What's it gonna take for you to stick to your resolutions this year? Thankfully there are more resources than ever to keep you on track, many of which have been created right in your own backyard.
Have you resolved to make New Orleans an even better place?
Then say hello to the CodeMkrs Super Challenge (http://www.codemkrs.com/).
If you've got an idea that is sure to make life just a little bit better here in the Crescent City, then here's your chance to see it come to fruition, submit it here (http://codemkrs.com/app-ideas/). If you've resolved to code with your cohorts more this year, then here's your chance - register as an individual, with a team or even a company team (http://codemkrs.eventbrite.com/)! If you're just the cheerleader type, or having something other than programming talent to offer, there's room for you to - volunteer here (http://codemkrs.com/volunteer/). Big name judges, big time PR for the event and the top apps released just in time for the Super Bowl, all plus PRIZES (http://codemkrs.com/prizes/) - not bad. It all happens Friday, January 11th through Sunday, January 13th. Participants are not required to be there for the full 48 hours. Be sure to be at the Net2NO meeting (http://www.meetup.com/net2no/events/95135222/) for more details; until then, you can visit CodeMkrs.com (http://codemkrs.com/).
Is your resolution to find more time or make more money?
ParadeTrade may be just what you need!
Meet local entrepreneur Kurt Anthony, the creator of the very first "social jobbing" site. Kurt will be on hand to tell you just how ParadeTrade (http://paradetrade.com/) is poised to help individuals, small businesses or anyone trying to find contractors as well as those looking to put their skills to work, right here in New Orleans. (BONUS: word on the street is that Kurt will be providing Net2NOers with a promo code during the meeting to save on your first use.)
Isn't it time someone wrote a story about all that YOU do?
We think YES! This year, resolve to toot your own horn a little.
You rock, you know you do. But who else is aware of how awesome you are? Actually, we do, but it's hard to be in the right place all the time to tell your story. Thankfully, GNO Inc is looking to tell more of our success stories while broadening the spotlight on individuals in our community. You're good enough, you're smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like you - now tell your tales of triumph (http://gnoinc.org/industry-sectors/creative-digital-media/new-orleans-tech-profile-form/).
Have you resolved to get funded?
Two words: One Spark!
If you're idea goes beyond making New Orleans great, then maybe it's time to show it off to a wider audience; may we suggest a trip to Florida this Spring? Elton Rivas, founder of One Spark, will be on hand to present the details surrounding this upcoming (http://www.beonespark.com/)
crowdfunding festival (http://www.beonespark.com/) designed for those looking to showcase their creativity. In just a few short months, consider taking a quick trip to Jacksonville for the what we think will be all the things "other" tech events are not. Did we mention the opportunity to pitch your idea and score actual funding?!?!! Elton, a serial entrepreneur, is the founder of a co-working space in Jacksonville as well as having had his hand in a few successful startups, is flying in to share the evolution of One Spark as an idea to an event and why this may be the jump start you need.
If you agree with any or all of the following statements, then you need to resolve to be at our next meetup:
Ready to take your idea and make it the next big thing. Think SXSW is "so last year", have grown a little frustrated with the access to real resources there, and looking to find connections that can actually do something for you. Know that the project you've had swimming around in your head is ready to be unveiled and funded. If you're making your travel plans for the year, be sure to put a Springtime trip to Jacksonville for One Spark (http://www.beonespark.com/) on your short list.
Trying on a New Venue for Size
Thanks to Marc Juneau (@energy0m (http://www.twitter.com/energy0m)) of NOLA Graphics (http://www.nolagraphics.com/) for hooking us up with Marlene's Place, located on Tchoupitoulas just past Amelia.
This location reminds us a bit of the Le Chat Noir days, in a bit of an edgier space, offering more parking and affordable drinks. Did we mention how much parking is available? And that it is FREE parking? Tons of spots in the lots on either side of Amelia just as you turn off of Tchoup.
Drink specials include $2 domestic beers, $3 imports, and $3.50 well drinks. Be sure to try one of their tasty specialty cocktails.
The space offers us plenty of room to grow the group boasting a stage large enough for us to start rehearsing "Net2NO: The Musical".
We're excited, hopeful that you will approve, and anxious to make a home for our little group to return to monthly meetups.