Calling Advance2030 Volunteers!

March 8, 2010

I’m still posting “Meet the Volunteers” Q&As even though our main event is complete. I know many of you were too busy to respond during Web Development Weekend.

So, if you’re still interested in being featured, email me: melinda.c.urick@gmail.com

Thanks again for all your hard work!


Meet the Volunteers: Matthew Case

March 9, 2010

Who are you? Matthew Case

What is your real job? Software Engineer / IT Technician / Sales Engineer / Technological Mercenary

What team are you working with during Advance2030? Development

Tell me a little about your responsibilities during the project. I am helping Joe and Nate with some auxiliary functionality while they tackle the big stuff and spend a *lot* of time answering people’s questions.

What are some challenges you are facing? Getting the development environment set up has been challenging. A lot of my time on Saturday was spent doing this.

What are you most excited about this weekend or the comprehensive project? The chance to meet new people, the chance to do some programming for something that will be seen and used by a *lot* of people, and the chance to eat some fantastic food.

How’s the food? Amazing. The corn ravioli from Farenheit was by far my favorite.

Think we’ll complete all the tasks to launch by Sunday night? Finished and  ready for public usage? No. Good foundation with some leftover polish to do? Yes.

When all is said and done this development weekend, where can we stalk you? @villadweller or ZeroSignal on Facebook


Meet the Volunteers: Genesis Brown

March 8, 2010

Who are you? Genesis Brown

What is your real job? I work for Hyland Software supporting Direct Financial Services customers.

What team are you working with during Advance2030? QA/testing.
Tell me a little about your responsibilities during the project. We worked to make sure the frame was entered into the database to create cases/stories so that functionality could be developed around the various case stories.

What are some challenges you are facing? reading peoples writing :) there weren’t many challenges.  Everyone was willing to pitch in and help where and had a great can do attitude.  I hope to help in further projects.

What are you most excited about this weekend or the comprehensive project? Knowing we are collaborating to create something that can benefit so many.

How’s the food? good.

Think we’ll complete all the task to launch by Sunday night? Lord willing and the creek don’t rise :)

When all is said and done this development weekend, where can we stalk you? my personal email.


We did it!

March 3, 2010

Many thanks to all the volunteers who made Advance2030 a success! With the site built and launched, now we fine tune all the parts for a complete user experience.

A fully-functional site is intended to be completed by early May. At that time, we intend to continue the excitement and collaboration by using our volunteers to assist in implementing the site for other young professional groups.

Advance2030 will remain a big part of the technology group within the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. Thanks again to everyone who was involved in this amazing weekend – – sponsors and volunteers alike!


When you hit the wall…

February 28, 2010


You gotta put on your game face.


Stats: #Advance2030 by the Numbers

February 28, 2010

Estimated amount of volunteer hours this weekend: 800 hours (1400 total)

Amount of volunteers this weekend: 60

Packets of Pop Rocks: 60

Tubs of Barley House rigatoni: 3

Bottles of Indigo IMP beer: 264

Liters of water: 50

Nerf rounds fired: 1,722

Pounds of Light Bistro Portuguese meatballs: 5

Boxes of Fahrenheit gourmet pizza: 8

Average amount of Apple computers open at one time: a lot

Furthest remote developer: Undisclosed location in Virginia

Male to Female Ratio: 6,132 to 1 (estimate)

Cases of soda: 5

Pounds of Phoenix coffee: 10

Rolls of paper towels: 10

Pounds of apples: 15-ish

Gallons of milk: 5

Official mascots: 1

Offensive things seen on Chatroulette: Too many


Launch (Midday) Day update with Dan Young

February 28, 2010

I sat down with Dan Young, Head Honcho of the Volunteers, to get a briefing on Day #3 of Advance2030 Web Development Weekend, as time of launch quickly approaches. After talking a bit about volunteers (over 60 people have donated their time!) and stats (which we’ll compile into another post), we got down to project updates.

A sampling of what the teams are completing are new member and organization databases, which include: lists from sponsors, corporate members, venues, vendors, government agencies and media; event calendar with new registration, viewing and search capabilities, linking events to people associated with the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. There will also be new committee pages for the club.

As you’ll see during the launch, there is a new logo, new look & different feel of the complete site. There will also be a new email system implemented, featuring a 20/30 e-newsletter.

Being mere hours from the debut, we have figured out the finish line for the project. Major strides have been made towards a fully-functional redesign of site — which will take some time after the Advance2030 weekend has commenced (we knew this going in). The core look & feel will be complete, with a target of March/early April for full Web site functionality. We leave that open-ended option to involved the public – who will be using or viewing the site. We welcome comments and suggestions how to increase the overall experience with the site, as we’ve designed this to be distributed to other young professional groups.


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