Last week marked Bluefruit’s 16th birthday – an exciting milestone in our embedded journey.
We feel incredibly lucky to be a growing part of the embedded industry right now; with so many incredible technological innovations coming to light each week, and the rise of the Internet of Things over the past few years, it’s more evident than ever how embedded software is becoming integrated into our daily lives.
It’s exciting to be right at the forefront of these new technologies and processes, and having the pleasure of working with high calibre clients to bring life to their electronic devices.
Being at the cutting edge of a growing, innovative industry isn’t the only thing we’ve been celebrating this week; we’ve also been looking back at what a great year we’ve had as a company, and looking forward at how we can make the next few years even more successful too!
So what’s been happening over the past 12 months?
– Nurturing the next generation of developers
Last month we hosted the third annual Agile Summer Academy with Software Cornwall, and have played an active role other programmes throughout the year, such as the Easter & October coding schools, our work experience week and more.
Last September we took on three bright young Apprentices who are about to finish their first year with us, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for them.
As well as this, we announced in June that we will be hosting the first ever Digital Academy Cornwall; a course created with Cornwall College and Software Cornwall.
– Quality Software and Thought Leadership
Last September we not only visited and sponsored the annual Agile on the Beach conference, we also had the opportunity to present a talk at the event. Here our Director, Paul Massey, spoke about how we define ‘quality software’ and how we achieve it – a topic we’ve been passionate about discussing here on our blog over the past 18 months too.
This year also marked the first ever Mob Programming Conference held in Boston, USA. We were also invited to speak at the event to discuss how we’ve implemented mob programming as a development method in our teams!
– Launching our Illumination and Inception services
As part of our Quality First strategy, we’ve been developing our range of packaged services for new clients, and it’s been exciting to see them really take off!
Our Illumination service provides a software quality assessment for companies looking to add new features to their project, while our Inception service helps our clients see how we can tailor our processes to their individual needs.
– Featuring in Cornwall’s Top 20 Influential Business Figures
A well deserved achievement for our Director, Paul Massey! This year’s Business Cornwall list of the top 20 most influential business figures in the county also included the likes of Kim Conchie (Cornwall Chamber of Commerce), Phil Geraghty (Crowdfunder UK), James Staughton (St. Austell Brewery) and Rick Stein (The Seafood Restaurant).
– Launching our YouTube channel
In case you hadn’t heard, we also launched our new YouTube channel this year, where you can find our ‘Thought Smoothies’ on different Agile and Embedded topics, as well as other explainer videos and conference talks.