Beakerhead Crews 2016 Information Session

It’s Beakerhead calling with a titanium opportunity: Crews! They’re like committees, but better. It’s so volunteers like you can shape and deliver parts of Beakerhead 2016. Since you’ve been a key participant in the past, we wanted to give you the chance to get in the driver’s seat!

Sign up for one of three information sessions to learn all about Beakerhead Crews and how you can be part of the awesomeness!

BEAKERHEAD PROGRAM & EVENT CREWS: INFORMATION SESSIONS (pick one)

  • Wednesday, February 17. 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 18. 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 20. 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

If you are interested but can’t make either of these dates, email Claudia at claudia@beakerhead.com .
NB: Crew Info Sessions are for those 18 years of age and older. There will be other volunteer roles also be posted closer to the event too!

Beakerhead Photo and Video Team: Info Session

A photographer’s career can be made by capturing the unusual and eliciting emotion. Beakerhead provides a wealth of opportunity for that!

In 2015, Beakerhead generated more than 140 million media impressions, led by riveting photographs that made their way around the world.

How?

A 23-member, volunteer Beakerhead Photography and Video Team.

If you are interested in being a part of the 2016 Beakerhead Photography and Video Crew, you are invited to an information session to learn about the team composition, behind-the-scenes access and distribution opportunities. Attendance at this session is required for all interested team members.

BEAKERHEAD PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO TEAM 2016 INFO SESSION

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28

5:30 – 7:00 PM

#101 – 1615 10 AVE SW, CALGARY, AB

 

There will be a limited number of participants who will make up the Beakerhead Photography and Video Team for the 2016 event. Details of the selection process will be discussed at the info session.

PREREQUISITES: Own camera, a portfolio of previous work, and willingness to be a part of something awesome!

RSVP HERE

Space is limited to first 50 registrants.

Photo above of Denise Kitagawa taking photos of El Pulpo Mechanico. Photo by SDL Photo.

You Can Unlock Tickets to Opening Night For At-Promise Youth

What’s hard?
Getting check-mate in five moves (or less)!

What’s easy?
Getting people to be a part of the ruckus called Beakerhead.

Beakerhead is a sandbox for human ingenuity.
Jump in, friends, and bring someone else.

As soon as 500 people sign up for a volunteer shift at Beakerhead, 50 opening night tickets will be unlocked for Wood’s Homes so adolescents “at-promise” can get inspired by GZA of Wu-Tang Clan. He is a champion of science education!

Target deadline is August 15!

Sign in here as a new volunteer and then pick your shift.

Existing volunteers, login and then pick your shift.

Beakerhead 2015 Ground Crew Orientation Session

 

We’ve done the math! According to our careful calculations, it will take 1,024 volunteer shifts to bring Beakerhead to life this September. Would you be able to contribute a few hours between September 16 and 20?

Explore your hidden talent for tending inflatable creatures, setting up event sites, directing crowds or standing watch over fire-wielding games. There are more subdued roles too – and vitally important! – like office support, event runners, hosts, ambassadors and drivers.

Sign up and stake your claim:

Step 1: Come to one of the orientation sessions below (yes, returning volunteers too). Find out about the roles available.

Step 2: Go home and create (or update) your profile in the online Beakerhead volunteer portal.

Step 3: Get approved.

Step 4: Browse all of the shifts available and sign up for some fun (and for being very helpful, thank you!!)

Orientation Sessions

Existing and new volunteers should attend one of these sessions:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 27, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Click Here to Register

Beakerhead 2015 Ground Crew Orientation Session

We’ve done the math! According to our careful calculations, it will take 1,024 volunteer shifts to bring Beakerhead to life this September. Would you be able to contribute a few hours between September 16 and 20?

Explore your hidden talent for tending inflatable creatures, setting up event sites, directing crowds or standing watch over fire-wielding games. There are more subdued roles too – and vitally important! – like office support, event runners, hosts, ambassadors and drivers.

Sign up and stake your claim:

Step 1: Come to one of the orientation sessions below (yes, returning volunteers too). Find out about the roles available.

Step 2: Go home and create (or update) your profile in the online Beakerhead volunteer portal.

Step 3: Get approved.

Step 4: Browse all of the shifts available and sign up for some fun (and for being very helpful, thank you!!)

