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Meet the Mangos – Willie Li

It’s Friday, so let’s have a little chit chat with one of our designers at SplitMango. SplitMango: Hi Willie, I want to ease our audience into this conversation with an simple question. What’s your name? Willie: William. I prefer Willie though that’s what my friends and colleagues call me. SplitMango: What drew you to design? Willie: Since I was a little kid, I have always been fascinated by how line and shape can be used the communicate messages. It became a hobby for me and most of my design knowledge was self-taught. This interest has driven me to a career… Read Story

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Client Spotlight – Vancouver Poetry House

We thought you might be interested in hearing a breakdown of one of our favourite projects we’ve worked on at SplitMango. Last year we worked with Vancouver Poetry House (VPH) to create a website that showcased their unique events and culture. VPH’s irrevocable purpose “is to advance, federate, shelter & maintain poetry in Vancouver with equal respect for the literary and oral traditions.” They not only strive to advance the education of poetry, they have created a yearly poetry festival and established a dedicated permanent home for the poetic arts in Vancouver. Through their work they encourage poetry and poetic… Read Story

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Canada Day Best Events in Vancouver 2015

Canada is turning 148 on Wednesday July 1st, but by country standards we’re still in our youth! We’ve got 2 brand new Canadian citizens with us at SplitMango, and this will be their first Canada Day as full fledged Canadians! There are always some fun activities going on throughout Metro Vancouver and we’re going to share a few of our favourites with you. The Canada Day Parade If you haven’t been out to Canada Place and Jack Poole Plaza to see some great live entertainment, the parade, and fireworks then this is the year to do so. With performances from… Read Story

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Hiking and Biking Your Way to a Better Bottom Line

Staying fit can be challenging in any industry and tech is no different, but it’s important to make sure you exercise everyday if you can. Working out with your coworkers can help your team solve problems faster and communicate more easily. The World Health Organization suggests that we exercise for 150 minutes per week at a moderate level or 75 minutes per week at an intense level. Here at SplitMango we try to make sure we get a bit of both to keep our bodies moving and our minds sharp. Hiking One of our favourite exercise activities is the Grouse… Read Story

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What Your Favourite Colour Says About Your Personality

Almost Everyone can definitively say they have a favourite colour. It’s one of the first things we are asked at school and one of the tools we might even use to choose friends from a very early age. Whichever colour you choose as your favourite has something to say about you, your type of personality and the emotional triggers you gravitate towards. What’s Your Favourite Colour? Let’s look at some choices from our team at SplitMango: When I took this poll at work I was surprised to see that the majority of us said Green is our favourite colour with… Read Story

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Giving Back To Vancouver’s Coding Community

The coding community in Vancouver is a fantastic thing. Progressive in the truest sense of the word, it aims to move the field forward while welcoming and encouraging people not stereotypically seen as developers to help build its future. It’s part of the reason I am so proud to call myself a developer. I am so thankful for the wonderful mentorship I have received and now as working professional I am thankful for the opportunity to work with BCIT’s New Media and Web Development program as a code tutor. Over the last few weeks I’ve been working with students, and… Read Story

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Redeeming Aeroplan points has never been smarter

Chances are pretty high that you or someone close to you has significant student loan debt. It’s a common occurrence after one completes their undergraduate studies, not to mention graduate and post-graduate studies. And what about those students who can’t finance their studies at all? When students start university they are told that there are millions of dollars of ‘free’ money available but what about the ones who don’t meet the criteria for receiving scholarships? A few years ago, Suzanne Tyson saw a need to help students trying to fundraise for their higher education. She also acknowledged the excess amount… Read Story

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How Does This Headline Make You Feel?

Confused? Intrigued? Contemplative? The point of this article isn’t as much about what you feel as it is that you need to consider how your content makes people feel. The idea of creating emotions through text isn’t a drastically new one, but it’s rarely considered as a marketing factor by some in the small business community. Traditional marketing methods would say you need to make sure your features and benefits are in order, and explain why your product or service is better than the competition. These are valid points and should be carefully thought through, but it doesn’t provide the… Read Story

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Meet the Mangos – Ken Adachi

This week’s chat with the Mangos stars none other than one of our programmers, Ken Adachi. SplitMango: Hi Ken! Could you please state your name for the record? Ken: Sure thing. My Japanese name is Kensuke, but most of my friends call me Ken. SplitMango: What’s your background in development? Ken: I went to school and graduated with a degree in computer science, but I’d have to say that most of what I know just came from trying out new things on my home computer. SplitMango: What drew you to development? Ken: In high school I took a computer course… Read Story

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You can change lives with Cycling BC

SplitMango has had the privilege of sponsoring Cycling BC’s iRide School Program for the past year now. By sponsoring this program we’ve been able to help Cycling BC put funds towards more bikes, helmets and instructors for this free program offered to students around BC. How it works Each session is tailored to the needs of the students involved. It’s a four-day program that allows students to refine their biking skills and build confidence quickly. iRide provides bikes, helmets, stunts and games to help facilitate an exciting atmosphere that will inspire students to continue riding and incorporate it into their… Read Story

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