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Archive for April 2013

App Launch: Go Derby Yourself!

The Kentucky Derby iPhone app, DerbyMe, has officially launched! This has been a labor of love from our Rocketeer team and the wonderful folks at The Kentucky Derby. Marking the 139th running of the Derby, the app has been created to help enhance your Derby experience with curated Twitter collections and the ability to filter the conversations to your preferences, giving you an inside look at all things Kentuck Derby.

Another cool feature allows you to put yourself at the Derby in sharable photos. You can change your look from sporting a seersucker suit, to wearing a traditional Derby hat, or sitting on the back of the winner. You can even call the horses to post with a touch of a finger. Be sure to download this fun app and share it with your friends and fellow fans.

DerbyMe is available on iTunes. Click here to download!


Rocketeer Charity: Sci-Tech Discovery Center

This week, the Sci-Tech Discovery Center was selected as our second charity of the month. The organization provides children of all ages and backgrounds with hands-on experiences in math, science and technology. Hoping to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists, educators and innovators, Sci-Tech hosts summer camps, parties, youth programs and more.

Rocketeer Laurie Irish-Duncan submitted the Sci-Tech Discovery Center for the drawing because the organization does so much to get kids excited about math and science. She has also participated in the organization’s annual Braniac Bowl, which is a big game of trivial pursuit that helps raise funds for the organization.

We do quite a bit of math and science here at Bottle Rocket, so we can’t think of a better organization to support than one shaping our future.

For more information about the Sci-Tech Discovery Center, click here.


Rocketeers Host iOS Boot Camp

A group of Rocketeers held the third annual iOS boot camp at our Bottle Rocket offices on Saturday, April 13. The free boot camp attracted more than 30 students from local colleges, including SMU, UTD and UTA, who were interested in learning about iOS development from some of the best in the business.

Attendees received a one-day crash course in iOS apps, learning about everything from the fundamental language to building a fully functional app. Those present also heard from Rocketeers who belong to different departments within Bottle Rocket, giving attendees the full scope of the mobile industry.

This year’s organizer, Rocketeer Austen Green, said the boot camp was a huge success, with the possibility of future internship candidates and takeaways that will make next year even better.

For more information about the iOS boot camp or other events with our Rocketeers, please contact us at


Rocketeer Charity: The AbleGamers Foundation

The AbleGamers Foundation was selected in our latest employee charity drawing. With the belief that there should be no barriers on fun, this non-profit is committed to bringing digital entertainment to people with disabilities so they can develop a rich social life and gain a greater quality of life.

The AbleGamers Foundation empowers those in the disability community by providing gaming equipment, promoting inclusion, educating content producers and supporting the disabled and their families. The organization is currently raising funds for AbleGamers ToGo, a mobile arcade for those who need it most – individuals in veteran’s hospitals, children’s hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Jarred Cox submitted the AbleGamers Foundation for the drawing because of his interest in digital media and how it is being used to improve the lives of others. With a whole division of Bottle Rocket devoted to gaming, we cannot think of a better organization to support than one that enables children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the world of video games.

For more information about the AbleGamers Foundation, click here.


Rocketeers Host Android Boot Camp

A group of Rocketeers recently held an Android Boot Camp at our Bottle Rocket offices that covered the basics of Android development. The free 6-hour boot camp combined instruction with hands-on development and was attended by those serious about getting a jump start on Android development from some of the best in the business.

The 27 attendees came from local colleges including, UTA, UT Dallas, UNT and SMU and were treated to a tour of our offices and presentations from our Rocketeers on the fundamentals of Android, mobile strategy and mobile quality assurance. Boot camp students were able to network with each other and with the Rocketeers. They left with a fully functioning app and a wealth of knowledge on the basics of showing data and interacting with users.

For more inofrmation about our Android boot camp and other events in which our Rocketeers are involved, feel free to send an email to



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