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Shamrock Shuffle 2014 Meets the DMC Competition
Jessica Mlinaric

Shamrock Shuffle 2014 Meets the DMC Competition

At DMC, an opportunity for a healthy dose of competition never goes untapped. Our annual participation in the Shamrock Shuffle 8k is always a good excuse to get our competitive muscles burning (and our real muscles too). DMC employees have been running the 4.97 mile race throughout Chicago's cityscape since 2005; and every year, we do our darndest to not only beat each other, but to beat our past times as well.  The Chiberan temperatures parted ways for a few rays of sunshine on ...

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DMC's Favorite Sips from the Chicago Cider Summit
Han Yang

DMC's Favorite Sips from the Chicago Cider Summit

Anyone living in the Midwest will agree that this winter has been full of too much snow and cold weather. So, when the Chicago Cider Summit was announced, we DMCers just couldn’t let go of the chance to warm up the winter. On this typical February afternoon, a group of us met at Navy Pier for the event. It was a blast! There were numerous ciders that we had never tried before, such as herbal ciders with a basil taste, dessert ice ciders, and apricot ciders. There was a lot of de...

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DMC Digs In at Chicago Restaurant Week
Jaclyn Bauer

DMC Digs In at Chicago Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week in Chicago was one of the few things that helped us Midwesterners pull through this year’s Polar Vortex. With a line-up of restaurants spanning cuisines from the east of Asia’s influence to the coasts of Peruvian perfection, DMC employees were not wanting for either innovative or traditional menu selections. Our Marketing Team made reservations at Tanta, Embeya, Demera and the Pump Room with employees having the option to dine at one or more of the restaurants. On ...

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WhirlyBall Welcome, DMC Style
Chris Vazquez

WhirlyBall Welcome, DMC Style

Our recent outing will definitely be inducted into the DMC Welcome Party Hall of Fame. For my welcome party we took our “talents” to WhirlyBall around the corner from our office. I had heard that WhirlyBall is a DMC favorite and I myself had never tried it, what a perfect opportunity! If I had to sum up the night I’d say we came, we saw, but we definitely did not conquer. However, in true DMC fashion we stayed true to our sixth core value and we definitely had fun! The turn...

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DMC Company Poker Tournament
Jaclyn Bauer

DMC Company Poker Tournament

We DMCers can get pretty competitive in just about anything: from WhirlyBall to golf to bowling we like to keep a friendly air of rivalry live around the office. This past Friday was no exception as we wrapped up the work week with a company Poker Tournament. Complete with DMC card decks, authentic poker chips, pizza, Wiskie (the dog), whiskey (the drink), a fine array of bourbon and scotch, and a host of eager players, we were ready to kick the weekend off right. This isn't the...

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Office 365 Breakfast Briefing: Learn How to Achieve Your Business Goals
Jessica Mlinaric

Office 365 Breakfast Briefing: Learn How to Achieve Your Business Goals

Join DMC, Directions Training, and Softmart at this complimentary Office 365 breakfast briefing on Thursday, March 13 from  8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Microsoft Midwest District Office in Downers Grove. This event is ideal for business and IT leaders who are in the exploration or planning stages of making a move to the Cloud.   Why Attend? Your business is growing and you need technology to keep pace You need to address workforce mobility and collaborati...

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DMC's Holiday Party at the Crystal Gardens
Jaclyn Bauer

DMC's Holiday Party at the Crystal Gardens

Ninety-seven DMC employees and their significant others, friends, and family made it (despite sub-zero temperatures) to Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier for the annual DMC Holiday Party. It was a month and a half of epic planning: booking a photographer, selecting menu items, coordinating hotel stays for the four new hires who joined us, and making sure everyone was going to have the most fun possible. When the big night arrived, we couldn't have asked for things to have turned out bette...

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Bowling and Beer: A Perfect DMC Welcome
Megan Lentine

Bowling and Beer: A Perfect DMC Welcome

My DMC welcome party was a joint venture with Tim Johnson who started at DMC just before I did. I read about the famed welcome parties before even interviewing at DMC and had been excited to potentially have my own ever since! Tim and I decided on the thrilling combination of bowling and local beer - Seven Ten Lounge and Atlas Brewing Company. Little did I know that Tim and his wife each owned their own bowling balls and bowling shoes! Although I wasn't on that level of expertise, I had a s...

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DMC Makes Snow
Lyndon Sapozhnik

DMC Makes Snow

Temperatures in Chicago plummeted to 16 degrees below zero yesterday, with the wind chill hitting 40 degrees below zero. That’s just a bit chillier than our usual deck activity temperatures, but we thought we’d make the most of the blustery cold and have some fun. In the video below, a pitcher of boiling hot water is thrown into the air and instantly turns into a cloud of “snow” that’s quickly blown away. Why does it happen? Hot water is already pretty close to a...

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TIFWorks Helps DMC Engineers Cultivate Technical and Soft Skills
Stephanie Balavitch

TIFWorks Helps DMC Engineers Cultivate Technical and Soft Skills

Earlier this year DMC was awarded funding from the City of Chicago’s TIFWorks Program. TIFWorks is a government program that “stimulates business success by funding workforce-training costs for companies located in tax increment financing (TIF) districts.” The program awards grants to small companies in the City of Chicago for training purposes and is one of the few city funded initiatives to support the training of incumbent employees. Due to the outstanding level of support D...

