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Ride With Hive


Photo credit to Lance Tyrrell

Public transportation is awesome.  In Salt Lake City, residents are using the Hive Pass program which makes transit more affordable and accessible.

So what exactly is the Hive Pass? It's a monthly pass that residents within the city limits of Salt Lake City can purchase to have unlimited access to all available public transportation. It makes it smooth and easy to jump on and off with no money or tickets exchanging hands.

So why use the Hive Pass?
"Salt Lake City residents want more ways to get around, whether by bus, train or bike.  More people riding transit is good for everyone, lightening the loads of car travel in our neighborhoods, cleaning the air, and reducing household costs for transportation. "

Even if you do not live in Salt Lake City, there are a lot of good public transit programs in cities across America. However, not all have such cool branding like "Hive Pass." It is a honeycomb like shaped design with their name and Salt Lake City logo down in the bottom center of the design. They printed up custom stickers for people to represent their use of public transit and to promote the program to more residents.

Create some buzz and get on board with stickers to get your new programs and brand out in the world.

Go Code Colorado 2016 Final Event


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Tonight's the Final Pitch of this year's Go Code Colorado. We've sponsored Colorado's App Challenge for three years running now, and if you're in Denver and looking for something (free!) to do, you can join the ten finalist teams and leaders from around Colorado’s tech entrepreneurial community for an evening of fun, food, and innovation. Stickers, drinks and appetizers will be served at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Perfoming Arts before the ten teams present their app and business concepts to an acclaimed panel of judges. New this year: the presentations will be followed by a live Q & A from the judges. This group printed up a series of different designs, all tech-themed of course, featuring the host cities for the Challenge Weekend, plus their HTML-styled fireball and Colorado Flag logo mashup. With corporate partners and governmental affiliation, this state-wide technology development competition looks to service all Coloradans with unique uses of public data for social good.

From the team at Go Code Colorado, here are the cities, teams and business ideas that came out of this process. May the best apps win!
Colorado Springs Challenge Weekend Finalists
Hively is a platform that  connects employee personalities with business cultures. Hively is a fresh approach to the employment process that enables businesses to make better hiring “fits” without spending costly time and resources.

Get Routed is an app that creates safe and effective cycling routes for Colorado athletes.

Denver Challenge Weekend Finalists
Foodcast wants to help food trucks find the best location to park by informing food truck owners of street sweeping days, the amount of foot traffic the area gets, and other beneficial tips through its mobile app.

Locavore is an application that connects local farmers with consumers. It is helping to solve the food desert problem by identifying locations with little access to healthy food using data from the state of Colorado.

Durango Challenge Weekend Finalists is a simple-to-use web portal that allows anyone to create a new business in Colorado. It has contextual and relevant advice driven by the user’s input.

HomePowerDirect is a solar marketplace with education and guided data-gathering for customers, system sizing, automated bidding, and market intelligence for equipment providers.

Fort Collins Challenge Weekend Finalists
SWO is an application mapping verified women-owned businesses using data from the Business Entities and Trade Names databases.

Energy Tech is a surface regulation navigator for oil and gas drilling sites.

Grand Junction Challenge Weekend Finalists
Help a Rider Out connects riders with current information about conditions so they have a safe, enjoyable ride.

dID (digital ID) reinvents the business card for the digital age through an app with endless customization and huge opportunities for businesses.

Follow tonight's action live on Twitter.

6 Ways to Leverage Political Stickers to Drive Campaign Support

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It's campaign season again, a time when candidates flock to stock up on promotional gear to drive name recognition and campaign support. Campaign stickers are a cornerstone of any great political campaign and there's never a better time to distribute them than at the entrance of a fundraising event. Stickers present the perfect excuse for your volunteers to exchange friendly banter with attendees, not to mention a room full of people sporting your lapel stickers is sure to put your opposing candidate on edge.

Though it may sound easy, there are a few methods your volunteers should be sure to employ to maintain a role as a convincing stickerer.

You might be asking yourself whether lapel stickers at a fundraising dinner really matter? Heck yes they do! And here’s why:

  • They conveys to your audience that you have driven massive support

  • Donors are more likely to write checks to the campaign whose name they see reflected the most

  • Running for office really is a popularity contest and people who see a multitude of stickers in support will assume that you're the winning candidate

Here are some tips we’ve picked up about how to leverage political stickers to drive campaign support:

  1. Positioning – odds are there will be many volunteers passing out campaign stickers at any given event, so make sure to keep your supporters strategically placed so that they touch attendees both first and last.

  2. Two lines of offense– schedule four volunteers stickering, two at the front entrance and two 10-15 feet back for a second approach in case the first line of offense was unsuccessful.

