When we started DCWEEK back in 2010 and grew it from 0 to 12,000 attendees we knew the demand for connectivity among innovators in the nation’s capital was insatiable.
We also knew that even at that level, we were thinking too small – so we sunset DCWEEK in order to make room for something bigger. Today, we’re happy to announce that The Challenge Festival is exactly that “bigger thing”.
All the info you could want is on the festival website here and you can see the full festival deck below.
1776 is the creator and lead producer for the festival, and iStrategyLabs is responsible for all design/dev and for producing a massive, 2000-3000 person closing party on May 17th. If you want to know more about sponsorship opportunities just hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org or email our CMO, DJ Saul, at email@example.com. See you out there!
It’s no secret that iStrategyLabs loves hacking the physical world to create Social Machines™ that excite and delight people. Just check out any of our projects and you’ll see what I’m talking about. To get you inspired for what’s to come this year, I put together some of my favorite hacks that any marketer, designer, developer or entrepreneur would love. Here it goes!
1. [Video] BOX: explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces.
2. [Video] inForm: a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically
3. [Video] PiePal: Ordering Pizza With The Push of a Button (by ISL full post)
4. [Video] PaperDude: Oculus Rift + Kinect + KickR
5. [Video] Push for Ultrabook by Intel
6. [Video] Cubli: the cube that can can jump up and balance on its corner
7. [Video] Budweiser Red Light – lights up when your team scores
8. [Video] MillerCoors REDD’s Apple Ale Launcher: Destroy a bar over the net
8. [Site] MYO: The Gesture Control Armband
9. [Video] Perch: Interactive Retail Displays
10. [Video] Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Skill Crane (by ISL, full post)
When we heard Uber was going to be delivering Christmas Trees this holiday season – the team got a little overly excited.
Unbeknownst to Uber, we filmed the ho-ho-whole process and made a super-fan commercial out of the resulting footage.
By now I hope you’re aware that I love working at the intersection of digital and physical. Our Social Machines offering is all about that. Our experiments like Piepal are focused on that too.
This coming December 12-13 I have the chance to share my view for this emerging space with hundreds of innovators at the MoDevEast conference (use the code STLB13 to get 10% off at registration).
My keynote will kickoff the day at 9am on the 13th (details). If you’re curious, you can hear a podcast promo of the session here. If that’s not enough for you, I’ll also be doing a workshop on “Marketing Magic for Hackers, Hustlers and Corporate Campaigners.” Details here.
If one ISL team member weren’t enough, you can also catch Ali Felski, Senior Designer at iStrategyLabs, on the 12th too – her session on “Learning to Let Go” promises to help you understand “What makes or breaks a good mobile app? Discover the pitfalls of over-designing to get the best product without the wasted effort.”. Don’t miss it!
We get a lot of Request for Proposals (RFPs) at iStrategyLabs for all sorts of things. I figured I’d share at least one Social Media RFP (download the word doc here) that we recently received so you can use it as a template for your own. You can contact me directly for other examples if you like.
Please note, I don’t necessarily recommend that you go through an RFP process – you should judge that for yourself. However, if you do please keep this in mind:
- You should not start your interaction with an agency by emailing them an RFP.
- You should start by emailing/calling and saying you’re in the process of finding a good partner for some work, and that you’d like to see if they be interested.
- If they are, talk to them on the phone or in person and then ask them to respond to your RFP.
- Share your budget. Most shops will turn you down if you don’t.
I won’t get into the further steps of the process here, but that’s a good way to get going.
Oh, and if you’re in need of a great digital/social agency, please drop me a line :)
Example Social Media Agency RFP Template