24 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Everyclick’s viral campaign wins Adobe Website of the Day Award Howard Lake | 3 January 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Christmas viral campaign to promote the new version of Everyclick.com’s website has been named the first Adobe Website of the Day for 2008. The ‘Santa Swing’ gave users the chance to upload a picture of themselves and personal audio messages to become a dancing Santa that can be sent to friends.It helped promote the fact that the search engine that has raised over £360,000 for charity has launched a new version of its site that is designed to make “searching more effective and fundraising even easier”.Adobe showcased the site from 26 December until 2 January 2008.Everyclick.com users can now form fundraising groups that can track their combined donations to a charity, as well as offering live displays of the total funds raised for specific charities by users as a whole.Site users now have a number of ways in which they can promote the site and their favourite charity: the ‘Spread the Word’ page enables them to send online invitations, link to social networking sites, and download search box widgets for the personal web pages and blogs.www.everyclick.com/santaswing.html Tagged with: Digital Everyclick About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
The IDEA Center, located just outside of campus, may be a long walk away for many students — but making the trip might be worth it.This semester, the IDEA Center has many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurs, including startup coaching and a pre-accelerator program. Students must apply to the pre-accelerator program, a six-week intensive curriculum where students focus their ideas and create an initial product, culminating in an opportunity to pitch a product to small-scale investors. Trinity Reilly | The Observer The IDEA Center, pictured above, allows undergraduate students to work with various design tools and creative strategies to create their own product.Among the programs offered, the most accessible is startup coaching. Patti Reinhardt, director of student engagement at the IDEA Center, said any student can simply go to the IDEA Center’s website to submit an idea and begin the coaching process.“Students who have an idea can actually submit their ideas through our pipeline,” Reinhardt said. “They can get startup coaching, access to workshops and pitching opportunities, which include connections, advice and small amounts of funding. And we take no equity in student ideas at the IDEA Center.”Sophomore Spencer Koehl is a senior startup coach with the IDEA Center this year. He began working with the IDEA Center last year as a venture coach. This year, Koehl said, the coaching program wants to focus on encouraging student entrepreneurs to truly take initiative themselves with coaches’ support.“We’re going to give you the tools to show and convince investors that you have something worth building,” Koehl said.During weekly coaching sessions, he said, students do anything from theorizing about a problem that needs solving to interviewing random people about their product in order to reach the ultimate goal of creating an idea ready to pitch to investors.“You learn a lot about how to interview and how to create value out of talking to people,” Koehl said. “And the program is great with public speaking — you have to learn how to pitch, how to design pitch decks and how to answer questions on the fly. And how to sell people on your vision.”As students figure out their vision and begin to craft their initial product, they often head to Matt Leevy, director of the IDEA Center Innovation Lab. There, students have access to industrial design services, 3D printing, laser cutting and more — all for free. The lab is only two years old, but its layout has already changed over 15 times thanks to giant Lego brick walls that lend to the dynamic environment.“Specifically within this Innovation Lab concept, we have created a number of resources to facilitate entrepreneurship within the physical product space, so anybody with a physical product — big or small, by the way — and we are here to pour gasoline on that fire and get it going,” Leevy said.All students need to do is email Leevy to get the process started. At the lab, they can tinker around, discover available tools and begin working.There is one catch: once students begin selling their products, they then have to pay for any equipment they use at the lab, like any real business. But, Leevy said, that is the point. Ultimately, the IDEA Center wants to get undergrads to a place where they can start their own business. So far, around 20 student businesses have begun in collaboration with the lab, he said.“The IDEA Center, really, is just a hub for driven, motivated people who want to make the world a better place,” Koehl said. “That’s why I get out of bed every morning and I’m like, ‘I love this job.’ It’s meeting all these different people and getting all this incredible experience.”Tags: design, IDEA Center, innovation lab, student businesses, venture coach
Brazilian legend Ronaldinho has had his contract at Fluminense terminated by mutual consent.Ronaldinho, who only joined the Rio de Janeiro club in July, struggled to make an impact in Serie A – leading to a portion of his own fans booing him in August.”Fluminense hereby announces the breaking of their contract with Ronaldinho Gaucho in an amicable form and in mutual agreement between both parties,” the club’s official statement read.”Since first contact with directors, the athlete and his representatives treated the club with professionalism and respect.”Fluminense and Ronaldinho will maintain their ties and plan to work on other projects in the future.Although the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year failed to score in nine games, Fluminense still thanked him for his short stint, focusing on his ability to spark an economic boost. “It should be noted that the deal met marketing expectations, increasing ticket sales, the number of shirts sold and commercial partners.”The Ronaldinho deal also showed that Fluminense can arouse the interest of the greatest players in world football.”Ronaldinho was linked with a host of clubs before his return to Brazil in the summer, with interest still expected to be high for the 35-year-old following his departure from Fluminense.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports