[EMS Discuss] EMS Event Idea: Kickstarted Panel

James Hukill James at Hukill.Net
Wed Jan 15 17:02:05 PST 2014


I think that is a brilliant solution that holds us in good light.  We are
an organization not a location.  Previous precedent is the Pumpkin
Chunk'in, that was at Science Factory..



On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 4:59 PM, Mark Danburg-Wyld <danburgwyld at gmail.com>wrote:

> More update on the "Kickstarted Panel": the people I contacted originally
> (back in November) are expecting to hear from me again soon - I promised to
> contact them in January once I got some of the details nailed down. January
> being half-over, almost, I feel the need to get things rolling again.
>
> In consideration of the logistical difficulties of finding chairs,
> microphones and speakers, and so forth, not to mention the uncertainty of
> the shop's location in the next couple months, I'm proposing to have the
> venue be the Eugene Public Library. We can rent a room that seats 50 for
> reasonable rates [$25/hour], and that will include the temperature control
> and other logistics you'd want. I'll be footing the bill, and so no strain
> on EMS budget. I have the room reserved for March 2, 10-noon.
>
> Nothing is set in stone, however, and so I wanted to see if there was
> strong objection from anyone for EMS "hosting" the event at the library.
>
> Let me know if you have an opinion on that, and also let me know if you
> want to get more involved in making it happen.
>
> Thanks,
> Mark
>
>
> On Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM, Mark Danburg-Wyld <danburgwyld at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Update on the kickstarter panel discussion:
>>
>> I initially contacted four people with successful kickstarters - three
>> from Eugene and the smoothie board guy. So far I have heard back from two
>> of them - one yes, and one yes assuming scheduling works out. We also have
>> Craig promising to be in the middle of the process at the time, and so I
>> would say it's definitely on. I'm probably going to contact a couple more
>> people with finished kickstarters this week, on theory that the two
>> non-responses so far will never respond. Other next step is to start
>> thinking about advertising etc.
>>
>> Anyone who wants to help organize the event, please send me a note.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Mark
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM, James Hukill <James at hukill.net> wrote:
>>
>>> Excellent question.
>>> I don't have it all down so some of this is just off the top of my head.
>>>  We interact with different types of folks looking with different objects
>>> from us and we may want something from them (sponsors etc.).
>>>
>>> To us our Maker Space is self descriptive enough, but we should not
>>> require people to spend google and research time to figure it out.  A few
>>> doc (printable) and  web landing pages will help out a ton to bridge that
>>> gap when we are first getting to know other groups and people.  I am making
>>> it so we can cut and paste text from our webpage and templates (images etc)
>>> so when someone asks "Hey what is is that you do again?" you don't have to
>>> constantly re-invent the wheel describing it.  When people ask having some
>>> of the same core things we all say make us sound professional and together.
>>>  Especially in the sponsorship area most are not going to want to risk
>>> interacting with a group that is not professional or has it "together" sat
>>> the risk of us making them look bad.
>>>
>>> Again,  quick off the top of the head type stuff, it's not an exhaustive
>>> list.
>>>
>>> Mission statement type stuff:
>>> Who we are
>>>    Makers (links online etc)  (http://makerspace.com , no we are not
>>> linked there it's on my list), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackerspace
>>> ,
>>> http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Eugene_Maker_Space.
>>> An open to the public membership comprised of a diverse group of
>>> technical professional, hobbyists, educators and entrepreneurs.   Our
>>> passion for exploration and self discovery into arts, science and
>>> engineering have made as a valuable member our the greater Eugene metro
>>> area.  We have a chartered mandate of giving back to the community by which
>>> we educate, inspire and foster learning to people of all ages and skill
>>> sets. bla bla bla… something like that, just what I typed on the spot.
>>>
>>> How long we have been a group
>>>    Groups organizations
>>>       501c3, Maker Faire, Science Factory, etc..
>>> What we do
>>>    Mini Maker Faire
>>>    RedBull Contest
>>>    Eugene Public Library
>>> Why we do it
>>> Evidence, 3rdy party confirmation of things we have done.  Mini Maker
>>> Faire
>>> How long we have been doing the above things
>>> Example of the things (links, quotes from outside people, images)
