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Go By GoLab (GXGL) Artist Highlight

GoLab Austin is excited to have incredible artists participating in the Go By GoLab (GXGL) Carnival, and it is thanks to Anthropos Arts. Music will soar through the air in our courtyard while you mingle. The evening will open up with the young musicians of the Anthropos Musicians Collective, followed by Ephraim Owens taking the stage with his trumpet, and we’ll close the night out with huge musical jam session.

More About The Musicians

Ephraim Owens Experience:

Jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Ephraim Owens  is one of the leading improvisational musicians in Austin. In addition to performing with his own band, he has played with such luminaries as Erykah Badu, DJ Logic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Roy Hargrove, among many others. Owens appeared in the 2006 film, Before the Music Dies, which also featured Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, and Widespread Panic.

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Anthropos Musicians Collective:

This band has performed at the most iconic venues and events in Austin: SXSW, ACL, Stubb’s, Austin Music Hall, and more. And they aren’t even out of high school yet! They’ve have played alongside Grupo Fantasma, Esperanza Spalding, and other Grammy-winners – and have a diverse repertoire that includes musical traditions from across the globe – Jazz, Latin, Indian, East and West African, Ska, Gypsy, and others.

 

Anthropos Arts at GXGLAnthropos Arts connects at-risk youth with professional musicians, cultivating confidence, integrity, and life skills through musical instruction and mentorship. You can support this great organization by donating here


Plantronics Hosts Go By GoLab (GXGL) Carnival

GoLab is proud to welcome Plantronics back to Austin for the 4th Annual Go By Go Lab party. During the event, you will be able to try out some of their incredible technology in the gaming center. Here is some more information about Plantronics and their products:

Plantronics, a pioneer in wearable technology for 50+ years, will be highlighting some of their newest technology at Golab Austin. Plantronics’ developer community and innovations labs will demonstrate the capabilities of our latest concept wearable device, known simply as Wearable Concept 1.

Wearable Concept 1 is equipped with a low-latency, nine-axes sensor which tracks head orientation in three dimensions: heading, pitch and roll (the X, Y and Z axes). It also features tap detection and free-fall detection. Open APIs enable developers to leverage the onboard MFI chip for ease of integration with the iOS platform over Bluetooth® as well as the Windows® operating system. Sample applications can be found at the PLT Labs site. Demonstrations will show how a wearer using Wearable Concept 1 can manipulate an avatar, on an iPad, in real-time based on their physical head movements, and an award-winning application that allows an individual anywhere in the world to share their view remotely via Google Street View.

Plantronics’ Gaming division will be showcasing it’s latest technology at Go by Go Lab. You’ll be able to check out the RIG™ Headset + Mixer, the first member of the new RIG family of gaming products.  It’s a complete audio system of stereo headset, mixer or audio controller, convertible mics and cables, and is the first gaming audio system designed from the ground up with mobile in mind.

The RIG gaming audio system lets players focus on the game by managing their winning mix of audio, their way. Users can dial in a preferred mix of game and smartphone sound – calls, music, and app notifications – for a fully customized audio experience. RIG gaming audio delivers a solid audio performance, with premium stereo, crystal-clear voice and three EQ profiles, including Seismic mode, allowing players to feel the bass.

Visit the gaming center to meet some of the Plantronics team and try this exciting technology.

VIDEO: Plantronics: Wearable Concept 1

 

Go By GoLab (GXGL) Masquerade

You are joyously invited to join us at GoLab Austin on March 8 for our Carnival networking party hosted by Plantronics. You are invited because we’d really like to see you here, but understand that there are a lot of events going on and several of you will be out of town that weekend.

If you are interested in joining us, then please note that this is a masquerade party. We encourage you to bring your own mask or costume, or create a mask when you arrive.

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Main Event – GXGL Carnival hosted by Plantronics

Time:  6:00 – 8:30PM
Location:  GoLab Austin located at 621 East 6th Street, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78701

The entertainment we have planned for you includes:

  • Live music by Ephraim Owens and the young musicians of Anthropos Arts
  • A live art experience by Tina Schweiger
  • Experience quality sound while gaming in the Plantronics Game Center
  • DJ Sandip Kumar
  • Ruben Morales Photography
  • Prizes and giveaways

There will be tasty treats including Austin’s own Live Soda Kombucha, local beer and wine as well as delicious and healthy finger foods if you arrive early.

Afterburner Party


Time: 8:30 – 10:00 PM
Location: El Sol Y La Luna located at 600 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
As the main event ends, our Afterburner party begins across the street at  El Sol y La Luna.

You are invited to join us there for food, drinks, and good times.

