Tag Archives: conference

Deploy – A New Seattle Conference for Developers

I’m launching a new conference with the folks over at Seattle 2.0 called Deploy – Today’s Technology for Tomorrow’s Apps. It will be held Monday, November 8th from 9AM – 5PM at the Bell Harbor Conference Center. Deploy is a conference for technology builders and geeks. New languages, frameworks, storage systems, methodologies and devices are creating entirely new opportunities. Deploy 2010 is a “Show and Tell” conference where speakers will discuss hot new topics and show what can be done – and how. Topics will include NoSQL, Mobile and Tablet, Game Mechanics, Open Source, Location and more.

We have a great lineup of speakers including:

  • Doug Cutting, creator of Hadoop, Lucene and Nutch
  • Andre Charland, creator of PhoneGap – the open source cross-platform mobile technology
  • Brian Fling, founder of Pinch/Zoom and creator of the NY Times iPad app
  • Poornima Vijayashanker, first engineering lead at Mint and bizeebee creator
  • Bob Walsh, author of “MicroISV: From Vision to Reality and the Web Startup Success Guide

Deploy 2010 will be a technology conference focused on software development. It’s perfect for developers of all backgrounds, whether you are still in college or are an industry veteran . It’s also valuable to managers and executives who have technologists in their organizations.

As an added bonus, we are reserving eight spots for show and tell. For three minutes, up to 8 lucky winners, will be able to get up on stage and either speak about or demonstrate their technology. During the morning session, we’ll collect entries from attendees who want to present their technology during the Tech Demo segment. At 1:30 PM, after the lunch break, we’ll draw the entries from a hat. The lucky winner has three minutes to get up on stage and present his or her technology.

If you are a developer or hard-core tech enthusiast, I hope you will join us for join us for Deploy.

The People of Gnomedex

Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed

Michael Foley is one of those people that everyone loves to stop and talk with. We’re very grateful for that fact, since he managed to interview many of the movers and shakers who attended Gnomedex last month. Michael was kind enough to give us his raw footage, and Uncle John worked his magic to stitch it all together. Ladies and germs, meet the people of Gnomedex!

  • Tac Anderson – “The most diverse and coolest group of speakers anywhere.”
  • Steve Sorbo – “Gnomedex is about education in the world of social media.”
  • Christopher Burgess – “I come to Gnomedex because out of hundreds of conferences I attend, this is the best .It’s the most humanitarian and technological event of its kind. When you leave here, you feel as though you can change the world.”
  • Kristen Mitchell – “Gnomedex was the first conference I ever attended in association with my online identity. I was happy to feel as though I was amongst family.”
  • Kat Armstrong – “It’s impossible to put into words what Gnomedex is like. Being here – being a part of this – WILL change your life in some way.”
  • Brian Eisenberg – “I come to Gnomedex to meet people and have amazing conversations.”
  • Kenji Onozawa – “Gnomedex has great content, but I love the conversation in the hallways the most. This event attracts an awesome array of people.”
  • Jeff Shuey – “There are incredible people involved in this event, from speakers to volunteers to attendees.”
  • Jeris JC Miller – “Chris has done an amazing job at curating who I feel are some of the most innovative speakers in technology and the social media space.”
  • Pete Voss – “This was my first Gnomedex. A lot of past attendees recommended I be here, so here I am!”
  • Veronica Wei Sopher – “I come here to get outside of my own thinking. I love to see what others are doing and learning. It gives me fresh perspective in my world.”
  • Jamie Nelson – “I come here to find out what’s going on in the geek world, and get an idea as to what is coming over the horizon.”
  • David Hoang – “This was my first time attending Gnomedex. I wanted to be here, because I heard it’s a great place to meet innovative thinkers.”
  • Lacy Kemp – “This conference has a very cool crowd. It’s very different from other conferences – it’s more human. The content is different. It’s less focused on narcissism and more focused on how to create a better you.”
  • Michelle Gamboa – “I volunteer at this event because it’s one of the places that I can meet amazing people and hear about the best ideas you’ll find anywhere.”
  • Richard Wood – “This was my first Gnomedex. I’ve been to a lot of events surrounding this event in the past few years. There’s always such a high amount of energy to the people involved in this conference. I wanted to be a part of that, and their ideas.”
  • Melissa Tizon – “I work with Swedish Hospital here in Seattle. We’re a non-profit hospital which loves technology. We’re using that to improve health care in the greater Seattle area.”
  • Kevin Urie – “I come to Gnomedex because the people are great and the topics are all over the place. It’s always interesting, and I learn something from everyone.”
  • Jen Joyce – “I come to Gnomedex because there are interesting people who attend. I love to learn new ideas from everyone.”
  • Heather Fernandez – “I’m here because I’ve never been. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this conference, so I knew I had to be here.”
  • Willow Brugh – “This was my first Gnomedex, and it’s been exciting. It’s not focused on one topic, and this is where true innovation lies.”
  • Joe Pirillo – “I’m Chris’ Dad, so I’m here to help out behind the scenes, but I also really just enjoy being here.”
  • Karianne Stinson – “Gnomedex is a conference where people talk about what they’re actually DOING, versus people telling about their grand ideas.”
  • Shauna Causey – “I love to hang out with geeks because I am a wannabe geek. Gnomedex rocks for that.”
  • Greg Young – “Television is moving more online every day. I like to keep up with current trends to see how new things can be incorporated into video and television.”
  • Liana Shanes – “I volunteer with Gnomedex because Chris always brings amazing content which helps me learn about things I would never have thought of before.”
  • Maya Bisineer – “The people here are brilliant, and the presentations are all intelligent.”
  • Ken Yeung – “There are a lot of friends here at Gnomedex.”
  • Chris Pirillo – “I come here because my face is on all of the badges! I put this conference on because it started out as just a way for my community to get together. This is a chance, though, to inspire others no matter what type of work they do, or where their passions lie. The idea of Human Circuitry is that our humanity is further influenced by the proliferation of technology.”

