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!

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.

 

Tampa Bay Startup Week 2017

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We have stickers on Florida’s Gulf Coast for the third Tampa Bay Startup Week, which is now in full swing through Friday with local events all around the Bay even into Pinellas County. This year they have a custom die cut sticker with event branding and a beach-theme Startup Weekend snow globe design in a bright, bold orange swatch.

We’ve been sponsoring this event since its inception (see the 2016 stickers and the 2015 stickers). This year close to five thousand participants will join over 80 events at venues in both Downtown Tampa and Downtown St. Petersburg. There are inspiring speakers and plenty of engaging sessions for budding entrepreneurs who want to network in the Tampa Bay area. We are always stoked to see our Techstars community get together.

You can follow the action on Twitter at @tbstartupweek and the hashtag.

 

Startup Weekend Parma and EuroSeattle Startup Weekend

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This weekend we have Techstars Startup Weekend events in two countries, Italy and the United States, and both are rocking our custom circle stickers.

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In Italy, Parma Startup Weekend has opted for a clear sticker that’s using the beaker design and big, bold serif font for the location. You’ve likely heard of Parma from the eponymous cheese and prosciutto that has made the region famous. This is a first-time event for this city, and we want to wish all participants an enjoyable weekend of networking and brainstorming. Big thanks to the team for getting the inaugural edition off the ground.

EuroSeattle Startup Weekend

Here stateside in the Pacific Northwest we have a die cut sticker featuring a unique design. The organizers decided to have fun with a local legend and create a mascot for EuroSeattle Startup Weekend using Bigfoot, the mythological ape-like creature said to inhabit the dense rainforests of the region. But, unlike the Bigfoot, sarting a company in just 54 hours is not a myth when it comes to Startup Weekend. Playing on the theme the event will be stocked with delicious European food.

 

Oulu Startup Week and Startup Weekend

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Sponsored die cut stickers are heading to Finland for a Startup Weekend/Startup Week combo put on by our entrepreneurial friends in the city of Oulu. This city is in the country’s central region right on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia and is home to 198,804 inhabitants. Iy is the most populous city in Northern Finland and the fifth most populous city in the country.

Oulu Startup Week will be a seven-day celebration of the local entrepreneurship community. Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together for a week to build momentum of opportunities around Oulu’s one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial identity hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces we all know and love. They are rocking a rectangle-shaped die cut with a bright cyan background and the Startup Week globe design.

Startup Weekend Oulu is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to form teams, validate their ideas, build new products and launch startups, all in one weekend.  It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Oulu and launch your next startup. For this event, they chose a custom circle sticker with their event name and the Startup Weekend beaker brand on a sea-foam green.

Startup Weekend and Startup Week are Techstars events that are part of 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 3,000 past events in over 150 countries around the world. To date Techstars events have witnessed thousands of teams being created with the help of nearly 200,000 community members. The community of people is what brings us in and why we love sponsoring such inspiring events.