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3 Important Lessons from the Launch of Pokémon Go

Jul 26, 2016 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

Two weeks ago, Pokémon Go launched in 26 countries to mixed reviews and wild popularity. "Your game launches as a viral mega-hit," is a pretty good problem to have, all things considered, and both Nintendo and Niantic's share prices confirm this fact.


Students Learn to Develop Mobile Apps this Summer

Jul 21, 2016 | by Valyn Reinig, Marketing Specialist | Tags: Mobile App Development

The 2016 ISE Coding Garage has officially started! The 9-week program, designed for high school students that have taken the AP Computer Science course from West High or Iowa City, allows students to learn from ISE interns, and write and create their own Android app to present to a panel of judges.


Lessons from the Fragile

Jul 19, 2016 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

What's the opposite of fragile?

Most people would answer "robust" or "resilient." If we subject something that is fragile to stress, shock, randomness or volatility, we can expect that it will be harmed. If we do the same to something that is robust or resilient, we can expect that it will resist harm - but won't be any better off than when we started. But what if something that is subjected to stress, shock, randomness or volatility actually benefited? That would be the opposite of fragile: antifragile. This is the core theme of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. 


Meet Our Team: Summer Interns

Jul 14, 2016 | by Daniela Williams, Project Manager | Tags: Meet Our Team

Welcome back to the Meet Our Team Q&A series. My name is Daniela Williams, Project Manager at ISE, and I’ll be asking ISE team members questions to help give insight into what makes us tick.

Since our inception over 10 years ago, ISE has hosted an internship program that has attracted highly qualified college students from around the state. This summer was no different with our latest batch of students, Griffen Clark, Jacob Veal, and Alan Peine. Technically Griffen never left, as he interned remotely during the previous summer and school year as well. Today I chatted with the group to learn a bit more about each of them.