Burning Man (BM) is an annual week long gathering in the hot and sulfuric sandy world of Black Rock Desert, Nevada. This year about 68k burners entered the playa. People who are part of the BM community and are returning to the festival refer to ourselves as burners and first time burners are called virgins. There are several other names for other sub groups like people that live in luxury and are high-maintenance are many times referred to as “sparkle ponies”. I definitely tried to avoid being termed a sparkle pony, having only a small tent and bringing only very limited things with me. This year (2013) was my second burn. I had my first burn back in 2011 thanks to David Weekly who gifted me a ticket and introduced me to Burning Man. I had always lived with the burner culture around me throughout college, having studied in San Francisco, we would go to crazy fire show filled fundraisers for some of the coolest camps on the playa during spring while other college students were busy with frat …
Meet Jens Thoms Ivarsson, he is obsessed with using ice and snow to transform uninteresting everyday products into things of amazing beauty. He travels the world and uses his powers to captivate people everywhere.
Hackathons are a great way to get developers and other creative people together and working on building ideas into web and mobile applications. Imagine if this creative energy could be channeled to further your social mission
2.6 billion people in the world do not have a safe place to poop. Lack of sanitation/toilet counts for much of the world’s social and health problems. See what Bill Gates, Matt Damon and Jack Sim are doing about it.
Can Bicycles change the future of certain economies? Here is a look at a company in Denmark and another in Alabama, US that are taking steps to promote recycling and jobs via bikes
I’ve seen a few other HUBs in my HUB trot, including those in London and San Francisco, but I was particularly moved by HUB Milan. The culture and giving nature of the founders and members, makes this more than a co-working space, it’s like a second home.
StartuParty is a tech entrepreneur meetup, Italian style. It’s a mixture of silicon valley pitch events, a techno dance party, and a garden mixer all in one night, under one roof. Italians love to mingle and socialize around their passions, so it’s not a shock that the StartuParty pitch sessions (5 minutes for 5 pitches/event) had travel apps, collaborative games, and social network ideas.
The So Critical So Fashion event during Milan Fashion Week provides an opportunity for consumers to see a showcase of socially responsible fashion projects that bring sustainability in the long-lasting tradition of fashion, together with aesthetics, quality, innovation, and trends.
Traveling is about meeting new people and gaining new experiences about what life is like outside of your own world. You don’t have to go far to gain a new experience, why not host someone or be hosted somewhere new by a stranger?
This is my first hackathon as a participant, after attending over a dozen of them in my life. Day one of the Summer of Smart by San Francisco’s Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (@GAFFTA) included people who came to hear about innovations in the public health and food space. The excitement started with people forming teams to come up with technology to solve problems in food/public health sectors. The mix of people included techie, non-techie, and others – created a diverse group of people who set out to collaborate and create fantastic solutions. The night was filled with people sampling different team and idea options, and heated debates about the future of their teams ideas. A few folks ended up changing their team after midnight, while certain teams stayed together. The team I joined was working on creating an application that could promote the Kijani Grows site for a tweeting garden. The diverse group of people covered developers, idea sorts, business, media, and arts folks, made for the experience unlike any other hackathon I …
No festival is complete without ice cream, and people lined up around the block at Outside Lands for their scoop of free festival ice cream. All the ice cream was courtesy of Matt Allen, who calls himself The Ice cream Man…
Three films that make you want to take action and appreciate life. Three film makers from Australia decided to take their idea for inspiring action to the road. 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles later they had 3 short films, that make you want to MOVE, EAT and LEARN.
How great would it be to have someone to tell you how awesome you are all the time? Time and again we all need some empathy or just someone to talk to – well how about some free empathy from strangers?
Zachary Burt (ZB) is up to something great on the internet. He founded two unique websites – Awesomeness Reminders and CompassionPit, both of which are doing amazingly well. Each of these sites allow anonymous people to engage in listening and sharing something that makes their days just a little bit better.
This past weekend group of designers and hackers gathered at Change.org’s San Francisco headquarters to participate in a 24 hours hackathon, called HackforChange. A 100 passionate people put aside their weekend to create 17 world changing apps. The event was not about building the next Fortune 500 company, but rather about creating socially innovative apps that can help make the world a better place. Team GoodNeighbor won the event, and received the 5K USD prize money, with Anonymouse and Findmeapet, taking second and third place. Team Alerter received a honorable mention.