Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Awesome Ideas Starting to Roll In

Momentum is growing and awesome things are all abuzz in Calgary these days!  April 10th is the submission deadline to get your awesome ideas in the running for the very first $1000 of free grant money.   Now those are bragging rights! 

Interested in learning more about Awesome Calgary?  And how we finance microbrilliance?  Got an awesome idea and want know what's involved in submitting it to us?  Join us at Kawa Expresso Bar on Sunday, March 20th at 11am for a chit chat and meet up with some awesome Calgarians! 

Follow us on twitter @awesome_calgary

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Oops! We goofed. [logo contest]

We've just learned that having an logo contest may not be such an awesome thing to do.  It turns out that the design industry frowns upon such contests as they undermine the value of artists work.  We apologise!  We truly had no idea.  We just thought this was an awesome way to get people engaged in Awesome and we would promote the winners work in return. 

Due to this new knowledge, we are suspending the contest (we certainly don't want to offend awesome artists or designers!) but if there are graphic designers/artists who would like to volunteer with the team of Awesome volunteers to help us come up with a new logo - we would love to chat with you.  After all, our mission is
"The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe."
So, we don't want to do anything that's not forwarding awesomeness for everyone.  Thanks to those who pointed our faux pas out to us ... seriously, we had no idea.  

Springing forward,

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Awesome Logo Contest!

[Logo Competition] Awesome Calgary needs your help!

Awesome Calgary needs your awesome graphic design skills. You’ve heard of Awesome, right? (Of course you have. I mean, everyone is talking about it!)

I know you love (ahhem) my 30 second photoshop version of a logo, but really - it's not nearly awesome enough! This is where you come in.  We need a logo - and we need it to be as awesome as Calgary is.

The Awesome Calgary logo will be used in conjunction with all of our communications, promotions, and in the awarding of the monthly $1,000 grants that will be used to bring awesome ideas to life. It's kinda awesome, ya know - your logo could be associated with the most awesome things in Calgary since Mayor Nenshi was elected! 

For more details check out @MrYYC blog  - don't delay!  We're only accepting Awesome logo designs until April 5th, 2011.  Winner and honourable mentions will be featured on Awesome site and tweeted when we announce the winner! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

She blew her knee out in the park

(sung to the tune of The Beatles "A Day in the Life")
"Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
She blew her knee out in the park 
She didn't notice that the ground had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen her face before
Nobody was really sure
If she was from the Foundation of Awesome"
awesome photo by Ryan Factura  for Metro News Calgary 
Metro News Calgary - Cash for a bright idea!
Katie Turner - Metro News

(I think we need Kyle as stunt double next time!) 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March Forth to Awesomeness

It's that time of year again.  You know, that time in the year when you've realized that not only does Santa Claus not exist - and you've blown away any recollection of your New Years' Resolutions- but you've yet again been led astray by a ground hog on the promise that Spring will be here next week.  Yes, it's March Forth!  That one day in the year when the calendar itself commands you to get up off your duff and do something to kick start your year.

I'd highly suggest adding a bunch more awesome to your life this year.  But then again, I'm a bit biased, you know, by hanging out with so many awesome people.  But dagnabbit!  Let's share that awesome feeling across this great city.  :)

Last evening, on March 4th, we held the inaugural meeting of the Calgary Chapter of the Awesome Foundation at Kaffa Coffee House in Marda Loop.  Can I tell you how awesome it is to be seeking and finding(!) so many awesome people in Calgary?  We're officially off and running.   Follow us and help us fund a truly awesome idea each month!

Kudos and congrats to all of the Awesome Trustees and Awesome Propagation Team!  These 10(+2) trustees have opened their hearts, minds and wallets to bring awesome ideas to life in Calgary.   Yes, you read that correctly!  The demand to be a part of something so awesome was so overwhelming that we've decided to add in a special Calgary twist ...  twice a year we'll offer an additional $1000 grant for an extra idea that truly deserves an awesome boost.  (how cool is that?)

Check out the updated submission guidelines and Award Party details ... and get your ideas in by the next deadline (hint: it's the 10th of each month) - don't procrastinate ('cuz we know we all do!) - the early ideas get the worm.  No, that's not it.  hummm .. well, regardless - get those submissions in and prepare to bowl us over with your ingenuity, creativity and overall awesomeness.  There's a $1000 of free money in it.  What's not to love??

PS:  we can always use a few more APT (Awesome Propagation Team) members.  If you're awesome and you know it clap your hands! (and send us an email).

Until next time, be awesome!