Worldwide #Jellyweek2013 is here! What does that mean for #RVA? FREE!!! coworking ALL WEEK, plus a few bonus meetups in the evenings. RSVP to one or all of the meetups. (Plus come drink FREE Blanchard's Coffee all week!)
So, what is Jelly week? JELLYWEEK IS A GLOBAL COLLABORATION EVENT. JELLIES are temporary local collaboration events free of charge for coworkers of all kinds. During the JELLYWEEK they will take place from January 14th to January 20th 2013 globally. Coworking, entrepreneur, changemaker, techie, innovation and other problem-solving networks are invited to organize a local event and to communicate, collaborate and create new partnerships and action on the global level.
In the last WORLDWIDE JELLYWEEK in January 2012, there were 223 jellies hosted in 35 countries in 6 continents including Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, Columbia, Egypt, Kenia, Singapore, Kasachstan, USA and most of the European countries. It was a breathtaking experience to build up more personal connections on a global level, to inspire old and new local communities, to explore together the sense and obstacles of worldwide collaboration and to connect other sectors and movements with the worldwide coworking infrastructure. It was all about creating new synergies, a huge win-win-situation for all participants and a rich field of open innovation for networks worldwide.
Every day wil have a different theme, so pick the day that seem interesting to you or come to all of them! (We'll have coworking as usual so you won't have to collaborate if you don't want to and you can certainly always work on your own projects-- or jump in and help out on our projects)
SMCRVA, news people & bloggers
Monday 1/14: 9am-5pm
Next week is worldwide #Jellyweek2013 and we're hosting 5 days of free coworking and collaboration. We're kicking off this event by inviting bloggers, media, and anyone from social media club to join us on Monday January 14th to discuss ways to share our media channels and discuss how to educate the public on how to prepare a proper press release and learn how to reach out to the strong social media network that RVA is so fortunate to have.
In the true fashion of jelly days and coworking, this is a casual event. Come join us for a free coworking day. Work on your own projects, collaborate with one another or pick the the collective brains of the team on hand.
SyncRVA- community managers, instigators, & facilitators
Tuesday 1/15 9am-5pm:
Do you manage a community in RVA? Do you organize a meetup group, technology group, design organization or nonprofit? Do you facilitate a group of employees? Come meet with fellow community instigators! Regardless of your industry or organization, managing a group of people requires similar skillsets. Come cowork with the community instigators!
Interested in starting a meetup group or organizing a group of people? Come by to hang out with other group organizers to learn new tips & tricks. Help brainstorm to identify and organize the communities in RVA-- come help SYNCRVA!
Central VA Ruby Enthusiast Group: Insight, Intuituion & Programming
Tuesday 1/15 6pm-8pm:
We programmers tend to think of ourselves as concrete, logical thinkers. We work from step 1 to step 2 through to step N. So we say. But real life is not like that: One minute you have no idea how the new design will come together and the next, well, there it is. One minute you haven't a clue as to why the program is doing *that* and the next it is all just obvious. And we have all seen code that is wonderful -- or horrible -- in some indescribable way.
In this talk Russ Olsen will explore the role of insight and intuition in programming: How does intuition work? How do you generate more of those AH-HA moments? And when should you ignore that voice whispering into your inner ear?
Civic Engagement- Why does it matter for RVA?
Wednesday 1/16 10:30-6:30
Do you want to make a difference in RVA? Do you want Richmond to be as cool as Austin or Boulder or Portland? Well, RVA is almost there! We just need a little bit of help to get over the hump-- and it is going to involve civic engagement and social entrepreneurship to get there. Come spend the day talking about obstacles we face as a city and as individuals. Help brainstorm ways to retain our creative class so we don't lose them to bigger cities like New York. After all, we were voted the country's #1 river town, we don't really suffer from traffic problems and living it Richmond is like having the "easy" button on-- its fairly easy to live here.
1) So, why do you love RVA?
2) What is the #1 improvement RVA could use?
3) What is RVA's biggest challenge?
StartRVA-Innovation, Startups, & Entrepreneurship Brainstorming Day
Thursday 1/17 9am - 5pm
Thursdays is a great chance for anyone who care about innovation, entrepreneurship, and startups to and brainstorm about what RVA needs to truly instigate our startups.
Are you a startup company, a mentor, or an investor? Are you a product maker, a developer, a designer, an engineer or a student who wants to make someting? Join us for an all day brainstorming session about BIG IDEAS that could make an impact for our community of entrepreneurs and innovators.
As a startup community and innovation city:
1) Where have we been? Where do we want to go?
2) What are our big ideas that set RVA apart from other cities?
3) What are our needs?
4) Why does entrepreneurship and innovation matter?
Join us for brainstorming about building an iconic space that is an innovation hub at the RVA Power Plant, chatting about Startup America, and discussing our big ideas for RVA.
RVA Data Hackers
Thursday 1/17 6pm-8pm
What RVA Data Hackers is about:
Big Data · Machine Learning ·Leveraging Big Data · What's new with BIG DATA? · Information analytics ·Data Visualization · Big Data Analytics·Open Source · Big Data for social media· Programming · Data Mining ·Software Developers
Who we are:
RVA Data Hackers is a community of programmers who meet regularly to develop skills and learn about the tools and techniques of Big Data. We discuss how to find, organize, understand and serve data sets large and small. We'll cover anything related to 'big data' -- machine learning, artificial intelligence and architectures to scale Big Data for the Internet. If you're a programmer interested in machine learning algorithms and managing big data, this group is for you. Topics vary from basic concepts to demonstrations of real-world implementations and everything in between. Our mission is to foster a local community of experienced, practicing experts. We're here to have fun, share and learn about an exciting field of computer science.
RVA4EDU: How can we improve public school education in RVA?
Friday 1/18 12pm-6:30pm
Friday's #Jellyweek2013 schedule: (drop by for some or all of these events)
12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch Discussion on Educational Technology - what are the coolest ways we can imagine using technology in schools? Where and how is technology being used to the greatest effect in classrooms?
2:00 - 4:00 - Wonk Session - What education bills are on the agenda for this year's legislative session, and what do they mean for you/your classroom/your children/your business/your friends?
4:30-6:30 - Edustorm - Join local educators, parents, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to discuss problems in our schools today, brainstorm solutions, and develop plans of action for progress
Potential items of discussion:
– understaffed schools
– attracting & retaining excellent teachers
– quality of professional development for teachers
– practical methods of instruction, classroom management
– hazy data on school quality
– persistently underperforming schools