Generally, when we are inactive on this blog for a while, it is because we are hunkered down on some secret hush-hush project that is taking all of our time. That is true of the last two months of less than daily new blog posting as well.
Some of our projects will remain secret hush-hush for a while, but a few are on the verge of being released... and one of them is a little article about VIVA that will be going into the March newsletter of Museums & Galleries NSW - we will post a link when it is available.
I am super excited about MGNSW!
Museums and galleries have been one of our focus areas when we designed VIVA. When we examined things people enjoy doing and all the areas that are under-serviced, cultural events and art exhibitions were both highly enjoyed and far under-serviced, so we made it one of the priorities in our design. My personal liking for these events did have some part to play in our design decisions, but the analyses held.
This timing allows us to release one more version of the app before the end of March. Watch this space!
I know I said a while back that I don't go to many trivia nights, but it seems evidence is mounting that trivia nights are the only social events I attend. They make me feel a little stupid because I know so little about trivia.
That was Tuesday. It is now Friday.
On Tuesday night, I started writing something a piece about the next round of activities for VIVA. Instead of finishing that piece on the blog, I started writing instructions to Ian and Syed about how to automate our data labelling process. For those in the know, labelling of data is one of the key things that we have to do to treat the information that comes into VIVA in order for events to be properly categorised, and therefore recommended to people. It is the difference between telling someone they might enjoy Swan Lake rather than just any opera (or any live performance). So far, this has been a manually intensive process, but now we are looking to automate that.
As a result, I never ended up writing a piece about the next round of activities for VIVA, so... another day!
On the flight from Melbourne just now, I found a quote that someone put on a post-it note for me about a year ago:
"All great achievements require time."
- Maya Angelou
She was right.
I looked back at our work over the last year, all the little milestones we had along the way, all the advice and help we received, and I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I wish I had taken some more time over the last year to send thank you notes to people, to let them know how much they mean to us. I guess Thanksgiving is the designated time to remind us of those emotions, but that had slipped by without notice.
I had spent a couple of hours on two separate days during this Melbourne trip with Mark, one of the wisest friends I have. He had been working on his medtech business for about eight years, and it is on the verge of going gangbusters.
Eight long years.
I can barely imagine how many trials and adversities he faced; getting up each time, dusting himself off and continuing. The grit that he has!
One of the reasons I came down to Melbourne this week was to meet the academic at Ducere Business School. That happened in Camberwell this morning.
A couple of months ago, Jess from Collabosaurus set us up with Ducere to chat about how they might be able to help solve one of VIVA's big strategic problems. This was at the start of November, and around the time when five massive tech players moved into the same consumer space as VIVA - oh Nelly, that is a story and a half... and much too much for me to write about in one single blog post. I will start drip feeding details of this over the next few months as we work together with the MBA students at Ducere.
It was fantastic to meet Dom, one of the academics on the case, and Natalia, the coordinator for this project. I think this is going to be great fun as we try to figure out the what's what and why's why.
The coffee in Melbourne is better than Sydney.
Mark and I coffeed afterwards to talk about a different business opportunity. I will have to tell you about that another time as well... but that would be straying far off topic, and we will need a really good segue.