What’s Happening at Waza
February 20, 2013 by Sara Dornsife
Waza (技) 2013 is only a week away and the schedule is packed with amazing speakers and hands-on craft experiences. We can’t wait to share this day with all of you. If you haven’t yet, register now before it’s too late!
This year, Waza will have three stages with a total of 20 talks. The rest of the venue is packed with lounges, co-working spaces, snack and beverage stations, and, thanks to our sponsors, all kinds of interactive, craft-based activities to fuel your creative mind.
In addition to our great sponsored happenings, we have quilting, dye-making and printmaking artists on hand. Come experience their unique crafts, hands-on and up-close.
Quilting and Dye-making: Maura Grace Ambrose is bringing her Folk Fibers all the way from Austin, TX. Maura collects natural materials to dye fabrics then uses them to stitch together special quilts. Join Maura in the hands-on creation of a custom Waza quilt.
Printmaking: Marissa Marquez joins us at Waza for the second time. Marissa uses woodworking tools to hand-carve original designs into blocks and stamp them onto paper. She has created some beautiful prints for Waza which you can use to print your own postcard, or she can teach you how to make your own.
##All Things Delicious
Blue Bottle Coffee: We’re a bit obsessed with coffee at Heroku. And it’s an obsession we like to share. Doors open at 10am for badge pickup, show up early and enjoy a cup of pour-over coffee while you get to know some Herokai. But don’t worry, this cup-at-a-time coffee service will be available all day.
Tea Lounge: We know some people prefer tea, including many of our own staff, so we’ve set aside space for the Waza tea lounge where you’ll find a variety of loose-leaf teas.
Food Trucks: We will have an assortment of local food trucks offering a selection of lunch specials. Use the ticket on your badge and select your favorite.
##Don’t Want to Deal with Parking?
Secure bike parking will be available thanks to the fine folks at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
##Meet our Sponsors
####Atlassian Well-known for their collaboration tools that help teams build better products, Atlassian is providing Waza with co-working spaces to get the job done.
####DODOcase Creating artisan products for technology is the core of DODOcase’s business. Stop by and create your own Waza-branded, hand-bound notepad to take home .
####Github We all know that Github knows how to throw a great party, so we’re pumped that they are sponsoring the Waza afterparty. The fun starts at 9 p.m., and everyone with a Waza badge is invited.
####MongoHQ We are pleased to have an origami artist, Linda Mihara as part of the Waza experience. And thanks to MongoHQ for adding rockets to her repertoire. Learn the ancient art of paper folding and make your own shiny silver rocket to take home.
####Neo4j Adding an art experience to one of the lounges, Neo4j is bringing an amaizng Zen Table to Waza. They’ll also use their superstar graphing skills to monitor and display the event’s Twitter activity.
####Neon Roots A full service interactive agency specializing in custom web & mobile development that contributed to our web site.
####New Relic Cheers! Thanks to New Relic, we’ll be serving craft beers at Happy Hour. To kick things off at 5 p.m., an expert from 21st Amendment Brewery will share how those delicious flavors you’re enjoying came to be.
####SendGrid SendGrid is bringing us a Waza first: Arduino hacking in the Garden! If you are new to Arduino, SendGrid will be leading two intro talks to get you started. If you’re already an Arduino, just sit down and hack! You might even win an Arduino kit to take home.
####Treasure Data Saving us all from huddling in a corner near a power source, or missing anything to charge our laptops, Treasure Data is providing Waza attendees with two power valet stations. Drop off your electronics to be safely stored and charged while you enjoy the talks and activities.
February 28th is less than two short weeks away. If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Concourse for a sure-to-be-epic Waza!