Global Winter Wonderland Brightens up Sacramento for the Holidays

Global Winter Wonderland

Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo

Global Winter Wonderland in Sacramento beginning November 22nd, 2014

By Nolan Apostle
Producer & Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

The Global Winter Wonderland arrives in Sacramento on November 22nd, 2014 at the Cal Expo grounds. It promises to dazzle any audience with it’s plethora of lights and colors so magnificent that only the heavens above can match it’s beauty.
Global Winter Wonderland is a spectacular holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration featuring:

Awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes from around the world including the Global Village, Holiday Fun, Dinosaur Maze, and the Enchanted Forest.

Two stages of entertainment – including Global Winter Wonderland’s Circus of Light

Delicious international cuisine

Full carnival with family and thrill rides

Photos with Santa and holiday shopping

Multi-cultural Theme Days featuring specific cultures’ traditional customs

For details on the show and to purchase tickets you can call (866) 251-6700

Global Winter Wonderland runs from NOV 22, 2014 – JAN 4, 2015

At the CAL EXPO in SACRAMENTO

Visit http://www.globalwonderland.com/ for all show details.

MAKER FAIRE 2014 –YEAR OF THE MAKER

By Nolan Apostle
Producer, Contributing Editor and Photographer
Event City Premier Magazine

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What is the Maker Faire?  At the Event City Creative several of us have been big Maker fans over the years and this reporter has attended almost every year since its inception in 2006. Although I’ve missed a couple of years due to personal reasons, my conviction and dedication to the Maker Faire – DIY (Do It Yourself) genre, and the immense amount of creative talent, positive attitudes and eclectic inventive ideas on display at this event – well simply put, as the Rolling Stones would say, “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away”. I would have to be laid out on a gurney to miss another Faire again.

To give you a fair definition of this eclectic festival of talent is a most difficult task, but one that we sure had fun defining. After talking with hundreds of Makers and attendees over the years we have come up with what we believe defines the Bay Area Maker Faire:

“A Creative’s Disneyland rolled into a

Futuristic Music Festival of the Arts & Sciences.”

Well that’s one definition of Maker Faire. The festival itself defines it as “Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new”, whatever you might decide it is, Maker Faire is certainly a different type of edutaining, an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, inventors, crafters, educators, engineers, electronic wizards, science clubs, hobbyists, authors, artists, students, and even an interesting collection of commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come together at a Maker Faire event to show-off their wares, whatever they may be and to possibly help you learn more by sharing what they have learned.

Maker Faire launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 as a tiny display of DIY enthusiasts demonstrating their ideas, inventions and creative projects. The interest and excitement of this genre, if you can even label it a “genre”, has done nothing but spiral into an incredible adventure where one can see and most importantly, experience, the entire Maker community first hand in all its glory. Last year at the San Mateo (San Francisco Bay Area) Maker Faire the crowds were spectacular and truly as gigantic as some of the displays at the Faire itself – over 120,000 attendees showed up over the weekend to take in this grand event – and most of those we spoke with said they would be returning without a doubt as long as the Maker Faire existed!

Wow! Can one believe the incredible growth of an event that offers such a wide array of experiences with a general ticket price ranging from $17.50 to $60.00? The popularity of the Maker Faire expanded greatly over a short time and soon took over the entire San Mateo Events Center within a few years. Now almost a decade into the sprawling event its legions of aspiring makers, educators, moms, dads, sons and daughters and many others come to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 195,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2013, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. If you plan on going to the Faire here is some information to help you get there and around the San Mateo area. The Maker Faire is certainly family friendly – 50% attend the event with their children and many come from all parts of Northern California. Just last year alone there were 98 independently-produced Mini and Featured Maker Faires taking place around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Santiago, and Oslo.

This years Maker Faire is expected to be the largest Maker Faire to date! Could it reach 150,000? Why is it so popular? Could it be that the event is primarily designed to be forward-looking showcase for Makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But the Faire is not just for those involved in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

The Maker Faire is an exciting and extremely entertaining event filled with an extremely diverse audience, and a fascinating, fun, curious mix of people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with an audience that can be just as eclectic as the makers themselves. All of this could be the result of the popularity explosion of this event, and as it continues to grow it will continue to present a tremendous opportunity for everyone who visits the Maker Faire; opportunities to learn, to grow, to walk away feeling real good about yourself, about your abilities to go out there and to do “something” regardless of what it might be. Some say it is an event that can easily become one’s obsession, as far fetched as that might be, it is an event that really does allow you to feel real good about yourself. Once you attend a Maker Faire one thing is certain, whether you become addicted to the eclectic fun and creative and inspirational atmosphere or not, you will come to appreciate the 950+ Makers displaying their projects and not only walk away learning something new, but truly, you will feel much better about yourself and that alone will urge you to return the following year for a whole different, but certainly just as positive, experience!

Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media.  Maker Media publishes MAKE magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

The Maker Faire Official App is available for iPhone and Android devices. You can download it here.
Event City is the new online Community for the Events & Creative Industries supporting the talent and projects within the Special Events, Hospitality, Music, Entertainment, Film and all Inventors and the full spectrum of the Arts. The Event City Creative Magazine is the online publication supporting Event City and the Event City Network. Event City launches in Q4 2014.

Here is a Maker Faire Sneak Peak for you:

Makerspace on Wheels: Building the Hackmobile

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http://makezine.com/2014/05/06/makerspace-on-wheels-building-the-hackmobile/

The “Ultimate Maker Vehicle” is revealed at Maker Faire on Saturday, May 17th, 2014

 

The Hypnotic Grooves of the Sand Noise Device

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This is what you get when you combine a box of sand with a Microsoft Kinect, an overhead projector, and a series of illuminated pucks?

 

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Test Your Skills at the Game of Drones Aerial Sports Competition

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The Game of Drones is announcing the launch of our their official drone sports competition at the San Francisco Bay Area Maker Faire, on May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. Check it out, this is pure, unadulaterated, MAKER FUN!!

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Game of Drones is excited to announce the launch of our official drone sports competition at Maker Faire Bay Area, taking place on May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. The Aerial Action Sports League (AASL) aims to be the premiere drone sports competition, showcasing pilot skills, engineering prowess, and technology innovation through aerial combat, flying obstacle courses, and other fun drone games.

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More to come on the Event City Creative Magazine.

Ad Tech Visits San Francisco Next Week

Ad Tech, touted as the largest gathering of Digital Marketers in the world will be in San Francisco at the Moscone Center April 11-13, 2011 this year. Each year for the last couple of years Event City has covered Ad Tech from a general sense of the show. This year, as we launch we will look at Ad Tech through the eyes of you our loyal readers and members. Looking for advantages, opportunities and general information that could benefit you and your business endeavors.
We hope to find a great deal of business opportunities for you. Ad Tech takes place all over the world in these locations:

BEIJING, LONDON, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, SHANGHAI, SINGAPORE, SYDNEY and TOKYO

Some tidbits about Ad Tech:

Bringing together digital marketers and advertisers for more than 14 years and reaching buyers and sellers with 10 annual events across the globe.

Ad Tech’s exhibition hall affords participating vendors unparalleled opportunities to reach brand advertisers, agencies, publishers and key members of the trade media.

The exhibit hall itself features technologies and software and services employed in the world of digital marketing today, including:
Advertising Networks, Mobile, Ad Servers, Portals, Affiliates, Publishers, Creative Services, Research, Email Marketing, Search Engine Marketers, Rich Media, Search Engine Optimization, Media Planning and Buying, Software, Metrics/Analytics, Viral Marketing

One of the companies involved in this world is OpenX, the world’s leading independent provider of digital ad technology, enables businesses to maximize their revenue by combining ad serving technology with one of the top ad exchanges. Major publishers like Groupon, Excite Japan, and France Telecom/Orange have selected OpenX to power their advertising businesses. OpenX ad serving products are used by 200,000 websites in 100 countries and serve over 350 billion ads monthly. OpenX Market reaches over 400 million monthly unique users globally.

Look for more information on OpenX and other superior companies to help you move into the world of digital marketing.

By Nolan Apostle & Danny Hewlett
Contributing Editor/Producer
Photographer/Reporter
Event City Premier Magazine
Events & Creative Industry Blogazines

Best of CES 2011

The Consumer Electronic Show came and went like a cool breeze on a warm summer’s night. Here was the Event City Creative Magazine, at one of the largest electronic shows in the world with only 72 hours to see over 80,000 products – Yeah Right!! As my 10 year old and his friends would say, EPIC FAIL!! I’ve always maintained this should be a week long show, what better reason to stay in Las Vegas for a few extra days.

So what did we find at this ultimate Electronic Industry’s playground?

iGrill, first ever Bluetooth enabled grilling/cooking thermometer and App

I’ve recently had the chance to speak with some of my Catering friends, food people at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco (what a great partner this product would make with some of those awesome BBQ Sauces we sampled), and lots of Grilling fanatics about a new device, and they all asked the same questions – What is it? What does it do?

Here’s the overall idea: iGrill is an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch-friendly cooking and grilling thermometer that runs off of 4 AA batteries and provides a  temperature readout in digital format on its own screen. It does not need an electronic device to use. It uses a long-range (200-foot) transmitter using Bluetooth technology to communicate with a free iGrill application. Ok, that’s pretty simple, right? Good. Are you sitting down? Here it where it goes way beyond the “out of the box” of any typical digital cooking thermometer. The iGrill offers both digital and analog readouts, a timer, guidelines for cooking different types of meat that can show you the progress for whatever you’re cooking, and even integrated recipes. iGrill also has the ability to optionally connect with two metal probes — one’s included in the package — and works at temperatures of up to 400 degrees. White or black versions are available, they come with a built-in stand, a wrap-around thermometer cable, and a nice glow-through front face.

