Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category

So here’s the thing…

I know I said I was going to better about posting here, and when I said that I really meant it, I swear! I even created an editorial calendar and made a point of making space to create content on a weekly basis. Then in a span of 3 weeks over the summer, everything changed – but two major events effected my life the most. I had a solo show at University Arts League  and I got a kick ass job at Canary Promotion working with Arts, Culture, Entrainment and Mission Driven Clients where I have been rocking out for the past few months. Not only are the clients awesome, my coworkers are amazing and I feel incredibly lucky to be working in a functioning collaborative environment where I am encouraged to explore and express new ideas for projects. I often feel a personal connection to my work, literally making my passion my job, but more exciting than all of that is the opportunity  to learn new things everyday and as more time passes I feel my confidence continue to grow.

This fall was insanely busy & I’m looking forward to exciting new projects on the horizon! I’m also looking forward to some amazing community driven events coming up in Philadelphia this week:

Open Web Studio
Thursday, November 11| 6-8PM
119 West Montgomery Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Organized by the incredibly awesome & amazing Kelani Nichole (she’s actually super involved with all of the events mentioned here). I went expecting to share my area of experience, and instead got totally schooled on something I’ve been playing around with for the past few weeks. I’m excited to explore something new, and now I have more confidence and better tools to move forward with an ongoing project – I can’t wait for the next  Open Web Studio at Little Berlin (stay tuned, TBD)!

Barcamp Philly Weekend!
Friday, November 12th | 6-9PM
20 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
RSVP Required!

This Kick off party sounds like it is going to be sick! Science, Magic, a Mural, Gaming, Food & Drink, ??? Anything can happen (and with this crowd probably will). Registration is required for this event!

Saturday, November 13th 2010
Registration Opens at 8am
Sessions from 10am – 6pm
The University of the Arts
211 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Registration is currently closed, but you can sign up for the wait list here.

I can’t say it any better than what they have on the website, but here’s a time lapse video of the schedule board from last year, which I thought was pretty cool:

AFTERPARTY @NatMechanics
Saturday, November 13th | 6-10PM
22 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

After a day of absorbing everything around you, get a beer and play some rock band or enjoy an impromptu dance party. This party generally ends around ??? And of course there is generally the annual post-barcamp-recovery  brunch on Sunday!

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Perelman Theater
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
260 South Broad Street
(Avenue of the Arts)
Philadelphia, PA

From the TEDxPhilly website:

“TEDxPhilly celebrates what’s happening right here, right now in our city. The event’s goal is to showcase practitioners, makers, and thinkers who are contemporary and thought-provoking; who are pushing the boundaries of their own disciplines; and who are working towards a more purposeful, socially responsible future.

TEDxPhilly is also a framework where Philadelphians will converge to share ideas that matter, and hopefully, turn those ideas into actionable outcomes after the event.”


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BarCamp Philly to be held November 14 at the University of the Arts

2008’s inaugural Barcamp Philly was a huge success, seeding several other similarly styled events throughout the region including HealthCamp, HigherEdCamp, and Barcamp News Innovation – a partnership between traditional and new media outlets. Not surprisingly, planning for a second, more broadly open Barcamp began this summer with Roz Duffy and JP Toto returning to head another highly successful event, with the addition of the ever energetic Kelani Edmondson to the organizing team. Here’s the Rundown for 2009’s 2nd Annual BarCampPhilly:

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Ignite Philly 4

Ignite Philly 4 will be held on Tuesday October 13th at Johnny Brenda’s. Doors open at 7pm, speakers begin at 8pm

Ignite Philly is part of a worldwide network that entertains and educates people in short 5 minute bursts. Ignite Philly is the local group, and is our way to highlight great ideas coming to life here in Philadelphia.

News Flash:
Ignite organizers are offering 150 Advance Tickets are available for a $5 donation to the Food Trust. If you’ve ever been to Ignite (or heard stories of the epic-ness of this event) you know how quickly space can run out. This way the money goes to a good cause, and your spot is guaranteed:  Advance Tickets are available through the Ignite Philly website. In the spirit of this event being free & open to the public, the remaining 150 spots will be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis (but I would plan on getting there early if that’s your plan).

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POST @ Indy Hall

During the weekend of October 3-4, Independents Hall, a coworking space & community, will be participating in Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, a grassroots, citywide event geared toward opening the creative spaces and studios through out Philadelphia to the general public.

POST (as it is also known) is an excellent opportunity for Indy Hall members & supporters to get involved in the local art scene, as well as to showcase our skills, talents, & interests to our already vibrantly active community. Indy Hall members will be sharing just about anything and everything for the weekend of POST, including projects and presentations, a musical component, & an impromptu gallery of art & portfolio sharing space; think of it as a weekend long Show & Tell from 12-6 this Saturday & Sunday.

