HoHOTo: A Recap

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A couple of weeks ago we held the follow up to December’s hugely successful HoHoTo event which raised $25,000 for the Daily Bread Foodbank here in Toronto.

Held on August 18th, wright in the thick of a hot & sticky week here in Toronto, almost 500 people from Toronto’s technology, marketing, social media & visual thinking communities came out to support the party at the Wetbar & Suite 106 clubs (they’re two different floors of the same building).

While the summer kept our goals a little more modest – we’re pleased to have been able to raise over $10,500 as of the night of the event (a final tally is in the works) and as an added bonus we raised another few hundred dollars with a twitter auction of unclaimed raffle prizes. You can find photos from the evening on Flickr in the #hohoto pool.

The reality is, at this time of year, every penny counts. Like December, the middle of the summer is another spot where the foodbank sees fundraisers and donations drop off sharply. We’re pleased and proud to be able to pull together events in these “quiet” times that help give them an unexpected boost when they need it most.

Thanks to everyone in the community who came out and supported the event! If all goes well we’ll see you in December again.

– Ryan

HoHoTo is Back – August 18, 2009

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Who says we have to wait until Christmas to have another party? HoHoto is back on August 18th. Dubbed Ho-HOT-o, in recoqnition of our summer date this party is shaping up to be another fantastic event to benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank here in Toronto.

Here’s the official announcement:

‘Tis the season… for HOT times and good deeds! HoHOTo brings the holiday spirit to the hot summer nights with a grand party at Wetbar & Suite 106 on August 18. There’ll be DJs, prizes, beautiful people, interactive fun and the warm fuzzy joy of doing good on a night out.

Once again the HoHOTo crew are bringing people together to support the Daily Bread Food Bank, feeding hungry people across the GTA. Show your support by buying tickets or just making a donation, and then Tweet (we’re @hohoto, or just use the #hohoto hashtag), email, Facebook or blog about your contributions.

You can share photos with us, send our DJs live requests via Twitter, but most importantly, come and party with the crew that brings the good times AND the good deeds.

Our holiday party last December was a huge success, and we’re planning even bigger things this year. Don’t miss out! There’s only 500 tickets for sale and once they’re gone… they’re gone.

As the post says “once they’re gone… they’re gone” and I guarantee you they will be. Last winter’s event sold out in just 9 days and I won’t even go into how much the few tickets that did become available sold for in the days leading up (let’s just say today’s price of $10 is one heck of a deal in comparison).

Sponsor HoHoTo!

If you’re a local business and want to help out in a big way, consider sponsoring us! Just drop me an email at ryan (at) ryancoleman (.) ca and I’ll connect you with the sponsorship team. Watch the Hohoto.ca site over the coming days as more details will be emerging about the sponsorship packages we’re offering.

So make sure you get your ticket and come join us for the Hottest party of the summer.

– Ryan

Upcoming: KDMI Visual Thinking Series at UofT

Next Thursday, May 14th, 2009 a new series of lectures on the topic of Visual Thinking will be starting at the University of Toronto. It looks like a great lineup of speakers, bookended by two past VizThink conference facilitators, Neil Cohn & Colin Ware. At this point I’m planning to be at all of the lectures (and will be declaring them unofficial VizThink Toronto meetups at the same time ;) ). It looks like it should be a really interesting format – the talks start at 5:15 and go until 6:45pm but each talk will also be followed by a public “brainstorming session” that runs until 8:00pm – I have no idea what that entails but it sounds like fun.

If you’re planning to attend any of them drop me an email (ryan@ this domain) or ping me on twitter @ryancoleman & we can all plan to go for a drink after to continue the conversation (and see if we can’t convince the speakers I know to join us ;) ). I’ve also created the event at the vizthink site so RSVP if you’re coming.

What: KDMI Visual Thinking Lecture Series

When: Every Thursday from May 14 until June 18th @ 5:15pm

Where:

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(Map says Russell St – enter of the entrance at 40 St. George though)

Who:
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First Day: Jumping in with Both Feet at VizThink

So today is Day 1 at VizThink and Tom decided to start out by throwing me right into the fire with a “Welcome” podcast:

Hint: Use the Full Screen Button to see this video in greater detail.

You may also download the audio here…

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Source: VizThink Blog

I think it turned out alright – I’m really excited to finally have full days to start processing this stuff and getting the community side of VizThink rolling. Expect to see a lot of activity over the next 30-60 days as we start to roll out the community platform on our site and as more cities start to hold their own events as well.

There’s also some spots left for the VizThink workshops with dave Gray and Karl Gude – May 2 in NYC & May 7 in Chicago Go here for details.

If you want to be kept in the loop I suggest any or all of the following sources:

VizThink Blog: http://vizthink.com/blog
VizThink on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vizthink
Subscribe to the Mailing List through the VizThink homepage (right sidebar): http://VizThink.com

If you’re interested in getting something going locally by all means drop me a line at rcoleman [at] vizthink. You can also follow me on twitter or add me on Facebook.

– Ryan

A Great Series of Posts on Community

I’ll keep it short & sweet today:

If you’re interested in Community development, both virtual and physical, and you haven’t been following David Crow then you need to head right on over to his blog and check out his recent series of posts on “Community 2.0“.

Some very cool stuff in his posts, and links out to lots of other resources. Well worth your time to give them all a read.

Enjoy!

– Ryan