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Holiday Cheer at DMC
Anjali Bharadwa

Holiday Cheer at DMC

DMC hosted a Holiday Cheer Event on Friday, December 13th for DMC employees and their families. Our official Holiday Party is a formal adult-only event that is typically held in January when everyone’s calendar opens up. The Holiday Cheer Event was a casual get-together for all ages and included lots of holiday-themed activities. We started by making holiday puppets out of pipe cleaners, felt, and googly eyes!  Then the kids had a chance to let out their energy during the Candy Can...

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Engineering Meets Pediatric Medicine at Lurie Children's Hospital
Darren Jones

Engineering Meets Pediatric Medicine at Lurie Children's Hospital

Being an engineer means you have unique skills to contribute to the world. These contributions can include improving quality of products, increasing efficiency, and generally allowing workers and companies to be more successful in their goals.  A recent project at DMC brought this social benefit even closer to home with the opportunity to work with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.  DMC was approached with a very special need—to develop the w...

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DMC Goes to Hyrule
Ela Kaya

DMC Goes to Hyrule

Hyrule, of course, is a fictional kingdom in the Legend of Zelda video game series. For an amazing activity fund event, DMC went to see Zelda Symphony of the Goddess at the famous Chicago Theatre.   To get into the spirit, I dressed as Link, along with many other attendees at the Symphony Orchestra. The concert featured the most beloved music from Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past, The Wind Waker, and many other Zelda titles in the series. The ...

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DMC Runs the 2013 Hot Chocolate 5/15K
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Runs the 2013 Hot Chocolate 5/15K

DMC has been known to run for chocolate, and this year's Hot Chocolate 5/15K was no exception. Eleven DMC employees and friends rose bright and early on Sunday, November 3 for a jog with the promise of a sweet after party. We were rewarded with perfect running weather during an unpredictable Chicago autumn. With sunny skies and a slight chill in the air, we took to the city streets along with over 40,000 fellow athletes sugar fans. While Team DMC was evenly split be...

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On Top of the Game at DMC Chicago's ADCM
Stephanie Balavitch

On Top of the Game at DMC Chicago's ADCM

DMC Chicago’s All Day Company Meeting (or ADCM for short) was all set for Thursday, August 18th. The theme of the day was Customer Service Excellence. The schedule, which Frank and I had spent the past week meticulously putting together, was ambitious. We figured that an hour presentation, followed by two hours of brainstorming, lunch, then an outdoor ropes course would not only be an awesome team-building, camaraderie fostering, memory-making opportunity, but would also generate some grea...

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A Rocking Welcome to DMC
Adam Wójcik

A Rocking Welcome to DMC

It was to my great surprise that I was asked what I would like to do for my welcome party. A welcome party. I had never heard of such a thing! After agonizing over an open set of choices (I had only begun DMC’s current book club piece on decision making), I realized that I had never been to the House of Blues, but that I had heard great things about it (from family that were of blues-going age at that time), and so I thought that could be fun. When looking at the list of bands playing that...

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Celebrate Oktoberfest with DMC on October 3
Jessica Mlinaric

Celebrate Oktoberfest with DMC on October 3

DMC invites you to join us for our third annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 3, 2013! After the success of our 2011 and 2012 events, DMC's Chicago office welcomes you once again for an evening of food, beer, and fun on our rooftop deck.   DMC's Oktoberfest October 3, 2013 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. 2222 N. Elston Ave., Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60614 [Driving Directions]     You're welcome to stop by anytime throughout the evening along with significant o...

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Chicago LabVIEW User Group Meeting Hosted at DMC
Darren Jones

Chicago LabVIEW User Group Meeting Hosted at DMC

DMC hosted another great LabVIEW User Group Meeting at our Chicago office last week. This year’s agenda included a recap of the recent NIWeek 2013 with personal anecdotes from the DMC team and a peek at new features and capabilities of LabVIEW 2013. The Chicago LabVIEW User Group is a community of National Instruments users, partners, and customers in the Chicago area. The meeting at DMC had another fantastic turnout with 22 local LabVIEW users. National Instruments was well r...

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DMC's Company Picnic
Anjali Bharadwa

DMC's Company Picnic

DMC held its first company picnic a few weeks ago at Chicago's LaBagh Woods. I have fond childhood memories of attending my parents' company picnic, especially hanging out with the other kids from their workplace, tossing water balloons, and jumping on the moonwalk. I wanted my children to have those memories as well, and luckily was able to make that happen with DMC's Activity Fund budget. Finding a location was my biggest challenge, as there aren't many grassy areas in ...

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DMC Hosts Future Engineers of After School Matters
Courtney Mitchell

DMC Hosts Future Engineers of After School Matters

DMC recently partnered with After School Matters to host a group of future engineers at our Chicago office. After School Matters is a non-profit organization whose mission is, “to provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.” The group of students who visited our office was particularly interested in robotics so we were eager to show them around. We won the group of about tw...

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