Bike to Work Week Breakfast 2012

Spoke6 will be hosting a free commuter breakfast for all who ride their bikes to work on Tuesday Morning!  Enjoy a spread of bagels, coffee, and tea, and have breakfast with other Tucson commuters.  Stop by and check out Tucson’s professional co-working office space located on the SW corner of 6th Ave and 6th Street in heart of our local arts district.

We’ll also be showing the 2012 Paris-Roubaix race ending at 10am.

Tucson WordPress Meetup: April 2012

Join us for an evening of WordPress. We’ll cover the latest in WordPress news, share how we are using WordPress, and more!

  • Where: Spoke6, 439 N 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705 (located on the SW corner of 6th Ave & 6th St)
  • When: Wednesday, April 18th from 7–9 PM
  • Cost: Please bring a snack or drink to share. This is an open event. Everyone is welcome.

SCHEDULE:

  1. Lance Willett (of Automattic) will review the latest WordPress news and happenings
  2. I feel the need for Speed… a case study by George Jenson.
    • Working with a client to completely revamp a website into modern WordPress
    • A few unique features that require just a tiny bit of programming to pull off
    • On time and on budget with a client resistant to paying for help
  3. Advanced Custom Fields by Gabe Luethje
  4. ManageWP: A Nifty Tool to Manage Multiple WordPress Websites by Sherif Morgan
  5. Q & A and networking

Would you like to share a short presentation (5 to 10 minutes)? Let us know and we’ll schedule you for a future event.

 

Tucson WordPress Meetup: March 2012

Join us for an evening of WordPress. We’ll cover the latest in WordPress news, share how we are using WordPress, and more!

  • Where: Spoke6, 439 N 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705 (located on the SW corner of 6th Ave & 6th St)
  • When: Wednesday, March 7th from 7–9 PM
  • Cost: Please bring a snack or drink to share. This is an open event. Everyone is welcome.

SCHEDULE:

  1. Tim Bowen (of Creative Slice) will review the latest WordPress news and happenings (including highlights from WordCamp Phoenix!)
  2. Top Ten Web Design Trends for 2012 - Join us for a ten-minute excursion into the top ten web design trends for 2012. Greg Loumeau (of Dreamco) will give one-minute summaries of each of the top trends and will provide links to learn more about each topic.
  3. Which WordPress Do You Use? - Lance Willett (of Automattic) will go over the distinctions between WordPress.com, WordPress, and WordPress.org which often cause confusion. Let’s clear them up.
  4. Q & A and networking

Would you like to share a short presentation (5 to 10 minutes)? Let us know and we’ll schedule you for a future event.

Please RSVP on our Meetup.com page for this event.

Cocoaheads: Storyboards with Andrew Lenards

This Tucson Cocoaheads meetup will feature a presentation by Andrew Lenards (@alenards) on storyboards:

iOS 5 presents developers with a plethora of new features. Storyboarding is just one of those new features.  What is it?  Is it worth using?  Learn more about Storyboarding and how to put it to use at TUS Cocoaheads.


Interested in keeping up with future Tucson Cocoaheads events? Follow us on Twitter at @cocoatucson

 

Tucson Gen-Y: Mobile Marketing & Business Strategy

Join us Wednesday Feb. 8th to learn from Robert Nissenbaum of Blue Ridge Wireless about Mobile Marketing and Business Strategy. When it comes to knowing the latest technology in cell phone capabilities and the amazing possibilities of using them for business and marketing, Robert is Tucson’s best expert!

Choices and Tradeoffs: IGT “Think” Phase

Imagine Greater Tucson Workshop

Let us know how YOU think Tucson should grow > survey.imaginegreatertucson.org

Imagine Greater Tucson (IGT) is a community-based effort dedicated to protecting and enhancing our quality of life in the greater Tucson region.  IGT’s goal is to involve the people in the Greater Tucson Region in creating a shared vision for our region’s future, and develop strategies to realize this vision.

