Co-Working Coming To A Desk Near You!

Wow! Where has the time gone? It is almost time to carve the turkey and start looking at Christmas lights around town. 

Here at InnoLabs - it looks like we will have a holiday season filled with Construction. Our Co-Working space is coming right along, and it looks like we are projected to be done in February! Not only will we have that space, but also additional offices, a HUGE lounge area, classrooms, and of course PLENTY of PARKING!

We would love to have you as a part of our team here! So stop by today - let us help you!

Welcome, 2015!

As we prepare to ring in 2015 tonight, I can’t help but reflect on what a year 2014 has been and excitedly envision what InnoLabs will be like one year from now. It’s difficult to put into words what an adventure trying to get this building open has been; so instead, I offer you a brief visual progress report on where we’ve come from and where we stand today. 

InnoLabs building facade, December 2013

InnoLabs building facade, December 2013

InnoLabs building facade, December 2014

InnoLabs building facade, December 2014

Server Room, February 2014

Server Room, February 2014

Server Room, December 2014

Server Room, December 2014

Almost completed BrainPowerSoftware office, June 2014

Almost completed BrainPowerSoftware office, June 2014

BrainPower Software Office, December 2014

BrainPower Software Office, December 2014

Warehouse space, August 2014

Warehouse space, August 2014

Warehouse Space as InnoLabs community celebrates the holidays, December 2014

Warehouse Space as InnoLabs community celebrates the holidays, December 2014

While the construction and renovation of our space has taken significantly longer than any of us could have anticipated, 2015 is going to be a big year for the community we’re developing at InnoLabs and I look forward to inviting all of you to our grand opening! Cheers to a healthy and prosperous 2015! 

Learn to Code in Charleston, SC

Computer Science Education Week

This week, December 8-14, 2014, is National Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek); an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. The primary way this initiative is promoted is through Hour of Code, with the objective being to expand participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. 

Anyone can learn to write code by using the interactive tutorials provided for free on code.org

You can even learn by coding a Christmas tree at the White House!

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Charleston Women in Tech event, hosted by the Charleston Digital Corridor. While there, the women from our local Google data center in Moncks Corner were running a demonstration of Google's newer initiative, CS First. CS First is a free Google program focused on increasing student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. 

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Charleston is one of the cities piloting the CS First program, and the clubs are run by volunteers in the community. The Google ladies were seeking volunteers from the Charleston Women in Tech group to help run an all-girls code camp, as well as volunteer to run a CS First club session in any of our local schools. Interested? Sign up to be a guru!

Online Learning Options

Looking to learn code, but aren't in school anymore? Here a few online resources to help get you started:

Codecademy: free, interactive learning platform. Choose the language you want to learn: HTML & CSS, Javascript, jQuery, Python, Ruby, PHP. 

Udacity: try their Introduction to Computer Science course, a college course taught online, for free. It might take you up to 3 months to complete, but you'll learn Python and computer science basic principles. 

Code Avengers: Only the basics levels are free, but another online resource to learn HTML, CSS and Javascript. 

Learn in Charleston

Want to learn from an actual human being? Good thing Charleston offers a few options for those wanting some more hands-on assistance with their learning and the chance to meet local industry partners. 

The Iron Yard located just off of Shem Creek, the Iron Yard Charleston is 3 months of intensive instruction, plus assistance securing a job offer after graduation. 

CODEcamp Charleston is a community-sourced training program offered by the Charleston Digital Corridor. Choose from a front-end track, back-end track, or an assortment of electives and seminars. 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Tips to Stay Healthy and Happy this Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! December is finally upon us and 2014 is drawing to a close. Here at InnoLabs, everyone is in the final sprint to finish the year strong and the energy in the building has never been higher! As everyone returned to the office yesterday from their Thanksgiving voyages, a chorus of coughing, sneezing, and other rather unpleasant signs of winter colds suddenly occupied InnoLabs. In an attempt at self-preservation (and to help keep all our lovely members as healthy as possible), I offer these 7 tips to keep you on top of your game this holiday season.

1.  Stay Hydrated

The air is getting colder and drier, and you’re more likely to pick up a cold if you’re dehydrated. Staying hydrated in the winter keeps mucous membranes soft and moist, preventing tiny cracks that allow viruses and bacteria to enter.

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Conveniently, our newest tenants, HeadStand Brands, had your best interest at heart yesterday with their water cooler inviting you to stay hydrated and say hi!

2. Keep Sanitizer on Hand

Watching out for your hands is the simplest way to fend off the cold-causing bacteria this winter. In addition to frequently washing your hands, keep a small bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer on your desk, in your car, or in your purse. Cold viruses tend to spread more from hand-to-mouth contact than through airborne droplets, making doors, escalator rails, elevator buttons, and ATM touch screens virus central.

3. Get a Massage! 

Let our friends at MassageBook help find you a massage therapist nearby!

As if you really needed an excuse to get a massage, research conducted at Cedars–Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles suggests that a single Swedish massage session lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol and boosts several types of white blood cells, which protect the body against germs.


4. Snack Wisely

While you’re out running around trying to finish all of your holiday shopping, it’s easy to fall victim to a festive (calorie-packed) drink from Starbucks or any of the myriad of fast food options. Resist the temptation and pack some healthy snacks. Eating foods that are high in vitamin C will help keep your immune system strong, so include fruit and vegies such as lemons, kiwifruit, and broccoli in your weekly shop. A serving of nuts or a granola bar are easy on-the-go options as well!

Try to incorporate some of these Immune Boosting Foods into your diet too!

5. Sleep isn't Overrated

While many of us are guilty of burning the midnight oil, especially as the year draws to a close, it is crucial for our health and wellbeing to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who slept at least eight hours nightly were about three times less likely to catch a cold than those who snoozed for less than seven. Create a relaxing bedtime routine, such as listening to soft music or soaking in a warm bath. Avoid watching TV or using your computer just before bedtime and turn the lights down low an hour before you turn in for the night, as it will boost the release of melatonin in the brain.

6. Stay Active!

Especially as the holidays approach and our bi-weekly sessions with our friends Jeremy, Riley, and Steph at CrossFit Frequency become slightly less frequent, it is important to remember to stay active. Moderate physical activity is a powerful immunity booster. A 30 to 60 minute walk most days per week is considered moderate exercise.

Need a bit more motivation to get moving? Sign up for the Reindeer Run this Saturday, December 6th. Get dressed in fun holiday apparel and run or walk this 5k in downtown Charleston. You can even bring your dog!

7. Be Social

Socializing helps strengthen your immune system by keeping you active and reducing your stress levels, so avoid the temptation to hang out on the couch all winter. Invite friends over for dinner or host a game night, visit local museums and art galleries, or go check out the Festival of Lights with your family. 



Culture is the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

"The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas: it's to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they're valued." 

                                                       --Ken Robinson

If you're looking to immerse yourself in a holistically positive environment where you can collaborate with other great minds and work to grow your next big idea, InnoLabs is where you want to be. Currently occupied by 3 founding tenants, InnoLabs is creating an awesome environment where people want to be part of our community each day! With several different organizations operating under one roof, there is always a buzz of activity coursing throughout the building and a friendly face excited to tell you about their latest accomplishment or newest project. Fostering an atmosphere that's both a fun and cool place for techies to hang out, while also being a platform from which to launch a successful businesses has been a fun challenge to develop! Keep an eye out for our Featured Member series, in which we'll profile each of our three founding tenants: 2Book, Brain Power Software, and HIT Commerce on their perspective of culture!