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.

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.

Stickers Sheets for WordCamp Atlanta and St. Louis 2017

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We have a stellar doubleheader WordCamp weekend with customized sticker sheets heading to WordCamp St. Louis and WordCamp Atlanta. We are always amped to talk about WordPress stickers, and these sheets have local flavor, seasonal flair and everyone’s favorite mascot, Wapuu.

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St. Louis WordCamp has the Gateway Arch as the dominant theme for this sticker sheet, which keeps a blue monotone across the sheet with slight variations on the blue for illustrative purposes. There are five total stickers on this sheet, which means plenty of applications for WordPress stickers.

Shout out to the St. Louis organizers for putting together such an awesome WordCamp schedule

 WordCamp Atlanta

Atlanta WordCamp went with a St. Patrick’s Day theme all over the sheet, with pot of gold, rainbows, gold coins, a sweet Attendee tear-off and Wapuu hugging a pot of gold. So many options for attendees to have fun with this sheet. The sessions look really interesting, and we have to say thanks to the Atlanta organizers for all their hard work behind the scenes.

Lehman College CodeJam 2017

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We are excited to announce our sponsorship of the first-ever CodeJam at Lehman College in New York. CodeJam was started by the chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at this Bronx-based senior college that’s part of The City University of New York system. Their goal is to celebrate Lehman College students’ diverse skill-set and focus on innovating for the university community.

Lehman College is a very diverse university made up of students from many different backgrounds. When NSBE heard SHPE was joining Lehman College, NSBE decided that it would be best to collaborate with the group to better serve our university’s expanding, diverse community. As part of that new alliance with one another, the group decided to design a new combination logo, and that’s what they printed up for their custom die cut sticker. They started by joining the NSBE green and SHPE blue colors with a gradient that meets in the middle, which represents the new community they have created. The logo is made of two shapes that form an upright letter N (representing NSBE) and a sideways letter S (representing SHPE). Pretty cool use of typography and shape on a custom event sticker.

CodeJam is open to Lehman College students from all majors and skill levels, and it’s an opportunity for participants to put their classroom learning into a real-world settings, while also making new connections and creating something innovative for Lehman College. We sponsor many different kinds of events, but lately we’ve been working with some technology-focused initiatives like hackathons, robotics competitions, and Startup Weekends. We love seeing youth involvement in entrepreneurial activities that can provide an educational, aspirational public service to their community.

Some background on where this all began, from the group themselves.

In Fall 2014, a group of Lehman College students banded together to establish NSBE at Lehman College and now we have partnered with the Lehman SHPE chapter to organize workshops, study sessions, talks/seminars, hackathons, and several other events throughout the year to support the goals of NSBE & SHPE and help our members from all backgrounds and majors achieve success in academia and their future careers.

You can connect with the teams and the event on their social media streams: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

5428 Breaking Bots Robot Team

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We are deep into competitive robotics season, and this weekend we are proud to be represented by Team 548 Breaking Bots out of Markham, Ontario, just outside of Toronto, Canada.

Team 5428 is the Markham District’s FIRST robotics team. They strive to give students real world experience in business, robotics, and engineering.

Two weeks ago, members of the team competed at a district tournament at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology/Durham College, a local university. At the end of the qualification matches, the Bots were ranked 16th out of the 41 teams competing, and ultimately they were chosen by captains from other teams to advanced to the quarterfinals. What an honor. Though they played three matches (the first match ended in a tie), they unfortunately did not make it to the semifinals. They’ll play this weekend, and we wish them all the best in competition.

The group started in April of 2014 as a club for those interested in robotics. During this time, 15 students and a supervising teacher built and tested different Lego NXT robot designs, and then they entered a competition. And so the FIRST Robotics Team 5428 was born. Now, the team has of 84 members (from grades 9 to 12) and five teacher mentors.

First Lego League is an international group devoted to Legos and engineering. It’s pretty cool stuff, and we are excited to sponsor a few teams locally.

You can follow the team on their Twitter handle @frc5428, Facebook page 5428BreakingBotsand Instagram account 5428breakingbots. They also have a nice YouTube page that’s worth checking out.

Here’s a recent video they put together.