Thank you again to Michael and Uncle John for all of their hard work putting this together. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Want to embed this video on your own site, blog, or forum? Use this code or download the video:

Gnomedex Conference Reviews

With this year’s Gnomedex behind us, we’re starting to see the feedback from those of you who were with us. It’s important to remember that while no two people have the exact same experience when attending a conference, you all take something away that enriches your life. Take the time to read what others have to say about the event – you might learn something new.

If we happened to miss your post, please let us know and we’ll be happy to include a link to your thoughts.

Thank you once again to everyone who helped make this conference possible. From all accounts, this was the best of the series and we couldn’t have done it without you.

What Do Presenters Have to Say About Gnomedex?

According to nearly everyone in attendance, Gnomedex 10 was a huge success. Many are even touting it as the best of the series. While it’s nice to hear these things, we know that the success is directly related to the excellent lineup of presenters we watched on our stage. This year, the amount of talent and creativity inside of Bell Harbor was unparalleled. The subjects presented may have been vastly different from each other. However, the passion, inspiration and dedication of each presenter was the common theme that brought it all home.

Photo Credit to Jean-Luc David

We asked our speakers what Gnomedex meant to them, and a few have already responded with glowing praise. We will update this post with input from other presenters as we receive it.

Amy Karlson told us that “Gnomedex gave me my twitter “ah-ha”. Most of us HCI researchers haven’t caught on, but I now “get it” and am forever changed. I have even considered writing an opinion piece for our major conference entitled “Why researchers must use twitter”. I was amazed at what a strong sense of community it is able to create instantaneously and how effective it is for filtering the fire hose of information we all struggle to keep on top of. This epiphany may alter the course of my research!”

Willow Brugh says that Gnomedex was “Authentic: The core group are honest, kind, and no-bullshit. This means the rest of the conference follows suit. And holy crap, but that is nice. Accepting: As someone who is often the exception to the rules – whether due to hair, or gender, or interests, or whatever – I really appreciate this. Everyone expressed admiration of my hair; and everyone was up to talk about anything. Interesting: You have to have people who are interested in order for things to be interesting. It seemed that everyone had invested a lot of time and energy into their passions, but part of that was still interacting with the world. And that’s fucking brilliant.”

Trish Milines-Dziko made my little Geek heart sing when she told us “This was my first experience at Gnomedex and it far surpassed anything I thought it would be. My colleagues attended last year and didn’t really give a description that matched what I saw when I walked in the door, so I felt like I was looking through fresh eyes.

Chris is extremely personable and was really hands on – unlike some other conference hosts who think they’re just too good for the little people. Every single person involved with the conference was upbeat and knew how to treat folks.”

Larry Wu echoes the sentiment I keep hearing from attendees when he says: “I have never been to a conference where the atmosphere is about collaboration instead of competition. I was impressed with the openness and friendliness of the attendees, and the broad range of super high quality presentations.”

