Proud Partners of the Archuleta School District

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It may be Spring Break for some, but when you work in education there’s always action behind the scenes. Take for instance Archuleta School District’s Proud Partner program that helps connect students to their community, and the custom clear stickers this group printed up for the participating businesses and individuals that make this program a success.

“The Pagosa Proud Partners Program was created through a collaborative effort by the school board, school district staff, and community members in order to help the community better support student success. It’s a way to better connect businesses and individuals who are interested in helping our students and teachers,” says Dough Hershey, Proud Partners Coordinator.

People are helping out in different ways through volunteering in classrooms and assisting with after school programs. There also are opportunities for businesses that give donations and some that offer job training for students.

In partnering with the community, the Archuleta School District came to StickerGiant for help with clear decals that will honor people giving time and shine some light on the program along the way.

“The decals we got from StickerGiant will be a way to recognize our community partners who have done so much to help our schools,” said Doug Hershey, Proud Partners Coordinator.”These stickers will acknowledge partner contributions and spread the word to others who are interested in helping out.”

Time and energy is all it takes to play a part in student’s success, and when you have stickers you broadcast this goodwill in a unique way.

Share your story to the world with your own custom stickers.

TEDxCMU

Carnegie Mellon University near Pittsburgh is bringing some magic with a TEDx that is certain to inspire, and not only will attendees walk away feeling good, they will have a fantastic sticker to make the moment last.

TEDxCMU is happening this Saturday, April 1st. No, this is not a joke. It’s an all day long event with a total of nine speaks and two performances broken out into two sessions. They have an amazing line up of speakers that are going to bring a lot of energy and knowledge.

Never been to a TEDx?

“In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxCMU, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxCMU event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.”

As attendees come together to hear these ideas worth spreading, they can walk away with a custom event sticker to remember their experience. It is a custom die cut sticker that showcases the logo of TEDxCMU.

A sticker is always a great way to showcase an experience that gives people something to walk away with in more of a tangible format. Share your own experiences with stickers.

ctrl + she 2017

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On Saturday, ctrl + she has a die cut sticker that uses typography in a very unique way. Their design team leans heavily on the curly bracket—or what’s often called the “brace” by typography aficionados—to form the custom shape of the sticker. This use of a matched pair of brackets is often called an “opening and closing” of a phrase, and is typically used in technical writing or computer coding. The conference is for girls by girls, and it’s all about women in technology.

They use two colors, mixing Bermuda green with what’s called crusta orange, to create a pleasing pairing of virtually complementary colors. And with this intentional use, the logo describes the event, since the organizers of ctrl + she seek to bring together women interested in computer science and business and “decode the binary between genders.” Their goal is to bring together successful women in the technology industry to share their experiences, so that these high school women can aspire to be the female engineers, entrepreneurs, and CEOs of the future.

Since March is Women’s History Month, it’s worth highlighting recent surveys from the National Center for Women in Technology that show the current state and potential opportunity for women in technology, with 25% of professional computing occupations in the 2015 U.S. workforce held by women and 1.1 million U.S. computing-related job openings expected by 2024. Overall, women and minorities are under-represented in technology leadership positions, so we’re definitely on board with sponsoring groups that try to bring attention to this important platform.

Startup Weekend Oxford, Cluny & Mexico City 2017

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We have three Techstars startup events in progress for the weekend ahead, with a returning favorite and a few new installments to highlight. All events take place in other countries, with Mexico, France and England on deck for a weekend of business, building and networking. Die cut stickers were the order of the weekend, and we’ll discuss all of the custom shapes and designs below.

Let’s start in Mexico City, where we are revisiting after three other events last year. For this edition of Startup Weekend CDMX 2017 they have a deep black sticker sheet that has five peel offs, with four circles featuring the city’s iconic Angel of Independence statue known locally as El Ángel and a small rectangle for the event branding.

Our favorite from last year’s Mexico City Startup events was the Startup Weekend Kids version. It goes to show that you can build a community with hard work and innovative ideas, and they are working hard in Mexico’s capital to create opportunities for entrepreneurship. Check out their Twitter account @SWMexicoCity to follow the action live, and if you’re in town head over to venue sponsor WeWork to join the event.

Heading to Startup Weekend Oxford, England, we have a first-ever gathering at one of the oldest universities in the world (Oxford–think the Harvard of the UK). Their custom shaped sticker with scalloped sides call attention to the spire-filled skyline of the town, with the historic Christ Church Cathedral and Tom Tower on each side of the sticker. Big thanks to The Oxford Launchpad at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford for holding court during the weekend. If you’re inclined to check in, follow Startup Oxford on their Twitter account @OxfordSW.

