Startup Games: Colorado

Startup Games: Colorado

Startup Games is heading to Colorado in 2016! Set for October 15th at Glitter Dome in the RiNo district of Denver, Startup Games will bring all the fun, philanthropy, and competition that have been going 5 years strong in Austin. We’re bringing 10 events to the best 8 startups in the area to duke it. Startups will fill their team roster with their top employees to compete with the best-of-the-best from the other companies. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to the best in Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Trivia, Ping Pong, and more! The startup with the most points at the end of the day will earn the biggest trophy and largest cut of the prize pool for the charity of their choice. With a live DJ, free drinks and sodas, sweet merchandise, and an awesome photobooth, it makes for the most of fun out there. Get your ticket here:...
Podcasting with Austin Bat Cave

Podcasting with Austin Bat Cave

As a rule, each company playing in the Games chooses their charity to support. While I tend to recognize each one, when Startup Games: Austin 2016 rookie OwnLocal chose to support Austin Bat Cave, I had no idea who they were. But, I was excited to find out their mission is to develop writing skills in kids and teenagers. I’ve been writing ever since a kid, and love hearing about others fostering that passion in the next generation. So, I jumped at the chance to learn more. The opportunity arose this summer with their camp workshops where they focused on a specific realm of writing; subjects like, Magical Realism, Professional, and Post-Apocalyptic. I picked the Podcast Writing workshop to visit. I like podcasts, and I’m totally one of those people that have said, “I bet I could do a podcast.” I stopped by the workshop on a Wednesday in the middle of the week-long camp where a volunteer promptly introduced me to what all they were doing and what had already been done. The instructors were a trio of volunteers with a background in writing, podcasting, and audio, and along with Program Director, Ali, seemed like the perfect team. The “campers” were high schoolers, a small group (smaller than most of the other workshops) but very engaged. With an endless list of subjects for podcast topics, it turns out they opted to discuss the current and critical subject of mental health. I was immediately impressed. It was certainly something I thought little about at their age. The workshop mission was to cover each aspect of developing a podcast from outlines...