What did YOU take home in your heart from Gnomedex this year? Leave us a comment and share your story with us.

The Future of Gnomedex

Most events suck – symposia, conventions, expos, summits, et al. Still, I keep going to them to support various causes and organizations. When originally faced with the opportunity to create my own experience, I was bright-eyed and hellbent to raise people’s expectations. Our first “Gnomedex” was originally planned in Des Moines, Iowa for the ill-fated weekend of September 13th, 2001.

Despite eventually having an amazing event at a later point, our team realized that none of us were event planners or producers. Perhaps that’s what made the first one, and subsequent nine, so notable? No matter, we didn’t plan a second Gnomedex until Microsoft stepped up and offered budget for a sequel. Even then, we tried to convince them of other opportunities – but they wanted another spectacularly-hosted conference. The statement “I can’t do another Gnomedex” has been trickling from my lips going back almost a full decade – and I reversed that position every single time.

Before I continue, allow me to assert a truthful statistic: Mashable drove 0% of all attendance and attention to Gnomedex 2010; Gnomedex evangelists drove 100%. It pains me to have this fact in hand – an asset ALL conference producers covet – and yet…

I can’t do another Gnomedex.

Gnomedex 10 - Keep Gnomedex alive

The community wants it to continue – but I am faced with a barrage of nightmare-inducing responsibilities related to EVERYTHING a proper Gnomedex would require to meet or exceed my vision for it. People have generally attended a Gnomedex because they wanted to come – not because they were told they had to be there. And even if the latter were true, those people often walk away with the same spirit of community Gnomedex engenders. Still, that’s not enough to make another Gnomedex happen.

  • Without a dedicated team of rock star organizers and directors, tasks slip through the cracks – and you often won’t realize this until the event happens. When someone’s attention is diverted to other projects, yours will not receive the attention it requires.
  • Without editorial control, vendors and sponsors will demand to be placed on stage (often, to bore the shit out of people with relatively-pointless garbage). You wind up facing a cavalcade of panels spilling over with self-important windbags who drone on and on over how their company does it. YOU, AS A PAYING CONFERENCE ATTENDEE, SHOULD NEVER TOLERATE THIS.
  • Without the ability to drive massive amounts of eyeballs, partners are lukewarm to supporting your endeavor. They don’t always understand how influence works – and that bigger is not always better in this space. IF YOU, AS A PAYING CONFERENCE ATTENDEE, ARE NOT TREATED LIKE A VIP, START DEMANDING IT.
  • Without a modest ticket price, every other bozo will walk through the door and dilute the experience. AND IF YOU THINK A FREE EVENT IS ALWAYS JUST AS GOOD AS ONE THAT REQUIRES A CASH OUTLAY, I DON’T VALUE YOUR JUDGEMENT OR BUSINESS ETHIC.
  • Without a well-executed communications strategy, the Web site and online marketing efforts will falter. You need someone constantly connecting dots for you – everywhere. Volunteers are wonderful, but they often have other responsibilities. Don’t put the future of your endeavor into the hands of people who don’t treat it as though their life depended on it.

Oh, but this short list is but the tip of the “requirements” iceberg.

I have big dreams for what Gnomedex could be in the right hands. There’s no reason a TED experience couldn’t be made more accessible. I’ve been trying to pull it off for years! And before another person suggests it, TEDx is absolutely the wrong model for me (and it’s already being done). If I hear one more person falling over themselves for what they’re doing, I’ll cry. Seriously. When you have a near-unlimited budget, you can do near-unlimited things.

We’ve offered Gnomedex to various event production companies, but none of them are interested (for whatever reason). They have their own brands to manage, and my brand doesn’t treat people like cattle. Or, they want a six-figure outlay from you – just to get started. Get the picture? Yeah. No.

This has been an uphill battle, and I decided to go out on top.

It’s not just getting colossal sponsorship, its finding and managing it. It’s not just locating a workable venue, it’s ensuring we’re not getting screwed on the contract. It’s not just marketing the experience, it’s finding strong partnerships to truly extend the reach. It’s not just finding good content, it’s making sure they match the audience’s expectations.

There are too many balls to juggle – and I’ve dropped more than my fair share in the pursuit of a perfect event.

