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Design Thinking & Technology for Civic Engagement

Bowdoin College - February 2018

Guest Lecturer

    Students in Bowdoin College's new Digital Design program will be working throughout the semester to design and test products that meet the needs of local organizations including AVESTA Housing and Catholic Charities of Maine. 

    • CLASS ONE - Design Thinking & User Research
    • CLASS TWO - Prototyping

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    Startup Sprint #2

    Product Development Workshop for Tech Products

    Big Room Studios - February 2017

    Host & Organizer

    OUR FIRST SERIES SOLD OUT IN 48 HOURS - SO WE'VE ADD A SECOND WORKSHOP SERIES.

    THIS SERIES FOCUSES ON TECH STARTUP IDEAS. THIS INCLUDES ANY IDEA THAT HAS ANY TECH COMPONENT. APP, WEB PLATFORM, E-COMMERCE BUSINESS, SERVICE BUSINESS THAT USES TECH, ETC.

    Make 2018 the year you bring your big idea into reality. This 4-part workshop series (Tues/Thur for 2 weeks) takes you step-by-step through testing your idea, crafting a startup strategy and building a prototype. Everything you need to raise your first investment round and bring your new business to the market.

    Hosted by Big Room Studios, each workshop includes intensive hands-on work that tests and prototypes your product. It also features short tutorials by 4 Maine expert in business development, user experience and technology.

    STARTUP SPRINT SCHEDULE

    • TUESDAY Feb 6 : PRODUCT/MARKET FIT
    • THURSDAY Feb 8 : MARKET & USER RESEARCH
    • TUESDAY Feb 13: RAPID PROTOTYPING
    • THURSDAY Jan 15: BUSINESS MODEL & PROFITABILITY

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    Startup Sprint #1

    Product Development Workshop for Non-technical Products

    Big Room Studios - January 2017

    Host & Organizer

    Make 2018 the year you bring your big idea into reality. This 4-part workshop series takes you step-by-step through testing your idea, crafting a startup strategy and building a prototype. 

    Each workshop includes intensive hands-on work that tests and prototypes your product. It also features short tutorials by 4 Maine expert in business development, user experience and technology.

    STARTUP SPRINT SCHEDULE

    • TUESDAY Jan 16 : PRODUCT/MARKET FIT
    • THURSDAY Jan 18 : MARKET & USER RESEARCH
    • TUESDAY Jan 23: RAPID PROTOTYPING
    • THURSDAY Jan 25: BUSINESS MODEL & PROFITABILITY

     

     

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    Zero to One Hundred

    Go-to-market Strategies To Find Your First (and Most Loyal) Customers

    Maine College of Art - June 2017

    Featured Speaker

    With limited budgets and short runways, early-stage startups need to focus on rapid user growth in order to become profitable and win over investors. The first 100 customers are the most valuable and the hardest to get.

    We will look at the best ways to grow an audience and how to turn skeptics and ambivalent followers into the loyal brand ambassadors that will set your product up for growth and scalability. This will be an interactive workshop that directly approaches the problems attendees are facing and will look at specific examples of how successful startups have gained early traction.

    The same tactics that startups use for early growth can be used for businesses who are pivoting, or who may have a large, but lackluster audience.

    Attendees will leave this workshop with a list of tactics that are unique to their business and brand. They will also start to build a list of the assets they’ll need to define or create in order to start growing their brand and increasing loyalty with fans.

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    Content First

    How Using a Content-First Approach to Web Development Saves Money and Client Relationships

    May 2017

    Featured Speaker

    Creating high quality content before designing and developing a custom WordPress site can be the difference between a successful project and one that goes over budget, wastes time and leaves everyone feeling frustrated. Unfortunately, the reality is that clients underestimate the enormous task of writing and editing and aggregating the right content.

    After some trial and error, our team at Big Room Studios has worked to incorporate content gathering, writing and editing into every part of the web development process.

    I’ll go over how we incorporate content creation into:
    1. The sales process
    2. Client intake and education
    3. Wireframing and Information Architecture
    4. Development sprints
    5. Final writing and editing before launch

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    Social Media Breakfast Lecture Series

    Show Me the Money!

    March 2017

    Featured Speaker

    Social Media Marketing has obviously taken on a life of its own in the past few years. Many businesses are using social media to reach their target customers. Unfortunately lots of those businesses are leaving money on the table, costing themselves money with avoidable mistakes, and could be saving money if they optimized their campaigns.

    This SMBME we will be thinking green... not just because it is St. Patrick's Day but because we want to make money for our businesses using social media.

    We are so excited to have Emily Straubel, from Big Room Studios, as a speaker. Emily has worked with lots of companies as a marketing strategist. She is going to talk about social media mistakes she sees companies regularly making that are costing them money.

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