Our biggest event of the year will be September 16th at KINGS (14 W. Martin Street, Raleigh) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, with plenty of time for lingering & chit-chatting.
Mor Aframian (presenting with Mallory McConnell & Caroline Cockerham)- www.morlove.org – @magicmor
I Design Ethically has emerged from an NTC funded project to study sustainability in textile industry. The research will develop a ‘checklist manifesto’ that maps the sustainability of new textile products before they are adopted for production. As new products change from the Ideation stage through the research, design, development, approval, and product launch stages, many different corporate and customer requirements are infused. I Design Ethically will create a database that will have an organized plan to asses the ’sustainability’ of new textile products throughout the value-chain and the new product development stages.
Christine Choi – theocasanova.com – @ask_theo & @crchoi
Ask Theo Casanova
Theo is a puppy, but first and foremost, he is a canine Casanova. A total Romeo. And he has enough charisma to charm an auditorium full of Miss USA contestants–and their mothers, too. So why wouldn’t he put his expertise to good use? Dog by day, blogger by night, Theo embarks on a new chapter as a relationship advice columnist.
I’m a twenty-something native North Carolinian and a graduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). The last line of my resume reads: “Dog Owner, Food Enthusiast.” I work in the publishing industry and dabble as a freelance PR professional. And I believe bad days can be remedied with a good cup of coffee or an impromptu dance party. Or both.
DesignKompany – www.designkompany.com – @designkompany
How to Pick a Name
We’ve all been there. You’re about to register your business, or you have to commit to a final decision on a birth certificate. The pen is in midair and you’re second-guessing: But is this really the right name? How do I know?
In helping companies locate the essence of their brand identity, Design Kompany is often asked, “Guys, so be honest. Should we change our name?” DK’s Akira Morita and Dipika Kohli will walk you through the process of how we renamed a software company “Matchbox Mobile“(1) midstream in a rebranding process, as well as how we struck upon the names “Million Monarchs“(2) for a renewable energy company, and “Hindsight“(3) for a veterinarian who wants to do more alternative medicine. We’ll share with you the behind-the-scenes criteria we use, why it matters, and how you can find your own perfect name.
Dipika Kohli and Akira Morita are the mom and pop of the creative studio Design Kompany, founded at North Carolina State University in the mid 1990s. After doing some logos for They worked as marketing and media professionals in Ireland and in Seattle, WA, before returning to Raleigh-Durham this past spring with a now 2-year old son, Kush. He loves his grandparents and twin cousins, and Dipika and Akira are just happy to see the sun.
For more information, please contact Dipika Kohli at 206.778.5136 or email@example.com. You can also reach Akira Morita at 206.778.5136 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Dolan – http://theantisocialmedia.com – @JayDolan
I will explain why small online communities focused on a single idea or goal are more engaging, successful, and creative than large, catch all communities such as Facebook. I will also discuss why Facebook and other giant social networks kill creativity.
Jay Dolan is blogger for The Anti-Social Media, a social media blog that satirizes, skews, and asks hard questions about the way we use social media. Since he began blogging he has quickly gained popularity, notoriety, and professional recognition.
Katherine Droujkov – @tweetingkat
A humorous, organized rant about why children don’t work today, why they should, and how they can…
For the past twelve years I’ve been trying to describe myself, and I fail to do so without going on a lengthy rant every time. So, to put it simply, I have a fascination with pretty much all of the arts and enjoy being a Linchpin. And such is the inspiration for my talk: Change. Imagine breaking down the barriers between work and schooling, between the life of adults and children. How can we facilitate this? What will it change? Where do we start? Think of this presentation not as an answer to these questions, but an invitation for you to answer them yourself.
Justin Goeres – justingoeres.com – @JustinGoeres
Tuva or Bust
This is the story of the “last journey” of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Near the end of his life, Dr. Feynman spent over a decade struggling to reach a tiny, remote, little-known country in Asia called Tannu Tuva, simply because it had a funny name and sounded like an interesting place to go. Along the way he battled a forgotten language, the Soviet bureaucracy, and even abdominal cancer, but never wavered from his goal: to create “reality out of nonsense” and to experience the pleasure of finding things out.
I’m a voracious consumer of internet culture and am deeply interested in how cultural & social memes form and spread, especially on the Internet. I believe that one of the most valuable things a person can do is give another person a story to tell, and I’m excited to be presenting at PKN where so many diverse people share that same spirit. By day, I’m a product marketing manager & software engineer for a small software company. I live in Cary with two dogs, two cats, a wife, and a baby on the way.
Josh Johnson – www.jnjosh.com – @jnjosh
Life lessons from bad movies
Not just boring or dumb movies. I’m talking about that special class of film that is so bad, so horrible, so unbelievably bad that you laugh your butt off. What can you learn from these movies? How can they change you?
I am a Mac and iOS Developer, a Web Developer, and a CAD Developer and sometimes a Designer. I am a filmmaker and most recently, a podcaster. I spend a night a week on The Bad Movie Night Podcast talking about that special class of enjoyably bad film.
Ashley McClelland – http://trianglehackers.com – @trianglehackers
A hackerspace is a physical location housing an interdisciplinary community for learning, teaching, and creating. Instead of starting with a defined range of projects or programming, we want to create a hackerspace that is driven by its members. Hackerspaces, at any stage of their development, promote people to be hackers in the broadest sense: to learn all they can about the fields that interest them, explore their bounds, and create new and interesting ways to apply that knowledge.
A hackerspace in the Triangle will help to nourish and grow the maker/hacker influence of the many tech-savvy hobbyists and enthusiasts in the area. Professionals, students, hobbyists, and even kids with budding interests will always be welcome. Our organization will always be member driven. And we will never turn away someone who is eager to share and learn.
