Entries in events (5)
I attended Day 1 of the first annual Got Game Conference in Amsterdam. Dedicated to "perpetuating and growing the video game industry through the exchange of knowledge and ideas," the event provided an excellent opportunity to meet the local gaming community as well as some big-brained industry visitors.
The best part, however, was the branded energy drinks that were given to attendees.
I haven't seen this before, but it's a fantastic marketing idea, given the audience of app developers and gamers.
I don't know how much they cost to produce (I have an email out to the event director to find out), but it's something I wish I would have done for the last Boulder Startup Week -- though there's a good chance that Boulder's health-conscious nerds would have run me out of town for trying to pump poison into their veins.
If I had a baby, I would name it Ignite Boulder.
I would nurture it, sing to it, cradle it in my arms - all the while knowing that it will someday turn on me as a teenager.
Ah, the perils and pitfalls of love.
(P.S. - If you haven't bought your ticket for tomorrow's show, go here. Guaranteed to float your boat and charge your barge.)
(P.S. 2.0 - Want to know more? I'm quoted in an awesome article about Ignite Boulder in today's Colorado Daily. Oh, baby!)
In just one week, I have achieved the following:
- Made the front page of the Daily Camera.
- Made the front page of the Colorado Daily.
- Performed live at the Boulder Theater.
The cause? Ignite Boulder, a local event that blends slideshow presentations with humor, social value and geek power. I had the honor of being on the planning committee for our 5th outing and pushed myself to make it our finest effort yet. That included amazing local media coverage, a concerted social media push and enough good ideas to make it work.
In all, 741 people packed into the Boulder Theater last night to hear presentations about corn, bacon, and magic. My contribution was a soaring musical opener that set the tone for the rest of the evening: energy, creativity and luck.
I still haven't come down from the high caused by performing for 741 people. I love Boulder and every single person that made it down to the theater for Ignite. I have seldom been in such a good mood.
Now here's a pic of me dressed as an "Igknight of the Round Table," taken only hours ago from the stage:
(Photo credit: Yann Ropars)
Some colleagues and I spoke at a social media panel at the Denver Athletic Club late last week. The DAC produced fliers to promote it. The fliers featured a picture of me and my peeps. As we were taking an elevator to the panel itself, we noticed the flier hanging inside.
It was a completely new experience for me. We are now elevator famous.
Here is my buddy Blake (also featured on the flier) posing next to the awesome artifact:
The first Kegs and Kites took place last weekend and it was a super-delightful success. Kegs and Kites was an idea put together by myself, George G. Smith Jr. and Stepan Mazurov. Essentially, it's a day of kite flying and beer drinking to celebrate nice weather, wind, kites and beer.
In all, about 50 folks came out to drink beer (graciously provided by Flying Dog), fly a kite and get some sun. I also discovered that kites are pretty cheap - my Camp Rock kite was only $3 at Target. It featured a Jonas Brother on it - the non-curly one.
We should be having another Kegs and Kites when the weather clears up. It's pretty snowy right now, but when all that madness is over, expect some kite magic in Boulder.