Finally, we finish in Cluny, France for another first time event, with teams gathering in this town that was founded in the early 900s. Cluny holds many stories in its rich history, and teams will harness their creativity in groups as they prepare to launch the next great idea. You can watch the weekend unfold on their Twitter account @SWCluny. They have a rectangle sticker on white with large, blue type highlighting the event’s name, with the Startup Weekend beaker in front of the spire of the local abbey. They use the complementary color of yellow to give some contrast to the blue, and it makes for a standout design.

ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND

We sponsored Startup Weekend events all around the world because they are a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2900 past events in 150 countries around the world.

In just 54 hours, participants 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.

If you have an idea for a startup, then great. We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don’t have an idea, that’s quite alright! Go and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched and maybe something strikes your interest. The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process.

Bean Voyage: Helping Female Coffee Farmers

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Rise and shine to the smell of roasting coffee beans as Bean Voyage is on a mission to help female coffee farmers enter the market.

It’s all about connections. Bean Voyage discovered, out of running training programs for youth and women in Costa Rica, that there was a huge gender disparity that was a barrier to female farmers putting in hard work to produce premium quality coffee. A lot goes into the farming side of coffee to get it produced but only 8% of the sales even go to the farmer.

“Women farmers do 80% of the work in coffee farms, but earn 39% less income than male farmers.”

Where Bean Voyage comes in is to help model a business out of the farming. They help with training, from packaging to financing. Next, they take on the administration side of the business with the connection to the consumers with marketing. Finally, all the logistics involved of delivering the quality coffee. All of this helps female farmers increase their wealth.

As Bean Voyage is just getting started on this journey to help others, they came to us for custom circle logo stickers to spread more goodwill of their mission. It’s a simple design turned sticky billboard but the story behind it is doing a lot of good.

WordCamp Miami and San Diego 2017

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We’re on two southern coasts in America this weekend sponsoring custom sticker sheets at WordCamps, one of our favorite events to provide in-kind stickers for attendees and organizing teams. Both of these sheets highlight what we love about the WordPress community: great design and creative approaches to problem solving. With only a little bit of space, sticker sheets offer a lot of options for your artwork.

WordCamp Miami is one of the ultimate WordPress meetups, especially at this time of year. No matter if you’re a blogger, marketer, student, eCommerce store owner, designer, there’s a track for you. There’s a even a workshop for Kids where GoDaddy, a fellow sponsor, will be providing basic hosting and domain name account to all kids on Saturday. Pretty cool.

But let’s dive in their sticker sheet: look at this custom design for WordCamp Miami this year. Talk about instant classic, with plays on some of the best movies of all time. There’s a Back to the WordCamp peel, a Raiders of the Lost CMS, I am a WordCamp Goonie, a Stranger Things cutout, a GI Joe themed sticker, and some Transformers with WordPress logos. What a tour de force of design and creativity from left-field. We see a lot of WordCamp sticker sheets, and this one is one of a kind.

WordCamp Miami is one of the longest-running WordCamps and one of the largest volunteer-run community tech events in Miami. There will be over 800 bloggers, developers, marketers, and kids on this weekend during their ninth gathering.

WordCamp San Diego is a (naturally) laid-back, local affair for Southern Californians gather for world’s favorite platform: WordPress. The San Diego WordPress community is an active group, and they always bring in a star-studded list of inspiring speakers, generous sponsors (we love WordCamps!) and an enthusiastic and diverse group of attendees. This year WordCamp San Diego will be returning to the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in downtown, close to many popular attractions, hotels, and restaurants.

They had fun with their sticker sheet, including a beach-ball hugging Wapuu, and some nautical peel offs, with a sailboat, a WordPress-logo-as-sun peel, a mask and snorkel (oh how we’d love to be diving in an ocean at the moment) and a fish and seagull pairing. You can create a fun story with these characters. You can practically feel the sand between your toes, hear the waves and feel the breeze. This sheet finishes off with a Ron-Burgundy approved “Stay Classy” mini event sticker with the date of this year’s WordCamp San Diego.

At StickerGiant, WordPress is where we create our sticker stories. If you’re not up to speed with WordPress, here’s the quick skinny: WordPress powers a reported 60 million websites, and provides a free, open-source platform for website management and blogging.  It’s been around since 2003, and it’s a great way to get into web design, eCommerce and creative expression on the internet.