Our biggest event of the year took place on September 16th at KINGS (14 W. Martin Street, Raleigh). Watch videos of the presentations below:
Mor Aframian (presenting with Mallory McConnell & Caroline Cockerham)- www.morlove.org – @magicmor
I Design Ethically has emerged from an NTC funded project to study sustainability in textile industry. The research will develop a ‘checklist manifesto’ that maps the sustainability of new textile products before they are adopted for production. As new products change from the Ideation stage through the research, design, development, approval, and product launch stages, many different corporate and customer requirements are infused. I Design Ethically will create a database that will have an organized plan to asses the ‘sustainability’ of new textile products throughout the value-chain and the new product development stages.
Josh Johnson – www.jnjosh.com – @jnjosh
Dave & Kim Turnage – @kimturnage @davidturnage
Local Focal is a step-by-step account of how we committed one month to consuming local foods. How? Convert front yard into edibles, seek local producers of staple items, and commit to resources grown within a 60 mile radius of our home in downtown Raleigh. We purchased a home in downtown Raleigh in September 2009. Since then, we have converted our grass lawn into a micro-farm with the intention of becoming more self-sustaining. There is corn in the front yard, a coop in the back, our neighbors think we are crazy, but we don’t think so. We grow food, not grass.
Deborah Ross – www.deborahross.org
But there are common themes – education, creativity, appreciation of history and open space. The key is appreciating the fabric of people, places and their unique natures.
Christopher Sopher – www.youngerthinking.com – @cksopher
Younger Thinking: myths and reality of young people’s involvement in news media and politics
Christine Choi – theocasanova.com – @ask_theo & @crchoi
Ask Theo Casanova
Theo is a puppy, but first and foremost, he is a canine Casanova. A total Romeo. And he has enough charisma to charm an auditorium full of Miss USA contestants–and their mothers, too. So why wouldn’t he put his expertise to good use? Dog by day, blogger by night, Theo embarks on a new chapter as a relationship advice columnist.
Katherine Droujkov – @tweetingkat
DesignKompany – www.designkompany.com – @designkompany
How to Pick a Name
We’ve all been there. You’re about to register your business, or you have to commit to a final decision on a birth certificate. The pen is in midair and you’re second-guessing: But is this really the right name? How do I know?
In helping companies locate the essence of their brand identity, Design Kompany is often asked, “Guys, so be honest. Should we change our name?” DK’s Akira Morita and Dipika Kohli will walk you through the process of how we renamed a software company “Matchbox Mobile“(1) midstream in a rebranding process, as well as how we struck upon the names “Million Monarchs“(2) for a renewable energy company, and “Hindsight“(3) for a veterinarian who wants to do more alternative medicine. We’ll share with you the behind-the-scenes criteria we use, why it matters, and how you can find your own perfect name.
For more information, please contact Dipika Kohli at 206.778.5136 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach Akira Morita at 206.778.5136 or email@example.com
Paul Reimel – (Downtown Raleigh Alliance) – www.YouRHere.com
Paul Reimel, Economic Development Manager at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA), will present ?retailSPARK? at PechaKucha Night/ideaSPARK, as part of the DRA?s efforts to recruit entrepreneurs to start retail businesses downtown. Several types of retailers that could appeal to downtown?s creative class such as unique vintage and vintage-inspired clothing stores, cool street-wear boutiques and hip food and drink concepts will be showcased to encourage business partnership opportunities in downtown Raleigh. If you are interested in either opening a retail business or supporting partnerships to bring certain concepts to downtown Raleigh we welcome you to participate in the event.
George Smart (Triangle Modernist Houses) – www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/2010 – @georgesmartTMH
North Carolina is famous for, among other things, basketball, barbeque, and Clay Aiken. Not quite so public or famous (yet) is a well-kept secret ? our incredible residential architecture. The Triangle has the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in the US — behind only LA and Chicago. We have more than 700 incredible homes by some of the state?s best architects. With a mission to document, preserve, and promote Modernist residential design, George Smart?s groundbreaking nonprofit Triangle Modernist Houses is now the nation?s largest archive for Modernist residential architecture and conducts house tours several times a year, including nine Raleigh Modernist houses on September 25.
Justin Goeres – justingoeres.com – @JustinGoeres
Ashley McClelland – http://trianglehackers.com – @trianglehackers
I’m currently working towards getting a hackerspace started in the Triangle. Currently, we are working towards establishing a core group of people interested in starting a hackerspace in the Durham area, with hopes to establish a location further east in the Raleigh/Cary area as well. So far, attendance to our meetings has been great. I really look forward to the continued enthusiasm for maker and hacker culture within the Triangle, and I’m excited to be a part of that growth.
Jay Dolan – http://theantisocialmedia.com – @JayDolan
I will explain why small online communities focused on a single idea or goal are more engaging, successful, and creative than large, catch all communities such as Facebook. I will also discuss why Facebook and other giant social networks kill creativity.