When I first walked up the narrow stairs of BizDojo on Tory Street, my initial impression was “Wow, this place is a lot bigger than I thought”. The second thing I noticed was the vibrant and funky furniture that adorns the space, and then the low buzz of people working hard, having coffee catchups or stressing over the five-minute Dominion Post quiz.
It’s now been a month since my first day at BizDojo and what greets me at the top of those stairs is still a novelty.
As BizDojo’s new Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator, I’ve spent my last four weeks wearing a few different hats.
As an interviewer I’ve sat down with 24 of the Victoria Entrepreneur Bootcampers, and was blown away by their enthusiasm and passion for the projects they’ve dedicated their summer to. I’ve nabbed time with the founder of Inspiring Stories, Guy Ryan, to find out what his year as Young New Zealander of Year was like and to hear about the exciting plans for Social Enterprise in 2016.
As a marketer I’ve helped publish our resident survey to find out how we can make improvements in the space and to validate our residents’ personas.
As a baker I’ve made more than 150 biscuits to bribe the residents into taking that survey.
As a communications co-ordinator I’ve been working closely with DK catching up on and planning the upcoming Collider programmes, and over the last four weeks, that's what has got me the most excited.
For those who aren’t too sure what Collider is or what it means for them, I’ll give you a quick rundown...
We describe Collider as a series of ‘activations’, and that’s because it’s hard to find a word to cover all the types of programmes that come under its umbrella. Collider is events, workshops, one-on-ones, roundtable discussions, Google hangouts and more.
The Who and Why
Collider exists due to an awesome partnership between The BizDojo and the Wellington City Council. The Council has big plans to make Wellington a Smart Capital (since we’re already the coolest), and by hooking up with The BizDojo, the Wellington tech hub was formed. Here's a picture to help explain it:
What's in it for me?
What this means for you is that there is a series of activations going on in your city tailored to help you with your business, product, service, or idea. You can be as stable as a totara or just starting your journey like a ponga frond... if you need help growing to the next level there is something in Collider for you.
You can join me and get excited now!
The programme for February already boasts international speakers, such as Innovation leader Tim Kastelle and International Director of the Open Data Institute, Richard Stirling. There are also vital lessons regarding understanding Search Engine Optimisation, Crowdfunding, increasing your influence, being money-savvy and heaps more!
Over the next few months, as a storyteller I can’t wait to share the awesome things happening across Wellington’s tech, digital and creative scenes. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve got some exciting things going down in your neck of the woods, even if you’d just like to say hi and let me know what you’re working on. I can't wait!
Wait... did I mention kittens?
One last hat I've worn so far is the ‘kitten enthusiast’ one. I helped organise a surprise for our BizDojo residents by bringing in seven wee kittens from The Kitten Inn in Lower Hutt. Can't beat kittens in the office!