Beginning January 2012, IGT will engage 10,000 residents in the Greater Tucson Region in a conversation about how the land use choices we make for the future will impact our quality of life.

Building directly on the work of more than 600 participants in this summer’s Scenario Building Workshops, the presentation and workshop participants will share their views on a preferred future for the Greater Tucson Region, how it should grow/develop and what is important to consider regarding land use in the future. The information gathered will be used to develop a single scenario of how we’d prefer the region to develop in the future.

This two-hour workshop consists of large activities using keypad polling technology as well as conventional small group dialogues and exercises. Participants will:

  1. Share views on a preferred future for the Greater Tucson Region, how it should grow and what is important to consider regarding growth;
  2. Consider four possible scenarios for future growth; and
  3. Dialogue with other participants regarding the opportunities and challenges of land use in our future.

Refreshments will be provided by Living Streets Alliance.  If you plan on attending, please let us know!

Building the Next Tucson

Building the Next Tucson

In 2010, Boulder, CO was named “America’s Best Town for Startups”.  Why?

“With the University of Colorado as an anchor and a backyard full of mountains as lifestyle bait, Boulder now has the highest concentration of software engineers per capita in the nation. It’s second only to Silicon Valley in percentage of workers employed in tech, according to the American Electronics Assn. Best-selling author and urban development expert Richard Florida says it has the greatest concentration of the “creative class”—scientists, artists, engineers, and the like—in the U.S.

The university and prestigious research labs such as the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Institute of Standards & Technology have long attracted well-educated folks to Boulder.”

Does this sound like any city you might know?

In 2006, David G. Cohen co-founded TechStars.  The idea was simple, but pretty bold – “create a program that would help create a bunch of new startups in Boulder”.

“Our belief was that the mentors–many of whom were experienced entrepreneurs– would engage deeply with the first-time entrepreneurs (the “TechStars”) over the 90-day program to help them get their businesses up and running..”

Then 5 years later, the model Cohen helped build in Boulder has been wildly successful, launching 80 companies, attracting 200 mentors and expanding from Boulder to Boston, Seattle and New York.

So what is the key to success for TechStars and Boulder?  Well, money, for one thing.  TechStars provides $18,000 seed funding to each of the companies accepted into their program.   But money isn’t the only answer.

Each year hundreds of companies from all over the country apply to TechStars and 10 companies per city are accepted into the program.  So the Boulder community benefits from the attraction of nearly $180,000 in startup investments made each year into TechStars companies, many of which move to Boulder.  Young, creative entrepreneurs move there.  They setup shop there.  It was all part of the plan from the beginning.

 “In our best case, we’d help start a bunch of neat new companies. In our worst case, we’d lose all of the money that we invested in the program but we’d end up attracting 20-plus new entrepreneurs to our Boulder community.”

While money is key, it’s not the only thing.  Cohen published an article on his blog, describing a recent discussion he had with a group of entrepreneurs and investors in San Diego, where he shared with them 7 things that really made Boulder work:

“So, I rattled off 7 things to the dinner group to spur discussion:

  • Richard Florida’s work on the Creative Class matters. Please read it. This is now table stakes.
  • I talked about how the real up and coming communities are entrepreneur led. Everyone else’s job is to support the entrepreneurs who are leading. I referenced Tony Hsieh in Las Vegas as a great current example of this.
  • We discussed the idea of a “high quality focal point.” – This is the notion that you need something in your community that engages everyone deeply across the spectrum of first time entrepreneurs, more experienced entrepreneurs, service providers, angels, venture capitalists, students, etc. They have to have something “real” to do together. TechStars provides this for the communities that we’re in. But it can be anything, as long as it drives real activity and energy together and it’s something that’s not shallow.
  • We talked about Brad Feld’s notion of entrepreneurial density. If the best efforts of a town occur in a dense area, you will have more serendipity and excitement around startups a compact area. In Boulder, this is palpable.
  • We talked about what Brad calls “fresh meat” – a constant inflow of new talent. Again, TechStars provides this. But so do universities. The best entrepreneurial communities seem to do this well.
  • We talked about being vocal about your community. I told the folks from San Diego “I can’t hear you!”. Talk about this more, and let the world know about your successes. Again, this has to come from the entrepreneurs (and be amplified by the media).
  • Finally, I said that a community needs visible entry points. Boulder’s new tech meetup and boulder.me web sites are great examples. I love the “ambassadors” part of Boulder.me. Look at the entrepreneurial leaders who have stuck their hand up to say “I’ll show you around here.” Amazing.”