  • I believe in a single-track experience. I don’t wanna pack the speakers in and split the audience’s attention. This is key to giving rise to the power of community, to eschew the loneliness of typical event
  • I believe every piece of swag should be conversation-worthy. I’ve always wanted to give people goodie bags like the celebrities get. Sadly, this never happens; we are very lucky (and grateful) to get stickers, and blown away when we get something of absolute value.
  • I believe the complimentary conference apparel should not turn you into a NASCAR vehicle, and be very comfortable to boot.
  • I believe the expo floor should be filled with interactive booths operated by people who understand the product or service they are representing. I also believe this could be managed in conjunction with the conference (to allow others to traipse through at a lower admission price).
  • I believe there should be a free, live video feed that is produced better than some television shows are. This isn’t easy to manage, but it’s essential for what I’m trying to do – and that’s producing a conference people should be fighting to get into.
  • I believe in adding a personal touch. I really want to meet every single paying person there. I remember impressing Mike Arrington before TechCrunch even launched – and now he treats me worse than the gum on the bottom of his shoe. Still, I treat EVERYBODY as though they were someone perceivably influential.
  • I believe in giving every attendee free WiFi and a power outlet, too. My GOD, there are actually conferences that force their communities to go without? Uncivilized.
  • I do not believe in press passes. Assigned reporters seldom “get” it, publish thoughts long after the event could use it most, and… armed with “social media” tools, I believe everybody has the potential to be more powerful than traditional press. There have been very rare exceptions.
  • I dislike comping tickets to anybody other than sponsors. The value of a free ticket is… nothing. I’ve ruined friendships because I didn’t offer a free pass to one person or another. Look: you are ALL my friends.
  • I believe all parties should be all-access, filled with drinks and food. I also believe you should not have to struggle to maintain a conversation with someone two inches from you. No (loud) music! I also believe in venues which are conversation starters, themselves.
  • I don’t believe in price-gouging the attendee – especially if you haven’t already set the stage for absolute value.
  • I believe presenters should have their travel expenses covered. In all ten years of Gnomedex, I did not once pay for a speaker. Not because they weren’t worth it, but because my budgetary constraints would not allow me the privilege. Some years, we couldn’t even afford to cover travel. I love finding the “unknowns,” though. Big names in tech don’t drive as much awareness as you’d think.
  • I believe that name badges should show a person’s first name in BIG, BOLD LETTERS – and if you’re going to hang a badge on a lanyard, make sure the name is visible on either side. This is a small detail most organizers forget, but it makes all the difference in the world when you’re meeting someone for the first time, or when you know someone’s face but can’t place the name or awkwardly flip their badge over.
  • I believe that industry announcements can drive attention, but product pitches have enormous potential to plunge a gigantic wedge between the presenter and the audience. Sponsors and partners should know their place and stop elbowing their way onto the mic unless specifically invited to do so.

Maybe I’ve been too picky?

Gnomedex 10
(cc) Kenneth Yeung – www.snapfoc.us

I do believe, however, that a Gnomedex-style model could be applied to any industry, any topic – not just relegated to surfacing general trends in technology. I’d loved to have produced a Gnomedex focused on YouTube, one related to the world of gaming, one specifically for fellow Apple enthusiasts, one for Microsoft Windows fanatics, one for fellow gadget freaks, another for “how to make money online,” and… the list would go on-and-on.

In a few days, weeks, months, years… everyone will forget. That is, until they attend another event and realize just how far we went to spoil them silly.

BlogWorld & New Media Conference Discount

I am pleased to announce that this year, Gnomedex is a media partner with the fantastic BlogWorld & New Media Conference in Las Vegas. The event runs from October 14th – 16th with exhibits being available the 15th and 16th. At BlogWorld, you’ll learn about content creation, distribution and monetization strategies. You’ll discover techniques, tips and tools from some of the world’s most successful bloggers, podcasters, social media pros and new media marketing gurus. Thanks to our partnership, we are able to offer our community an exclusive discount for conference tickets!

BlogWorld is being touted as “One economical trip, One weekend, One Big Show you can’t afford to miss!” That statement sums up the ideals and energy behind what you’ll experience. You truly can’t afford to miss it. If you are a business owner, blogger, podcaster or simply someone who stumbles around on a social media site, then this conference could make a big difference in your life.

From now until midnight on September 15th, you can save 20% off of a ticket purchase, simply by using coupon code GNOME20 when registering. Additionally, the code applies to even the discounted pricing (for Discounted Price + 20% Off!), and it’s good all the way up ‘til the event!

