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May 29 2013

16:43

May 26 2013

01:50

[Net2 Vancouver] SLIDES AND VIDEO: How individuals are using technology and data to support vulnerable populations

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Charities and not-for-profits use technology to advance their missions, but what about individual citizens and their favourite causes?

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May 12 2013

21:40

[Net2 Vancouver] Using Video to Tell Your Stories

Video is taking over the internet. Fast. Nonprofits need to get in front of this trend now. Video can be complicated and expensive, but it doesn't have to be. This week Net Tuesday Vancouver invited three guests to share their tips for creating visually striking videos on a nonprofit budget.

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April 30 2012

00:50

NetSquared Camp 2012: The Story

The Net Tuesday Vancouver team got bored.

To keep from getting into trouble with the cops we've had to find ourselves a hobby.

After examining our options (rollerblading! stamp collecting! cricket!) we decided that our new hobby should be hosting unconferences, because what's more fun than gathering 75 of our best friends together to chat about how we can use this new-fangled internet thing to do good in the world?

And so NetSquared Camp 2012 was born!

Click here to read the story.

(Pictures! Videos! Links! Tweets! Gossip!)

 

February 28 2012

17:28

February 04 2012

22:52

NetSquared Camp Vancouver: April 28 2012

NetSquared logoNet Tuesday Vancouver is excited to announce NetSquared Camp 2012, an intimate gathering of Vancouver’s online campaigners. This unconference will be a chance for our community to gather and share our hard-won best practices, war stories, and victories!

The event will be held at The Hive on Saturday, April 28 and admission is $20.

There are just 80 spots available, so please RSVP soon to ensure you get a ticket.

Tickets and more informationhttp://netsquared2012.eventbrite.ca/

Hope to see you there!

September 18 2011

18:18

#OccupyWallStreet: The Plan: occupy Wall Street for two months

OWNI.eu :: On Saturday #Sep17, hundreds of protestors congregated in the Wall Street area of New York at the start of a protest dubbed #OccupyWallStreet. Initially organised by Vancouver based media activists Adbusters, the campaign has set out to establish a protest presence in Wall Street for a “few months”. Adbusters were joined in August by hacktivist group Anonymous in rallying their supporters for the start of the action and spreading the word through websites and social media.

Continue to read David Glance, owni.eu

January 28 2011

18:37

Net Tuesday Vancouver March 1: Location-Based Services

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup.com

Have you recently “checked-in” or fought for “mayorship” at your favourite restaurant or retail location? With Facebook recently launching its Facebook Places and Foursquare partnering with (RED), location-based services are definitely one of the trending topics in social media right now.

The topic for March is location-based services and how organizations can leverage the technology for social-change. We’re still in the process of curating speakers, so if you know anyone who is knowledgeable about these topics, please let us know at melody.yy.ma@gmail.com

Date: Tuesday, March 1
Doors: 5:30pm
Duration: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue: W2 Storyeum, 151 W Cordova. Vancouver, BC

Special thanks to Melody Ma for volunteering to be this month’s event producer

November 24 2010

07:36

Vancouver Net Tuesday December – Group Buying And tracking conversions in Google Analytics

Hey Net Tuesday Vancouver,

I’m thrilled to announce that the December Net Tuesday will feature a panel on group buying sites (like Groupon) and a case study demonstrating the use of conversion tracking in Google Analytics. It’s gonna be awesome, so please RSVP.

Date: Tuesday, December 7
Doors: 5:30pm
Duration: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue:  W2 Storyeum, 151 W Cordova

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup

More information at http://www.NetTuesday.ca

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September 14 2010

20:07

English-Language Content a Boon to SochiReporter in Russia

On Monday, September 27, SochiReporter will begin publishing in English.

From that point on, every Monday will see us publish new exclusive stories about ongoing preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and about life in four of the Big Sochi main areas: Central Sochi, Adler, Khosta and Lazarevskoye. (We will be translating the Russian posts submitted by our citizen journalists.)

Vancouver Test Case

As I previously wrote on Idea Lab, we began testing an English version of SochiReporter during the Vancouver Olympics. We then hired Yuliya Talmazan, a Russian-speaker from Vancouver who worked as an editor at NowPublic, to cover the Olympics for us. We wanted to see what English content would do for our traffic. Simply put, it had a significant effect, driving our traffic up over 300 percent.

Yes, those weeks in February were a hot time for anything Olympics-related. Thousands of people were surfing the web looking for the information about the Games. Our headlines were crafted and customized according to SEO principles in order to attract that traffic and deliver news about what was going on in Vancouver with the Russian team.

We are currently in the process of translating content for our English version, as August and September saw the significant rise in the number of posts at SochiReporter. What makes me especially happy is that the journalistic quality of stories has improved -- that's partly why I made the decision to start translating into English. At first, we will translate about 60 to 70 percent of every post in order to convey the core idea of the story.