  3. The approach – don’t block the entrance but be close enough that people will see the offer of a sticker. Make sure your volunteers are friendly yet aggressive enough to incite a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. Do not allow your volunteers to stand far away or whisper among themselves. They should be focussed on the task at hand.

  4. Leverage the ladies – time and again women have proven to be better candidates for the task of stickering than their male counterparts. Speculation aside, it seems harder for people to say 'no' to them.

  5. Dress to impress – Though campaign t-shirts have become standard attire for volunteers, a fundraising event demands more professionalism.  See to it that your supporters take the time to dress in business attire. It will help give them credibility and increase the likelihood that the crowd will accept a sticker from them.

  6. The candidate greets – It’s hard to decline a sticker when he/she's standing within ear shot.  Always keep the candidate at the entrance where they should spend time shaking hands and helping attendees feel welcome.  This gives your candidate leadership over the event and supports the sense of popularity.

Have you found other ways to leverage sticker to drive a political campaign? Tell us your hints and tricks on the comments below:

Happy Belated Birthday, OpenStack!

Open Stack 3rd Birthday Sticker

If you want to know what's hot in the software world these days, you've got to look to the crowd and the cloud.  OpenStack is a hugely successful open source cloud operating system, originally created by Rackspace and the The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), back in 2010.

The goal?

To enable any organization regardless of size to create and offer cloud computing services running on standardized hardware.

The OpenStack Foundation followed in 2012 and the efforts took off. In a mere three years, the worldwide OpenStack community has grown to include more than 10,500 people in over 120 countries. That's stratospheric! We recently printed these awesome custom stickers to commemorate OpenStack's third birthday.

This video from Rackspace provides a great introduction to the platform ...

Ready to immerse yourself in the world of open source cloud computing? Hop over to your favorite travel site and book a flight! The OpenStack Summit will be held from November 5-8 in Hong Kong, at the Asia World-Expo.

Calling All Zombies, Coffee Is Ready

Zombie Coffee

I wake up early to knock out the posts here on the Sticker Giant Blog. More often than not, I'll start clacking away at the keyboard before the sun comes up. If it wasn't for a strong cup of coffee, my eyes would never be prepared for the glare of the computer monitor, much less the sunlight as it begins to stream through my East-facing office window.

I've often pondered the potential of coffee as a reanimator of the living dead.

Enter Stage Left ...

Zombie Coffee, a Washington, D.C.-based purveyor of roasted magic strong enough to bring the dead back to life. (A lesser blogger might throw in a government worker joke here, but I'll refrain from doing so, thank you.)

We recently printed these packaging stickers for Zombie Coffee and couldn't help but be struck by the simple beauty of their logo design. The best logos needn't be complicated or contain a zillion colors.

The dot in the "i" of the Zombie Coffee logo is an eye ... a graphical depiction of a bloodshot eye, with an extremely droopy eyelid, ringed by tick marks that suggest a clock. It conveys its magnificent message in just a bleary-eyed glance ...

Ring! Ring! It's 7:00 A.M.!
Move y'self to go again
Cold water in the face
Brings you back to this awful place
Knuckle merchants and you bankers, too
Must get up an' learn those rules
- Strummer/Jones, 1980

 You'll find Zombie Coffee located in FroZenYo stores throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Want to bring back the dead to life in your neighborhood? Franchises are available!

Okay, so the third cup is kicking in and it's time to get around to Trivia Tuesday.

Today's Question is:

Q: Who is more famous to the great unwashed masses: Plato or Rin Tin Tin?









A. It's a rhetorical question!

Your Greatest Source of Learning?


Before founding Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen had a different venture. While still high school students in the 1970s, they formed a company, Traf-O-Data to read the data from traffic data recorders and create reports for traffic engineers. Looking back, the business seems like it was from another century (which it was).

The old data recorders used paper punch tape ... a rather archaic form of information storage that might only be correctly identified by a handful of high school students today. Bill and Paul's classmates, however, became very familiar with reading the tapes, as they transcribed the information onto computer punch cards (yet another ancient form of data storage that few of today's high school students have seen).

Gates and Allen eventually teamed up with Paul Gilbert "the hardware guy," to build a device to read the paper tapes, using the new Intel 8008 microprocessor. Traf-O-Data ran its course after Washington State began offered data services directly to municipalities, which eliminated the need for outside contractors. This experience laid the groundwork for the ultimate success of Microsoft.

"Traf-O-Data as a business was kind of an underwhelming failure. I think we made a few dollars from it, but it wasn't a rocket taking off at all, like the BASIC was. It kind of landed with a thud. We were trying to compete with states that were giving away this traffic processing." - Paul Allen