Second annual JoomlaDay Florida

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This past weekend, our sponsored die cut stickers were on site at for the second-annual JoomlaDay Florida. We were a part of this event last year, and we were very happy to be back. They have a custom shaped sticker of the Joomla! logo. The mark represents what Joomla is about, a community coming together as one. The mark is made up of four “J’s” rotated and linked together that represent the community coming together as one. We really dig that message, and it’s just one reason we sponsor these tech events.

All About Joomla

Joomla! is content management system, or CMS, that allows users to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Because of it’s ease-of-use and flexibility, Joomla! has become one of the most-popular tools on the internet.

The name Joomla is a phonetic spelling for the Swahili word “Jumla,” which means “all together” or “as a whole”. This name was chosen from thousands of community suggestions, and even went through an arduous review session by branding and marketing professionals who also felt that Joomla was the best choice.

Joomla Helps Power the Web

What’s really cool about Joomla is that it’s an open-source solution that’s free to everyone and it’s the only content management system made up of volunteers.

Joomla! currently powers over 5.5 Million websites worldwide including: CNN Greece, Eiffel Tower, Harvard University, Linux, Guggenheim, MTV Greece, and the musical group Gorillaz. Joomla has been downloaded over 68 Million times and is downloaded every 3 seconds from the Joomla Home Page. The Joomla.org forum has over 673,000 registered users and over 725,000 topics. Joomla is available in 68 lanuages— the largest number of languages of any CMS.

For two days, the community gathered and talked about Web Design and had Joomla! discussions, panels and presentations from the world’s top experts and leaders. One big part was that attendees learned about what is on the horizon for Joomla! with the version 4 release coming soon.

Events On Site at JoomlaDay Florida

Workshops for the novice and professional happened all weekend, and folks were trained by some of the most skilled Joomlers in the community with workshops on Joomla Administration, Security, Templating, and Joomla Applications.

In the Expo area participants were able to get up-close and personal with sponsors (stickers were present!) and find custom Jooma solutions to help websites.

No one should leave a Joomla! event without the opportunity to become Joomla Certified, and the group Open Source Matters provided the first Joomla Certification testing on the East Coast at this years JoomlaDay Florida.

We can’t wait to see how the community evolves by the third edition of JoomlaDay Florida next year.

Startup Weekend Bermuda, Cork & Startup Weekend CEG Edition

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We are doing some serious globetrotting this weekend, with Techstars gatherings in three countries, including two island nations. We’ll be sending die cut stickers to Bermuda, Ireland and India, and we have a few stories for each of these stickers. Startup Weekends are all about entrepreneurship and community, and that’s why we sponsor these events with our stickers.

Without further ado, we begin our journey.

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Let’s Head to the Caribbean

On the main island of Bermuda (did you know there are 181 in the entire territory?), Startup Weekend Bermuda has a classic rectangle die cut sticker on our premium white stock. They’re using the Startup Weekend beaker design with orange, cyan and a pastel green that create a bright, tropical color treatment. Plus, there’s a small bubble with the “i” for inspired business, which is the theme for the weekend. Thanks to all the coaches and mentors and the organizing team. With winter returning here at the home office in Colorado, the pink-and-blue sandy beaches of Bermuda sound mighty nice right now.

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Off to the British Isles

On the third largest island in Europe, Startup Weekend Cork takes over Ireland’s “rebel city” (they had some serious beef during the War of the Roses) for a weekend of inspiration and business building. They have a super fresh die-cut sticker with a custom shape that features a bunch of twists and turns. The centerpiece of this sticker is the bold, red type topped by the city skyline, and there’s an event hashtag that brings home the message of where to connect to the masses. You can connect with #SWCork folks at the weekend on Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.

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To the Bay of Bengal

On India’s Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu state, where Startup Weekend Chennai will be rocking a super-fun, high quality vector illustration of a Madras style building on their die cut sticker. This will be a fun sticker for any laptop because it’s so visual and distinct to the local architecture. And check out the swag package that each Startup Weekend Chennai Team gets:

  • $300 worth of Google Cloud Platform credits to build mobile and web apps.
  • Free .co domain.
  • Demo Pod for winning team and 2 complementary passes for first 3 team at August Fest
  • @Works – Incubation call for top 5 teams.
  • 1-Year Annual TiE Membership for the winning teams.
  • Meetings with Mentors and Investors ( after the event ) for taking the prototyped product forward.

We are proud sponsors of these Startup Weekends because they bring people together and they feature creative energy like nothing else. More about Startup Weekends from Techstars:

The hardest part of starting up is starting out

At Startup Weekend, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — find an event today!

