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Rocketeer Charity: Camp Esperanza

This week, the Bridewell Foundation was selected as our second charity of the month. The Bridewell Foundation is an organization whose sole purpose is to raise money to fund Camp Esperanza, which is free of charge to all campers.

This summer camp is unique because it was created specifically for children being treated for cancer. Each year, the organization gives pediatric oncology patients at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas a chance to forget cancer in a week of campouts, fishing, challenges, horseback riding, crazy counselors and fellow campers. 

Liam Buckley, son of Rocketeer Beth Buckley, first attended Camp Esperanza in 2011 while he was still undergoing treatment for his cancer. He has since attended a second time in addition to attending Teen Retreat last fall.

“At Camp Esperanza, I am surrounded by others who have experienced what I am going through. Even some of the counselors have had cancer and went to the camp as kids,” Liam said. “Even though we’re surrounded by doctors, nurses and all our meds, for that one week, we don’t feel sick. We’re just normal kids having fun at camp.”

Beth said that Bottle Rocket’s donation will fund the weeklong camp for two children – something many of these children’s families could not afford given the cost of treatment.

Bottle Rocket is excited to give this experience to two beyond-worthy kids and support an organization that means so much to our Rocketeer family.

To learn more about Camp Esperanza or make a donation to the Bridewell Foundation, click here.

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App Launch: Watch Food Network


**UPDATE** Watch Food Network is now available on Google Play in addition to iTunes! Get it today!!

Watch Food Network wherever and whenever you want!

The app launched today, giving viewers on-the-go access to full episodes and video extras from your favorite shows, like Chopped, Iron Chef America, Restaurant: Impossible, The Pioneer Woman, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and more. Simply subscribe to any show or chef, and your Watchlist is updated automatically whenever new content becomes available. 


Watch Food Network is updated daily with a variety of new clips, full TV episodes and original FoodNetwork.com content. Access to full episodes is free through participating service providers; however, tons of clips from your favorite shows and chefs are available without login credentials.

Watch Food Network is now available on iTunes for both iPhone and iPad. Click here to download!

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Rocketeer Recognition: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year, Southwest Area North Region



Head Rocketeer, Calvin Carter, has been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award winner of the Southwest Area North region.

Carter and other Regional award winners now move on to compete for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which will be announced November 16 as part of the Strategic Growth Forum held November 13-17 in Palm Springs, CA.

"To me, this honor recognizes that when you do something you love, anything is possible. It's also a testament to my parents who taught me to never give up, never give in. The success of Bottle Rocket wouldn't be possible without the outstanding people who work hard every day to create mobile experiences of the highest quality," said Carter. "This award is indicative of the critical, strategic role mobile apps have attained worldwide in less than five years."

For more information about this award, click here.

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Rocketeers Host WWDC Recap

This week, Bottle Rocket held a training and networking event to share what we learned at the Apple Worldwide Development Conference (WWDC) with the local iOS development community.

Registered iOS developers, from entry to senior-level, joined Rocketeers to review some of the most important technologies that were introduced at WWDC.

The goal of the event was to disseminate and discuss the technical knowledge gained at the conference and highlight features that we feel will be most important as iOS 7 and Xcode 5 become available. Attendees discussed how we could work together to tease out the power of the iOS platform by leveraging better design and engineering techniques now possible with iOS 7. Great engineers all share a common desire to make better products through creative thinking and technology.

While all registered Apple developers have easy access to WWDC’s content online, many came to discuss these changes with Rocketeer developers and hear Bottle Rocket’s perspective.

Austen, who led the event, said this year’s announcement of iOS 7 is a significant overhaul compared to prior years. “The way we design apps and our user’s expectations of how they will interact with them are going to change in a post-iOS 7 world,” Austen said.

Bottle Rocket is excited to share what we’ve learned and hope to host more in-depth iOS sessions in the future. For more information, please contact us at bootcamp@bottlerocketapps.com.

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Rocketeers in Orbit: Lauren Wins in London!

Rocketeer and iOS developer extraordinaire Lauren has returned from a whirlwind adventure from San Francisco to London for British Airways’ UnGrounded, the company's inaugural Innovation Lab in the Sky. As if being selected to join this group of esteemed industry leaders and change agents wasn’t enough, Lauren’s team, AdvisHer won the hackathon in the sky!

The purpose of UnGrounded was to collaborate with teams to come up with a way to accelerate global innovation with regards to the global STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) skills gap. While 30,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, Lauren got to flex her mobile muscles as a design catalyst. Together they developed AdvisHer (Advise+Her) an “an online community that leverages the power of pipeline programs to advise, advocate, and accelerate women in STEM-related jobs around the world”. The organization's goal is to foster and retain women in STEM due to the current misalignment of women's presence in the tech industry.

The teams worked hard throughout the flight, jet lag and all, and the winning project was voted on and announced before the group landed in London. It meant a lot to Team AdvisHer especially since the votes came from their peers. Upon landing, the UnGrounded participants received the royal treatment, starting with a tour of the House of Lords by the Baroness Scotland. Up next was the G8 Innovation Summit where the group got to hear presentations by leading entrepreneurs and executives. Oh and Prime Minister David Cameron happened to be there too!

Team AdvisHer’s winning idea was presented at the DNA Summit following G8 and earned the support of the United Nations ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Secretary General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré.

Advisher.org is live and awaiting further development. In the meantime, if you or anyone you know is interested in signing up, there’s a place to do so on the site. Stay tuned for more news on what's next for the winning project of this extraordinary event!

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