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GiveCamp comes to Birmingham

GiveCamp Birmingham logoGiveCamp Birmingham is coming to the Magic City January 14-16.

It’s an event where area technology professionals from developers to web strategists and everyone in between donate their time and resources to provide solutions for non-profit organizations over the course of a weekend.

It will be the state’s first GiveCamp. The program was founded in 2007 by Chris Koenig (who gives this great overview of the project via video). It’s provided tech benefits to more than than $1 million in services to more than 150 charities in that short period of time. It’ll also be one of at least fifteen events like it taking place that weekend across the country.

Registration is still open if you’re interested in giving your time and talents to this cause.

Logo: Courtesy of official website.

Taylor Hide hopes Birmingham sees more Kickstarter success

Lumi front. Courtesy of Kickstarter projectAccording to his Kickstarter bio, Taylor Hide wants to help folks get better sleep.

The result of his work is the LUMI Mask, “The Sleep Mask that Wakes You Up.” Hide developed the it as a way to provide folks with the benefits of  sleep masks and sunrise clocks using only one product.

He’s attempting to use the popular crowdsourcing site Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary to continue developing his idea and to start producing them. He’s already raised $2,946 from 53 backers with 27 days to go.

This would not be the first successful Kickstarter project in Birmingham, AL. The most visible one so far in our digital world was the one undertaken by the Desert Island Supply Company earlier this year.

Photo: Front of LUMI Mask. Courtesy of Kickstarter project.

What is the future of coworking in Birmingham?

Shift Workspace Bob Farley/f8PhotoThe hope for the meeting taking place this evening at Shift Workspace starting at 6 p.m. is to answer the question of if there is a future for coworking in Birmingham, AL. The collaborative space opened to much fanfare (and media coverage) last May. We’ve maintained a desk in the space for several months and are considered an anchor tenant, originally hoping to use it for a series of conversations about issues affecting the city.

This January however, a post on the site quietly announced an initial decision to downsize and move the concept of the space to Austin, TX. A recent article in the Birmingham Business Journal revealed that the location would most likely close when its lease is up, though some of the members are trying to see if they will be able to keep the idea alive (whether it be there or elsewhere in the city), hence why they’re meeting tonight.

The hope is to see if the city’s tech and creative communities want a space and, if so, what’s needed to make it useful for them. Come on out and share your thoughts.

Photo: Bob Farley/f8Photo

Report overgrown lots via your iPhone – soon

Mayor Langford announced this morning during his mayor’s report information about a digital expansion of the 23 in 23 Campaign, taking a cue from a similar online component that will soon be introduced in Boston, MA.

Both cities plans to launch smartphone  applications, with Boston’s planning to be launched shortly, to assist in the reporting of overgrown lots, graffiti, and other “neighborhood nuisances.” The Boston Globe reported yesterday on Boston’s plans and what residents in that city think about the potential to simply report issues with a snapshot and an upload. The tool sounds like it will help Mayor Menino in his long-term efforts (BTW – the mayor’s race is in full swing in Boston).

WordCamp Birmingham 2009 is on!

PhotoMatt @ BlogWorld 2007 OK folks, It’s on; WordCamp Birmingham 2009 that is!

I’m happy to announce a bunch of things related to our second annual conference for WordPress users and bloggers of all ages, currently scheduled for Saturday, September 26. The first WordCamp Birmingham 2009 planning meeting will be next Thursday, March 12, at 11:30 a.m. at o kafés! in Pepper Place. Please let me (André) know if you’re interested in helping plan this year’s edition via email.

I’m also happy to confirm that our keynote speaker will be none other than WordPress’ founding developer (and all around nice guy) Matt Mullenweg, pictured here with his very own black Terminal T back in 2007. Nashville’s Mitch Canter of Studio Nashvegas has also agreed to come back and present.

Finally, we will be launching the WordCamp Birmingham site on The Terminal next Wednesday afternoon.

That’s all… for now.

Thanks for stopping by at TechMixer tonight

How about checking out our uStream?

We’ll be here until 8 p.m. tonight, giving away a few Terminal Ts and launching a new contest (sort of). We’ll hopefully see you here (or on camera at least).

UPDATE: Thanks for stopping by… For those that came by the booth at TechMixer, we’ll be announcing why we handed out those orange signs at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

We’ll see you at TechMixer tonight!

tmexpologoThere’s a rumor that Jason Donaldson, our newest staff member/intern/all-around nice guy, may actually make an appearance – there may be others too…

There’s another one that says that I’m giving away two (2) white Terminal Ts this evening at our TechMixer booth…

Both are true – though I’m not quite sure when Jason’s getting there.

Come on by, say hello, enter for the t-shirts… yeah, that’s about it. Well, that and check out the 68 booths and mingle with all of the other folks (at least 1200 signed up so far) at McWane Science Center tonight from 5-8 p.m. Here’s the program to guide you through (we’ll be there right when you walk in – look for the orange).

Did we mention it’s FREE?! You aren’t able to pre-register anymore, but it shouldn’t take that long to do so once you arrive tonight!