>>>
>>> Contact information
>>>   Types of things we have done in the past and are likely to do again
>>>   Whom to contact (List server address ((Board @ as an example here).
>>>
>>>  Quick link type stuff
>>> Our logo
>>> Our 501c3 process
>>> our list server address
>>>
>>> Social Media locations and address.
>>>
>>> Times and location of our events
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM, Mark Danburg-Wyld <
>>> danburgwyld at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Well, I've already sent a first message to a few people, asking if they
>>>> would be interested in being on a panel. Didn't say much about EMS other
>>>> than our name... No responses yet, BTW. What is going to be in the press
>>>> kit?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM, James Hukill <James at hukill.net> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Before reaching out to people outside EMS give me a few more weeks to
>>>>> work on the press kit.
>>>>> I have been talking to friends that do or have done PR for a living
>>>>> and they have been helping me out.  The premise being  when people talk
>>>>> externally about EMS we are all saying mostly the the same things.
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks!
>>>>> James
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM, Mark Danburg-Wyld <
>>>>> danburgwyld at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Well, hearing no objections...
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I'm going to throw the date of 3/1/14 out there as the date - 3:00 pm
>>>>>> - at the shop (where-ever that might be at the time). Craig, consider
>>>>>> yourself invited. Bob, I'll send a note to the smoothieboard guy. Otherwise
>>>>>> I'm going to try first for locals, and a mix of types of projects/funding
>>>>>> goals/etc.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Updates as they come... :-)
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM, Craig Godwin <craig at godwinlabs.com>wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>  I'm involved in a Kickstarter campaign launching in mid-February.
>>>>>>> Depending on the timing of the EMS event, our Kickstarter would likely be
>>>>>>> in process.  I would be happy to share our experiences, good and bad, at
>>>>>>> that stage in the project.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> BTW - the Smoothieboard looks like it is going to be an awesome
>>>>>>> product!  It would be great to have those guys stop by EMS.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Craig
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On 11/1/2013 7:46 PM, Rick Osgood wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> This sounds like a fun idea!  I can see it being a regular event at
>>>>>>> EMS.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 5:33 PM, Bob Miller <kbob at jogger-egg.com>wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> See if you can get the Smoothieboard guys from Gold Hill to come up.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Sent from my phone.  No type good.
>>>>>>>>  On Nov 1, 2013 4:35 PM, "Mark Danburg-Wyld" <danburgwyld at gmail.com>
>>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>   I propose that EMS host an event where we invite 3-5 people in
>>>>>>>>> the local area who have a successful kickstarter project to come in to EMS
>>>>>>>>> and give a panel discussion about their experience. Basically we would just
>>>>>>>>> let each of them talk about what their project was, what went well, what
>>>>>>>>> lessons were learned, etc. for 10-15 minutes each. If reasonably
>>>>>>>>> advertised, this would give us some good exposure, bring some people into
>>>>>>>>> the shop, give something useful back to the community, etc.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>  I'm thinking with the holidays nearly upon us and with the need
>>>>>>>>> for a lot of logistics ahead of time, that this event would be sometime in
>>>>>>>>> February or early March of next year. Ideally it happens in the shop, and
>>>>>>>>> ideally that's the new shop by then... part of the benefit for us is
>>>>>>>>> exposure to the kind of person who is thinking about kickstarter, for whom
>>>>>>>>> we might be a good resource.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>  This is an idea I've been mulling over for a week or so, and I
>>>>>>>>> want to credit Austin for a side conversation that got me started on this
>>>>>>>>> line of thinking. I'm willing to do most-to-all of the legwork, but I would
>>>>>>>>> very much welcome assistance and collaboration from anyone else who thinks
>>>>>>>>> this is a good idea. Let me know if you want to be involved and in broad
>>>>>>>>> strokes some idea of time available to work on the project.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Thanks!
>>>>>>>>>
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