There are several nearby and comfy conference partner hotels on the roster this year. I’m told that rooms are booking fast, so don’t delay in choosing where to stay. All discounted official hotel rooms include free WiFi connections.

The official schedule is not yet posted. However, BlogWorld has already announced Scott Stratten, Doug Ulman, Darren Rowse, and Brian Clark as keynote speakers. You won’t want to miss those presentations.

If you are able, I highly recommend you attend BlogWorld. This is a one-of-a-kind conference that will educate and inspire you.

Gnomedex Hotel Max Discount

A few days ago, we sent out a tweet revealing our partnership with Hotel Max as the official Gnomedex hotel. Today, we’re happy to announce that our friends at the gorgeous artsy hotel has come up with a fantastic discount offer for any attendees who wish to stay in the same hotel that the staff and speakers will be in!

Between now and August 8th, you can reserve your room(s) online and receive a nightly rate of only $144.00 – including WiFi. This is an approximate 22% discount from the normal rates for this time of year! You can choose how many nights you stay at this rate between (and inclusive of) the dates of August 18 – August 22.

If you choose to register by phone, the same discount will apply. When calling 1-866-986-8087, just request the Gnomedex 2010 Attendee Block.

I have to thank our friends at @Hotel_Max for extending this generosity towards our conference attendees. I also have to thank @hipsforhire for helping pull this together.

The entire Gnomedex team is looking forward to seeing all of you in just a few weeks!

WWDC Connection Problems Cause Demo Fail

During Steve Jobs’ keynote speech at WWDC yesterday, he experienced several technical difficulties. At one point, he attempted to open the New York Times app only to have Safari refuse. The Apple CEO remained calm and cracked jokes about this “never happening.” Some time later, it was revealed that there were more than 570 Wi-Fi base stations operating in the massive room. With every person present connecting to the Internet in some fashion, the presentation couldn’t proceed as planned.

Jobs asked everyone to close laptops and turn off phones and other devices so that they could see the demonstrations he had planned. The audience clapped their approval and some began powering down. Steve told participants that they should police each other and make sure everyone in the room complied. It’s quite clear that many kept right on blogging/tweeting/recording from all of the live feeds still running on the Internet at the time.

CNET captured this video which shows the connection failure drama in its entirety. Many jabs have been taken at Apple and Jobs for this little gaffe. I caution all of you who are jeering to think about any and every conference you have attended. Are you telling me that you have never experienced a glitch like this? It happens all of the time. No conference center (or network) can control things beautifully 100% of the time.

Steve handled the situation with humor and by keeping his cool. I’ve seen other presenters fall apart at the seams over far less.

You're Invited to the Gnomedex Conference

Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed

Most tech conferences would charge you thousands of dollars for the privilege of being inspired. Gnomedex, however, does not! It delivers more bang for your buck, as it has been for the past ten years. This year, the 10th Gnomedex will be happening from August 19 – 21 in Seattle. Will you be joining us?

We don’t know what is going to happen with the Gnomedex brand going forward. We have a lot of ideas, though. I’ve been talking with potential partners, and am looking for potential partners who may want to help evolve the idea of Gnomedex in years to come… not just in Seattle, but possibly elsewhere, as well.

Gnomedex is a confluence of influence – a tapestry of Human Circuitry. We’re surrounded by technology, but it’s becoming increasingly pervasive. We’re surrounded by stories and discussions that usually get glossed over online. Gnomedex is an experience. That is what past attendees will tell you.

We attract hard-core Geeks who love technology and want to meet influencers. We attract influencers themselves. Heck, we even attract the people who don’t realize they’re influencers. We find them before they are influencers of anything – or anyone.

We Geek out over a few days’ time and enjoy ourselves. We relax and open our minds to new experiences, stories and connections.

One of our partners for the past several years has been Eventbrite. They handle registration for us, and have been a boatload of help during past events. This year, they are offering to help drive more traffic towards the conference, in honor of our tenth anniversary. They asked me a series of questions to help them get a better feel for what we do, and I decided to answer them in a video.

