! Even if you can only gather a few weeks of data it will help you make decisions about the new site.

They’re using what browser?!

One of the most straight-forward pieces of data is the tech being used by current website visitors. Knowing what browsers, screen resolutions and devices are being used will help your design…


PHP/MVC/CMS/Cycript — Feb 25th, 2014 @7pm

Explode Code is back!! After an unfortunate hiatus for the latter part of 2013 we are kicking off 2014 with a new format for the “Talks” series. Each event will have a theme and presentations are now 30mins with 10-15mins for Q&A to give our speakers more time to delve into their topic.

This event will focus on PHP/MVC/CMS

Derek Martin (@lo_fye) | “Intro to Laravel: models, views, controllers, and more” — laravel is a new framework that’s taking the php world by storm.

James Doyle (@james2doyle) | “The Alternative CMS” — WYSIWYG is WTF

Hate WYSIWYG? Get some…


…an Inner Geek that is

I have been developing software in some capacity for ten years now. Windows applications, interfacing with hardware, web and mobile applications…a lot of different applications and a lot of different companies.

I recently got into the habit of reaching out to leaders in the tech community to learn about their challenges and to talk about mine with the hope of building friendships and learning from one another. Most recently I sent an email to Colton Hathaway, a young CEO that I met after speaking at the inaugural Explode Code “Talks” event, nearly a year earlier.

His response to my email…

Greg Smith

Sr Dev at @RaceRoster and @ExplodeConf Executive Producer. Web Dev & Entrepreneur. I love reading about business, tech and marketing.

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