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Google and CoCo and Geek Girls, oh my! March 21, 2014

If you’ve ever checked the lines for the bathrooms at minnebar, you know that men far outnumber women in the tech world.  @CoCoMSP (Coworking and Collaborative spaces in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Uptown) has decided to do something about that in conjunction with their partner Google. Last night was the kickoff event Unlea(she)d featuring Nancy Lyons @Nylons and Meghan Wilker @IrishGirl.

Geek Girls talked about their journey in life and business, which has culminated in the success of Clockwork Active Media Systems – one of the fastest growing and most respected interactive marketing agencies in the region.

Some scenes from the evening:

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Don Ball of CoCo does the intros:

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@Nylons

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@IrishGirl

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And a great time was had by all!

More information available at:

http://cocomsp.com/

http://www.clockwork.net/

Kay Roseland @KayLoire

 

Before, During and After Tweets: Your Keys to Event Success!!! March 24, 2013

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Shareology notes we are thisclose to April and several of her favorite events, including #minnebar, #wordcampmsp and #Inforum2013.  So of course, you are polishing your Before, During and After tweets, n’est pas?

What are Before, During and After tweets?  Shareology is more than happy to….share…her recipe for event success.

Before Tweets take place BEFORE the event.  With only 13 days left until minnebar, now is the perfect time to be looking at #minnebar on Twitter.  Those in the Twin Cities who are leading a session are already tweeting the topics they’ll present.  Other first-timers are tweeting to introduce themselves to the group and start conversations before heading to Best Buy HQ on April 6.  Before Tweets help you meet people who you can meet IRL in just 13 days.  One of the most fun Before Tweets for me resulting in meeting a great PR guru dude in the making at Alphabet Bash.   It’s been great fun ever since to meet him for coffee and follow his career through Padilla and Target!

During Tweets are tweeted during the event.  RTs or retweets are super cool, too.  Try to pick those tweets that are insightful or funny; retweeting everything is spammy behavior.   One of the best tweets (Was it mine?  Was it another woman’s?) was at #minnebar, marveling that it is one of the few events in the world where the line is at the Men’s bathroom.   Yay for fewer women nerds and no lines!!!

After Tweets allow you to follow-up with the people you met at the event, or even better, to follow-up with those you missed and want to get to know. Very powerful!!

So if you think events are using twitter only during the event, expand your horizons and add in Before and After Tweets to your mix!!! You’ll enhance your appreciation of the event and your relationships, both old and new.  Now if you’ll excuse Shareology, she has some Before Tweets to publish before #minnebar!!!

Kay Roseland @KayLoire

 

Minneapolis-St. Paul: Land of the Free, Home of the Learning!! September 16, 2012

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Ever notice how much free learning is available in the Twin Cities??? I can think of at least five all day events on Saturdays that can add to your knowledge and your networking!!!!!

In the next few weeks are:

  • Minnesota Blogging Conference       September 22       #MNBlogCon
  • WordUpMpls  (WordPress)                October 13            #WordUpMpls
  • Product Camp Minnesota                 October 20            #PCampMN

And don’t even get me started on the glories of the UnSummit and MinneBar!!!!!

MNBlogCon is sold out, but you can still grab tickets to Product Camp at:

http://mnproductcamp4.eventbrite.com/

S0:   Get out there and learn, Twin Cities!!! (Ya might enjoy the superb networking too!)

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire

 

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

 

1,000 geeks + Learning + Shareology = Minnebar! May 26, 2010

Minnebar rocks!   One fun Saturday at Best Buy Headquarters:   

Minnebar  =  Minnesota + Tech + Design + Drinks   

What is MinneBar?   

MinneBar is an (un)conference aimed at getting those in Minnesota’s tech and design communities together to discuss topics that interest them. This spring’s event was held Saturday the 22nd of May at the Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, MN. Registration from 7:30 to 9am and sessions from 9-5:30. Light Breakfast and lunch provided. After party of complimentary snacks and beverages (Beer & Wine).   

This is Minnesota’s barcamp – an (un)conference where you are the leaders of the discussions and sessions. If you are interested in a topic just sign up to lead a discussion and like-minded folks will seek you out.   

Here’s a bit of the day:   

Morning check-in at #minnebar

    

   

Networking these days? It's all about checking out the iPads!

   

Ivan preps for the day!

Patrick Rhone spends a couple of buck for his iPad holders!

A $3 business card holder props his iPad up!

#Minnebar leaders kick off the day!

Your community catalysts    Ben Edwards and Luke Francl  

@GirlMeetsGeek gets ready to lead her panel on Non-Profits and Social Media

What @MyklRoventine does during his day job!

   

Standing room only at Curt Prins preso

Pizza Lunch for 600!

JJ Parker develops Passion for Products!

   

   

For a building full of development geeks, at least a couple of marketing gurus slipped in!  I’m talking about you, Curt Prins and you, JJ Parker!!  Also, that pizza lunch actually was for 1,000 geeks, up from last fall’s 600 attendees.  

5:45 pm: Happy Hour at Last!

   

Best giggle of the morning?  The bathroom line was NOT at the Women’s Room door:  it was at the Men’s!!  

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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