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Shadows of Mobiles

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Ride of Silence, Toledo

This event was organized by We Are Traffic.org.

The evening was full of the beautiful light of Spring, and the best of humanity was in abundance. Bicyclists from all over the Toledo area gathered for a memorial service.

from the Ride of Silence website:

THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET

On May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

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I will soon be doing presentations about Augmented Reality and Bicycling. The first is at Rustbelt Coffee, on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30-6:30. The other presentation is part of GOBA, and will take place June 18. AR and bicycle safety is part of the presentation.

Click here for more information, as well as to see a collection of videos and links illustrating the impact AR is having on the world of bicycling.

Jumpstart/NextTech Pitch Competition

I discovered this event only a few hours before it began, thanks to Gene at the seed coworking space. I had no idea what to expect, though I have attended many pitching events around the world/pitched to a number of VCs at the 2018 TechCrunch Shenzhen event. I was intrigued, wondering what would be pitched. Fintech, food, IT, AR, VR, block chain; these would be likely topics, though I hoped there would be something that would work locally and internationally.

There was! The winner was a project that solved an urgent issue for the northwestern Ohio, yet also has national and international applications. The judges awarded the $10,000 prize to CC Tronic, represented by Nida Ammar and Leo Idraikh. Their technology helps solve Lake Erie's algae bloom problem, and eventually could have worldwide applications.

passing out prizes at a pitch competition

Other contestants/ideas: Moni Featchurs( portable theaters for community events),Smith Innovations ( windproof table/umbrellas), Clean Car Technology (cleaning components that are friendly to humans and the environment), HER Wines Ltd. (customized wine events for women).

Diana Patton, with a serious smile, shared her goal of meeting Michelle Obama. Diana's RISE program is already improving the lives of students in the Toledo area. Her presentation was genuine, dramatic and moving.

Jacob Beakas and his partner presented a plan to provide UToledo students with foods grown locally.

The star of the show, however was Ateeq Najib, a 16 year old award-winning boxer. He opened his presentation explaining why boxing gloves need to be improved: hand injuries are very common. Ateeq explained how he tested various materials and gave other examples of the research he did. If he won, he would use the money to create prototypes. Ateeq's sincerity and thoroughness were impressive.

BubikoFoodtour showed up, and of course she was intrigued by the experiences and plans of Andi Lawrence and Foodology.

Bubiko gets excited about Foodology
Bubiko cheers on Andi Lawrence from Foodology

Although CC Tronic won , all of the entrepreneurs gave strong presentations. No Powerpoints! And...great food and drink!

The judges:

Amy O'Donnell, Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Toledo.

Phillip Lee Partner, Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick

Wendy Gramza, President and CEO, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Steven Powell, Manager of Administrative Services and Development, City of Toledo

The event was hosted by Ocie Irons, Jumpstart's Senior Partner in Toledo.

NextTech Ohio/Jumpstart

Toledo: May 9, 2019

A black and white photograph of branches in spring.
woodgrain pattern
Wet cityscape
white blossoms on a tree

The Day I Heard the Moths

Moths In the Attic: the interview in the Toledo City Paper was the start. The demos on the MITA website clinched it. This band is something! They were scheduled to play in Grand Rapids, making me even more excited because Grand Rapids is near Singapore. But MITA was scheduled for Grand Rapids, Ohio not Grand Rapids, Michigan and the Singapore idea is another story for another day, so I will just stop rambling and share the photographs from the day I heard the Moths.

a rectangular shape of light on a dark wooden floor, the chair of a leg like a plant


Toledo Ohio, Sylvania Avenue. A field, a barrier and the evening sky.
a woman getting into a car, face not seen, a red swing the background., she holds a key in her hand.
a TV screen showing a pitcher and a batter, the baseball betwen them
Moths playing

West Toledo at twilight. Houses on Overland Parkway.
American seeds Wildflower blend sunny area seed package
Colorful balloons tied to a tree near a street
Moths in the Attic. Kevin Jorrey, Zack Fletcher, Mike Williams
Red tulip in the shade of a large tree on a sunny day.
cherry blossoms and hair
A clock  that is a Mickey Mouse watch, a lamp , abed
Two daisies and their shadow
Moths in the Attic at the Art and Performing arts Center of West Toledo
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large tree in front of a house at twilight
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Post about Music at SXSW 2019

Stephen Black video interview about the 3how music/theatre/project