As you’ve seen from the previous weeks of #InventAnything, making is better with friends. You get stellar design ideas, solid feedback and make more intricate projects.
Host Your Own Event During Our Global Makeathon, March 28 & 29
This week we will ask you to plan a casual event for your friends, family and local bitsters for a day of "munching & making". You can host the event in your kitchen, backyard or local makerspace and you will get support over here and through our network of almost 3,000 bitsters from 45 countries.
How can we bring people together to make something fun + great?
- Ask a few of your friends to come over on a weekend afternoon for some casual eating + littleBits hacking.
- Create a “menu” of who is coming, which bits + supplies you will need.
- Post an image with a remix of the poster above, that includes your meetup time, location and an RSVP link for other local bitsters who might want to attend!! http://discuss.littlebits.cc/t/share-your-event-date-time/19380/
Don't forget to share the projects + photos from the day of your event on the project page. This will be key to unlocking your bitSTAR status. Meanwhile share pictures on Twitter and Instagram using the #InventAnything hashtag so we can all celebrate together from different parts of the world during the weekend.
Inspiration, Examples and Support
Event Guides: How to Host a Meetup With Your Friends and Family
Here is a step-by-step guide to help you put together a casual event. Check it out :
Event Ideas: Group Activities to Kickstart Your Creativity
Check out all these ideas for events and add yours!
From the littleBits Community: What Makes a Good Event?
@ValentinaC @anmol1771 @Milind @aliceava @chloeatplay @joey @Philip_Verbeek@Peter_Sp @erin_littleBits and I came together and created a group definition of what makes a good event:
Welcomes The Unexpected: being ok when things don't go as planned & celebrating surprises.
Encourages Creativity: Themes and fun costumes help with that.
Doing something physical: Like building things dancing or even hosting an event in a roller disco.
Ice Breakers: Like Turtle Wushu, or Massive Multiplayer Thumbwars
Show & Tell : Including time at the end of the event for people to sit around a table and share what they made.
Read more at http://littlebits.cc/projects/energy-awareness-design-challenge
How Do You Design Events People Will Love and Remember?
From Community Veteran, Alex Hillman and Our Own bitSTAR @vanessa
With any design project, I like to start with identifying certain design principles or priorities. When it comes to an event, I’d outline these as:
- interaction and mixing
- collaboration over competition
- personal over professional
Read more at http://dangerouslyawesome.com/2014/02/how-to-design-community-building-events-that-people-will-love-and-remember/
Easy Ways to Run Great Events: What Chloe Learned!
When planning an event we often strive to get high participation numbers. But before celebrating the fact that your event was so popular that you didn’t even have enough chairs to seat your attendees, take a minute to reflect on how successful your event really was; did people make meaningful connections? How many people stayed throughout the entire event? Where there enough peer to peer interactions? Was there enough finger food? Ok, fine maybe this last bit is not as crucial, but being a good events wrangler also means being a good host. It is expected that you make your guests comfortable while they are in your space and ensure they feel like it was a worthwhile experience after they leave.
Read more: http://chloeatplay.tumblr.com/post/66104877943/10-things-i-learned-from-running-events-and-how
Your Fellow bitsters
Leo Saccomano, Bariloche, Argentina
Milind Sonavane, Pune India
Remember this is a community who loves sharing work in progress Feel free to post your event idea-in-process below.
3.2 Discuss: What Makes a Good, Collaborative Group?
3.3 Team Up: Document Your Event + Upload a Project