This year, saving a tree isn’t just about deciding to buy a recyclable fake tree to put up in the corner of the living room. It’s also about finding fun new ways to say “Happy Holidays” to your favourite clients, colleagues, friends, and family. To help with this, Robots and Pencils has decided to build an app to go along with this year’s Christmas cards, and attach its proceeds to a great cause.
The Children’s Cottage Society is a Calgary-based organization that works to prevent harm and neglect to all children, along with building strong families by offering support services, programs, and crisis nurseries. They strive to make sure children are safe and in healthy families. Robots and Pencils feels very strongly about this cause, especially after extensive flood damage to some of their facilities this past year.
Those participating have the opportunity to play the Robots and Pencils-branded game as much as they’d like before December 23rd, 2013. Each round, the player must try and get the ornament into the stocking with the star on it to increase the donation by the maximum amount. However, just by playing, donations will always increase. Don’t forget to play often – we left some cheats in there for the enthusiasts!
After the 23rd, Robots and Pencils will be taking the final donation amount and purchasing much-needed items from the Children’s Cottage Society Wish List. The team will then be packing the Fiat and FJ Cruiser to the brim and driving the items over.
Thanks to everyone’s support, participation, and encouragement this year. Happy holidays! Stay tuned for updates on RoboPlinko!
Last week Michael went to Toronto for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finals for Canada! While that in itself was an awesome experience, he managed to do one better. He was invited to sit on a panel discussing the results of E&Y’s G20 Entrepreneurship Barometer. He was sitting with the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture; Rebecca MacDonald, Founder and Executive Chair of Just Energy Inc., and our own MJ! MJ was invited to give perspective from the SMB-SME area, as Robots and Pencils actively works in this area, and with numerous large enterprises in our business app division.
Debate was lively, and they touched on many points – how can we better educated aspiring entrepreneurs, how can we make funding more available, and how can we work to make this a systemic part of Canadian culture as opposed to being such a difficult nut to crack, so to speak.
Last night was the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Prairies gala event. It’s kind of like the Oscars for Entrepreneurs, and our own Michael Sikorsky was up for the award in the Technology and Communications category.
With over 1,000 of Western Canada’s best and brightest in attendance, around 9:30 the big moment occurred. And well, just watch below!
Congratulations Michael! Well deserved! And a big congrats to all the other winners – your successes continue to inspire us to reach even greater heights ourselves!
Here at Robots and Pencils, we loved Netflix’sHouse of Cards, starring the one and only Kevin Spacey. So when we stumbled across a speech he gave in the UK about how content has changed, we were intrigued. We’ve worked hard to disrupt the space of content with our Discover Entrepreneurship app – changing how education in delivered in high school and colleges. And the speech he gave resonated with us on so many levels – a lot of the messages are applicable in the education app space, in particular with regards to how content is delivered. Check it out below, and let us know what you think.
If you just happen to be in the Kitchener-Waterloo area tomorrow, you should swing by the Gamification Conference at the U of Waterloo’s Stratford campus. Great speakers from all over the world are there talking gamification, including our very own VP, Phil Wheaton! He’d love to chat gamification, and take you through some of the awesome things we do here!
He speaks on a panel at 2:00 tomorrow, so go check it out! His presentation is called House of Cards, so in pure machiavellian fashion he’s going to manipulate you when you’re there