Want to know what awesome things are going on around 804RVA and in RVA this week?
Monday January 21st: MLK DAY! (Take the day off or go visit some museums and memorials)
Tuesday January 22nd: App Goldrush: Making a Living as an App Creator at 6pm at 804RVA
brought to you by Refresh Richmond
Have you ever dreamed of quitting the daily grind to earn your living building your own apps? Our panel of local developers will share their experiences about the ups and downs of life as an app creator. Take advantage of their hard-earned wisdom and bring your questions!
Panel members will include:
The discussion will be moderated by Arnold Kim, creator of MacRumors.com, TouchArcade.com, and AppShopper.com
Wednesday January 23rd: Learn how to start a Wordpress blog
brought to you by Wordpress Wednesdays
RVA WordPress Wednesday Meetups are the 4th Wednesday of every month. This group is for anyone who uses WordPress, whether you're a blogger, designer, developer, coder, themer, or anything else you can imagine. Meetup events are open to both advanced and beginner users and are free!
This month, we have Matthew Rosenberg from the Richmond Times-Dispatch talking about how to start a Wordpress blog. The first meetup of the year focuses on getting started. Wordpress is an easy system to use, but if you have never worked with hosting or databases before, it can be a bit daunting. This Wednesday we will help you get over the hump.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this is essential learning for anyone that wishes to work with WordPress on a normal basis. On behalf of RVA WordPress, we look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!
Friday January 25th- Sunday January 27th: Global Game Jam Hackathon
brought to you by RVA Game Jams
Kellee Santiago, the co-founder and former president of thatgamecompany will be joining us to give a talk/Q&A before the Global Game Jam. She is an award-winning developer, TED fellow, Smithsonian Institute Fellow, and has worked on some major games for Play Station 3 including Flower, FlOw (one of the first 14 video games to be inducted into the collection at MoMA), and Journey (the first video game ever to be nominated for a Grammy). Kellee will also be giving a lecture at the University of Richmond on Monday January 28th.
The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games… while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. Although the event is heavily focused on programming, there are many other areas where people who don’t code can contribute to a game.
by: Todd Nuckols
The Fall Fiesta for entrepreneurs delivered some heartfelt insight from growing success Intelliject (http://www.intelliject.com/), fancy sales eye candy from NimblePitch (http://www.nimblepitch.com/) and a way for you to make a little coin using your social influence from still in private beta Refersal (http://www.refersal.com/). I can't wait to find out who will join us at the winter party!
But the really BIG announcement was the official joining of StartRVA and 804RVA into one big happy family. So for all you 804RVA fans we are hoping our friends at StartRVA will come on over and help us create on of the largest, wolf-shirt-iest, creative, innovative and startup-happy communities on the planet! Look for lots more news, fun and information about this partnership right here in the future.
A special thank you to SpeakEasy for dropping some cool survey tech on the house and all of our generous sponsors: Dominion Digital, RichTech, Startup Weekend RVA, 804RVA and GroundWorkDesign. Without them we would all have to pay - decidedly not as fun. Until next time innovation fans...
by: Todd Nuckols
Just a few days away from the fall's finest entrepreneur party at the Science Museum of Virginia! With over 60 friends already planning on attending you are sure to find someone to meet and learn from at this largely social, occasionally informative event.
In support of GrowRVA at SMV we will be the beneficiaries of a food truck court before our event starting at 5:00 pm (on your own for that part). Then the big show begins right off the main entry hall to the left for our fiesta starting at 7:00 pm! Add in Intelliject coolness and a couple of 5 minute quick pitches and you have the ingredients for one fun, free night! So come celebrate the spirit of innovation in RVA with StartRVA by visiting 804RVA meetups or StartRVA to secure your spot at this limited space event. (That's a lot of RVAs)
Special thanks to our lead sponsor Dominion Digital and our good friends at RichTech, Startup Weekend and 804RVA for sponsoring all the fun!
