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I’ve officially moved my blog to from my site. It will allow me to utilize a variety of new feature, host ads/sponsored post, and a little more freedom to customize in the future.

I’ve enjoyed my time on but it’s time to move to my own hosted site. I’ll be posting soon on the difference for those interested in blogging.

I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to move since I’ve had the domain and hosting for awhile now.

I’ll be redirecting this blog soon, since all the archives have been moved over successful. Make sure to subscribe to my new blog! 

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Did you miss my webinar “Engaging Diverse Learning Styles with Web and Mobile Multimedia Tools that Add Pizzazz to SoftChalk Content” by SoftChalk on June 5, 2013?

SoftChalk Webinar

To accommodate diverse learning styles as well as access to mobile content it has become increasingly important to use multimedia and instructional tools that enhance lessons. The tools featured in this webinar will be either free or cheap resources that easily incorporate a variety of multimedia into your SoftChalk content. Many of the tools have both desktop and mobile based solutions that are great to utilize with online and in class engagement. Plus many of these tools are great for student created content as well.

You can watch the archive by visit

Also get all the links and information by visit my SlideShare:

Check out this photo gallery from BarCamp Orlando hosted at Wall Street Plaza on May 18, 2013.

Check out this video featuring lots of other photos from the event.

Cropping an object out of an photo in an image editor can be a tricky task, even with expensive photo editing software. A new web app Clipping Magic does it for you in seconds. All you have to do is paint the foreground object one color, the background object another, and the app does the work for you.

Just drag and drop a photo onto the site, and you’ll get a green box you can use to paint the foreground image, or the area of the photo you want to select. Click the red box to paint the background, or the part of the photo you want removed. You work with a version of the photo on the left, and you can see a live preview of the changes on the right, so you can always backtrack, or zoom in for a finer touch if you want.

Clipping Magic Demo

After you are done fine tuning the image,  just download the finished product to get the edited object , now on a transparent background in PNG format. The web app lets you share a link to the finished image, so you don’t have to email a file too. Clipping Magic is ideal for logos, screenshots, and other images where there’s a sharp pixel edge to the item you’re trying to highlight or pull out of an image. This web app would be great to quickly create images ready for Prezi or PowerPoint presentations. It’s currently free right now but they may start charging for the service in the future.

Finished Product

Clipping Magic Example

Trucks and Tech SketchOn April 25, 2013, IZEA helped gather a group of sponsors, supporters, and food trucks to host the first Trucks and Tech event in downtown Orlando. This event aloud techies and foodies to unite, by showcasing Orlando’s tech community and munching on some delicious bites from local food trucks. This is one of the few events I have been to (I’ve been to a lot) that has helped unite the Orlando tech community and was family friendly at the same time. Most events don’t involve bring the family along to part take in the fun.

The crowd of about 500 people from diverse backgrounds and ages, flocked near the site of the old Amway Arena (future site of The Creative Village) to wait in line for some great grub and network with other techies in the community. I would say this was a successful event and heard from many attending they look forward to the next one. As the sun started to set, the temperature cooled down, and people continued to enjoy a buffalo chicken waffle, a sweet chocolate cupcake, a pulled pork grilled cheese, or a blueberry Sea Dog brew.

Want to watch a great video recap?

Want to see a lot more photos and keep up-to-date with events?

A variety of food trucks came out to feed the hungry techies, including  All Things SweetCafe Cocoa MoThe Crepe CompanySoup to NutsThe Pastrami Project, and Melissa’s Chicken and Waffles

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The line up included various tech related industries and digital leaders from around Orlando.

Ted Murphy – Founder / CEO, IZEA kicked off the event and was the main MC throughout the night.

Trucks and Tech Ted

Hospitality Tech
Joe Tenczar – CIO, Hard Rock International
Mike Church – VP, Interactive Ecosystem, Darden Restaurants

Trucks and Tech Hospitality Tech

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
Harold Timmis – Lead Engineer, Head of Technology smARtMAKER

Trucks and Tech Robots

The Creative Village
Brooke Myers – Development Partner, Creative Village Development

Trucks and Tech Creative Village

10 Awesome Apps
Larry Meador – CEO of Evok Advertising

Tech Entrepreneur Life
Jonathan Taylor – Chairman, CEO and Chief Evangelist, VOXEO

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How to Become a Video Game Developer
Todd Deery – Comm & Admiss Dir at Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

The Orlando Startup Scene
Ron Ben-Zeev – Co-Organizer Orlando Startup Weekend Events

Chef Tech
Kendra Lott – Publisher Edible Orlando

The Future of E-Commerce
Lewis Broadnax – Executive Director, Sales & Marketing
Featuring a Lenovo Yoga Tablet Giveaway!

Trucks and Tech Lenovo Giveaway

Lots of great sponsors made this event possible!

IZEA IZEALenovoYelp TriNet

Boom ConsultingJohnson's Wrecker ServiceFlorida Technology JournalOld Florida National Bank Mix 105 Jams

Edible Orlando n-Space Johnson's Wrecker Service

This was my fifth Startup Weekend Orlando event as a mentor. Why do I volunteer my time to be a mentor at Startup Weekend?