My talk will focus on the benefits of collaboration as a mechanism for learning and sharing new ideas. I will talk about how hackerspaces are basically Montessori Schools for Adults (and for kids, too.) Our goal, through forming a hackerspace, is to create an environment that makes everybody’s jaws drop in different ways. Whatever interests you is something you can be comfortable in asking about, learning about, and experiencing. Likewise, we aim to create an environment where no one feels excluded and everyone can come together in the spirit of collaboration to socialize, teach each other, learn from each other.
I’m currently working towards getting a hackerspace started in the Triangle. Currently, we are working towards establishing a core group of people interested in starting a hackerspace in the Durham area, with hopes to establish a location further east in the Raleigh/Cary area as well. So far, attendance to our meetings has been great. I really look forward to the continued enthusiasm for maker and hacker culture within the Triangle, and I’m excited to be a part of that growth.
Paul Reimel – (Downtown Raleigh Alliance) – www.YouRHere.com
Paul Reimel, Economic Development Manager at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA), will present “retailSPARK” at PechaKucha Night/ideaSPARK, as part of the DRA’s efforts to recruit entrepreneurs to start retail businesses downtown. Several types of retailers that could appeal to downtown’s creative class such as unique vintage and vintage-inspired clothing stores, cool street-wear boutiques and hip food and drink concepts will be showcased to encourage business partnership opportunities in downtown Raleigh. If you are interested in either opening a retail business or supporting partnerships to bring certain concepts to downtown Raleigh we welcome you to participate in the event.
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) is a not-for-profit organization focusing on the management and promotion of downtown Raleigh on behalf of property owners, businesses, and residents. The DRA provides five core services in the 110-block Business Improvement District: Ambassador Clean and Safe Programs, Economic Development, Marketing and Events, Public Space Management, and Advocacy and Administration.
One of the top economic development priorities for DRA is implementing a retail recruitment program in the core business district. In conjunction with MJB Consulting (NYC), DRA is working closely with property owners and commercial brokers to recruit prospective retail businesses for vacant store front spaces, primarily in the Fayetteville Street District, Moore Square District including City Market, and the Warehouse District.
In 2009, MJB Consulting completed a retail market analysis which identified several types of prospective retail businesses to target, including several that could appeal to downtown’s creative class such as unique vintage and vintage-inspired clothing stores, cool street-wear boutiques and hip food and drink concepts, just to name a few.
The DRA believes SparkCon 2010 would be a great event to introduce “RetailSpark,” a unique forum to engage community members in learning about several prospective retailers seeking to open a location in downtown but needing a partner/franchisee to make it happen. Five business concepts would be introduced during RetailSpark, with the goal of identifying local entrepreneurs interested in partnering/franchising.
The DRA would present these business concepts and link interested local entrepreneurs with the prospective retailers as well as landlords/brokers of available properties, local banks, etc.
Deborah Ross – www.deborahross.org
The importance of arts appreciation and performance experience to a successful professional life.
To truly represent people, I am inspired by creativity, diversity and style. Understanding and appreciating the people you represent is like putting together a puzzle or beautiful mosaic.
I see the best in the people and places I represent and use that to inspire and try to make positive difference. Putting these pieces together is not always easy (sometimes they do not fit).
But there are common themes – education, creativity, appreciation of history and open space. The key is appreciating the fabric of people, places and their unique natures.
NC House of Representatives District 38 and lawyer specializing in renewable energy.
George Smart (Triangle Modernist Houses) – www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/2010 – @georgesmartTMH
North Carolina is famous for, among other things, basketball, barbeque, and Clay Aiken. Not quite so public or famous (yet) is a well-kept secret – our incredible residential architecture. The Triangle has the third largest concentration of Modernist houses in the US — behind only LA and Chicago. We have more than 700 incredible homes by some of the state’s best architects. With a mission to document, preserve, and promote Modernist residential design, George Smart’s groundbreaking nonprofit Triangle Modernist Houses is now the nation’s largest archive for Modernist residential architecture and conducts house tours several times a year, including nine Raleigh Modernist houses on September 25.
Christopher Sopher – www.youngerthinking.com – @cksopher
Younger Thinking: myths and reality of young people’s involvement in news media and politics
There are two kinds of young people you usually hear about: juvenile delinquent graffiti artist and spoiled multitasking text messenger. There’s a bit of both in each of us—at least in me, anyway—but as in so many things the reality is more nuanced and more interesting than the stereotype. We can learn a lot about the future of journalism and politics through a better understanding of the millennial generation’s habits and attitudes. Young people are rarely experts, but on these topics they have much to teach—and in a time of such change, it’s worth listening. I’ll suggest some of these lessons and some ideas for how to build better news media, better campaigns and better policies.
I’m a public policy student at UNC-Chapel Hill, where I’m particularly interested in education, journalism and youth issues. And basketball. In the credentials category, I’ve conducted several media research projects, worked as the multimedia editor at the Daily Tar Heel, interned at the American Prospect magazine and spent a year away from college working for the Obama campaign. I like writing, learning new things and spending far too much time in coffee shops.
Dave & Kim Turnage – @kimturnage @davidturnage
Local Focal is a step-by-step account of how we committed one month to consuming local foods. How? Convert front yard into edibles, seek local producers of staple items, and commit to resources grown within a 60 mile radius of our home in downtown Raleigh.
We purchased a home in downtown Raleigh in September 2009. Since then, we have converted our grass lawn into a micro-farm with the intention of becoming more self-sustaining. There is corn in the front yard, a coop in the back, our neighbors think we are crazy, but we don’t think so. We grow food, not grass.