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It was a GREAT day at this year's JoomlaDay Chicago. The temps were over 90 degrees, a rarity in Chicago, especially in September. This year the event was at a new home, DePaul University O'Hare Campus. The staff was very nice and worked with us to create the event. A quick recap of the event can be found in the October issue of Joomla Magazine. There presentations and photos are available on joomladaychicago.com. I'm already looking forward to the next one which will be in 2019.
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So by now hopefully have heard that JoomlaDay Chicago 2015 is coming September 19th to the Donald E. Stephens Center. This is a great event to connect with open source technology enthusiasts, both in the area and beyond. The event includes many sessions on Joomla! (obviously) but also information that is helpful no matter the technology. 2015 marks the 4th time this event has been held in Chicago and I can tell you it is truly a labor of love to put this event together.
The team behind this event has been working hard to bring to you some of the top speakers around. Last year's event included David Hurley (WebSpark and joomla.org), Michael Babker (Joomla.org), Steven Pignataro ('corePHP'), and many more. This year's event is shaping up to be just as spectacular.
On Monday, we had the privilege of providing event services (registration, check-out and auction services) for The Bridge Youth & Family Services of Palatine. If you are a regular visitor of our site, you may have noticed that we are a huge supporter of The Bridge, which provides programs and services to children and their families in northwest suburban Chicago, regardless on one's ability to pay.
The event was their annual Peter D. Cunneen Memorial Golf Classic, named for past executive director Peter D. Cunneen. At the Inverness Golf Club, nearly 200 golfers and dinner guests. bid on live and silent auction items, entered a raffle for a chance to win some cool prizes (iPad, 60" Smart HDTV, Bose Headphones, or One Week Vacation for 4) and best of all, participated in goodhearted competition in Fund-a-Cause (you may know it as a paddle raise).
Do you need another reason to go to The Streets of Woodfield? Here you go...
On Thursday, July 31st from 11 am to 2 pm, grab lunch at Chipotle at The Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173 and 50% of the proceeds will go to The Bridge Youth & Family Services, a non-profit organization in Palatine, IL. The Bridge’s mission is "to help young people and their families achieve social and emotional health”. They provide services to all Palatine Township residents regardless of ability to pay. The Bridge has been serving the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago for nearly 50 years, focused on children 0 to 17 and their families.
Event season is nearly upon us. One of the many tasks is a site visit. Every planner does it and you should too. There are many checklists on the web, in books etc. but none of them will speak exactly to your situation. Over the years I can say I have never used the exact same checklist twice and I've been working events for a decade. Each time some addition/subtractions are necessary.
So, let’s talk about event check-in. I know it’s not a “sexy” topic but it is one that needs a discussion. And no, I’m not talking about checking in with Foursquare, Facebook or any of those social media things. I’m talking about the “Welcome, to our event. May I have your name please” kind of check-in. (I will discuss the pros and cons of using technology during your event in future posts).
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So in The Art of Check-in, I touched on tech at events and promised to get back to it in another post. Well, that is has turned into two. A discussion of the Hybrid Approach and Full Tech Approach.
With all the different ways tech is apart of my everyday life some think I would be gung-Ho for a fully computerized event. But I'm not.
Take for instance the event that Danico provided registration and check-out services for on March 15. The event was for The Bridge Youth and Family Services, it was their annual gala. For this event the Hybrid Approach was used for the the guest check-in, donation entry, auction tracking, and guest check-out. The evening was structured in a way where except of a few guests who needed or wanted to leave before check-out officially opened, that by the time things wrapped up from a program perspective and moved to more entertainment, everything was entered and ready for the guests.
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Over the last few months we have been working on a surprise birthday party for a long time Danico supporter. There was a fear from all that were involved that she would put the pieces together. Fortunately for us she did not! We were able to not only surprise her with local friends and family but also with some out of town guests.