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Credit: Popular Science

Credit: Popular Science

Happy Geek Week.  Techsnoop is a certified, second-generation geek who loves tech and gadgets.  So we’ll be translating here for non-geeks some of the great stuff happening during Geek Week.

Barbie Grows Up

First up, Barbie.  Barbie is the world’s hardest working woman.  She is the face of the women’s movement.  Barbie is a great role model for young girls.  She has her own beach house, SUV, sports car, has tried several professional careers and refused to marry her beach-bum boyfriend, Ken.

Now Barbie is going to space to explore Mars complete with pink accessories and a ray-gun.  How cool is that?  Techsnoop is going to have to get one of these for the office desk.  Inspiration, here I come.

Geek Cliff Notes

If your Geek factor needs a bump up or refresher course, check out the following from Mashable.com;
Talking robot goes to space (maybe with Barbie?)
Free education from top sites
Top 10 tech
Apply for jobs from your smartphone
Affordable holographic displays
Why you should be afraid of artificial intelligence

You Tube Entertainment

If you are putzing around with no idea what Geek Week is about, check out the official YouTube channel of videos.  Get started with the video below from Matt Mira.

And let us know if you’ve joined the ranks of the Geeks.

Social MediaTechsnoop was at Social Media Day Detroit 2013 with DKemp Designs yesterday and there was something for everyone.  Food, fun, games, and free swag were all part of the experience.

Looking for a job? U-Haul is hiring at several of their branches.  At the U-Haul booth on the main floor you could create a Vine video for the chance to win a great bike.  The Opportunity Detroit booth had great reusable shopping bags and a fun staff.

Have a business that needs recognition? Contact Core Detroit where they feature one business everyday.

Looking to volunteer your teens for the summer?  Contact Gleaners Food Bank, they help hungry families all over Michigan.

Media group MLive had a Tony Hawk game to play for prizes and lots of fun was had at the Yelp booth where checking in was rewarded with a spin of the wheel for prizes.  Keep your eye out for MLive, they are expanding in the Detroit area.

The diversity and number of businesses who sponsored or held booths shows that, in Detroit, social media is taken seriously.  But fun and social is still the name of the game.  Social media has made marketing an activity that draws crowds instead of boring customers.

What You Missed

A big thank you to all the booth staff who were kind enough to pose for Techsnoop’s photo gallery.

Little Caesar

Little Caesar

Opportunity Detroit

Opportunity Detroit

Yelp

Yelp

Core Detroit

Core Detroit

 

Press Swag

Press Swag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted in the Crowd

Andrew HumphreyOne of my favorite tweeps, meteorologist Andrew Humphrey was in attendance, as well as Little Caesar and, fellow designer and another great tweep, Monsieur Robert who apparently enjoyed the Starbucks table.

Techsnoop did not see Coca-Cola and missed them.  Maybe they’ll be there next year.  What with all the can holders that were given out, they would be a natural partner.

Live Music

SWAG You Missed

great swag

Great Swag

But most of all, SMDay Detroit was a chance to meet with social media experts nationwide, network, meet social media contacts in real time and make friends.  Twitter, Google and Mashable were all represented and brought fun to the event.  And most important, score great swag.  The freebies were beyond fab and all participants were creative in providing everything from sunglasses to frisbees.

Social Media events like this one allow the industry to continue to grow and add value to the companies they represent.  If you missed it, #SMDay #Det on Twitter to get the updates and make plans now to attend next year if you are serious about creating and executing a social media plan in your business.

Let us know in the comments if you made it and Techsnoop will plan to meet you there next year!

 

FreeOver at Tech-A-Break I’ve been blogging about the economy and starting your own business.  Here on Techsnoop’s Helper I would like to offer up free tools for those in the Design industry.  As a freelance designer myself, I understand how important it is to maximize time and finances so here are a few tools to help with both.

First up; free smartphone apps.  GetJar offers apps that are normally paid for free for most platforms other than Apple.  Also, Amazon App store offers one app free every day.  Both sites offer productivity apps in addition to games.

Next; get paid for roaming the city and clicking on ads – with MobiboTrello is a great app for collaborating with peers and customers.  3D Issue converts your PDFs into page-flip magazines.  While it’s not free, they do offer a free 30 day trial to test out.

And no roundup of freebies would be complete without mentioning Smashing Magazine, Net Magazine and Mashable.

Thanks for reading, I hope these all help you as much as they do me!