An un-conference is an open-format regional conference where everyone interested in the growth and development of their community is welcome to speak on any topic they are passionate about. Their motto is Share-Learn-Grow. Much like Tyler Durden's Fight Club, there are only 2 rules to the BarCamp UnConference: 1. You must want to help others learn what you know! 2. You are not here to sell or do a product presentation!
* The Designer Coder in today’s online, app-based economy, the preferred prototyping medium is increasingly code * The Design Entrepreneur Just look at Uber or Airbnb. If you have the design skills to craft the right product—and the entrepreneurial grit to see things through * The Hybrid Design Researcher more traditional methods are now being combined with real-time data to reveal user behavior. * The Business Designer In truly disruptive innovations, all aspects of the business are up for grabs. Think about the early days of Google.
Google partners with a network of seven tech hubs in North America (initially in U.S. and Canada) to deepen our community ties in locations including Minneapolis, Chicago, Waterloo, Nashville, Durham, Denver and Detroit. These partners are technology leaders in their community and a natural home for Google communities like Google Developer Groups and Google Business Groups. Tech hubs provide a venue for developers and the wider tech community to engage directly with companies and training partners like Google.
She envisions it serving entrepreneurs that want to get out of Starbucks or a home office and into a more professional work space, as well as small companies that have established offices but perhaps want to spend a day at an off-site location for team building exercises or strategic planning. It’s Racine’s first free co-working space, Niemiec said. She said she hopes it will encourage networking, idea sharing and create a buzz among Racine’s entrepreneurial community. “Job creation ultimately is what we’re hoping (for),” Niemiec said. “I’m hoping it’ll be a benefit to downtown.”
Today’s ideal social form is not the commune or the movement or even the individual creator as such; it’s the small business. Every artistic or moral aspiration — music, food, good works, what have you — is expressed in those terms.
Call it Generation Sell.
The Ultimate Kit Guide also includes an essay by MIT research fellow Michael Schrage on how kits drive technological innovation — and have since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Here’s Michael reading an excerpt from this revolution-minded essay, for your podcast-listening enjoyment. And, of course, if you’re looking for gift ideas this holiday season, kits are a great alternative that offers engagement, skill-building, and pride instead of passive consumerism.
“Every storefront is filled. There are people on the street,” he said. “We’ve reached a critical mass.”
In addition to the city’s new technology center, South Bethlehem also is home to business incubator Ben Franklin Technology Partners. SoBeCoWorks will be geared at people in the early stage of conceiving a business, Rivera said.
“It’s kind of like an elementary school for entrepreneurs,” he said.