I need to write a post on cool programming I’ve designed/programmed/done thus far. There’s a lot to choose from, but here are the ones that really stick out in my mind. (And to say I did them solo would be absolutely WRONG. These were all team/group efforts. In some, I came up with the idea, but others implemented. In others, someone else came up with the idea and I just executed. Some were a hybrid of both skill sets. Some are in the past, others are ongoing, and some are yet to come.) They will appear in random order below.
Relative to my philosophy on learning and design of tools to make cool products and services: I just want to litter the universe with knowledge. After that, I am a maximizer, so I want to take the cool stuff produced and spread it like a virus to the widest audience possible. That’s the background I try to keep in mind every time I work on a book, project, or process.
1. Social Media Dames Unconference Series – To help women get their voices heard online, my friend Amy Stark and I set up this conference series in Indiana (Indy and Ft. Wayne) so that women could jump over the hurdles of technology and go straight into sharing their stories. Although I’ve stepped out of this series, I am hopeful that it will live on through Amy.
2. 21 Flavors: Ideas on How Might We Increase Medication Adherence? - This one was not my idea in concept, but in execution. Community Health Network co-sponsored this CE for pharmacists at Butler University a while ago. What was fun about it was two fold: 1. there were 21 speakers, each speaking for 5 min about one “flavor” or way to increase medication adherence, with the intimidating factor of a gong going off if they exceeded 5 min. 2. This was the first program that I turned into enduring materials online via the google site. We also published the summary in Drug Topics. And, we had ice cream. Seriously – what more could you want from a meeting?
3. BU Well – This one is still ongoing. We had press on it recently – co-written by the students. They’re coming up with great ideas to make the first, open-access, student-driven, multimedia healthcare journal that we can find out there in the ether. The journal will launch in the summer/fall of 2015, and I can’t wait to see what the first edition/volume will look like next summer. Inventing the idea, the logo, and helping out the students with things like media training, journal development, and website management has been a true honor and blast.
4. STEM Princess Series - This will be a series, if it kills me! I’m cranking on book 2 right now. I’m also
having a doll made of one of the characters. This needs to be a multimedia empire, not because I want to be the next Walt Disney, but because GIRLS NEED STABLE FINANCIAL FUTURES by choosing to opt in to STEM careers. STEM is cool – we just need to show girls at an early age that it really IS cool! I also like tearing down the baggage around the term “princess.” I love the manifesto we created for the book.
5. Children’s Book Student Writing & Publishing Series @ButlerU – I wrote about this project series recently, and it still blows my mind that different teams of students here at Butler across colleges have published 5 different books that are now helping others learn about healthcare, pharmacy, and STEM. Writers really are leaders, and even though helping students produce these books is a TON of work, it’s worth it in the end, because we all grow from the experiences.
…And two haven’t happened yet – but they will soon!
6. Pearls Sessions – This year’s Annual BUCOPHS CE – June 4-5, 2015 - Was it VanGogh who said that the best artists steal ideas? Anyway, I totally stole this idea from ASHP, as they tend to have a lot of different speed round talks on topics they call pearls sessions. At the end of two very long full days of CE, we’re going to try a speed round this year to keep things fun and moving. Will this work? Don’t know, but it will be fun to try!
7. Crowdfunding 101 – A Women Entrepreneurial Panel Discussion – March Madness – Mar 31, 2015 - A lot of people love to talk about helping women entrepreneurs raise capital for their businesses, as it’s probably the biggest hindering factor for women to grow established businesses. In my world, talk is kind of cheap – at least as an entrepreneur. Instead, I felt like acting and putting together a panel discussion of REAL WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS who ran REAL CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGNS – to share how they did it, what they learned from the process, and most important, to teach other women how to do it. No theoretical jabbering, no pontificating – just real talk on how to raise money for businesses through the crowdfunding channel. This will be in Indy at Launch Fishers at the end of March. Hope you can come learn how to make the money raising magic happen.
That’s it. Those are the top 7 in recent years. As one of my friends reminded me today, I’m a life long learner. And, the best part about learning is that I get to bring others along on the ride with me. It’s been fun. And, I hope in the future I get to help bring even more creative, fun and exciting learning projects to life.