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Florida Creatives Happy Hour: Orlando EDC @ Voxeo #WhyOrlando

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Location

Voxeo, Chase Plaza
189 South Orange Avenue 10th Floor, South Tower
Orlando, FL 32801
Community or Meetup: 
Feb 04 2013 5:30p - 7:30p

November 2013 Happy Hour

This month's Happy Hour is sponsored by the Metro Orlando EDC, held at the offices of Voxeo, a real success story from Orlando's Technology Scene. They're using the opportunity to raise awareness for their #WhyOrlando campagin - just one of the ways they are making Central Florida more attractive to businesses looking to locate here.

FLCreatives October Newsletter

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Have you been to Deland lately? You know, Stetson, antiques, cool bars, great walking town? Did you know they had their first BarCampDeland last weekend? I ended up seeing more people we know from the Brevard Space Coast Creatives group there, although Chad who is a regular at our Happy Hours in Orlando made it too. It was a really great event, with the $6 lunch coupons at any of the great downtown lunch spots, and especially a few awesome talks from: a filmmaker who visited Indiaa pro-photo couplea sound hackera graphics programmer and an inspired designer. There were lots of other great talks, but at some point Kathryn and I decided to kick back on the porch of DaVinci's with a beer and recap my recent trip to the NYC Maker Faire. I was very glad to have met the organizer of the affair, Ray Villalobos. Serious Kudos goes to Ray and his whole team for a number of reasons, but also because I don't think I've ever seen so many babies at a BarCamp. :)

Broomstick PonyAnother really awesome thing you missed recently was the Urban ReThink Broomstick Pony Derby. Please check out this awesome gallery from the Orlando Sentinel and video from the Orlando Weekly. This was one of the greatest displays of creativity, foolishness and poor athleticism I have ever been a part of. Can't wait until next year!

This month's Orlando Happy Hour: 10/22 at The Courtesy

It's hard to believe we've been without our home at Crooked Bayou for almost two years now, though Hawker's, The Falcon and Gringos have been good to us. I got a tip from a fellow creative about a new cocktail bar called the Courtesy that's very near Gringos. He said the cocktails are fresh and exciting (they server beer and wine too, and make their own soda), and I figure if we get hungry then our favorite taco stand is just across Washington.

Happy Hour #71 at The Courtesy - Tweet it, share it, bring your cocktail snob friends!
The regular time and date: Monday, October 22nd, 6pm until 9-ish. Parking meters downtown are free after 6. Parking on Orange Ave is free after 7.

Other Events this Month

This weekend:

  • Sat 10/13, 1pm - 6pm
    TEDx Orlando: Mixed Greens
    Garden Theatre, Winter Garden
    Just like the real TED but cheaper at $75, organized by Dave Casey (of Familab and Mini Maker Faire) and friends.
  • Sat 10/13, 9am - 5pm
    BarCamp TampaBay (plus CodeCamp)
    USF School of Business, Tampa
    TampaBay always has an ambitious plan for their event, and the venue is really stellar. Make it if you can!

Coming soon:

  • Thu 10/18, 7pm
    Orlando Tech Meetup
    Envy Labs, The Plaza, Orlando
    I was glad to see Patrick's app Bhavanga launch last month, and the announcement that the 20th floor would soon house a startup work space.
  • Sat 10/20, 9am - 6pm
    DrupalCamp South Florida
    Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale
    Drupal is not just for cultists; the White House, Martha Stewart, Greenpeace and Ozzie Osbourne all use it, as well as FLCreatives.
  • Sat 10/20, midnight
    Trash Cinema 101: Night of the Living Dead
    The Venue, Virginia Dr, Orlando
    Logan Donahoo loves trashy movies - think: John Waters. Throw in some daemonic pixie dust, and booze for good measure.
  • Wed 10/24, 6-9pm
    Artisan Night Market by The Daily City
    Waterford Lakes Town Center
    Art and Culture in East Orlando? Food Trucks? Only Mark Baratelli has the guts and talent to pull it off and keep my attention.
  • 10/26 - 10/28
    GiveCamp Orlando
    FullSail University, Winter Park
    A charity hackathon that lasts a whole weekend. This is their second year, so pay attention. Go get your elbows dirty with these geeks.
  • 11/3, 1pm - ?
    ELLA Music Festival
    The ACRE, Edgewater Drive, College Park
    Florida Women Making Art and Music, which is a real treat every year. Robert and his crew are top-notch entertainers.
  • 11/9 - 7pm
    Accidental Music Fest presents Deerhoof
    The Plaza Live, Bumby, Orlando
    Chris Belt brings you contemporary (pop) composers, here in your backyard. Openers are Levek and Telethon
  • 11/9 - 11/11
    Startup Weekend Orlando
    Voxeo, The Plaza, Orlando
    Orange Ave and downtown will get pitched by these enthusiastic and creative entrepreneurs. The best part? You are one of them too.

