The last 12 months have been an exciting time in Chicago and the Weave team has had a front row view in 2011. The technology ecosystem is blooming and the number of young companies completing financing rounds, establishing traction and gaining recognition has risen significantly.
A number of organizations and events have been a catalyst for change and made this progress visible to the wider world. One organization in particular has been driving the ecosystem forward.
Thank you, writers and videographers for helping this Chicago business spread our message. We greatly appreciate your skills with the keyboard and the camera! For a company that delights in making visible other people, it's also nice to be seen!
When we started our Weave adventure we had corporate events squarely in our sights. We knew that other opportunities existed but wanted to stay focused and develop the markets that we thought were ready now.
After a year of work, we have been able to develop those alternative opportunities and found that Weaves have been consistently effective in a wider variety of contexts then we ever imagined. We have been able to adapt quickly to customer feedback due to the way that the platform has been built - flexibility has been our friend.
We've been reading a wide variety of blogs on Engagement management recently and thought it would be useful to provide a list to our friends. Here are some of the best sites and articles we have found:
One of the goals in asking Weave questions is to encourage meaningful, authentic and free expression.
An interesting way we can achieve this, which is a great paradox, is a technique I first came across in software development referred to as ‘restricted liberation’. Similar techniques are used in poetry and music. My favorite example is the structure imposed by blues music. Other examples include the Haiku and the Sonnet and more recently the 140 character limit imposed by twitter.
Over the weekend we volunteered for and attended the Social Dev Camp Event at the IIT campus on the south side of Chicago. It was awesome. 300 plus developers, journalists, entrepreneurs, investors, not for profit and industry leaders assembled to share their experiences and learn from each other. It was a packed 2 day schedule including presentations, unconference sessions, networking and a hackathon.
The speakers/panels were a mix of high profile executives such as Andrew Mason (Groupon), Ben Huh (The Cheezburger Network) and Chis Messina (Google) and the cream of Chicago based talent such as Pek Pongpaet, Alex Bratton, Chris Pautsch, Ravi Singh and Pete Simon.