It’s pretty incredible to think that as of this morning, the ElectionBuddy community has now cast over 2 million votes in 12,000 elections using our simple and secure online voting software.
People from across the globe have been using ElectionBuddy as a way to easily manage board elections, condo board bylaw changes, awards, committee changes, student council elections, chamber of commerce elections and so much more. The ability to cast a vote from anywhere at any time has increased voter turnout for many groups, and the automatic functionality has saved organizers countless hours (and whole a lot of stress).
The InviteRight team has been pouring through our 169 scholarship applications from across Canada, and our overriding impression so far has been just “wow”. It’s been quite challenging to select the recipients, as there have been so many we’d love to honour. Students, your dedication to your schools and your communities is pretty incredible, and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who applied and to those who supported them.
We also have to offer our apologies for being a bit late in posting our recipients this year. The scholarship applicants poured their hearts into their applications and we read every one over the summer. But with various scholarship committee folks away on holidays this got delayed a bit. We appreciate your patience.
So without further ado, I’d like to announce our 2015 InviteRight Scholarship recipients! Each one will be receiving a $500 cheque, and our runners-up will receive thank-you gift cards.
At InviteRight, our developers are continuously looking new ways to keep our registration and payment system the most robust, flexible and intuitive tool on the market.
We’ve recently implemented several new features that we’re excited to share with you. These features are designed to make your life that much easier by providing as much functionality as possible within InviteRight itself. We know that the fewer processes you have to deal with when managing an event or activity, the better!
Today, the EventIQ development team realized that they’ve written 895,091 lines of code for InviteRight and our associated web sites over the past 9 years. Since our start in 2007, our team has averaged close to 100,000 lines of code each year.
To put that in perspective, that’s the equivalent of 18,000 pages of printed text, or 14 editions of War and Peace. The Hubble space telescope launched in 1990 with just over 2 million, and Windows 3.1 revolutionized the world in 1992 with about 3 million.
Brian Kernighan, a contributor to the development of the Unix system and other programming languages, once said that “controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming”, and he’s not wrong. Developing programs to provide a simple, straightforward user experience but that remain flexible enough to incorporate the latest innovations is no easy task. While good programming needs to also focus on reducing the overall amount of code, ongoing evolution ensures new lines are always being written.
InviteRight has been designed to be very user-friendly but to allow for the broadest possible use. Our team works hard to keep growing our forms as an agile, customizable and scalable solution that can fit almost any need. The regular addition of new features and additional functionality make it one of the most robust online forms currently available.
So congrats to our amazing team for their ongoing dedication to making InviteRight the best it can be! On to the big one million!
This year we had 9 amazing grad coordinators nominated for their skills in making what may well be the first major milestone in a young person’s life as memorable as possible. We’d like to offer our sincere congratulations to them all for being so dedicated!
After counting the votes, our winner emerged:
Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator award for 2015 goes to: Tara Marinkovic of New Westminster Secondary School!
An Artist of Event Management
If you’ve ever been to a Cirque Du Soleil performance, you’ve likely seen one of their jugglers. These extraordinarily talented people are able to keep multiple balls in the air while performing acrobatic stunts in dazzling circus plumage.
Tara has no stage and no sequined tights (well, that we’re aware of), but manages an equally daunting performance every year: juggling a myriad of tasks to provide a seamless celebratory graduation experience for students and parents alike. Like the Cirque juggler, the best performance is one where the audience gives no thought to the months of pain and preparation involved. If it looks effortless, then they’ve done their job well.
Over the past two weeks hundreds of votes have been pouring in for the search for the Best Grad Coordinator. The results are in and we are tallying up the results. We are awed at the responses and wanted to share some of them before we do the big reveal.
“You made me feel like I’m royalty all the time, and I don’t get to feel that too often, so thanks for that. You’re the bomb dogity :D” – New Westminster Secondary
“Thank you for everything that you did to make grad one of my most memorable high school memories! You are the best! :)” – Assumption Junior Senior High School
“You rock mom!!” – Ponoka Secondary Campus
“Colleagues are wonderful, but finding one that’s a mentor is a very special thing. I’m so fortunate to have learnt from your example, Lee Ann. Thank you for all of your care & commitment!” – Dryden High School
“She is the most hardworking, exceptional human being I have ever met. The students love her and she is so welcoming to them. She is also an amazing, kind, and very helpful person.” – Ecole Paul Kane High School
It’s no secret we love graduation at EventIQ and it appears so does the staff at Salisbury Composite in Sherwood Park . Check out the “most excellent” throw back video: