[EMS Discuss] EMS Event Idea: Kickstarted Panel

Rick Osgood rick at eugenemakerspace.com
Wed Jan 15 21:43:30 PST 2014


They can't stop us from bringing membership forms and fliers!


On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM, Mark Danburg-Wyld <danburgwyld at gmail.com>wrote:

> I agree, at EMS would be great, especially if we have a shiny new. That
> was my original intention/hope - that this be a way of getting people in
> the door on top of everything else. I feel a bit daunted about the
> logistics, though, I admit.
>
> I do not have to give money to the library for the space for a couple of
> weeks; and so I won't lock it down just yet.
>
> Bob: the library does not allow events that charge admission - nor can we
> sell anything or even pass a hat. But I suspect we can get away with
> pitching EMS and inviting people to come visit/join.
>
> Thanks,
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM, Rick Osgood <rick at eugenemakerspace.com>wrote:
>
>> Obviously I'd love to see the event hosted at EMS but I understand why we
>> can't plan for it right now.  I would not be opposed to hosting the event
>> at the library if needed.  I think it's a good solution.  If we get some
>> dates in stone around the EMS move pretty soon, then I think EMS would be
>> better off hosting the event on-site if it would still be possible.  I just
>> think it would really help with exposure, ESPECIALLY if we have a shiny new
>> space to show off.  Events like this might really help us bring in new
>> people.
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 5:02 PM, James Hukill <James at hukill.net> wrote:
>>
>>> 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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