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FL Creatives 27: Erika Wilhite

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Length: 44:28

Actress and teacher Erika Wilhite tells us about her upcoming production of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds, her pending move to Fayetteville, Arkansas, her experiences with the Orlando Fringe Festival and Hysteria!

Erika as Mademoiselle X at the Blunder Bungle

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Viewpoints WTF? - the voice you hear is Erika - during War of the Worlds rehearsal

Give Your Creative Projects a Kickstart

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I heard about Kickstarter on a podcast interview with board member and contributor Andy Baio recently, and I am blogging about it as soon as I could. It's a way to get micro-investors for just about any project you would like to carry out, but can't afford to. Andy's project is to create an 8-bit tribute to Miles Davis called "Kind of Bloop".

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From Andy Baio's blog: Kickstarter Launches!

BarCamp Orlando #3

Location

Wall Street Plaza
18 Wall Street Plaza Slingapour's, One-Eyed Jack's, Gibson Guitar Center
Orlando, FL 32801
Apr 18 2009 10:00a - 6:00p

BarCampOrlando is back and is going to be bigger and better than ever. The Orlando Scene has quickly proven it can put on one of the premier BarCamp events in the US, and quite possibly the world. BarCampOrlando is a 1 day 'unconference' offering all attendees the opportunity to share their knowledge by giving short talks on ANY subject. This year we will have 3 different rooms to showcase the participants and sessions of different lengths to accommodate more content then you can shake your marshmallow stick at. BarCamp by it's nature has no schedule, no keynote speaker, and no main topic of conversation - the participants decide the who, what, how, why and when - we just pick the where! Please register for the event so we can plan accordingly! P.S. BarCamp may still be looking for sponsors - any amount will be accepted. We have a "fill in the blank" sponsorship available for those who can't swing $100 or $300, as much as they might like to.

FLCreatives Steering Committee Jan 2009: Project X

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Length: 38:44

Project X Meeting - Jan 12th, 9PM

Gregg Pollack
Greg Pederson
George Drage
Eric Marden
Ryan Price
David Rogers
Rachael Page
Joshua Blount

After discussing plans for BarCamp in 2009, we also discussed a program similar to Google's "Summer of Code" where we solicit projects, mentors and interns from the local talent pool.

Listen to part one of this meeting at FLCreatives Steering Committee Jan 2009

David/PHP - Workshops - certification - mentoring

Eric Marden - mentoring? people get involved with selfish intent
-- good for the mentee and mentors
-- interns

Ryan - FLCreatives Jobs group - http://floridacreatives.com/group/jobs
- reach out to schools (college), hold an event
- I have contacts at the three major schools - UCF, Valencia, FullSail

Rachael - would this look like a user group on campus?

Eric - expand beyond web developers
- an application - a form for the potential mentees to volunteer for something
- a la Summer of Code
- find non-profits or worthy causes, assign a mentor, get them involved

David - Les, from the Knowledge Shop - older folks interested in learning

Eric - what questions do we ask? what info can we collect?
- creative internship this summer

Ryan - create a wiki page with potential projects, mentors, mentees
- also, give them a venue to show off what they've done, get some validation

Eric - or do a special event, "awards" ceremony

George - agrees that students are looking to learn

David - there is plenty of thirst for knowledge
- it's a worthwhile practice to tutor someone

Josh - specific tasks, and specific time frame - a la Summer of Code
- it's measurable, kids and projects benefit

Ryan - United Arts of Central Florida - professional development grants
- 3-to-1 matching, also a specific time and task

Josh - also, some of our knowledge is worth it, whether or not money is involved

Eric - looks like we need two types of data collection, one for mentorees and one for projects
- have the event in the fall / winter

Ryan - use the Steering Committe group for discussion http://floridacreatives.com/group/steering-committee/

Other Events

  • Perl Oasis - Jan 17th - Kissimmee
  • Ruby User Group
  • Otronicon
  • Drupal User Group
  • DrupalCamp - Feb 7th
  • Coworking Tuesdays - CoLab
  • Orlando SCRUM

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