The Goonies 80s Are Back

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“Hey, you guuys!” Inspired by on the best movies of the 80s comes a band bringing back the sounds of the time and dropping their tunes with colorful die cut stickers to show what they are all about.

Bright colors, fish net wrist gloves, leg warmers, 80s covers and The Goonies all balled up in to one hip band out of Boulder, Colorado. The Goonies band is on the scene to cover the best the 80s had to offer in music. So how did they get started?

“Founded in 1985, after escaping a kidnapping by a large Sasquatch, the young rockstars decided to travel through time and come light up the 21st century.  While you may wake up with crimped hair, a sore neck, and no recollection of the last 12 hours, The Goonies never… ever…. say Hangover.”

The Goonies’ band logo is a design for the ages. They utilized the hot, bright colors of the era in a Goonies based design with two electric guitars blasting out of flames on the side. All of this is digitally printed in full color and then finished with free die cuts to the shape of the design ending up as an epic promotional sticker for the band.

If you see the band and receive a sticker, make sure to do the Truffle Shuffle in appreciation. Rock on Goonies!

Pure Grace Soap

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Cleanliness is a wonderful thing and there is nothing like all natural soap to provide it. Pure Grace Soap is making small batches of handmade soap and using custom labels to package their different products.

It all started with a mother and daughter producing soap made with high quality ingredients, oils and local goat milk to create something that is safe and free of chemicals. Pure Grace Soap has also branched out with bath bombs, sugar scrubs, lotion stickers, lip chaps and laundry products too. With their ever growing array of body care products, they needed to dress each one up with the right labeling.

As the popularity of their products has spread, they came to us to print high quality custom labels that will add the final touch to their packaging. From small square shapes to larger custom circle shape labels, they get the right size fit for the soap or scrub they are selling. These are printed on our Glossy White Labels to give them a shiny clean look that makes their brand colors pop.

Focus on a good product to take to market is essential and the right packaging with fun designs can close the deal and bring people back for more and more.

Brewer Highlight: Bold Missy Brewery

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Bold women have shaped the history of the world. Bold Missy Brewery is celebrated these strong women as they get ready to launch this April and are opening fully stocked with custom logo stickers.

The brewery is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and they are prepping to launch in April. Carol Waggener is very passionate about beer, having spent ten years with Anheuser-Busch and now setting out on her own beer path in opening up Bold Missy Brewery.

Bold Missy is honoring great women of history in the naming of their craft beers that will be tapped soon. Here is the first line up:

  • Solo Flight American Brown ale, named after Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic
  • Find a Way Wheat, named after Diana Nyad, the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage
  • Get Your Gun Golden, named after Annie Oakley, the American sharpshooter and performer known as “little sure-shot”
  • Rocket Ride IPA, named for Sally Ride, the first American female in space

Their logo features a white bottle cap with a lipstick kiss on it. In the name “Bold” it takes the place of “o” and makes for a very compelling design. They printed up three different custom kiss cut stickers with us. The first featuring just the bottle cap logo. The second features the main logo as a custom circle sticker with the name “Bold Missy Brewery” on a red background. The third one is a rectangular, bumper sticker sizes white background featuring the full name and logo.

With a fun brewery location and strong branding, Bold Missy Brewery stickers are going to be spreading fast in the coming months as some great beers get tapped.

WordCamp Bangkok 2017

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We are so very pleased to be in the Thailand this weekend for the third-ever WordCamp in the Land of Smiles.

WordCamp Bangkok has a classic sticker sheet with a Wapuu on it as the main element. There are also peel-offs for Bangkok’s historic Grand Temple temple (or Wat in local parlance), WordPress logos and the Code is Poetry slogan that defines all WordCamps. Wapuu is wearing traditional Thai clothing and he’s carrying a banana stalk. Bananas have a special role in Thai culture, with the leaves and stalks used in ceremonial activities and everyday life.

They gave us a nice shoutout on their blog, and we sure do love returning the favor. They have a sticker with their hashtag #WCBKK where you can follow along as the weekend unfolds.

WCBKK WordPress Workshops for Children

In conjunction with WordCamp Bangkok 2017 and with the kind hospitality of Web Courses Bangkok, there will be working with a few international volunteers to run free WordPress workshops for students on Sunday, February 19th after the conference.

The goal of the workshops is to introduce WordPress to a younger audience and to show different aspects of the software to kids who are interested in writing or developing with it.