Orientation Sessions

Existing and new volunteers should attend one of these sessions:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 27, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Click Here to Register

Beakerhead 2015 Ground Crew Orientation Session

 

We’ve done the math! According to our careful calculations, it will take 1,024 volunteer shifts to bring Beakerhead to life this September. Would you be able to contribute a few hours between September 16 and 20?

Explore your hidden talent for tending inflatable creatures, setting up event sites, directing crowds or standing watch over fire-wielding games. There are more subdued roles too – and vitally important! – like office support, event runners, hosts, ambassadors and drivers.

Sign up and stake your claim:

Step 1: Come to one of the orientation sessions below (yes, returning volunteers too). Find out about the roles available.

Step 2: Go home and create (or update) your profile in the online Beakerhead volunteer portal.

Step 3: Get approved.

Step 4: Browse all of the shifts available and sign up for some fun (and for being very helpful, thank you!!)

Orientation Sessions

Existing and new volunteers should attend one of these sessions:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 27, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Click Here to Register

Beakerhead 2015 Ground Crew Orientation Sessions

 

We’ve done the math! According to our careful calculations, it will take 1,024 volunteer shifts to bring Beakerhead to life this September. Would you be able to contribute a few hours between September 16 and 20?

Explore your hidden talent for tending inflatable creatures, setting up event sites, directing crowds or standing watch over fire-wielding games. There are more subdued roles too – and vitally important! – like office support, event runners, hosts, ambassadors and drivers.

Sign up and stake your claim:

Step 1: Come to one of the orientation sessions below (yes, returning volunteers too). Find out about the roles available.

Step 2: Go home and create (or update) your profile in the online Beakerhead volunteer portal.

Step 3: Get approved.

Step 4: Browse all of the shifts available and sign up for some fun (and for being very helpful, thank you!!)

Orientation Sessions

Existing and new volunteers should attend one of these sessions:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 27, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Click Here to Register

First call for ground crew

 

We’ve done the math! According to our careful calculations, it will take 1,024 volunteer shifts to bring Beakerhead to life this September. Would you be able to contribute a few hours between September 16 and 20?

Explore your hidden talent for tending inflatable creatures, setting up event sites, directing crowds or standing watch over fire-wielding games. There are more subdued roles too – and vitally important! – like office support, event runners, hosts, ambassadors and drivers.

Sign up and stake your claim:

Step 1: Come to one of the orientation sessions below (yes, returning volunteers too). Find out about the roles available.

Step 2: Go home and create (or update) your profile in the online Beakerhead volunteer portal.

Step 3: Get approved.

Step 4: Browse all of the shifts available and sign up for some fun (and for being very helpful, thank you!!)

Orientation Sessions

Existing and new volunteers should attend one of these sessions:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 27, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 Click Here to Register

 

FAQs

Are there age limits to volunteering? Volunteer roles are suitable for 16 years and older. Applicants under the age of 18 will need a signed consent form from a parent or guardian.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Free, two-hour parking is available on 10 Ave SW between 14th Street SW and 18 Street SW. NB: Do not park in the Sunalta Community Association parking lot. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? connect@beakerhead.com

 

Your social media post can save lives

It’s beyond awful to be bombarded by news of a recent natural disaster, and it’s even more devastating for people who were on-site when it happened. But you don’t have to sit in front of your computer feeling depressed over the torrent of social media coverage the Nepal earthquake is receiving. Armed with a computer and an Internet connection, there’s actually a lot you can do.

Take some online time to help geo-tag social media posts

Twitter has proven to be a powerful tool when it comes to providing breaking news and instant updates – it’s a lot more effective than a phone call or text message since the micro-blogging platform reaches a larger audience including agencies that can actually provide assistance. But in some cases, it’s very easy to turn a social media campaign into a trove of irrelevant and outdated content. That’s why it’s necessary for netizens to spring into action and help weed through the abundance of information available.

The Stand By Task Force – an online humanitarian group – organizes digital volunteers into a prepared network ready to deploy in crises.  In Nepal, they have 120 and growing volunteers all over the world helping their Crisis Mapping effort, which includes four factors: information collection, visualization, analysis, and response. A part of this campaign involves the use of tweet and image apps to geo-tag various types of social media posts in order to quickly identify tweets relevant to disaster responders.

Already some small successes in Nepal through this ICT-focussed effort…

Locating trapped children

“Last night we asked a few of our volunteers to find the geo location of some trapped children.

