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Call Dibs Hackathon

hackathonPic1A Hackathon (for all of us NON-Techie types) is defined in this link by wikipedia, as an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. For the past two weeks, the Call Dibs tech team has been conducting a NON-STOP hackathon in honor of  National Military Appreciation Month. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Call Dibs tech team, the Hackathon produced some exciting new additions to the Call Dibs App and Web App for our military community.

These New Additions Include:

  • Liking – Items you “like” provide positive feedback to sellers of items. If you like an item you will remain anonymous to the seller, but the seller can see how many likes they have.
  • Watching – Watching items will let you know if an item has changed in price or if new information was added or updated. By watching an item you will also be notified if other people are interested. You and others will remain anonymous when watching.
  • iOS Listing Detail – will streamline and enhance the user experience. Read more >

May is Military Appreciation Month!!

MNMAPic1In 1999 Senator John McCain introduced legislation to designate the month of May and National Military Appreciation Month.  May 2013 includes Loyalty Day (May 1), Victory in Europe Day (May 8), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10), Armed Forces Day (May 18), and Memorial Day (May 30).

 

Though we at Call Dibs celebrate our Military EVERYDAY, we wanted to take some time to provide our users with some resources, discounts, and words of appreciation for all you do for our country.

Being an Army Brat myself, my life has always been filled with a sense of pride. Not just for what my dad was doing for our country, but because of what our country stood for across the world.  We at Call Dibs want to thank all the parents, family members, friends, and neighbors who have supported our country over the years.

Ways to Celebrate:

  • Volunteer or visit your local VA Hospital to honor veterans from past conflicts.
  • Send gifts, care packages or donations to our military loved ones via the Exchange.
  • Send an email or ecard to a military brother or sister.
  • Take time to also thank a Military Spouse or Military Child for their service with a random act of kindness.
  • Give gratitude, donate and celebrate!  Many of our military friends and family need support and a simple gift could do wonders!

Discounts & Deals:

For more details on NMAM 2013, visit their website.

 

Navigating Life as a Military Significant Other

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Being married to the military certainly has its advantages beyond taking home that stud in uniform. There are some great military discounts, fun clubs, special-interest groups for everything under the sun, and amazing resources and facilities on base.

But if you don’t have the ID, that pretty rock on your finger means nothing to the military.  Of course, it’s all for security purposes, but it was infuriating to say goodbyes outside the gate, then just wait for an email from my boyfriend (and later, fiancee) to let me know what was going on.

In the summer of 2002, my honey was deployed to Kuwait. He was able to email most every day, and call fairly often. One day, I received an email that closed by saying he had to run to a quick meeting and would write or call in an hour.

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April Instagram: Month of the Military Child

April is the month of the military child, and Call Dibs wants to give a shout out to all the amazing children who make our military community, unique and special. Each evening throughout the month of April, we will feature one military child with their submitted photo (by you), and if you wish to include a special story.

How To Participate:

Starting today, post a picture of YOUR military child to Instagram with the hashtag #calldibsmilkids

We will pull one lucky kid each day to be featured on the Call Dibs Facebook page. Submissions can also be accepted directly to our Facebook page by clicking HERE or by email to info@calldibsapp.com. Please title your email Call Dibs Mil Kids Submission.

Navy Baby Jasper 7 months

Navy Baby Jasper 7 months
Photo By: Viva Vida Photography by Jaclyn Rae

Please include in your Instagram comment, FB message or email the following information:

  1. Child’s Age
  2. First Name ONLY
  3. Current Duty Station
  4. Your Email Address for Contact

If you’d like to attach a special story about your military child, PLEASE DO! :)  We’d love to share it. (If we feature your child, we will send you a short photo release permission form)

Ge sure to stay connected to the Call Dibs Facebook page and blog, as we feature all things #milbrat for the month of April. Happy Month of the Military Child, and Thanks for using Call Dibs!!

 


	
	

Behind the Blogs: Our Call Dibs Military Spouses

Call Dibs App is the collaboration of an amazing team of people. A large part of the Call Dibs team is made up of the same people the app aims to serve, military spouses. We decided to give you a little insight behind the scenes of  “Who” makes Call Dibs work. These Call Dibs members not only use the app themselves, they help make Call Dibs work better for you! Each has a diverse background and brings their own set of special skills to the table. They have come together as a team to make Call Dibs what it is today, and are working towards making Call Dibs all we hope for in the future.

 

Erica McMannes

Erica McMannes
General Manager of Promotions
Photo By: Viva Vida Photography by Jaclyn Rae

Erica McMannes

Call Dibs General Manager of Promotions, full time Army wife, and mom of two boys (6 years and 21 months). Erica is an Army spouse of ten years and has been stationed at Fort Rucker; Germany; Fort Riley; Fort Polk; NPS Monterey, CA; and next to Fort Lee. That’s seven PCS moves in eleven years. She is an experienced Child Development Specialist and has worked with Army families for ten years through Family Readiness Groups and Army Child, Youth, and School Services. In Erica’s free (or not so free) time she is a talented sleuther and an expert Do It Yourselfer!

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Military Community: Technology Lag

The U.S. Military has been continually on the bleeding edge of some amazing technologies. Aside from weapons and gunpowder, many people forget that we were the first to use and evolve the internal combustion engine, aerial flight, radio, and something we all take for granted – GPS. The military has tested and evolved just about everything that’s crammed in our smart phones – even SIRI. SIRI was originally a DARPA (U.S. military) research effort that went by the name of CALO.

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If we’re so good at adopting the latest and greatest technologies, why are we lagging when it comes to software consumer products that are geared for our community?

I believe it’s for three reasons:

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Movers & Makers: Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

In recent years military spouses have been highlighted as one of the nation’s most underemployed workforces. Few understand the impact of constant moving on the military families who are transferred from base to base, year after year, and the resulting lack of employment opportunities for military spouses.  One-third of all members of the military move each year, which makes finding employment outside the home difficult to impossible for many military spouses.

Some spouses have taken matters into their capable and very creative hands by starting home based businesses showcasing their handmade goods, artistic abilities, and even photography. The growing popularity of e-commerce craft sites, such as Etsy, has increased the demand for specialty items. These personal store fronts offer vintage and handmade goods including custom baby bedding, knitted goods, handmade jewelry, accessories, services, and more.

One crafty Navy Spouse and Air Force Veteran has found much success marketing her small business online. Scarlett is the very talented owner of One Eyed Dog; an online boutique specializing in hand sculpted and painted items.   Read more >

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