This is a set of recommendations that leaders in Tucson should look at closely.  Startup Tucson and many other people and organizations are having this discussion right now.

At Startup Tucson, we are committed to helping build a robust startup ecosystem here in Tucson.  In the weeks and months ahead, we will be rolling out tools to help create a more connected and informed community.  We are launching Startup Tucson News to cover the startup events and companies from our local community.  We will be launching a collaborative calendaring platform to help inform people of what’s going on in the community.

Please join us.  The first step is to get involved:

To pull this off, we need you, the creatives, developers, designers, inventors, and investors… to show up… speak out…  contribute… create…. and do your part in Building the Next Tucson.

Please share your thoughts with us and each other in the comments section, on our Facebook page, on Twitter or just send send me an email.

Web with Molly.com: Core HTML and CSS for the Open Web

This is a free opportunity for Web designers and developers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the core technologies which we use for the Open Web. The event is open to twenty (20) people. Potential attendees, please read this post and respond as requested in comments.

Please read the original post about this event on Molly.com »

The schedule is as follows:

  • Friday evening 19:00 – 23:30. Meet and Greet with introductory talk: The Open Web Technology Stack. After, enjoy beverages, snacks and get-to-know you chatter with attendees.
  • Saturday 10:00 – 18:00. Core Markup: From HTML to XHTML and Back. Full day of markup history, rationale, best practices with plenty of emphasis on HTML5 and emerging techniques.
  • Sunday 10:00 – 18:00. Core CSS: From Inheritance, Cascade and Specificity to current W3C work on emerging techniques for layout.
  • Sunday 19:00 – ‘late. Margarita Madness! We will all enjoy a fantastic, authentic Sonoran Mexican meal and Margaritas as well as share stories and laughs about our lives and experiences.

Interested? We have 5 seats available!

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WordPress Meetup + Boilerplate

Join us for an evening of WordPress. We’ll cover the latest in WordPress news, share how we are using WordPress, and learn about HTML5 Boilerplate.

  • Where: Spoke6, 439 N 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705 (located on the SW corner of 6th Ave & 6th St)
  • When: Wednesday, February 1st from 7–9 PM
  • Cost: Please bring a snack or drink to share. This is an open event. Everyone is welcome.

SCHEDULE:

  1. Lance Willett will review latest WordPress news and happenings
  2. Ian Johnson of MoiaGroup – Introduction to HTML5 Boilerplate 2.0 (see description below)
  3. Q & A and networking

Would you like to share a short presentation (5 to 10 minutes)? If you’d like to present a topic related to WordPress please leave a comment.

Introduction to HTML5 Boilerplate 2.0

Boilerplate is a set of standardized scripts, html code, and css stylesheets to help you create fast, lean, and cross-browser compatible layouts and themes. Why learn the quirks and annoyances of every browser when you don’t have to? Boilerplate will take care of things for you, along with web server performance optimizing, mobile browsing enhancements, and a ton more. Boilerplate is a ready-made set of distilled best-practices that will help you work smarter and faster and spend less time fixing stuff for crusty browsers.  This half-hour talk will give you a quick run-through of HTML5 Boilerplate’s main features, and show you how to start integrating it into your own themes.