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AIU South Florida - Black Pearl Fashion and Film Gala

Location

AIU South Florida campus
2250 N. Commerce Parkway
Weston, FL 33326
Phone: (954) 446-6100
Nov 11 2011 5:00p - 8:00p

American InterContinental University’s resident fashion and film students present Black Pearl, a fashion & film gala taking place at AIU’s South Florida campus in Weston from 5-8pm on Friday, November 11th. Students from both fashion and film departments will showcase their creative journey in their struggle to attain that elusive treasure.

BarCamp Tampa Bay 2011

BarCamp Tampa Bay

Location

Kforce Staffing
1001 East Palm Ave near exit 1 on I-4
Tampa, FL 33605
Sep 24 2011 9:00a - 6:00p

The topics and the presenters are diverse, but will appeal to anyone who has an interest in technology and the internet. This is an event for web designers, developers, marketers, copy writers, SEOs, sys admins and anyone who operates a business with a web presence to get together and share their knowledge.

The endearing quality of the unconference format is that you have options all day. If the presentation you choose isn’t what you were expecting, you can always jump over into another room and check out something else.

The schedule starts BLANK in the morning and is filled up by attendees that want to do a presentation. Presenters choose their room and time and everyone else scours the board to choose the path that they will take for the day.

TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2011

Location

St. Petersburg College-Seminole
9200 113th Street North
Seminole, FL 33772
Nov 19 2011 10:00a

Registration is now open for TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2011, which will be held on Saturday, November 19, at St. Petersburg College-Seminole.

TEDxYouth@TampaBay provides a one of a kind opportunity to engage in the sharing of big ideas and deep discussions with others who believe in living intentionally and with meaning in our world. You can see pictures of our inaugural TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2010 event at our Flickr page, and videos on our TEDxYouthTampaBay YouTube Channel.

Although the event will be publicly livestreamed, seating to enjoy the event live, is limited to 100 audience members. To register to participate in or to attend TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2011, please complete our online form.

New FLCreatives Home Page!

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Well over a year ago, I set out on a mission to make the Florida Creatives website a more usable and self-discoverable website. I think it started when someone looking at the site asked "Are you guys on Twitter?", and when I thought about how to point that out to him, I found it just was not obvious. This was the original whiteboard sketch I came up with:

Charlottesville, Virginia's version of Florida Creatives: Neon Guild

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I was sent a link to this article about a number of interesting things happening in Charlottesville, Virginia, including a meetup that, while it is 10 years older, should sound very familiar to anyone who has been to a Florida Creatives Happy Hour.
Neon Guild

Make up your mind: Inside Charlottesville's brainstorming revolution
by Brendan Fitzgerald, C-Ville.com

One of Charlottesville’s best examples is also one of its oldest. Jack Smith founded the Neon Guild in 1996 as an informal technology meet-up and a subcontracting pool for his interactive entertainment company, Arrow NewMedia. Formerly called PeopleSpace, Inc., Smith’s company develops online entertainment for a variety of clients—“from Playboy to ‘Sesame Street,’” he says.

The guild’s membership is similarly diverse. A January 4 meeting attracted roughly 40 regulars, along with six or seven newcomers. Those on-hand included UVA and Martha Jefferson Hospital employees, freelance software developers and graphic designers, and at least one plumber, who writes computer programs in his spare time.

Each meeting features a guest speaker, and offers two hours of highly engaging, highly informal shop talk over pizza and beer. However, attendance is voluntary. In fact, the bulk of the guild’s activities—technology troubleshooting, job inquiries and rumors—happen via a members-only mailing list. But while guild members don’t pay dues or fees, each must accomplish a simple mission to join the gang: Attend a single meeting and introduce yourself.

“We’ve been meeting all these years, and every single time new people come,” says Debra Weiss, founder of DRW Design and, for several years, the bubbly Guild Master. Without dues or fees, Weiss says, “people give what they give way more, because nothing is asked of them.”

With the Neon Guild, members have nothing to lose; consequently, they have everything to gain. The guild preceded Charlottesville’s dot-com boom, and membership continued to grow long after the bust—around the turn of the century, when companies like locally based “e-tailer” Value America filed for bankruptcy and laid off 200 people.

Much like the Charlottesville Trade School, the Neon Guild meets wherever space is consistently available. While the guild currently convenes at Inova Solutions on Avon Street, it has bounced from the Pink Warehouse on South Street to the King Building on Water, and between the homes and offices of its members.
In 2003, a bespectacled self-starter from Northern Virginia decided to move his entrepreneurial ambitions and growing family to Charlottesville. When Jeff Gunther arrived, he found groups like the Neon Guild, composed of members who developed interesting ideas whenever they could find the room to collaborate. He decided to give them a permanent space.

The next section of the article goes on to talk about Open Space, a coworking facility in the region.

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United States
27° 57' 18.9684" N, 82° 27' 22.752" W
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