As always, Quick Left is participating in Boulder Startup Week, May 16th – 20th. How could we pass up one of THE best events in Boulder, and Colorado for that matter? BSW expects 10,000 people to attend the week long event O_o Talk about high demand. There are 140+ events that fall under everything from marketing, design, development, IoT, adTech, co-working, and much, much more. These events were curated from an amazingly driven and inter-connected group of volunteers who genuinely want to make Boulder a great place for tech, startups, entrepreneurship and community sustainability. This year I took it upon myself to own the Marketing Track. In addition to collaborating with marketing leaders across Boulder, I worked with developers, artists and community members to come up with hackfests, panels and outdoor activities to name a few.
So, just what is BSW set out to do?
Boulder Startup Week is a free, five-day celebration of our community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship. We’re led by local entrepreneurs and hosted in amazing spaces all over Boulder. And we want you involved!
Below are some Quick Left powered events, but there’s more where this came from. You can see the full schedule of events here.
Hack the Dot Hackfest
Monday, May 16th @ 6 – 9
Quick Left, Boulder office
Gear up for a little friendly competition! Programmers, creatives and entrepreneurs will gather for an evening of coding, working together to build out web and mobile applications in 3 hours. Teams will be provided with domain names from our sponsor and co-host name.com, which they must use to create an innovative application concept around the domain name theme. We’ll present these applications at the end of the night where the hackers will have a chance to win prizes. Not a coder? No worries, come network, drink and eat with us!
Hack a City: Working Together for the Creative Good
Tuesday, May 17th @ 6:30 – 9:30
Quick Left is partnering up the the City of Boulder, The BTU Lab, name.com and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) for a hackfest focused on harnessing technology to create a city responsive to artists needs. Open Source City of Boulder Colorado Government demographic data will be provided.
Make the most of all possibilities with open-source information on housing costs, transportation needs, neighborhood statistics, and more from the City of Boulder’s census data, as well as the insight of local artists and arts professionals from BMoCA , and the knowledge and tools of the hackfest partners to create a website or mobile application.
Teams will be created night of the event and the winning team will receive two VIP MediaLive tickets (includes open bar at all events and exclusive artist BBQ). Demonstrate the power of collaboration when arts and technology combine!
Office Chair Race: Search for the Ultimate Boulderite
Friday, May 20th @ 3:30 – 5:30
Start at Quick Left, end at an undisclosed location… with brews + shmoozing
Powered by the Adventure Track this is a regular for BSW. Gather a team of 3 to 5 co-workers and deck out an office chair for the race down Pearl St. With team member’s in tow, you’ll be given clues to a Boulderite themed scavenger hunt. Final destination includes drinks and good ol’ Boulder networking!
If you want to participate in the race email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MediaLive Art Installation
Jennifer Gradecki and Derek Curry and are artists and PhD candidates at SUNY Buffalo. They were selected by BMoCA to collaborate with technology companies in Boulder to develop an interactive installation that combines the art and tech worlds.
Derek Curry’s academic research and artwork investigates how automated decision-making technology used in algorithmic stock trading and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) gathering have augmented the nature of human agency and provided new spaces for intervention.
Jennifer Gradecki is an artist and theorist investigating information as a source of power and resistance: using methods of institutional critique, tactical media and information activism, she aims to open up secretive and specialized systems to analysis and critique.
Jennifer and Derek are working with GitHub, Twitter and Quick Left to develop and showcase an open-source Bayesian classifier for their ongoing project, the Crowd-Sourced Intelligence Agency (CSIA). The CSIA is an online application and interactive artwork that replicates and publicly displays some of the known techniques that intelligence agencies use to collect and process Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).
The CSIA was built by researching technical manuals, research reports, leaked documents, and files released through FOIA requests and currently emulates several known data processing techniques and features of OSINT systems.
This installation will be displayed in the storefront windows at Quick Left from May 16th – 23rd.