Independent’s Hall 20 North 3rd St, Unit 201, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours allows visitors to “Follow Art to the Source” by organizing & promoting artists (and now Indies) to open their spaces, to show and sell their work in a unique setting – their own. POST, now celebrating it’s 10th year as the largest annual tour of artist studios in Philadelphia features hundreds of artists during the first two weekends in October: East of Broad October 3-4 & West of Broad October 10-11.

Ignite Philly 3 on May 2, 2009

Good things always come in 3’s and Ignite Philly is no exception. At 8pm on Saturday May 2, the lights will go down and the projectors will be fired up on the 2nd floor of Johnny Brenda’s in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. 20 slides, 5 minutes and 1 presenter later, newcomers in the room will realize they are in for something big. Really Big.

Ignite Philly 3
Saturday May 2, 2009
Doors open at 7pm
Presentations start at 8pm

Johnny Brenda’s
1201 N. Frankford Ave [map]
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Speaker List:
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BarCamp News Innovation Philly

This Saturday, April 25, BarCamp News Innovation Philadelphia will contribute to the country-wide effort to reinvent the news industry. Using the BarCamp open grid format, presentations will be more like discussions, and topics will be chosen by the attendees. Seeking to solve the big problems plaguing the news industry from Environmental Implications to Economic Issues, this weekend is sure to shake things up.

Registration is Free and Open to the Public, be sure to register in advance to make things go a little smoother. Interested in being even more involved? @BCNIPhilly is looking for volunteers for basic sign in, setup and hanging out. Just fill in your interest & availability on this couldn’t-be-easier Sign Up Form.

After party, where else but National Mechanics, 22 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Bar Camp News Innovation
Free & Open to the Public, Saturday, April 25 9am – 6pm
Temple Universtiy Department of Journalism.  Annenberg Building.
2020 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (Google map)

And because, well, i just couldn’t help myself, here ya go:

Vizthink Philadelphia 1

picture it solved

On Wednesday Aprill 22nd, the first Viz Think meet up in Philly will involve a 1-hour creative activity, a visual brain-dump, Led by Jonny Goldstein. No experience necessary: You just need to be interested in visual communication and learning. Please bring writing implemments. Pens, Pencils, colored markers, or crayons, whatever you need to accelerate the AHA!

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Hosted by jonny goldstein
April 22, Wednesday, at 6:30PM.
Philadelphia Free Library, Independence Branch (In the meeting room)
18 S. 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

(7th Street between Market & Chestnut)

Image available in shirt form from Viz Wear

G2 Moves to 4/2

This Thursday, March 26, four excellent events were scheduled, all in one night – GWG, PhillyCHI, jQuery at Indy Hall, & PANMA – Yowza. In light of this awesome overload, Geeks Who Give is extending the fun to the following Thursday, April 2nd.

Join us for G2: Geeks Who Game Night at Tattooed Mom’s on Thursday, April 2, 2009. From board games to card games – we’re planning on having a wide selection; have a favorite? Bring it!

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Drink Specials from Tmoms:
$1.50 Pabst Blue Ribbon
$3.00 Yards Philly Pale
$3.00 Philadelphia Brewing Company Kenzinger
$3.00 Hamburgers or Vegan Burgers.

Admission: 1 jump drive or 1 package of school appropriate office supplies (pens, notebooks, highlighters, etc). This is a 21+ event.

Philadelphia Futures is a local nonprofit that has been the youth of Philadelphia teens realize their dreams of a higher education for more than 20 years.

We would love your support in getting the word out! Get Involved

Originally posted 3/23/2009 on Geeks Who Give

Geeks Who Give in City Paper

In The Event That… You Love Thy Neighbor and Thy iPhone

by Lauren Friedman for City Paper

Like many good ideas, Geeks Who Give began over brunch. Back in November, Kara LaFleur (pictured, right) was talking with like-minded techies about how they might be able to harness the power of Philly’s growing geek scene. “We have this really strong community that does really amazing things for each other,” she remembers thinking. “What if we could take that excitement and do something awesome with it?” Continue reading

GwG: Philadelphia Futures Game Night

Come out for a good time and help a great cause: Philadelphia Futures! Join us for G2: Geeks Who Game Night at Tattooed Mom’s on Thursday March 26th.

Put some skin in the game with a minimum of 1 jump drive or 1 package of school appropriate office supplies (pens, notebooks, highlighters, etc).

There will be drink specials and some old school pwnage! Stay tuned for more info…

Originally posted 3/5/2009 on Geeks Who Give