Closing in on one million lines of code!  

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!


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June 24, 2015
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Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator for 2015!

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.


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June 12, 2015
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Graduation coordinator quotes

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

June 2, 2015
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Grad spirit

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:


May 27, 2015
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Canada’s best Grad Coordinator Part 2

Voting is now open for Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator!

It’s time to start voting for the 2nd annual Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator competition!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve received some incredible nominations for these outstanding volunteers who make this momentous milestone special for both students and parents.  Leave a personalized thank you message to let them know just how amazing they are!

Nominees as of May 27, 2015:

McNally High School – Krista Mulder
Dryden High School – LeeAnn Benson
New Westminster Secondary – Tara Marinkovic
Ecole Paul Kane High School – Angee Lockhart
Assumption Junior Senior High School – Lynne Vining
Vincent Massey High School – Erin Kowal
Ponoka Secondary Campus – Wendy Fessler
St. Peter Catholic High School – Francois Lalonde
Terry Fox Secondary School – Franca D`Alfonso

Vote for the Best Grad Coordinator in Canada!

You have until 11:55pm on Mon June 8, 2015 to vote!

 If you don’t see your Grad Coordinator listed, please urge your Principal, Vice-Principal or Teacher to nominate your Grad Coordinator.  There are only four days left to nominate your amazing grad coordinator so you better hurry!

Nominate your Grad Coordinator

You have until 11:55pm on May 31, 2015 to submit your nomination!

For more information on nominating your grad coordinator, please click the link below.

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April 2, 2015
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A Fun April Fools Koke

For all our student and teacher friends… here is a link to a great prank…

Happy April Fools!

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February 16, 2015
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STV Single Transferable Vote explained – in a fun way!

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February 1, 2015
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1.5 million

As in the past, when we reach milestones, we use the opportunity to share interesting stories we find on the internet.  So, for the 1.5 million milestone….

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January 9, 2015
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New Year = New Electionbuddy!

To wish you the best for 2015, we have DRAMATICALLY updated the electionbuddy experience.  Our goals were to keep it simple, to add some requested functionality, to give you more control over the voter and voting process and to make electionbuddy look better for you and your voters.  The newness includes

  • Better access to the most important functions from the redesigned election list screen and see more stats and information
  • Reduced scrolling – we update our account settings screen to group items
  • Better explanations and help – along with an overall refresh to the look and feel of election setup,
  • the ability to use different election types for more than just positions and candidates – ask your own questions (directly from one of our users)
  • an update of the announcement functionality
  • More control over the voting process – you can even add button text
  • A redesign of  the ballot  to allow for MULTI LANGUAGES (did you catch the hint in our previous post?) – you control all the instructions and the buttons too!
  • the capability to add a path to get your voters back to your own website after they vote you can fully customize the confirmation screen.

Please let us know what you think!

In future posts, we will be going through some of the changes, but for now…  Happy New Year!


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January 8, 2015
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happy holidays to our friends around the world

To our users in 42 countries, we wanted to wish you good tidings in your own language (as taken from

Krismasi Njema / Heri ya krismas     Eid Milad Majid (عيد ميلاد مجيد)    Vrolijk Kerstfeest     Glædelig Jul     Sheng Dan Kuai Le (圣诞快乐)    Seng Dan Fai Lok (聖誕快樂)   Joyeux Noël   Frohe Weihnachten   Καλά Χριστούγεννα   Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluarit   Prettige Kerstfeest   Gleðileg jól   Śubh krisamas (शुभ क्रिसमस)   karisama te nawāṃ sāla khušayāṃwālā hewe (ਕਰਿਸਮ ਤੇ ਨਵਾੰ ਸਾਲ ਖੁਸ਼ਿਯਾੰਵਾਲਾ ਹੋਵੇ)   Selamat Natal   Christmas MobArak   Kirîsmes u ser sala we pîroz be   Nollaig Shona Dhuit   Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova   Buon Natale   めりーくりすます   (즐거운 크리스마스 되세요)   Tratra ny Noely   Il-Milied it-Tajjeb   Selamat Hari Natal    Kreesmasko shubhkaamnaa (क्रस्मसको शुभकामना)   Glædelig Jul   Maligayang Pasko   Wesołych Świąt   Feliz Natal   Crặciun Fericit   (C рождеством!)    Feliz Navidad    God Jul   Schöni Wiehnachte   Suk sarn warn Christmas    Mutlu Noeller   Веселого Різдва

And for one that is out of this world… in Klingon  – though we don’t have any users there that we know of, but google analytics doesn’t track this location ;)

toDwI’ma’ qoS yItIvqu’ 

Happy Holidays!!!  We have presents coming for you in the form of updates (we have done some already… stay tuned)