It’s due to a couple different personal reasons:

  1. I enjoying giving back to the community with my knowledge and expertise in a variety of areas. 
  2. I believe in helping build Orlando’s tech community and I believe this is one of the events that will help build this community needed to grow.
  3. I like to network with like minded individuals, including participants, mentors, and organizers.
  4. We have fun! If you aren’t having fun at startup weekend, you are doing it all wrong.

It’s amazing to see how tight our mentor group is with the tech and business community in Orlando and how we all want to help blossom. Many of the mentors stay a majority of the weekend in Orlando, which isn’t the same at other Startup Weekend. I have always tried to attend Friday night, a good part of Saturday, and part of Sunday (including final pitches). I think this time gives me a good chance to see the teams grow, teams go through various stages, and really make an impact on the community we are trying to build.

SWORL Mentor Sketch

We do mentoring a little different in Orlando from various other startup weekends. As mentors we signup for various shift during Saturday and Sunday. Each shift tends to overlap to give us time to have mentor meetings; where we can discuss groups, check on group statuses, and are able to divide up certain talents to assist the teams who really need the extra push in the right direction. We love to use whiteboard with lots of markers representing different status levels for key parts of the pitch that need to come together by the end of the weekend. This lends itself to a 360 approach to mentoring that continues throughout the weekend. Throughout the weekend we encourage mini pitches for them to keep practicing on getting their ideas out. Sunday we have signup times for them to pitch to mentors for feedback before meeting the judges. Giving time for teams to add, delete, and modify pitches. It’s satisfying to watch these teams pitch, showing how far each has come along this 54 hour journey. Many mentors stay connected with various teams after the event, helping guide and connect them to the right people.

I think everyone has finally recovered from 54 hours of coding, designing, and hustling. It’s always a truly amazing experience.

Just some basic Event Metrics! 
Metrics: 87 attendees, 37 ideas pitched, 12 teams formed
Congrats to the winners:
Frisbee – Frisbee is a proximity-based social network that allows users to communicate with the other people in their same vicinity.
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CareSpotter – CareSpotter is an online Senior Care marketplace that empowers families to connect directly with local Professional Caregivers.
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GITForce – Collaborative development for the platform.
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SignWaive – A liability waiver application for businesses that will allow providers to process payments and enable business to engage with their customers through email and social media.
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Get a quick video recap of all the excitement over the #SWORL weekend:

When is the next Startup Weekend Orlando?

Be on the look out for the next Startup Weekend Orlando in the next 3-4 months.

Stay connected with other attendees
Like our Page
Join our Group
Follow us on Twitter

Thank you to all the sponsors, speakers, mentors, and host

SponsorsFlorida High Tech CorridorSeminole Technology Business incubation CenterSeminole State College CEDStartup Orange CountyADTOffice DepotCostcoMarriot OrlandoFlorida SBDCSCORESeminole CountyBraathe EnterprisesVesta TeleradiologyGizmo ProductionsAspireduOrlando iOS Developer Group, Professor Josh, and Orlando Tech Meetup.

Speakers: Peter Atwal and Jerry Ross

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The Judges: Henry Dreifus, Dr. Melissa Kuchma, Arthur Pancoe

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Mentors and VolunteersJosh MurdockNancy ReilandEddy BorjaAmy KirklandJoshua JohnsonMaria Rodriguez-ScottKen YorkRobert GoetzSterling BatesShawn Moore

Mentors working with teams

OrganizersOrrett DavisChristine OrtizRon Ben-Zeev

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Our HostSeminole State College @ Heathrow

Connect with the Orlando’s startup and tech community:

Here are just a few upcoming events and resources to stay connected with what’s going on around Orlando.

Orlando Tech Meetup
EdTech Orlando
BarCamp Orlando
Orlando Startup Digest
Orlando Tech Events 

See at the next Startup Weekend Orlando!  #SWOrl

Don’t forget about Trucks and Tech event this Thursday 4/25!

Trucks and TechIf you have been following my blog for awhile, you know I’m both a geeky tech guy and a food loving foodie. Orlando finally create the perfect event for me: Trucks and Tech. Trucks & Tech is a mashup between two cultures that I love – foodies and techies. The event will be held on April 25th at 6:00pm at the parking lot of the old Amway center in Downtown Orlando, right next door to the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. It will feature some of Orlando’s best food trucks along with technology discussion and demonstrations.

The event is hosted by Ted Murphy of IZEA and co-sponsored by Ad 2 Orlando and will feature leading minds from the technology and social media worlds.

I’ll be one of the featured event bloggers (@professorjosh), along with my foodie friend Gustavo Hernando from @dafoodie.

Why not RSVP and invite your friends? FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Follow along on Twitter: @TrucksTech and #TrucksandTech

I’m ready for a bite from one of my favorite trucks: Melissa’s Chicken and Waffles.

Melissa Chicken and Waffles Spicy