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  • cqwww 3:59 pm on November 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dragon's Den, entrepreneur, ideation, pitch   

    ASC in Vancouver 

    UPDATE! As we’re still receiving $50 entries from people wanting to be awesomites, we’re moving the event to January 28th, 2015. The call for submissions is now open. Please read THIS UPDATE.


    What is ASC? It’s a mini-Dragon’s Den style event, where we pay you a pot of cash if you have the most awesome idea. In 2012, we gave away over $6,000 in cash, no strings attached.

    If I told you right now to spend the next 10 minutes writing down something awesome you would do if I gave you $500 – $2,000 with no strings attached, would you do it? Well you should, that’s what I’m offering right now.
    Email [email protected] your 200 word submission by Friday November 14th at midnight. The top 10 finalists will be notified by Monday, November 17th; if you’re not contacted, thanks for playing and try again at the next event!

    There are three types of people that attend.

    Awesomites: This is limited to 20 seats, and costs $50, of which 100% of your money goes to the winning pot of cash. As an event judge, you will give thumbs up or thumbs down to each idea.
    Awesomers: Someone who submits an idea they’d be willing to present within 5 minutes at the event. Only the top 10 submissions (as judged by the awesomites) will be invited to the event to pitch. All it takes is a 200 word submission on your idea, so if you’re not an awesomite, you should do this right now! There are no subject limits on ideas. It could be a business or project idea, or anything really. We’ve had submissions for someone who would use the cash to tune their saxophone, to funding needed to launch what is now an international festival in its 5th year, as as result of receiving their initial funding from us.
    Attendees: It costs $10 to attend the event. This is your way of supporting further ASC events, as well as community building and entrepreneurial ventures.


    • Celeste Thibodeau 10:16 am on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hello there, I’m not sure if this is where I should enter the awesomeshit contest but here goes:
      I’m a hard working single Mom of 2 teenage boys (sans child support) and My oldest son needs braces in a major way which I have been unable to even remotely afford saving for. I am also an amateur artist who likes to create for my own decor, many times I have been told by friends that I should sell my paintings as people would love them and snap them up. And so for years I have dreamt of creating enough paintings to hold my own art showing in hopes that by selling them I can raise the money to finally get my son his much needed braces (already have approval from a small gallery) – but alas the cost of canvas and paint has stopped my motivation and inspiration from becoming reality. Purchasing art supplies is what I would use the money for. If I am chosen it will be fullfilling 2 dreams, my sons to have straight teeth and mine to recognize myself as an artist with a showing. If the winning amount of money is over needed supply cost I would put the money straight to the braces as well as the exhibition gala.
      Dreaming with intention and gratitude.

      • cqwww 11:09 am on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Celeste,

        Sorry for the misunderstanding, but if you check out Awesome Shit Club’s website, you will get instructions on how to apply for the next event, it is done through this website. If you’re in Vancouver, I recommend you come check out the event next week, to get a better idea of what the event is all about!

  • cqwww 11:59 am on May 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: angel, creation, , entrepreneur, funding, government, , , , , open data, public   

    Open Data Society of British Columbia 

    The current premier of British Columbia has committed to supporting the concept of Open Data by creating DataBC. Never before have British Columbians had access to so much public data. If you’ve never heard of Open Data, the open definition is

    Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.

    You can read more about the definition at opendatahandbook.org. I personally have used the data from DataBC for a few fun projects, most recently publishing a map of every government liquor store in British Columbia. What makes this process unique to me is I had the idea for such a map, so I contacted the folks at DataBC and made a request for the data. Once they published it in their data catalogue, they notified me it was now available! DataBC also has a blog that might interest you.

    If you find yourself more creative in the company of your peers, check out hackathons; events where software developers and the community get together and typically in one marathon stretch, to create something that didn’t exist before. My friends at OpenDataBC regularly host hackathons, if you have the chance to participate in one, don’t miss it, even if you have no software development experience. They’ve started a list of projects created at hackathons. If you’ve got a lot of hackathon experience under your belt, you might also want to check out AngelHack, an annual hackathon that spreads 4 major U.S. cities that has angel investors offering advice and funding for your hacks.

    As the concept of Open Data is relatively new, one of the biggest challenges in the community is spreading awareness of the concept, and potential uses for the data. As such, I was excited to hear about yesterday’s launch of the Open Data Society of British Columbia that appears will resolve these issues.

    Can you think of any government data you could use for commercial or fun? Get started today by going through the data catalogue, or contact them and ask for the data you’re looking for, and join the Open Data Society of British Columbia, they’re actively looking for members!



    • cqwww 10:20 pm on June 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
      Tags: biz, business, , entrepreneur, shared space, starts,   

      Shared co-working space 

      A group of us from the Victoria – Ideas meetings have been talking for some time about getting a shared co-working space in Victoria. It is intended for those who work from home, who would like to have a different physical space to go to during the work day, to keep a work/life separation. It needs to be:

      • cost effective – We’re trying to keep costs to approximately $200/month/person. This would get you a cubicle type space and a network drop to really fast internet (which you can also use for phone).
      • downtown – Most of us live, work, and play in the downtown core. We try to walk or bike everywhere.

      That’s it! If you’re willing to commit to $200/month for this type of thing, please comment below, so I have a good idea of numbers. If we’re really lucky, we’ll also find a space large enough, and appropriately zoned, for the Victoria Makerspace which is a shared tool collective. It’s currently located outside of downtown and we want to bring it in if possible.

      I will be actively seeing locations over the next week or two. The benefit of a shared co-working space is having other like-minded people to bounce ideas off of when you’re stuck, and build a strong entrepreneurial community. While I was only approaching the tech and entrepreneur community initially, after talking with my friend Missie, she mentioned that artists would be interested in such a space. Perhaps such a space would work for you as well? Let me know!


      • Lisa Tansey 5:03 pm on June 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        If I can get back up to your lovely country, I’d be interested. Especially if it includes the Makerspace.

      • Ernie 4:09 am on June 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely! I keep trying to find places to change up the scenery an avoid toiling. At least this way we could toil together occasionally and share the company of others! Like all te good parts of Office Space, without the boss! 🙂

      • Matthew Christopher Davidson 3:49 pm on June 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Good idea. But…for me, location would have to be AWESOME to justify it. I probably spend $200 a month on coffee shops as it is, and I like moving around. Also I think such a space, in order to be really advantageous, would have to provide kitchen (espresso machine pls), meeting and collaboration facilities (white-boarding area with 6-10 person round table). I can work on my laptop anywhere.

      • Kristy Martin (Notary Public) 10:51 pm on June 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        What about a co-working space for the westshore? I would love to have a single room office only a day or two a week out in the westshore that is cost effective as a way to grow my westshore clientelle and serve my westshore clients better.

      • Daryl C 10:54 pm on June 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Good luck guys! We’re starting one up like this in Kelowna on July 1st. (http://okcolab.com)
        If you have any questions please feel free to ask! Good luck! I’m eager to check it out next time I’m in YYJ!
        hello at okcolab dot com

      • Houseofmore 3:15 am on June 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Interested. Email me at [email protected]

      • Evan Willms 4:21 pm on June 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Great to see all the excitement! I’ve got a website up for the new Victoria coworking space: http://InHub.ca

      • Anonymous 9:44 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Im generally down with all co-working in Vic! Whether its inhub or the unnamed hackerspace 😉

      • David Bratzer 2:47 pm on July 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Kris,

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