December 2012

Sierra Commons member Benji Brown of Studio B Flat Games has just launched his Kickstarter campaign to help him complete his mobile game Bronto Blast. 

In the game, Bronto, avid astronomer-astronaut apatosaurus, must save all the dino eggs of the world before the incoming ASTEROID hits his planet!

Please help Benji and his team get the game to market.

With a small donation, you get a free version of the game for your iPhone.

 

 

 

How to Use Pinterest for Business & Marketing

If you're not Pinteresting, you’re losing business

Presented by Coryon Redd, Nevada County Online and batteries4less.com

Saturday, January 26th, 1-3pm

Pinterest connects people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests with millions of new pins added every week. Join marketing guru Coryon Redd as he takes you through the steps to set up a Pinterest account so you can tap into this share of the marketplace and grow your business.

Who should take this class?

You have a storefront or online site that sells products or crafts (Etsy, Nevada County Makes, etc.)

You offer design or consumer services;

You have a tourism-related business;

You're part of the food industry;

You have a blog and want more followers;

You have a Facebook page for your business and want to maximize interest or sales.

You do ANY social marketing for your business.

In this fun and informative two-hour class Coryon will teach you how to:

  • Pinterest basics
  • How it works and how to get started
  • Create a business profile
  • Browse feed to see what’s trending & tap into trends
  • Collaborate with other pinners
  • Promote your pins and send traffic to your website
  • Show off your interests, your expertise and your content
  • Use widgets, apps and button
  • Find users, boards and content to participate and collaborate
  • Connect Pinterest to Facebook and other social media

If you want to drive people to your site and sell more products and/or services, you can’t afford to miss this class.

Cost: $30 Non-Member, $27 SC Member

Save! You can also register through mail or in person, with no additional registration fee if paying by check, money order or cash. 792 Searls Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959

 

 

 

We're pleased to be a part of  SPD's eScrip program, which donates 3% of your purchase to Sierra Commons… and it's super easy.

 

 

 

You can pick up a Community Card at SPD and register it one of the following ways:

  • To begin using your card immediately, complete the registration form available at the store.

  • Call 1-800-931-6258 or register online.

If you're already an eScrip member, sign in to "my eScrip" to register your SPD Community Card – just add Sierra Commons' Group ID 500043780.

Please help us keep the hive energy moving forward by getting your SPD eScrip Community Card today.

 

Etsy Success

Earn Supplemental Income from your Crafts, Hobbies & Passions

Presented by Ruth Chase, Stack'd Everyday Napkins

Saturday, January 26th, 10-12pm

Ruth Chase is a local fine artist who like many of us has a second or third income. On Etsy she has been able to make up to $1000 a month with her $15 cloth napkins.  But it didn't start out that way!

For the first few years she had one sale every 6 weeks. So how did she grow her sales on Etsy?

This workshop will teach you:

  • Secrets for success
  • Tricks to opening an Etsy store
  • What to do…
  • And what not to do!
  • Tools you need to start making money from your creations

The workshop will end with an opportunity to have your individual questions answered.

You can also register through mail or in person, with no additional registration fee if paying by check, money order or cash. 792 Searls Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959

Call (530) 265-8443 for more information.

 

Sierra Commons member Benji Brown of Studio B Flat Games has just launched his Kickstarter campaign to help him complete his mobile game Bronto Blast. 

In the game, Bronto, avid astronomer-astronaut apatosaurus, must save all the dino eggs of the world before the incoming ASTEROID hits his planet!

Please help Benji and his team get the game to market.

 

Last weekend, 30+ hackers converged at Sierra Commons for the first ever Hackathon in Nevada County.  The event was given high ratings by all participants and there is a resounding "YES" for more hackathons in the near future.

Highlights included four incredible lightning talks. The topics included life as an indie game developer, Kickstarer campaigns, Apache configuration, developing for Windows 8, and the uber crowd pleaser presentation on visualizing data with D3.js

Participants worked hard, although one hacker said that their Saturday was spent yacking more than hacking.  Some teams formed and built applications together, while some shared knowledge with others while working individually on their own project.  Sierra Commons fueled the event with a pizza dinner, energy drinks, and nosh throughout the event.

The biggest storm of the season did not deter hackers from showing up early on Sunday morning.  Luckily, we did not have to spark up our backup generator, but Comcast Internet was down for the first half of the day.  Participants banded together and created an ad hoc mobile hotspot network with smart phones.  What could have been a disaster for the event turned out to be an opportunity to band together and use creative problem solving.

The official event culminated in a product showcase, where participants had a chance to show off their work and win great prizes.  Up for grabs was an Xbox 360 provided by Microsoft, $150 cash, and one free month at Sierra Commons.  There were nine impressive demos judged by Benji Brown – President Studio B Flat, Matt Harrington -Microsoft Developer Evangelist, and Robert Trent – Executive Director at Sierra Commons.  The judging proved more difficult than expected due to the strength of the entries.  In the end, the Most Marketable category ended in a tie between Steve Ross and the Nevada Union High School Team.  Matt Harrington arranged for an additional Microsoft donation of five Windows phones for the NU team. 

MOST MARKETABLE – (Tie)
Space Turtles – Nevada Union High School Technology and Business Club
The game is being developed for mobile devices.  Space Turtles is a fun shooter game involving cute animals and geometric shapes.

Please Remind Me – Steve Ross
This web-based application helps teachers remind students of homework assignments, and more.  Reminders are sent to students and their parents via text messages.

HYPERLOCAL
Deal Finder-Matt Vanderpol
This mobile app uses geolocation to determine the user's location.  Deal Finder users can search by business type and see money saving offers from businesses down the street and around the corner.

People's Choice
Chatterbox– Team Chatterbox (Abe Miessler, Kyle Spaulding, and Josh Levine)
The web application lets users search for news and events that interest them most.  The website combs local blogs and other sources to return targeted local results.  The interface design makes it easy to navigate and the chat box allows users to talk with other people interested in the topic searched.

The demos also included the following projects.

  • Daniel Levy – Humandalas
    Facilitates meaningful interactions with the people around you
  • Steve Nicholson – Letter Press Solver
    Mobile app that helps you discover solutions for the popular Letter Press game
  • Nick Santos – USGS Flow Data API Python Wrapper
    Pulls data from the USGS database to analyze river flows
  • Nelson MinarRiver Flow Data
    Mapping software that allows users to see river flow trends and data
  • Matt Harrington – Nevada County Ned
    Windows 8 game that has a miner pick-axing his way towards a dirty hippie zombie

Connect with the growing group of developers at http://www.meetup.com/Nevada-County-Hackers/

or contact info@sierracommons.org for more information on how to get invovled.