All we had was rough information. Volunteers found the location (the latitude and longitude) based on descriptions from people on the ground. We fed the location to  information to our friends working at VOST.

Within hours we received this message:

“The […] children have been reached – found temporary shelter and have received food and water! They can’t go home though, so will still need help to stay healthy and find permanent shelter, but safe for now. Thanks SBTF volunteers for your help! Seeing more positive signs now the SAR have arrived and hoping for so many more miracles like this.”

(reprinted from SBTF blog)

Click Here to Learn More

Canadian Consulting Engineer features Beakerhead

In the March/April 2015 edition of the Canadian Consulting Engineer, Lisa Konopski from Urban Systems shares her experience as a volunteer at Beakerhead. Click on the image to read the full story on page 42 or click here.

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Thanks Lisa for the shout-out and the immense help!

 

WANTED: Volunteer Crew Chief

Are you the superhero of volunteering?! If so, then Beakerhead wants to hear from you!

Opportunity: Volunteer Crew Chief  

This is a volunteer-based role to September 30, 2015. It is well suited to a high achiever with a positive and enthusiastic attitude, who would like to be involved in leading, organizing and supporting a volunteer community (and garner extra experience and skill development while doing so).

Primary Role: volunteer coordination and communications

Click here to download full profile description

Applications: Interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to Mary Anne Moser; moser@beakerhead.com. Please include in subject heading: Volunteer Crew Chief.

 

Beakerhead Graphics Team 2015: Info Session

An Illustration is Worth A Thousand Words

Beakerhead is calling all drawers and illustrators interested in being a part of an official Beakerhead Graphics Team.

The team will play a key role in telling visual stories before, during and after Beakerhead on September 16-20, 2015

If you are an illustrator, sketcher, graphic artist, graffiti artist or doodler interested in being part of this team, you are invited to an information session to learn about the idea behind this concept, team composition and benefits. 

RSVP Here

Beakerhead Social Media Team Info Session

In 2014, more than 73,000 people took part in Beakerhead and over 165 million media impressions were generated. Millions took part all over the world via social media. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram buzzed. Beakerhead was trending for the full five days.

Beakerhead is calling social media mavens (and aspiring) interested in being a part of an official Beakerhead Social Media Team. The Social Media Team will be in-the-know, behind-the-scenes, and on-the-ground, helping shape and deliver online experiences across social media channels.

If you are interested in being part of this team, you are invited to an information session to learn about team composition and behind-the-scenes access. Attendance at this session is required for all interested team members.

PREREQUISITES: Have a Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Instagram account and willingness to be a part of something awesome! Suitable for 14 years and older.

Beakerhead Graphics Team 2015: Info Session

An Illustration is Worth A Thousand Words

Beakerhead is calling all drawers and illustrators interested in being a part of an official Beakerhead Graphics Team.

The team will play a key role in telling visual stories before, during and after Beakerhead on September 16-20, 2015.

If you are an illustrator, sketcher, graphic artist, graffiti artist or doodler interested in being part of this team, you are invited to an information session to learn about the idea behind this concept, team composition and benefits.

Beakerhead Graphics Team 2015 Info Session

Tuesday, March 10

7:00 – 8:00 pm

#101 – 1615 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
RSVP here

Above illustration by Kipling West.

Calling All Social Media Mavens

In 2014, more than 73,000 people took part in Beakerhead and over 165 million media impressions were generated. Millions took part all over the world via social media. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram buzzed. Beakerhead was trending for the full five days.

A huge part of this success was due to the exemplary work of a 15-member, volunteer Beakerhead Photography Team, who captured the quirky essence of this art, science and engineering spectacle. Now it’s time to dial this up and build a Social Media Team to work with all these photos!

Beakerhead is calling social media mavens (and aspiring) interested in being a part of an official Beakerhead Social Media Team. The Social Media Team will be in-the-know, behind-the-scenes, and on-the-ground, helping shape and deliver online experiences across social media channels.

If you are interested in being part of this team, you are invited to an information session to learn about team composition and behind-the-scenes access. Attendance at this session is required for all interested team members.

Social Media Team 2015 Info Session

Wednesday, February 25

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location: Sunalta Train Station Entrance on 10th Ave SW at 16th St SW. Please arrive 5-10 minutes in advance

RSVP here

PREREQUISITES: Have a Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Instagram account and willingness to be a part of something awesome!