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Thank you to our host, Plantronics, as well as our Media Sponsors including: Techzette and Dave Manzer PR.
GoLab partners and other important contributors to our program this year include: 05 Min Productions, 3Seventy, Anthropos Arts, Apogee Results, Austin IMA, Austin World Music, Avapk, Big Wig Games, Bootstrap Austin, Borgfest, Core Media Enterprises, El Sol Y La Luna, FG SQUARED, Funsize, Gluu, Innovators + Social Good, Koriente, Mahana, MindQuilt, Momentum Design Lab, Muzie, nDriven, Olive Design, OneID, Pawn, PitchDeals, Royalty Zone, Sessi Wine Company, Seva Creative, Shining Light Consulting, Siminars, Society for Information Management, Sociidot, Spectrum Data Technologies, Sublime Designs Media, The Beatpacking Company, Tech Ranch Austin, Thundertix, Tina Schweiger Fine Arts, Trader Joe’s, Tria Designs, Vitamin T, Waker Financial Strategies, Write2Market, and Yellowfin Strategy + Design.

Go by GoLab Carnival (GXGL)

Save the Date

March 8, 2014
6 – 8:30PM

Go by GoLab Carnivval

Celebrate Carnival with GoLab!

Join us for the 4th annual GoLab networking party, where eclectic Austinites mix with bright-minded digital creatives from around the world. Share your true self while playing freely at our Carnival celebration with live music, art, games, and giveaways.

The feature attractions include live music from Ephraim Owens and the young musicians of Anthropos Arts as well as a live art experience designed by Tina Schweiger. While you are here, you can experience quality sound while gaming in the Plantronics Game Center. DJ Sandip Kumar and Ruben Morales Photography will also join our party!

There will be tasty treats including Austin’s own Live Soda Kombucha, Revolution Spirits, local beer, and healthy finger foods.

Bring your own Carnival mask and dancing shoes for this hot party. Kids are welcome. When the main event ends at 8:30p, the Afterburner party will begin across the street at El Sol y La Luna.

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Thank you to our Media Sponsors: Wearable World News, Techzette, and Dave Manzer PR.

GoLab partners and other sponsors contributing to the program this year include: 05 Min Productions, Apogee Results, Austin IMA, Austin World Music, Avapk, Big Wig Games, Bootstrap Austin, Borgfest, Core Media Enterprises, El Sol Y La Luna, FG SQUARED, Funsize, Gluu, Mahana, MindQuilt, Momentum Design Lab, Muzie, nDriven, Olive Design, OneID, Oregano Mobile, Pawn, PitchDeals, Royalty Zone, Seva Creative, Shining Light Consulting, Siminars, Society for Information Management, Sociidot, Spectrum Data Technologies, Sublime Designs Media, Tech Ranch Austin, Thundertix, Trader Joe’s, Tria Designs, Vitamin T, Waker Financial Strategies, Write2Market, and Yellowfin.

GoLab member FG SQUARED is hiring a Jive developer. Apply now!

 
Jive Platform and Development Specialist*
Location: Austin, TX**

FG SQUARED is looking for a developer dedicated to customer service. What?!
Here is your chance to join a growing team of very experienced solution providers focusing on “the world’s #1 social business platform.”

Responsibilities:

Supports FG SQUARED customers’ Jive Software implementations by:

  • Knowing front-end and back-end feature sets of Jive Software’s social business platform
  • Responding promptly and professionally to support requests and customer needs
  • Providing technical support in the configuration, installation, and maintenance of Jive software
  • Designing software solutions by studying information needs; conferring with users; studying data usage, and work processes; investigating problem areas
  • Providing information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing development and service issues
  • Solving customer issues based on knowledge of the platform, technical possibilities, and our customers’ use cases
  • Guiding and interacting with a team of developers writing plugins and apps that integrate with the platform
  • Testing and providing feedback for a team of developers writing plugins and apps that integrate with the platform
  • Staying current with system information, changes and updates

Requirements:

  • Loves to write code
  • Ability to juggle, prioritize and manage time effectively
  • Expert knowledge of JavaScript and expert knowledge of web technologies (HTML/CSS) including HTML5/CSS3
  • Experienced with Restful http APIs
  • Aware of JavaScript Frameworks (jQuery, Backbone, Node.js etc.)
  • Familiar with J2EE development using Spring and Struts frameworks, with Maven for build management
  • Experienced with Freemarker and Google Closure (SOY) templates
  • Experience developing rich applications with HTML5/CSS/JS
  • 3+ years of experience building web applications
  • Enterprise web application architecture experience (LAMP, J2EE, or equivalent)
  • Experience in API design
  • Has contributed to product deliveries, ideally in a variety of languages (Ruby, Java, JavaScript, etc.)
  • BS or MS degree in Computer Science or a related technical field
  • Excellent written and verbal skills a plus

Apply by emailing your resume to jobs@fg2.com.

*We will consider applicants looking for either full-time, part-time, or contract positions.
**FG SQUARED is located in Austin, TX but we will consider applicants working remotely from other areas of Texas or the United States.

