Category Archives: News

Recently, Twitter has been catching headlines when they announced that the beloved social networking site’s algorithm could be changing. Most Twitter users are accustomed to the traditional news feed that displays posts by time, with the timeline going in reverse, chronological order.   In January, Twitter introduced the “while you were away” feature that shows a recap of tweets that have been posted in the time period since the user last logged in to Twitter. The proposed new algorithm will be based off of this feature, combining relevancy and time in a ‘catch-up’ feed. The posts displayed in this ‘catch-up’ … Continue reading

Staffing and Unemployment Trends

You may have noticed that many of your friends and family who are local to the DC area, are back in business and working again. That’s because the local job market is back on track! With unemployment rates continuing to drop across our region, companies are once again looking to staffing agencies for help. We’re currently seeing 2 year lows across the entire Washington metropolitan area – in fact, 21 of the 22 counties in the area/region have lower unemployment rates in March 2014 compared to March 2012. The lowest area happens to be right in our neck of the woods … Continue reading

Mediabarn has led the design, development, and collaboration of online educational products and websites since we opened our doors almost 10 years ago. So, naturally when Educational Media Creations Company (founders of the awesome children’s musical group, Silly Bus) decided it was time to bring their music and educational knowledge to the world of educational apps, it was a great fit. We were very excited to kick off a mobile project with Silly Bus! There was so much to consider, such as what age group to target and what games would be educationally compelling. In addition, we wanted to showcase the fun, educational … Continue reading

Chopped: Mediabarn Edition

Our second Annual Cook-Off competition was a success! In continuing this tradition, we decided to keep things the same but opted out of the chili theme that was done last year (heartburn purposes). This time around, the ingredients were chosen at random from 4 different categories: Protein, Starch, Vegetable, and Random. The chefs had to work their magic with an interesting mix of chicken, potatoes, eggplant and apples. The 4 ingredients could be used in one dish, or they could be split up into two separate dishes. Needless to say, the race was close between all 6 chefs (because everybody … Continue reading

Mediabarn is proud to announce that we’ll be partnering with UXPA and hosting a Happy Hour and tour of our Usability Lab, Focus Group suite and Studio during this year’s UXPA International conference here in Washington, DC this July. While enjoying cocktails and light hors d’oeurvres, attendees can tour our Usability Lab and Studio and schmooze with fellow UXPA’ers.  Register soon because seats are limited and will only accommodate the first 40 attendees that register. Transportation for the tour will be provided from the event. We are excited to show off our space while meeting fellow UXPA conference attendees! For more information … Continue reading

On March 2, 2013 Mediabarn was honored to be a sponsor for the 2nd annual Uplifting Athletes Gridiron Gala.  A black tie optional affair, the gala was held at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg, PA and had a huge turnout.  The program included the presentation of the 2013 Rare Disease Champion Award to Penn State’s Eric Shrive.  The presentation was made by Andy Hoffman, father of Jack Hoffman whose emotional story can be found here:  http://www.curesearch.org/legacy.aspx?id=10201.  Last year’s winner of the Rare Disease Champion Award was Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead for his work with Team Jack, so it was fitting that Andy … Continue reading

Mediabarn’s 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off

Yesterday we had our first ever chili cook-off here at Mediabarn and it proved to be a great success! Steven, Keith, Katherine, Nanette, and Mauro all competed for the coveted title of 2012 Chili Cook-Off Champ. Fifty bowls of chili and a bottle of tums later, Steven was declared the winner for his “Roll-Tide Tailgating Chili” and awarded an elegant, yet understated trophy (see below). It was a close race and a lot of fun for the chefs and tasters alike. We look forward to making the chili cook-off a Mediabarn tradition! Take a peek at some pictures from the … Continue reading

This past weekend, Mediabarn’s principal, Keith Deaven was present at the Penn State vs Indiana football game for an on-field presentation of a check in excess of $110,000 to The Kidney Cancer Association from the Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes. The Kidney Cancer Association’s vice president for public affairs, Carrie Konosky, who  was present to receive the funds remarked, “We’re grateful to the remarkable student athletes on the Penn State Football team for their ongoing support of researchers who are dedicated to the eradication of death and suffering from kidney cancer.”  The Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes has … Continue reading

Mediabarn is pleased to announce the launch of the new Wildlife Center of Virginia website. The Wildlife Center is a hospital that provides medical treatment to native Virginia wildlife. Along with providing healthcare, The Wildlife Center teaches children and adults alike the importance of the preservation and protection of native wildlife and the environment.  The relaunch of the site represents a significant initiative, requiring a complete redesign of the site from the ground up. A high degree of teamwork, creativity, and collaboration were key to the success of this project. The Wildlife Center staff and the Mediabarn studio team could … Continue reading

We are proud to announce that our very own Keith Deaven has been appointed Board President of Uplifting Athletes. Uplifting Athletes is a non-profit organization that aligns college football and rare diseases in order to raise them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy. A rare disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans and consequently lacks financial incentive to make and market new treatments. However, over 7,000 rare diseases collectively affect more than 30 million Americans, making rare diseases a far-reaching issue. Keith’s involvement with Uplifting Athletes began when he was introduced to Founder Scott … Continue reading

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