  • What IS Gnomedex? – It’s typically a “tech conference,” but really it’s so much more than that. It’s an opportunity for you to explore a side of yourself you may not otherwise have a chance to. You realize you identify with this Geek spirit. Imagine being around more than 300 other people, and being who you really are. You’ll talk about issues that are on the forefront of our industry. We push the envelope, and even predict trends. Back in 2001, we talked of blogs and RSS – long before anyone knew what they were. It boils down to the experiences people have and the energies they take with them back to wherever they came from.
  • How has Gnomedex evolved in the past ten years? – The ethos was still the same in the beginning: treat everyone like a VIP, connect with one another and offer a single-track event. It has evolved to better facilitate the communication online. We’re live streaming the entire conference. We have a much better venue than in past years. You get an awful lot of awesome things for the low cost of $300.00 that we are charging this year. For a 2 1/2 day conference packed full of opportunities, that’s not a lot of money folks.
  • What sets Gnomedex apart from other events? – People come to Gnomedex because they truly WANT to be there. They aren’t made to go. With a lot of industry events, people are sent by their bosses and managers. They feel that they “have” to have a presence there. With our conference, we just don’t get that crowd. Everyone attends because they truly want to experience what it is we’re doing.
  • How do you think the structure of the event serves your goals? That’s something organizers often struggle with. – I’ve seen organizers have seventeen different tracks with thousands of people pouring in. I’m not down with that. I’d rather make 300 people happy than 3000 miserable. In the past, we’ve had people equate what we do with very large conferences and brands, saying that we have done the same thing for a fraction of the cost. I value those connections. I AM about those connections, so that is what I value most. I keep it as small and manageable as I can. That’s centric to community, which is the core component of everything I do.
  • How did you choose and secure the venue? How will the space be set up? – I’m in the process of negotiating the venue for this year. We’ve used it for the past few years. I have no desire to change things, but we’re working out the cost this year. Bell Harbor is an amazing place, and very comfortable. It’s beautiful there, the location is fantastic and everyone leaves happy. They provide awesome food, snacks and drinks all day long. The seating is comfy. There is plenty of room at the tables. Each person has power strips right at their seat and kick-ass Wi-Fi to use.
  • What is your approach to using social media for the event – before, during and after? – I’ve been using various social media outlets for Gnomedex pretty much since the beginning. Our attendees own and create the event. All we do is set the stage. I encourage people to record things, tweet about things and blog about their experiences. It’s always worked out well. Before the event, our volunteers help spread the word as much as anyone. They are excited to be a part of organizing the event and they show it in their conversations online.

I’d love to do other types of events around the Gnomedex brand. It would be amazing to do one for kids and teens, with speakers and presentations geared specifically towards them. This may very well be the last Gnomedex as you know it now – it depends on the partners we get in the future, and the direction they want to take.

If you want a free event, attend a free event. If you want to be treated like cattle, don’t bother to attend Gnomedex. EVERYONE at Gnomedex is treated like a VIP, whether they are a volunteer, an attendee or a presenter.

We have some amazing speakers and experiences lined up already this year. I promise… you will have an amazing time if you join us this year.

Want to embed this video on your own site, blog, or forum? Use this code or download the video:

Chic Meets Geek

Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed

Are you a geek living / working in the San Francisco Bay area? Even if you’re not there, perhaps you know someone who is? Be sure to let them know of the opportunity to be sponsored to attend this geeky chic’y evening event. You’ll rub shoulders with people you’d otherwise likely never meet in real life!

Chic Meets Geek is a gathering of two different groups in one room to inspire, share, and connect through a panel of geek and chic influential leaders to talk about their inspirational background. A nonprofit beneficiary is highlighted at every event and themed around the speaker panelists’ expertise to bridge the gap. The night is a user experience. The event presents distinct elements found at a red carpet gala and tech conference in one room. The event challenges the attendees with thought-provoking ideas and situations, in order to inspire good.

If you meet the requirements and live in the San Fran area, why not apply for a free event pass? I’ll be sending ten of you to this event by paying for the ticket. Any other expenses are up to you to cover.

The speakers for the event this year are a pretty cool mix of both chic people and geek people. You’ll find a fashion designer from Project Runway, a dancer from MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, a San Francisco Philanthropist, and the CEO of Serena and Lily.

During the evening’s event, you’ll listen to the speaker presentations, mingle with them and other attendees, participate (if you choose) in a silent auction and attend a runway fashion show. The event runs only five hours… so it won’t tie up an entire day (or more!).

Again, I can only give away ten passes to this event. You need to submit your request by Wednesday at 1p.m. PST.

Want to embed this video on your own site, blog, or forum? Use this code or download the video: