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The Nerdery Retro Summer Open House Extravaganza!!! August 4, 2011

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The Nerdery is famous in the Twin Cities as a great place to work and play.  So when nerds take time out to fire up the grill and invite the neighborhood over to see the new expanded headquarters, it’s a fun time to say the least.  The retro theme referred to a bunch of games brought out of storage:  what Angry Birds???  For Shareology it broke down into games, shirts and photo booth — and away we go!!

Games:

Given the growth, both past and future, of The Nerdery, resumes were being taken on the spot.  To help spot the networker of your field of choice, nerds were wearing shirts with particularly helpful backs.  Just a few of the shirts that caught Shareology’s eye:

The photo booth immediately caught my eye.  Ya’ll gathered in front of a screen, it took 4 shots, and they appeared in the tiny, tiny printer as postcards.  Oh, yeah, and they were also sent to The Nerdery’s Facebook page!!!

Couple of last thoughts–I think the machine below is circa 1983ish:

One of the many people-friendly aspects of The Nerdery culture is that it is definitely dog-friendly.  There’s even rumors of a cat or two…

Well, there you have it.  Congratulations to The Nerdery for a great introduction to its new space!  For more information, go to:   http://nerdery.com/  or follow them on twitter:  @The_Nerdery

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire

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Minnebar 6: 1200 geeks strong!! May 8, 2011

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Shareology took GistrMN off with her to Minnebar 6 at Best Buy HQ in Richfield, MN on Saturday, May 7, 2011; they were joined by 1200 geeks bent on learning, pizza and beer consumption.  Nine different locations offered tracks on Development, Design, Startups, Social Media and (my personal favorite) Other!!

My seven sessions included:

  • Six Reasons to open an “Offline” Store (Especially if you Sell Online)
  • I Yam What I Am
  • Facebook:  Fan Pages versus Tabs versus Apps
  • Content is a Banquet:  Trends, Tactics, Tools
  • Why Don’t You Blog More?
  • What does Lean Even Mean? Or Bootstrapping Your Way to a Pivot
  • S is for Strategy

Below are some views of our Saturday:

 

Luke greets the swarm!

 

Thanks to Adrienne, Ben, and Luke and the Minne team for another great Day!!!  For more information go to:

http://minnestar.org/minnebar/        or on Twitter at:        @Minnebar    #minnebar

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire

 

MinneDemo: Ideas, Geeks, Sites and Beer!! January 15, 2011

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Shareology was surrounded by geeks at MinneDemo at The University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis; MinneDemo is very similar to CrowdPitch, which she attended earlier in 2010:

  Crowd Pitch MinneDemo
Preso length/minutes 4 7
PowerPoint allowed Yes No
Scope Product, financials, competition Online site only
Participants 6 10
Questions from audience In hallway afterwards
Winner Picked by panel from Twitter afterwards
HQ Utah  (Funding Universe) Mpls-St. Paul

 

After nifty hor d’s and liquid librations the crowd wandered into the arena:

the view from the upper balcony....

Our fearless Minne leaders, Luke Francl and Ben Edwards:

Finally, the presentations start rolling out every 7 minutes:

Great Article on Luke, Ben and Minne at:

http://tech.mn/news/2011/01/05/minnestar-ben-edwards-luke-francl/

MinneDemo is for real, working technology products made in Minnesota. Demos are 7 minutes long and PowerPoint IS NOT ALLOWED. Some have described it as geek show and tell. We like to think that geeks and those interested in what they are doing (i.e investors, media organizations, etc) will enjoy an event centered on seeing these what the local scene is up to and networking before, during, and afterward with food and drinks. It’s an energizing and informative evening. If you would like to present at the next MinneDemo please fill out the presenter form.

WHEN: The next MinneDemo is Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 6pm.

LOCATION: St. Thomas Schultz Hall, Downtown Minneapolis.

Sign up now!

Presenters

  • Inveni: a discovery engine where users receive highly personalized recommendations based on their custom taste profile and facilitates effortless sharing and socializing with friends (Aaron Weber).
  • Qonqr: an augmented reality combat game, winner of Startup Weekend Twin Cities (Scott Davis, Justin Peck)
  • Passy-Pass: a is password generator and storage device, written up by the Make blog (sigflup).
  • Zipnosis: Doctor e-diagnosis tool with mobile component. Winner of Minnesota Cup  Student Division in 2008.  (Ben Peirce & Jon Pearce)
  • Daybreak Heroes: a new social game for the iPhone, integrating some revolutionary ideas into the blossoming social game genre (Evan McMahon)
  • KidBlog: We’ll show why thousands of teachers have joined KidBlog.org to teach hundreds of thousands of students the power of blogging and social media (Dan Flies)
  • Event Burn: an online service that makes social media more useful by finding and summarizing the good stuff (Dan Frankowski)
  • LitLift.com: a free novel writing application that’s helping hundreds of authors make the most of their limited writing time (Brad Marsh)
  • Sophia: makes knowledge easier to share, easier to find, and easier to organize. Sophia lets you teach what you know and learn what you don’t (Steve Anastasi).
  • Minnesota Hockey Hub: Bringing pro level functionality to the masses via the SPORT NGIN platform (Carson Kipfer)

For more on MinneDemo:  http://minnedemo.org/  or on Twitter at:   @MinneBar  or #MinneDemo

For more on Crowdpitch: 

https://kayroseland.wordpress.com/2010/07/18/crowd-pitch-what-can-you-say-about-your-business-idea-in-4-minutes/

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire

 

minnebar: 600 MN geeks and Me! November 22, 2009

minnebar (#minnebar) — minnesota + tech + design + drinks   was held at Best Buy headquarters in Richfield,  MN on Saturday, November 21. 

minnebar is an “(un)conference” where attendees set the agenda.  It is unique because it brings together the Twin Cities’ design and programming community for a day of learning, networking and fun.

Shareology had a ball  amidst geeks and gurus in the Best Buy headquarters.  The great thing about minnebar is it is created by the participants!  Don’t like a 45 minute session?  Quietly leave and go sit in on another!! 

Among sessions Shareology attended:

Marketing via Social  Media                        Alex Hawkinson

Android 101                                                           Justin Grammens

 Networking Online                                          Paul DeBettignies

Let’s take a look at some of the fun:

Minnebar arrivals begin the day with muffins, fruit and Caribou in Sandy's Place at Best Buy headquarters

Attendees gather for Android 101 in the Best Buy Theater

Android 101

 

 

Alex Hawkinson, session leader, and Luke Francl, (un)conference organizer

Donnie Berkholz prepares to present on Bad Apples or ... .....

Zack Steven at the social media end of the (un)conference

Gopher Game or Minnebar? Tough call.... Minnebar wins! Paul DeBettignies, @MNHeadHunter, helps navigate online networking

Networking online session attendees doing their homework

What a great day at minnebar!

What a way to spend a Saturday:  a pure learning adventure!  Many thanks to Luke, Ben, Jeff and Matt  for organizing Minnebar, and a special thanks to all the sponsors: 

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Informed sources tell me the after party went on to 8 pm and beyond!!!

So how did you spend your Saturday?  If you’d like to relive minnebar, check out #minnebar on twitter.

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire

 

 
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