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I had no idea how much technology goes into the making of a custom t-shirt until I talked to our software engineers about a conference they attended last week. Apparently, our technology teams maintain over 30 applications that do everything from generating price quotes in the online Design Lab to notifying customers when their order has been delivered. These applications are written in Ruby on Rails, and every year, our software engineers attend RailsConf, a conference for people who use this web development framework. While they were learning about cutting edge technologies and meeting and collaborating with other Rails developers from around the world, I was catching up on reality TV… But anyway.

CustomInk was well represented at the conference and we also organized and sponsored the RailsConf 5k, which attracted 139 runners and walkers to our course along the Baltimore Inner Harbor. 13 teams competed for bragging rights as the Fastest Rails Dev Team, and Team Higher Ed finished in first with 11 points. Team CustomInk was not far behind, finishing second with 27 points (woot, woot!), and led by Stafford B. and Anuradha M., as well as John H., who was the top individual finisher with a time of 16:21! (He’s the one already in the lead at the starting line on the far right in the above photo).

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2011 RailsConf 5k and we look forward to seeing you again next year! And by “we,” I mean our tech teams because you all know I don’t run… Read more –>