See you Tuesday night, November 13th!
804RVA was proud to host the Apps4VA /Hac4EDU Hackathon and boy was it was a good time to be from Richmond! RVA took home the statewide grand prize and second place awards, and other teams from Richmond won the location and hacker's choice award. Congratulation to everyone who participated!
Grand Prize: Chris Cooper, of Richmond, won the grand prize for his Predictive Outcomes, a tool to develop dropout risk profiles that will allow educational administrators to develop an intervention strategy for current Virginia students.
Statewide second place winners: Harper Trow and Joey Figaro, of Richmond, split the prize for their Division Cost /Performance Comparison Engine, an app that compares the relative cost per student in state funds versus SOL performance for a given division and allows for side- by-side comparisons.
Location Awards by City:
Teammates Phillip Murillas and Miles Sandlar won both the location prize and the Hackers’ Choice award for Engage SOL, an app that allows administrators to monitor student progress on practice SOL tests and promotes student learning from these tests with the assistance of mentors.
Caner Uguz, Jonathan Thompson, and Clinton Sower also won both the location prize and the Hackers’ Choice Award for VAcompare, a suite of applications that provides diverse reports and analyses based on the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS).
Norfolk participants Jeff Muller and Chuck Williams also scored both the location prize and the Hackers’ Choice Award for their Disability Advantage, a system that allows parents of special needs children to determine other schools within a given area that have children with special needs similar to their children.
Patrick Crawford and Gabriel Bradley took the location prize for their SQWABBL (Server Query with Arbitrary Blocks Based Language), an app designed to perform “Create, Read, Update, Delete” functions against any dataset using drop options for specific parameters.
Richmond Hacker's Choice award was granted to ClassFundr, a mobile app developed by John Dlugokecki and Kim Mahan that leverages the Donors Choose API to make it possible for parents and concerned citizens to donate directly to Virginia classroom projects either at schools nearby or those identified as being most in need.
Other notable apps:
- ConnectingSchools: Enables parents to engage with teachers, teachers with teachers, and enables administrators to gain insight about important issues in their county schools.
- Crime 3d: Allows users to reference metrics and view them on a map of Virginia, with overlaid information. It includes a mashup of crime, dropouts and more in 3d.
- Explore Compare Learn: A tool for visualizing educational data
- LessonForce: Fighting dropout rates by establishing buy-in early using project management tools.
- SpeakUp4edu: Matchmaker for guest speakers / mentors and schools; to provide positive role models and examples for students.
If you want to get involved with our local civic hack group, check out codeforrva.org and join us at one of our "Hack With Friends" nights to make Richmond a little better!
By: Todd Nuckols
What is one of the best things you can do as an new professional to build your business and career?
Get out of the office, learn and connect. What is the second best thing? Do the first thing for free (well as far as I can tell anyway)!
Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th you can dive right into the deep end of the pool at and start improving yourself at Virginia's Young Professionals Summit 2012. On Friday, you have a chance to give back to RVA and on Saturday David Karp, founder and CEO of Tumblr, will be on hand to highlight the event along with breakout sessions covering a range of personal and professional topics. So get ready for a bit of inspiration and learning to take your career to the next level and join us. Head here to learn more or just go for it and RSVP here.
Entrepreneurs in Action is coming to Richmond
by: Larkin Garbee
Format: Seminar / Reception
Date: 17 May 2012
Topic: "The Do's, Don'ts and Wish I Hadn't Stories of Entrepreneurship" moderated by Philippe Sommer. Panelists: Tom Brandy, Mike Bucci, Tonya Mallory, Chris Scott
Location: Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business
RSVP required, to Nancy Price firstname.lastname@example.org
This is part of a series called Ideas to Action which is organized by scholars from the Darden School in an effort to address the vital role that entrepreneurship and innovation serve in our society. To learn more about the series "Ideas to Action", click here