Calling Awesome Photographers!

In 2014, more than 73,000 people took part in Beakerhead and over 165 million media impressions were generated, led by riveting photographs that made their way around the world.

How?

A 15-member, volunteer Beakerhead Photography Team captured the quirky essence of this art, science and engineering spectacle.

It’s now the new year and time for the next Beakerhead Photography Team!

If you are interested in being part of this team in 2015, you are invited to an information session to learn about the team composition, behind-the-scenes access and recognition on a global stage. Attendance at this session is required for all interested team members.

Beakerhead Photography Team 2015 Info Session

Tuesday, February 24

6:30 – 8:00 pm

#101 – 1615 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

Up to 20 participants will make up the Beakerhead Photography Team for the 2015 event. Details of the selection process will be discussed at the info session.

PREREQUISITES: Own camera, a portfolio of previous work, and willingness to be a part of something awesome!

RSVP Here

Space is limited to first 40 registrants. As part of registration, you’ll be requested to e-mail a URL link to your photography portfolio to the chair of the Beakerhead Photography Team, Neil Zeller

My experience volunteering at Beakerhead 2014

[reprinted with permission by Hui Wen Zheng]

Last weekend saw the conclusion of the second year of Beakerhead, an often explosive festival that celebrates art, engineering, and science. I was lucky enough to have had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer through Youth Central at Little Big Street, just one of the several venues that Beakerhead employs to hold its wide array of events.

The first annual Beakerhead event took place in September of last year where 62,500 people sang with Commander Chris Hadfield, climbed a massive spaceship, and sampled specially-engineered foods at eateries all over Calgary, among other things. This year’s exhibitions included a giant cat laser show (sounds awesome, I know), a fully climbable blow-up net, and El Pulpo Mecanico, a robotic two-story octopus. I suppose I should mention that it breathes fire as well. Beakerhead ran from Sept. 10-14 this year, and if you missed it, don’t fret! It will be back in action again in September 2015, and is guaranteed to hold a world of exciting engineering feats. As well, most events are free, and people of all ages are encouraged to come out and interact with the exhibitions.

My day started off at 8:30 a.m., when 10 volunteers, including our team leader, Kirsten, gathered at the entrance of Little Big Street, which was situated on a small portion of the stampede grounds. Since the exhibition did not open to the public until 10 a.m., we assisted with the clean-up of the grounds. It was quite nippy early in the morning, and our first duty was to carry off 20lb sandbags. Though we all had sore arms by the end of it, the task did help warm us up for the day. Plus, I haven’t been to the gym in two weeks…

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With a margin of time left to idle before 10 a.m., volunteers were given permission to check out the exhibitions:

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This one hurt my eyes to look at, but acted as such a juxtaposition in it’s environment that I also couldn’t keep my eyes off of it. Birthed from a coalition between Plain porjects, Urbanik, and Pike Projects, the HygeeHouse is meant to bring about a warm tone.

http://www.plainprojects.ca/#/hyggehouse/

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This Drive-In Arcade was created by Brendan Matikin alongside Paloma Dawkins, and when powered, will deliver drinks right up to the front seats of this 1991 Toyota Previa. For more information about Brendan’s projects, visit http://www.brendanmatkin.info/

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After the “Snowtember” storm, Californian Jayson Fann was able to utilize the branches of some fallen trees in the making of this two-storey tree-hut. For those interested in learning more about the so-called Sprit Nests, visit http://bigsurspiritgarden.com/Spirit_Garden_/Spirit_Nests.html

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Ever dreamt of living in your own house but feared the giant cost? Of course, you could go the normal way and take out a loan, but what if buying a tiny house is the solution? There were two miniature homes at Little Big Street, and this model, The Acorn, happens to be made by Nelson Tiny Homes.

Three U of C environmental design students and Professor Jason Johnson came together after months of planning and a summer’s worth of work to complete this unique meditation hut. To learn more about this project, visit http://evds.ucalgary.ca/content/evds-brings-design-concepts-life-beakerhead-festival

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This colourful station was created by a dedicated group of high school students taking part in the CBE-directed Beakerhead Summer Intensive. You can head in to the station to plug your mobile phone in and charge up by cycling on an adjacent spin machine.