Ongoing:

  • 9/20 - 10/18
    Packet Switching Art Show
    Center for Emerging Media, Livingston, Orlando
    Artists and Architects created pieces based on the theme of Packets from, you know, the Internet.
  • 10/12 - 10/31
    Phantasmagoria III by Empty Spaces Theatre Co
    Orlando Shakes Center, Loch Haven Park, Orlando
    Edgar Allen Poe, Berthold Brecht, Amanda Palmer and Jim Henson had a baby, and he has been putting on this show every Halloween for 3 years now.
  • 10/15 - 10/28
    Passport to Ivanhoe Village by Yelp
    Lake Ivanhoe, AKA Antique Row, Orlando
    Celebrating (and infiltrating!) Ivanhoe Village via cool & creative ways to connect people with great local businesses
  • 10/18 - 11/9
    Handmade Puppet Dreams by IBEX
    CityArts Factory, Pine St, Orlando
    Every year Heather Henson and crew gather some of the best puppets and spooky sculptures, usually part of the Orlando Puppet Festival.

Always worth checking out

Interesting links

I'm always really excited to see awesome people doing so much great stuff here in our little state. I hope you are too.

Want your event to get mentioned here? It is free to post events to FloridaCreatives.com so get off your butt and do it already!

Hilary Mason: Social Data for Social Good

Hilary Mason

Location

Urban ReThink
*New Venue* 625 E Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32801
May 06 2012 1:30p

Social data is exploding and scientists, like Hilary, are gaining new insights into human behavior. But how can we use this data to create something meaningful? How can all of us - scientists, developers, artists, and other innovators - work together to build tools or products that make the world more productive, interesting and beautiful?

Join 501c3 Urban ReThink for an inspirational day with a leading creative mind. May 6th, 2012 at 1:30pm at Urban ReThink, 625 E Central Blvd. There will be a special luncheon at noon before the talk for sponsors of the event. See Urban ReThink for sponsor opportunities.

BarCamp Orlando 2012

BarCamp Orlando

Location

The Plaza / Voxeo / Envy Labs / Code School
189 S Orange Ave 10th + 20th Floors
Orlando, FL 32801
Apr 14 2012 9:30a - 6:00p

Born from the desire to share and learn in an open environment, BarCamp Orlando is back and better than ever.

What is it?

BarCamp Orlando is an annual community-building event which aims to bring people from different backgrounds together for cooperative learning. Technologies such as Ruby, PHP, Java and C will be present alongside graphic design, music, photography, and other new media. We hope to provide free t-shirts and lunch to all attendees, but can only do so with assistance from sponsors.

FLCreatives Happy Hour #62 at Lazy Moon

Florida Creatives Happy Hour

Location

Lazy Moon Pizza
12269 University Blvd
Orlando, FL 32817
Phone: (407) 658-2396
Community or Meetup: 
Jan 16 2012 6:00p - 9:00p

Join Orlando's longest-running creative meetup to celebrate our 5th year of bringing likeminded people together. You can get great benefits out of meeting new people, like stimulating your brain, having a safe (non-judgemental) place to talk shop, finding someone to help you build that next startup, or just making friends. Lazy Moon is a local hot spot (if you live in East Orlando) with awesome pizza, great deals, craft beers and a "punk as f**k" vibe. If you're a UCF student you get a discount for skipping class. 

About FLCreatives Happy Hour

Whether you're a poet, an actor, a photographer, a producer, a marketer, a programmer, an entrepreneur or a combination of them all, you'll find some great conversation and new friends by attending, and coming back every month on the third Monday.

If you'd like to see events like this in your town, feel free to start one! We now have Facebook Fan Pages and LinkedIn Groups for Orlando, Brevard, Tampa, South Florida, Southwest FL, Tallahassee and Gainesville. P.S. Please bring a camera and snap some photos! You'll want to show your friends what it was like.

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