The Rhode Island Monthly Tech10 Awards recognizes extraordinary individuals in the Southern New England for their passion, success, and thoughtful IT innovations proven to enhance work and life. This year, Julie Blackburn is among the list of honored winners!
Robert Blackburn recounts to Mike Lynn how Blackburn Labs was founded as a software development agency and shares the fascinating backstory of why he created Devless – a no-code platform for building professional apps.
The Scholastic Artificial Intelligence League (SAILea) is a student-run nonprofit organization at Algonquin Regional High School with a mission to attract young minds into AI and programming.
The Blackburn Lab’s team is thrilled to be representing the best of the Web! We are pleased to announce a big win for our no-code app builder, Devless. It received ‘The Excellence Award’ for apps, mobile, and website categories by Web Excellence Awards.
Julie Blackburn lives a heartfelt mission to help others with chronic illness through her app called Spoonie Day, a simple energy tracking tool. Julie receives appreciation and recognition for this compassionate gift to fellow Spoonies, and rightly so. Her online application allows users to effectively manage their daily activities and expectations for a happier and healthier life.
Need a no-code app for your business, team project, or just for yourself? Need it today? Our innovative team at Blackburn Labs has developed your solution – Devless. We’ve made building an app quick, easy, and free for everyone.
We are excited to see that a project we have been heavily involved with for over a year has made the news this week! Watch it here. It has been an amazing opportunity to be involved in the #OneBraveIdea and working with world-leading physicians at BWH.
A few years ago a colleague of mine and fellow developer, Craig Verrastro, invited his daughter’s music teacher to come present to my department. Why? Because he was seeing impaired, and we wanted the team to see what browsing the web (especially our own applications) was like for someone using a browser for the visually impaired. There were many very interesting moments during the exercise, but one really stuck out for me. At one point he encountered a site that detected that he was using a seeing impaired browser, and redirected him to a simplified version of the site, which was also the site’s “mobile friendly” version. This frustrated him and he immediately found the link to go to the full site. He pointed out that he disliked sites that did this. He said he noticed most people with normal eyesight often disliked these sites just as much, “who wants only a part of the site? No, I want the whole site. If it’s interesting enough to go on the full site, why wouldn’t I want to get it too?” He had a great point and I feel many mobile users feel the same way. I have not found any statistics, but I feel most mobile users do not mind a site optimized for their device, but don’t want some sort of reduced experience.
When I was a teenager I had a job at Burger King. If you have never noticed it before, there is a large digital clock next to the drive through window, which tells the employee how long the cusotmer has been waiting for their order. Measuring drive through wait time is a core KPI (of course, this was before I know what core-KPI meant) for these stores. In the end, what this really meant was that the drive through attendant would often just hit the “served” button as soon as the car drove up to window, instead of when the customer was actually served their order. To counter this, the stores started installing pressure pads underneath the drive through windows, to detect when the car actually drove away instead of relying on the teenager at the window. This is the real reason they will sometimes ask you to pull through and they will bring you your food, instead of making you wait at the window for a delayed order – it’s not for your convenience, they want to get you off that pressure pad.