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I’m pretty sure that in our years of uselessly surfing the web we have all come across photos of “bubble habitats” and subsequently dreamt of being in one. Thanks to Casa Bubble, I was able to live that dream when I stepped into this module.

http://www.casabubble.com/p-1-home.html

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Right smack-centre in on the Little Big Street lot is the Gee-Gnome. A mechanical fire-emitting gnome– 

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which we thought was pretty cool, but then… Everyone within the perimeter of the grounds felt an intense radiating burst of heat. When we looked around, we saw this:

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For reference purposes, here’s a comparison:

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Yeah… pretty intense and VERY cool.


In terms of shifts, the jobs of volunteers were to help man the different tents and stations. The first station me and my partner Amy were assigned to was the Phidgets Sensory Garden. Assembled by U of C students with digital parts created by Phidgets, the “grass” and “flowers” of the garden played music when touched. One of the workers on the project, Kat, explained that there were vibration sensors located underneath the structure, which is thereby wired to a converter that changed the signal into one that a computer can read and play sounds to accordingly.

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After a lunch of Asian-style tacos and ice-cream sandwiches, Amy and I were asked to help with the construction of the Spirit Nest. This was such an interesting experience. We got to help Jayson by adding extra branches onto the second floor railings and we were also responsible for crowd-control, as the lineup to enter the hut was ever-growing. They say you learn something new every day…

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Volunteering at Beakerhead was unique, fun, and very engaging. Unlike some other events, all volunteers had a task to complete and were able to learn about the exhibitions all at the same time. There were so many opportunities to try new things, and now, I can proudly tell you how a vibration sensor works. On top of everything,  I was able to meet new people and make new friends. If given the chance again, I would no doubt be all-too-eager to jump in. Special thanks to all event coordinators, contributors, volunteers and supporters. The experience of me and so many others would not have been so great if it were not for you all!

*Note: all photos taken by me unless otherwise stated

Jump In.

Calling both creative and technical types (that’s you!)

It’s time to mash up creativity, science and engineering for a five day city-wide spectacle.

Beakerhead hits the streets of Calgary this September 10 to 14, 2014.

* Create an Art Car or an Art Bike922459b8-29b7-440e-82c1-5ee4cd9800e5
Have an old car or bike that has seen better days? Gather your tools, some friends and bring new life to old wheels. Create a submarine that could drive down the street or a Futurama-worthy tricycle sensation. If you would like to organize a workshop, Beakerhead can supply the mentorship!
BUILDING AN ART CAR OR ART BIKE? E-mail: claudia@beakerhead.com

 

 

* Build a Creative and Cathartic Catapult *a656670d-d8ab-4e45-85aa-9d75771fa271
Looking for a summer project to bring your friends or family together, while also releasing some winter tension? Rally a team to construct a launching machine for the Catharsis Catapult Competition on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Requirements? Mechanical ideas and creativity. Look in June for the call entries and complete rules.
CONSTRUCTING A CATAPULT? E-mail: claudia@beakerhead.com

* Let Others See Your Genius *
Do you or someone you know have a sort of hands-on brilliance? Have you built a musical mailbox, a kinetic sculpture, or other creations? Beakerhead is on the hunt for clever inventions and ingenious artworks. Why keep it in your backyard, when you could contact claudia@beakerhead.com to bring your contraptions to exhibit at Beakerhead.

* Or Get Behind the Scenes! *
All hands on deck! It takes a lot of human-power to make Beakerhead a success. Beakerhead is now recruiting people of all ages and skill sets to help with the September event. Visit the Volunteer page for more details. Thank you for being a part of making Calgary so spectacular.

* Want to Get Involved as a Donor? *
Contact Mary Anne Moser at moser@beakerhead.com to learn about sponsor and donor opportunities

9TH CALGARY TIMERAISER with BEAKERHEAD

The Calgary Timeraiser is back! The Calgary Timeraiser sells out every year so be sure to buy your tickets early so you don’t miss out.

Timeraiser 101: The Timeraiser is part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town. Throughout the evening meet with different agencies, including Beakerhead, and match your skills to their needs. Once you have made your matches, you are eligible to bid on artwork.

The big twist is rather than bid money, you bid volunteer hours. If you have the winning bid you have 12 months to complete your pledge before bringing the artwork home as a reminder of your goodwill.

This is a fantastic way to get involved with Beakerhead and be part of the September 10-14, 2014 hands-on, citywide event.

A limited number of early bird tickets are available.