Save the Date! Saturday, March 9, 2013

Click to get your FREE golden ticket for the main event:

The Identity Biegarten from 5-8:30pm, features live Music by Ryan DeSiato; Fine Art by Tina Schweiger; Cartoonist Benjamin Frisch; Freshly Baked Pretzels; Beer Kegs from Local Breweries; Wine; Strong Coffee; Voyager Legend UC giveaways sponsored by Plantronics, iPAD giveaways sponsored by Jive Software, prizes; VIP gifts; wristbands by OneID.

Insiders know that some of the most exciting and important events that take place in Austin this time of year are on the fringe of the interactive festival happening in downtown Austin March 8-12. South by GoLab (SXGoLab) is THE event for technology-focused companies and the businesses that serve them.

South By GoLab presents “Smarter Working”
On Saturday, March 9, 2013
At GoLab Austin, 621 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Our title sponsor is Plantronics, Inc.

While you are at the South By Golab party, make sure to stop by and see the Plantronics Developer Connection Smarter Working demo station. Here you will learn more about the Plantronics Developer Connection community, the Spokes SDK, and see examples of current, in-market apps that take advantage of the “beyond audio” headset capabilities using Contextual Intelligence.

SxGoLab is all about discovery and new business connections, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with Plantronics and see how easy it is to become an Application Partner and take your business to the next level by working smarter.

GoLab partners and other sponsors contributing to the program this year include: Bootstrap Austin, Dave Manzer – Creative Relations, FG SQUARED, Gluu, MindQuilt, OneID, Salsa Mobi, Shumway Ink., Subtle Data, Tina Schweiger, Tria Designs, Yellowfin Strategy and Design, and Jive Software

Media representatives from major media outlets and prominent tech bloggers are expected to attend SXGoLab. Join us for the opportunity to mingle with bootstrapping entrepreneurs, creative and design professionals, and forward-thinking software developers, as well as representatives from local and national media outlets.

View the exciting schedule below. This event is free and no badge is required. However, in order to come to the premiere event —5pm – 8:30pm— you must “buy” your FREE golden ticket at Thundertix.

Download a PDF flyer to share with your friends and colleagues

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

11.00am – 3.00pm – GoNews Austin Live Interviews / Suite 200
Shumway Ink., a GoLab partner, will be recording presentations delivered by company representatives participating in GoNews Austin.

3.00pm – 8.30pm – Smarter Working Demo Center / Suite 200
Sponsored by Plantronics
See demos from partners who use Plantronics’ APIs to tap into headset sensors. The context aware headset is here and open for business.

5.00pm – 8.30pm – VIP Coffee Lounge & Presentation Theater / Suite 100
Sponsored by MindQuilt, a GoLab Partner.

5.00pm – 8.30pm – Identity Biergarten / Suite 200
Live Music by Ryan DeSiato; Fine Art by Tina Schweiger; Cartoonist Benjamin Frisch; Freshly Baked Pretzels; Beer Kegs from Local Breweries; Wine; Strong Coffee; Voyager Legend UC giveaways sponsored by Plantronics, iPAD giveaways sponsored by Jive Software, prizes; VIP gifts; wristbands by OneID

6.30pm- 7.30pm – PR Over Coffee: Meet Tech Bloggers / Suite 100

8:30pm -10:30pm – Biergarten Afterburner / El Sol Y La Luna
Sponsored by Salsa Mobi, a GoLab partner.

Also join us for this bonus event as well:

Thursday, March 7, 11.00 am – 12.00 pm
App Inventor Workshop / Suite 200
Sponsored by Gluu, a GoLab partner.

 

Metrics for a Healthy Community

Steve GoLab contends that a great measurement for the health of a co-working community is “pounds of coffee served per month.”

I have to agree. Sure, it’s a noisy metric; I drink tea, someone may buy Starbucks on the way to work, a one-cup-a-day person may be the most productive person in the office. But what metric isn’t noisy? For this reason though, I believe it’s important to have a a set of metrics that effectively minimizes the noise you see in your final numbers. But first, what exactly is a healthy co-working community?

A healthy co-working community;

-works together to maximize limited resources. Space is always limited. Are people finding ways to accommodate newcomers or are they bickering over small intrusions?

-keeps the money in the family. Okay, I’m not talking mafia style. I’m saying that when someone in the community is asked, “Do you know someone who knows C++?” do they think of members in the community first, or does their mind go back to the last Tech Happy Hour they attended?

-self-regulates the common areas. You’ve heard of the “tragedy of the commons” right? This is the “oh, someone else will take care of it,” or “it doesn’t matter if I don’t pick up after myself this one time.” And eventually things become a mess. A community with strong norms of self regulation won’t have the same problems as a community that sets rules and people hope not to get caught. A great things to watch is the kitchen sink. Does it pile up with dirty dishes? Do people always put their dishes in dishwasher?

There are others of course. When coming up with metrics for your community, remember to keep them fun, easy to measure, and widely known through the community.