If I accomplished one thing during 2020, it was successfully test driving innumerable online meeting and collaboration platforms. I mean, what else was there to do, really? And throughout that time I kept thinking, “Trying to recreate the real world meeting or event dynamic online is only going to result in an uncomfortable and awkward Uncanny Valley situation.” The true winner of the new generation of virtual events, in my opinion, was going to have to come at the problem of gathering virtually in a new and creative way. And with that in mind, Skittish just might be on to something.Read More
If you’ve been around Portland and, well, the Internet for any amount of time, you’ve likely heard rumblings about XOXO, the experimental festival for independent internet artists and creatives that—from the start—was a must-attend event. And even as it grew exponentially, the unique festival remained true to its founding roots which kept folks coming back—and looking forward—year after year.
In late 2015, the folks behind the XOXO festival announced an effort to provide an affordable collaborative workspace for independent artists by finding thoughtful patrons and members of the community who could help subsidize rent for those artists. It was an experiment called the XOXO Outpost. Read More
Portland has long been home to any number of interesting podcasts. With new shows cropping up all of the time. But even today, the intricacies of podcasting can still be cryptic and intimidating. (Sorry Adam Curry, it’s true.) That’s why it’s always nice to see projects that look to eliminate those barriers and get more voices—literally—on the air. Meet Stream PDX. Read More
Remember a while back, when Rose City Game Consulting gathered a bunch of awesome game developers to hack on stuff for Cartoon Network? Well, that was awesome. But what came out of that weekend? Even more awesome, of course. And now, you get to experience that awesome, firsthand. It’s the Cartoon Network Game Jam Showcase. Read More
If you’ve followed the XOXO festival from year to year, you’ve seen it grow and change and experiment. But there’s an even bigger experiment underway now, 365 days a year. Well, 366 days, this year. But you get my point. The XOXO Outpost looks to create a home for the collaborative creative community that attends the XOXO festival, throughout the year. And they’re taking applications for members. Read More
Now, there have been hints. And mentions. Of something more happening with XOXO, the annual—but never guaranteed to repeat—event that gathers independent artists in Portland every fall. And now, those hints have morphed into a gathering, in the new space that will house XOXO magic year round. Read More
It only makes sense. I mean, a couple of folks who rethought the whole event experience can rethink other things. Like not only how we collaborate in short formats but how we collaborate with colleagues day after day. How we extend an ethos into a culture. How we work together. And how we support one another. And that’s why I’m incredibly excited and inspired by the new XOXO collaborative workspace in Portland. Read More