SochiReporter.Ru Posts

We're very happy with how the posts on our site are starting to evolve. To give just a few examples, we've received a story about the public hearings related to the reconstruction of the Sochi embankment; the transformation and rebuilding of one of the city's main hotels; the opening of a new center that will provide municipal services to the citizens of Sochi; the creation of an open-air fitness club; a mini-golf championship in Sochi; the arrival of new wolves at the nature reserve; and the start of an around-the-world voyage of a famous sailor and an honored citizen of Sochi and Newport, R.I., Victor Yazikov; and many, many more.

Another interesting story was about Sochi residents who were collecting the clothes and other donations for residents of central Russian towns who lost their houses in the fierce summer peat fires.

All of these stories inspired discussion at SochiReporter.Ru.

September 11 2010

17:35

Vancouver Net Tuesday September 2010: Email isn't dead yet!

 

 TOPIC: Email communications – still alive and kicking

It’s easy to get distracted by that new-fangled social media stuff (so shiny!), but the folks on the ground in non-profits know that the real action’s in email. That’s where you raise the funds to advance your mission. That’s how you get people to show up to events. That’s how you get petitions signed.

There’s plenty of life left in email communications, and learning how to test, optimize, and integrate email campaigns is (I reckon) the best investment you can make in the online space.

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August 27 2010

14:57

NetSquared Camp Vancouver - Event Recap

Held August 14, the NetSquared Camp in Vancouver brought together nonprofits, activists and social entrepreneurs with their friends and allies in the world of technology and communications in an offline event dedicated to learning and sharing. The Camp, one in a series of Camps Pilot events, aimed to provide an environment for learning, networking, and collaboration -- and it was a huge success! Learn more about the event including resources, stories, and media from the day:

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August 06 2010

19:59

NetSquared Camp Vancouver's Internet Help Desk is live

Tap the wisdom of Vancouver’s experts in nonprofit technology and marketing at NetSquared Camp Vancouver on August 14, 2010.

NetSquared volunteer consultants will be staffing a desk and are available to answer any question in their field. Don’t miss the opportunity to pick their brains for free.

Internet Help Desk Consultants:

Location: SFU Harbour Centre Atrium

Time: 10:00 am – noon:

  • Ben Johnson, Union Gospel Mission:  Visualizing data
  • Jenny Silver, David Suzuki Foundation –  Customizing Facebook
  • Kate Trgovac, LintBucket Media – Optimizing social media profiles

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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16:00

One Week To Net2 Camp In Vancouver, BC!

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The NetSquared Camp in Vancouver, British Columbia is just over a week away! The free tickets are now sold out, but if you're willing to volunteer or donate, you can still register to attend! Whether you can make it to the event or not, we hope you'll participate virtually to share all your great insights around the globe.

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July 05 2010

00:28

NetSquared Camp Vancouver

Date: Saturday, August 14

Register for NetSquared Camp VancouverTime: 9:00 am – 4:00pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street

Cost: By donation!

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March 23 2010

18:55

SochiReporter Drives Traffic with 2010 Olympics Coverage

At SochiReporter, we looked at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (and Paralympics) as an important event that can move our site forward and attract more international users. I'm happy to say that our efforts have paid off with increased traffic and interest in the site.

During the Games, SochiReporter experienced a 350 percent increase in the number of European and North American visitors to the site. We also published several exclusive posts from Yuliya Talmazan, a Russian-speaker from Vancouver who works as an editor at NowPublic.

During the Olympics, Talmazan worked for NBC doing editorial research, and she also attended athletic events and other festivities during the Paralympic Games. I asked her to provide us with coverage of the Paralympics because they receive much less attention from global media. Having her on the ground during the Paralympics has given us some very unique content in all multimedia genres.

Also, beginning in February, SochiReporter changed its design to celebrate the Vancouver Games. The site's new background image is focused on winter sports and mixes blue, violet and magenta. The images feature athletes and reporters together, and we think the softer background colors do a better job of letting users focus on the site's content.

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Changing the design is part of our marketing activities, and we plan to keep on introducing new background images in the future. My feeling is that it's another way to tell a story and make the website more topical and relevant. For example, Google often alters its logo to celebrate holidays, and the iGoogle service allows people to customize their header. Twitter also allows users to choose from a wide range of skins, or to create their own.

New Tagline

Aside from the new background image, we introduced a new tagline for SochiReporter: "The news is me." It was inspired by the well-known saying, "The law is me," which was made by France's Louis XIV, the Sun King, in the 17th century. The tagline reflects the new realities and conveys the idea of citizen journalism, which is at the core of SochiReporter.

On a related note, the Vancouver Games were notable for the presence of citizen media and social media. There themes were explored in recent articles and photo essays on MediaShift.

Thanks to our work on the Vancouver Games, I've been receiving emails from people in Europe and Northern America. They tend to be either students inquiring about an internship within SochiReporter, people writing a thesis about social media who are interested in getting to know more about SochiReporter, or folks working in new media who are interested in how social media is being integrated into the traditional media content structure. In the end, our work during the Vancouver Games has helped build the global dialogue around SochiReporter and social media in general.

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March 04 2010

11:55

Visualisation through sound – the New York Times ‘audiolises’ the Winter Olympics

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/02/26/sports/olympics/20100226-olysymphony.html

The New York Times has combined visualisation with audio to produce a fascinating piece of work on the differences between gold winning times and runners-up across a number of Winter Olympics events. It’s a particularly creative approach to the challenge of communicating a relatively abstract story: what separates gold and silver. Well worth a look.

h/t Pete Ashton

February 26 2010

20:36

IOC Loosens Citizen Photog Restrictions, Launches Flickr Group

At the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, social media was in its infancy. But in Vancouver, it sometimes seems to overshadow the accredited media.

As expected, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics are the first Games to truly be impacted by social media. As a result, one question leading up to the Games was whether the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would continue to exercise its restrictive policies regarding media coverage and copyright. Would these policies change when bloggers, amateur photographers and other members of the citizen media brigade made their voices heard in Vancouver? Or would the IOC clamp down and seek to silence the voice of the crowd?

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It seems the IOC is ready for a bit of change: It recently announced a Flickr Fan group. Slowly, the Olympics are changing to meet the new media world.

This is the second photo essay by Vancouver photographer Kris Krüg (view the first one here; read our Olympics coverage here). This time, he examines how social media is changing the Olympic Games.

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Only accredited photographers are allowed to shoot from the media sections inside the Olympic venues. Here, you see an accredited sports photographer, who has to abide by the IOC rules, with a Flickr sticker on his lens. It's great to see old school mixing with new school.

Go to Photo 2 ->

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February 25 2010

11:24

A social media documentary coming this spring

A new Canadian documentary film, due out this spring, uses social media to tell an alternative story about Vancouver’s Winter Olympics. It follows four individuals who “rallied” their community through social networking tools, to help empower the homeless and poor – who don’t necessarily fit into grand Olympic plans. The idea was to use mobile and online media to “provide a voice for those left behind”. (Hat-tip: Jon Slattery)

It draws on video blogging, photo-sharing and social networking to bring a “marginalised” community to the fore, “embracing leading-edge communication technologies, to empower, inspire, and break down the digital divide,” its producers say. The synopsis:

February 12, 2010.  Sixty thousand people have gathered in Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium to revel in the spectacle that is the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games. It marks the beginning of a two week party that will focus a global spotlight on this city of half a million and, organizers hope, finally put to rest seven years of  surrounding controversy.   A few days earlier, a year long campaign which saw police issue hundred dollar jaywalking and spitting tickets to homeless people, had culminated in a successful sweep of the city’s impoverished Downtown Eastside to relocate undesirables to outlying communities.

When the story finally makes it to the mainstream news channels, it’s thanks to the diligence and combined power of a few concerned citizens, their video-streaming cellphones and the Internet.  With Glowing Hearts will give audiences the chance to see the world through the eyes of four such citizens,  as they rally their community around powerful new Social Media tools to show its true heart to the world. Based on the premise that the access to information is a human right, the film and accompanying website, will take audiences on a year long journey into the creation of an independent Olympic media center designed to guarantee that access  in a community whose voice is frequently ignored.

Here’s the site.

Here’s the trailer:

With Glowing Hearts from Andrew Lavigne on Vimeo.

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February 23 2010

15:02

Why Olympic hockey showdown drew record TV viewers


In a telephone call on Monday evening, a reporter for The Globe and Mail asked me if I was surprised that Sunday’s Canada-U.S. hockey game had become most-watched sports program in Canadian history.

According to Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, an average audience of 10.6 million viewers watched the Olympic showdown, beating the 2002 Salt Lake City Canada-U.S. gold-medal game’s 10.3 million viewers.

The figures are not surprising, despite the fact we live, as the Globe and Mail put it, “in the age of fragmented viewing and new media.”

There are several reasons for the huge viewing figures.  The Winter Olympics, taking place in Vancouver, have gripped Canada as its athletes win medal after medal.

And hockey is the country’s national sport, and a source of great pride. No doubt, Canadians were hoping that the replay of the 2002 match would result in a win, rather than a second defeat.

But the draw of the game, and the Olympics in general, also reflects the continuing appeal of television. As a mass medium, its strengths now lie in live broadcasting and in appointment viewing.

The Canada-U.S. hockey game fits both these criteria.  And while you could watch a stream online, this is the sort of event that you’d want to see on a big HDTV screen.

Rather than cannabilising TV, some reports suggest (PDF) that the Internet is emerging as a parallel medium. In other words, audiences are online and watching TV at the same time.

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