Unreal Engine 5's Epic Features
Epic Games's Unreal Engine is one of the most popular game engines in use today. CrossComm recently explored the exciting new features in Unreal Engine 5 in a video series and how they'll be game-changers for the computer graphics industry.
Why the Time Is Right for Web-based AR
With the backing of big tech companies, such as Apple, Google, and Meta, Augmented Reality (AR) is quickly gaining traction- but the ecosystem is still balkanized with platform-specific standards and apps. Web-based AR applications and experiences will be the key to standardizing applications across platforms and increasing accessibility for all users.
CrossComm wins THREE Telly Awards!
CrossComm won three awards in the 43rd Annual Telly Awards, alongside partners FocuSSTem NextGen and the Karmanos Cancer Institute! The three wins fall under the Immersive and Mixed Reality categories and are for immersive apps built to introduce students from underrepresented communities to STEM careers. The two projects, a virtual reality (VR) STEM camp and a live extended reality (XR) summit, allowed students to remotely experience STEM learning in an interactive and experiential way.
What To Know When Building an App for Research Studies
Building a mobile or web app for a research project can be a daunting task. Knowing how to prepare for app development can save you a lot of time, headaches, and valuable funding. CrossComm's Program Manager Sara Battles breaks down what you need to know when building an app for research.
A Decade of Growth at CrossComm
This year marks 10 years of Beverly Gulvin's work at CrossComm. In this blog post, Beverly shares personal and professional lessons learned from her decade of growth, from being a part-time bookkeeper, to Director of People Ops.
Unlimited PTO Diaries: Alaskan Adventure
In this “Unlimited PTO Diaries,” Darrien Staton takes time to catch up with lifelong friends in an Alaskan adventure. Unlimited PTO Diaries is a series that allows CrossComm employees to share how they celebrate life, outside of work.
Unlimited PTO Diaries: Savannah's Storied Past
In this “Unlimited PTO Diaries,” DeAnne Canieso shares her love for stories, and her favorite secret location in Savannah, Georgia. Unlimited PTO Diaries is a series that allows CrossComm employees to share how they celebrate life, outside of work.
How a Donut Helped Our Team Feel More Connected
CrossComm, like many companies, moved to a remote workforce during the pandemic. We quickly noticed we didn’t feel as connected once we all left our small office. We also grew by nearly 50 percent during this time, and we wanted our new team members to feel as connected as those who had been a part of the team for some time. We decided to start using a Slack app called Donut to help foster connections and boy has it been a sweet treat for our company culture!
CrossComm's Holiday Techie Gift Guide
'Tis the season for sharing so we gathered up a quick list of some of the CrossComm team's favorite gadgets and services that we think would make great gifts. Happy Holidays!
Three Ways CrossComm Builds a Work-Life Balance Culture
While achieving work-life balance is always a work in progress, CrossComm chooses to experiment with how to re-define “the future of work” in order to cultivate an environment where team members learn and gain something meaningful on their path towards career and personal success. Here are three ways CrossComm has approached building a satisfying and enriching work culture.
Welcome to CrossComm's New Website
CrossComm has launched its brand new website! In this piece, Director of Marketing Phillipe Charles discusses the three main reasons why CrossComm updated its website: to better communicate its culture, mission and services; to give the marketing team greater flexibility, and to better accommodate different forms of content.
Unlimited PTO Diaries: Accidentally Viral
When our own Shane Norris and his CrossFit friend decided to get competitive on some days off, it resulted in an accidentally viral (but hilarious) moment. Unlimited PTO Diaries is a series that allows CrossComm employees to share how they celebrate life, outside of work.
Unlimited PTO Diaries: From Oceans to the Mountains
In this “Unlimited PTO Diaries,” Jason Faber shares describes how he and his family explore the NC outdoors. Unlimited PTO Diaries is a series that allows CrossComm employees to share how they celebrate life, outside of work.
Unlimited PTO Diaries: The Happiest Place on Earth
In this “Unlimited PTO Diaries,” Stella Cox shares how her recent trip to Disney World was not only full of "Disney Magic" but also for an appreciation of Disney's tech. Unlimited PTO Diaries is a series that allows CrossComm employees to share how they celebrate life, outside of work.
Making ‘Remote Work’ Work During COVID-19
Because of the COVID-19 virus, companies are faced with tough decisions regarding their ability to realistically embrace remote work. For our clients, partners, and other companies trying to figure out remote work, we thought it might be helpful to share some of the tools that we use that may also help you maintain productivity during this challenging time.
Meet The Team: Sean Doherty
Sean Doherty is CrossComm’s CTO. He joined the team in 2006, directly out of grad school. In my conversation with Sean, we discussed his approach to tech, business, and family.
Meet The Team: Beverly Williams
Beverly Williams is the Business Operations Manager at CrossComm. She’s worked at CrossComm for the past seven years—making her the third-longest employee. When she joined the team, after 17 years as a work-from-home entrepreneur, it brought her back to Downtown Durham—where she first began her career.
Meet The Team: Mike Harris
Mike Harris is CrossComm’s Senior AR/VR Developer. Unlike the rest of the team, he doesn’t work out of our Durham office. He’s based in New Orleans. But that’s hardly a challenge when you consider that some of Mike’s expertise lies in collaborative virtual reality applications.
Meet the Team: Anthony Garritano
Anthony Garritano is a Senior Software Engineer at CrossComm. He has spent almost a decade in the software industry as an engineer. What motivates him now, even more than the technology itself, is helping others around him to grow.
A Havana Night in Durham
CrossComm was honored to support the Helius Foundation in its mission to provide mentorship and resources to underrepresented founders. As a company that has been in Durham for over 20 years, CrossComm has witnessed the recent explosion of the local entrepreneurial scene, but also understands that there are communities who traditionally don’t have access to the same opportunities as others.
Why I Returned to Durham
CEO Don Shin reflects on the work and life developments that solidified his decision to move back to Durham, NC.
Speaking at South By Southwest
In this blog post, Sean Doherty discusses the excitement of getting invited to speak at the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) in Austin, and documents the process from speech preparation to the moments just before his delivery. His topic of building software development kits (SDKs) was insanely interesting to him, and he was delighted to be able to bring it to the SXSW audience.
How We Planned for 2017
Each year CrossComm hosts two team summit meetings. We strive to enrich the lives of our team every day, but these semi-annual summits allow for a focused effort. We recently had our Winter Summit — here are four highlights.
Why Are We Blogging?
Like many small businesses, CrossComm has a burning desire to make a dent in the universe while simultaneously facing real world challenges. It can be difficult to take the time for, of all things, a blog! Yet, we are committed to doing so in 2017 in order to share knowledge and grow as a company.