Sure you have to ask yourself the question is it certainly worth the $100 you’ll spend for this functionality? Well that is entirely up to you, but we are certainly intrigued enough (and we hope you are too) that we’ll be looking forward to doing our review on this newest gadget for the fine professional food service company, to the grilling enthusiast. Of course I will most certainly look forward to anticipating the outcome of our grilling experience. Gotta run, I have some decisions to make- Chicken, T-bones, Mahi Mahi, oh my….

Eye-Fi Memory Card Does Work For You

The Eye-Fi card is the 1st wireless memory card. It looks, stores media, and fits into cameras just like a regular SDHC card. But this card is special. The Eye-Fi card has built-in Wi-Fi that uses your existing wireless network to effortlessly transfer photos and videos to wherever you desire.

This is not the first time Event City Magazine seen this, and it certainly will not be the last. A very promising device, we are looking forward to doing a thorough review on this unit and all of the features it has to offer.

Visit the Eye-Fi Website for the latest information on this product.

Everyday theft of some type of electronic mobile device is not an uncommon occurrence, especially with the rising prevalence of expensive gadgets in the general populace. Not to mention all the information we store on our smartphones and laptops these days, including confidential business and personal documents, company e-mail, personal finance apps, so much private information its even more important to protect your device from loathsome characters.

Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce you to my new best friend, GadgetTrak Mobile Security, which is now launching in version 3 just in time for CES 2011. Along with its companion apps, this handy service provides comprehensive protection for laptops, smartphones, and tablets in the event they’re lost or stolen.

GadgetTrak consists of five major features to help you protect your data and find your device. For one, you can remotely wipe any personal data, including photo, e-mail, contacts, and texts. You can also back up any of this data using government-grade encryption, which is a nice feature for those who don’t want to lose all the data in a wipe. The software is also tamper proof, so once it has been activated, no settings can be changed; the service will even notify you if the thief removes the SIM card.

GadgetTrak uses a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi positioning, and cell tower positioning to help you find your missing device. There’s an alarm functionality, which lets you trigger a loud siren, which can serve as a theft deterrent or a location aid, even if the phone is set to silent.

GadgetTrak Mobile Security 3 is available for $34.95 per year for laptops and non-iOS smartphones and tablets. A one-time 99-cent download from iTunes is all it takes for iOS users to enjoy the service. In my humble iPinion, that is certainly a small price to pay for your peace of mind.

Nolan Apostle – Contributing Editor, Producer
Cheryl Boyd – Writer, Blogger
Danny Hewlett – Photographer, Camera-person
Event City Creative Magazine
Event City BlogaZines

All materials copyright of their respective owners. All other materials copyright ©2001-2011 Event City

Planner’s Feast at CES & MacWorld

Where to go and What to do!?

By Nolan Apostle, Editor in Chief and
Danny Hewlett, Photographer & Camera Crew

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

As an Events and Creative Industry’s professional you will learn about the products and services we will find at, CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas and MacWorld Expo in San Francisco? Event City will focus on bringing you the latest in new technology and “outside the box” ideas for doing what you do.

We bring you solutions for problems that exist and those that may exist in the future. We help you prevent headaches as well through learning about key products and services to help you in your business. Not only will you see new products now, but our coverage will continue well past the actual Events themselves.

You could be an Event or Meeting Planner, Corporate Manager, Hospitality & Events specialist, Travel, Art, Entertainment, Music Food & Beverage or Film industry professional and we will constantly bring you the latest and greatest to help you succeed!

So now that you know our secret, here’s a few links for you to visit the Event City Magazine coverage of these two great shows.  Event City Creative Magazine and the Meeting City Online BlogaZine.

Events, Travel and Good Ol’ Gasoline

It wasn’t just a little less than a year ago that gas was about half of what it is now (I personally have witnessed the $5.00 per gallon ++ sign on several gasoline stations – mostly Shell’s), and we were pretty upset about that. “How could gas get so high” we would ask ourselves. But now, wow, over $5.00 per gallon, are we INSANE OR WHAT??

How has this effected Events? How has this effected how people travel back and forth to events? How will this effect how we go on vacations this summer to visit Aunt May in the Midwest, or if we still will take our planned excursion to the Big Apple? How about those of you that plan events, will this hurt your bottomline? Will you plan events in an entirely different way from here on out?

No need to answer these questions. I just want to be clear on one thing; People will continue to plan events and travel, just not the same way they use to. Are the oil companies planning on this? HECK NO!

New Technology Series Announced-Beginners Java Programming TechTalk

Nolan Apostle – Talent, Producer and Contributing Editor
Event City Live, Event City TV & Event City Creative

PROGRAMMING In JAVA – How To’s

This week is the Java One Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It is of course not a Hospitality Expo about the Coffee industry, but more about the technology created by SUN Microsystems which is in many different applications and just about everywhere on the web. Oh yeah, and we’ll throw in a little bit of caffeine just for some kicks!

At Event City our Publishers, Editors, Managers, the “powers that be”, have decided to begin a series of articles and reports for all that is Technology, and how it spans into YOUR industry. Continue reading