With the help of Google Earth and Wiki, I’ve got a rough draft, so to speak, of the places Clarke could run to. He’d like to stay on the East Coast as much as possible. However, some countries aren’t represented here on the East coast so he’ll need to travel to California and/or Hawaii among others.
Here’s the list in the order he may have traveled around the globe and the U.S. locations that have the highest populations from there.
1. Mexico (This is close enough that he may just run to Mexico for real) Guanajuato has 3 wk international festival of the arts in October.
2. Brazil: East Newark, NJ; North Bay Village, FL; N. 34th St New York, NY
3. Nigeria: Prince George’s, MD; Baltimore, MD; Nigerian-American Council in DC (nigerianamerican.org)
4. Egypt: Dearborn, MI; Great Jones St, between Broadway and Lafayette St. in New York there’s an Annual Arab-American & North African Street Festival (was held June 21st this year)
5. Spain: St. Augustine, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York; Florida; West Virginia
6. France: (Louisiana Creole) New England, Northern New York (Statue of Liberty from France)
7. UK (Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales): North Carolina, specifically Western North Carolina in and around Macon and Jackson Counties. (Home!!)
8. Germany: Lely Resort, FL; German-American Steuben Parade held the 3rd Sat in Sept.
9. Italy: Manhattan or the Bronx, NY; South Philly, PA; Newark, NJ; Johnston, RI; Staten Island, NY; Cincinnati, OH
10. Turkey: NYC; Rochester, NY; Washington D.C; Detroit, MI; Turkish-American Festival on 4/23
11. Iran: Bergen County, NJ; Las Angeles, CA (“Inraneles” to Iranian-Americans according to Wikipedia); Washington, DC; New York
12. Russia: New York Metro Area; Pikesville, MD; Roslyn Estates, NY; Peaceful Valley, CA; Sharon Springs, NY
13. China: San Francisco, CA; Honolulu, HI; Ann Arbor, MI; Everett, WA
14. India: Jersey City, NY; Plano, TX; San Jose, CA; Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA
15. Vietnam: San Jose, CA; Garden Grove, CA; “Little Saigon” in Orange, CA; “Little Saigon” in Houston, TX
16. Indonesia: Southern California (historically Berkley College)
17. Philippines: Greater LA Las Angeles County, CA; Oahu, HI
18. Korea: Bergen County – Bergen County – Palisades Park, NJ Broad Ave. in Koreatown; Las Angeles, CA; Anaheim, CA; New York, NY
19. Japan: Honolulu, HI; Gardena, CA; Dublin, OH (5th highest)
20. USA – Put it to a vote?
We met with Dr. Yue at Western Carolina University on July 10th. It was an interview and Question and Answer session of sorts. We discussed what WTC has done so far, what our goals are and how we hope to have the students help with it. It was very exciting and we are very hopeful that we will be picked as one of the businesses they work with. She was careful to say IF we work together this Fall whenever we talked about the possibilities but also said that they’d probably assigned multiple groups from one class to work on sections of the project and then collaborate with one another for the whole. VERY Exciting!
I met with Wendy Cagle at Western Carolina University (WCU) on Monday, June 30th. It went really well! We talked about WTC and how we think our working with the college would benefit this project. She brought up some really good points. Security is definitely something that will be forefront in our potential users’ minds. We need to make sure that we have a way to insure that their personal information is protected against hackers. We will need to work on a risk assessment as part of our process.
She also told me about an amazing entrepreneur right here in Western North Carolina that we should connect with. His name is Justin Belleme. He was recently honored by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Venture Asheville as Entrepreneur of the Year. Justin is a 28 year old Asheville native and owner of JB Media Group, LLC, a marketing agency. He has helped several other small businesses with their kickstarter or other crowd-funding campaigns. He assists with many aspects marketing a company. He’ll be the luncheon keynote speaker at an upcoming seminar that Small Business & Technology Department is holding at the Biltmore Park Campus on July 8th. We hope very much to attend and meet him in person to discuss our project.
We also talked about the possibility of working with a team of seniors from WCU. World Tree Circle would be their “capstone” project and we would work closely with the group while they research and develop a portfolio on how to get World Tree up and running. We may not use everything they put together I’m sure there will be all sorts of great information to use. It would be phenomenal to see this become a reality and those students have the opportunity to say that they were a part of this amazing website that everyone is talking about and using. With international students in the program we may even have an opportunity to create a small scale prototype that they could test run, sharing information, testing translation and making corrections. It would be invaluable.
We are so stoked to put all of this to use and meet these new people we’ve learned about in the coming weeks. Please keep the comments coming. Bing is doing its best to translate them for us. They aren’t perfect, but I’m going through them and trying to make sure they don’t all go to the spam folder. Another reason we are excited about getting WTC up and running with the software that allows those who are bilingual to correct those little errors.
So after weeks of development (thank you Clarke for spending so much time learning how to you Adobe Illustrator and creating these logos) we have a couple great logos to choose from. We have our favorites but need to put it to a vote…..Which one do you pick? Put your vote in the comments below or like your favorite on our Facebook Page here.