Now that Social Media Week has ended I’ll take a moment to write about it. It was an exciting week in New York City, plenty of super cool panels, discussions, and awesome people. Running around the city and finding the events for which I registered, was fun. I had the chance to enter Norman Foster Hearst Tower, near Columbus Circle, the Bloomberg’s Building, comprising a whole block at 59 street between Lexington and 3rd Ave., and other more private but still spectacular interiors. All the events I attended took place in beautiful settings, architecture served well as backdrop to listen and meet in person plenty of netizens.
On Friday I was already tired, still I walked to the new offices of Quirky. The first thing you see, when the elevator opens on the 7th floor, is a reception desk made of high school lockers. The eighteen light blue cubes stand in front of multiple glass walls, separating the reception from other areas of the spacious loft. The modernity of the glass superimposed to the old industrial structure, makes the space to be more memorable than any other space visited during the week. Quirky offices are awesome, the coolest working environment I’ve seen. The photo below shows the amplitude of the space, but falls short to the experience of the space in use. The energy injected by a bunch of 'hip' guys and gals, who seemed to love what they were doing, doesn’t show in the photo.
After the panel presented, which by the way was great, I took a taxi home. I woke up the next day and turned the computer on to submit Fotobloks to Quirky. Having experienced their offices and getting to know what they do, I wanted to participate. Fotobloks was perfect for that, an idea I developed thinking it could be turned into a product.
Quirky is interesting for anyone that is creative and wants to unleash the power of the network. The company is built on the foundations of crowd sourcing and collaboration to support invention. Their tag line reads “The easiest way to bring your ideas to life.”
My Fotobloks are now submitted and people from the community will vote during the next 27 days, after, the Quirky team will decide if the idea makes it to the next stage. Meanwhile I’m getting to know more the community. Hopefully soon, you will be able to buy the developed form of the Fotoblok idea.