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First time developing a game… this is the story

A weekend ago I decide to participate in my first video game hackathon ever.

Through Skillcrush I found this special hackathon #GAMERella ”Well what better oportunity to participate and learn for the first time how to make a video game in a weekend” I said.

“If my sister thinks I’m a geek, has no idea” I thought after being just for a few minutes in the room.

Honestly I was pretty scare at first. It wasn’t my usual enviroment you know, Meetups, Hackathons, events but focused always on the web. Never had developed a game before man! and I actually don’t know if I consider myself a gamer… ok I’m not.

I mean, of course I can stick with a game once I start playing it … hi Dinner Dash! .. hi Uncharted 2!. But talk about them and nail it, nah! not honestly.

But anyway, when I arrived I felt like a fish out of water. But at least one of the reasons why I decided to live for a while outside my country it was because experiencing new things.

The video game center of the NYU received the hackathon #GAMERella Jam organized by CodeLiberation.org that challenged us in the creation of a video game with the plataform of our choice with the topic “Boss Up”… I had to ask what they mean with that, ‘cause I was sure it was more like an american slang. But anyway I get it and started.

I was very lucky to start talking with two guys who share me their ideas, I had no idea where to start. And in the end we were 4 people talking about video games and what can be possible to build. One was a passionate musician that loves video games, other girl with experience in Unity who has a mini piano and is an art creator, and other guy with experience in game developing. And me? well I was there just for the food… nah of course not! ”You know what?, I’m here to learn, if you guys need me to learn Unity I will learn the basics to participate somehow “ I said.

Ok so you will wonder probably I dunno what is Unity?… So Unity is a game engine where you can create and code video games for PC, Android, Play Station Xbox, Wii, etc. Ok cool let’s continue!

The ideas began to emerge. Focusing on the fact that two of the teammates brought  a cello a mini-piano. So we could use it to make a game focused on music. Then we start joining the concept and the theme “Boss Up”…

And this is how Lucent born:

Roman (@ChaoticFormula): Game Design and Animation

Greg (@cosmoddd): Music, Sound mixing and Main Level Designer

Seori (@edwardyaoihands): Sound Effects and assitant Level Designer

Sam (@SnowHydra): Programming and Special Effects

Irina (@irimaya): Production and UI graphics

lucent-by-@hentaiphd

Here is a picture of my team

I learned a lot. To use Unity, to see how Unity crash one time and again. A contribution so different but as complementary from each of the talents of my team. But mostly I learned about the creative process, design and code for the production of a video game.

Another thing that I noticed, my computer is not suitable for the development of video games, their capacity is very limited. It works great for my web projects, but not so much  for game development.

And with you the video game here: LUCENT

What is next? Honestly I liked the experience, I’m already registered for my class of Unity and who knows, maybe in the future to develop a video game business or invest in them, that would be pretty cool.

Only time will tell.


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Working model for a web business

This is a business structure model for a web business, of which I have created some business services that I detail as follows.

This has been a personal conclusion about my experience knowing some opportunity areas from some business I have been working through web platforms.

I propose three platforms (1)Web Business Structure, (2)Web Development, (3)Web Marketing. Whatever the focus of the business it has to always get thorough the platform number one “Web Business Structure”, this for a better management.

Web Business Structure

This platform refers of management milestones and personal discipline before getting started with a business, the difference about developing traditional and an innovator business (startup). Next I detailed the services of this platform:

idPersonalDisciplineStructure

Process that guides you through a personal discipline and structure before building a business.

idBizDevelopment


Process that guides you about how to start developing your business focusing on lean startup methodology.

idBizStructureManagement

Process that guides you about how to manage your information, tools and team communications.

Web Development

Web platform development, involving programming, ux, web design and more. Next I detailed the services of this platform:

idWebSite


Process that guides you to build a website, e-commerce or a web platform.

Web Marketing

Promoción por diferentes canales digitales para la difusión del negocio. Detallo el servicio hasta ahora creado:

idWebMarketing


Process that guides you in the strategy for digital marketing with the promotion of your business.

idSocialMedia

Process that guides you in the strategy focusing in social media.

idMetrics

Process that guides you in the results and metrics about your personal management, business performance, social media metrics, website metrics and business & personal goals.

idEvents


Process that guides your how to arrange a tech event, meetup, conference, etc, as speaker or organizer.

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How to start a personal blog?

In my experience the most important thing in a blog is the content .

After six years of starting my personal blog I have reinvented and still do. I have experienced , deleted , created , deleted again, lost content , written with spelling mistakes , written more clearly and concrete , I have written about my personal life , about my work , about technology, being trolled, criticized, congratulated, liked my content, my content has not liked , anyway. The point is I have learned and still do, but I never fail to reinvent myself .

Content

Talk about something that is not common to read and something you’re passionate about .

I suggest your content is about something you live in your current context and make it something that you like so much that you want to share with others , who may be identified, or learn something new. Create valuable content to people.

Eventually you will be able to identify categories of the item you’re trying to highlight and identifying the characteristics of the people who read you .

Of course you can set this from the beginning, but if not, experiment , be yourself, enjoy writing and through this action you will discover new facets of yourself.

Choose your platform

If this is the first time you have a blog I suggest you create an account on wordpress.com, and you can start creating your first post right away without wasting much time in installation and devote yourself into creating content.

If you have any questions email me.

Design

Select a design that identifies you.

If you are creating  written content choose a theme where there is clean visual noise, perhaps accompanying your post with a picture but keep it clean for the reader.

If your content are images, look for a theme that is suitable to display your pictures in a more interactive way .

Frequency

When you have a blog is hard to be disciplined about publishing new content (of course if you are very disciplined this is not a problem). I suggest to start with a goal publishing once a week during  3 months. If this remains you can reach another goal and publish daily or maybe invite others to collaborate.

After you create discipline, more readers, content quality I suggest to look for a hosting and install a framework like WordPress.org

At the end, the most valuable of a blog is its content. Your words, your pictures, your content.

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This is how I started, from having no idea to making a plan for my tech-startup.

This is only a suggestion, once I learn that every entrepreneur learn some methodology to later create their own, this is one of the thinks I love to be an entrepreneur ’cause I like to create my own methodologies and processes.

So my personal recipe to start from scratch is:

1. How to start an idea

  • In your working experience or as user think about 5 problems you realize it exist

2. Organize each idea

  • Make a brainstorming about everything according to the problem
  • Make the first brainstorming classification: Problem(s) you realize it exists
  • Make the second brainstorming classification: Oportunities that could have developing a solution for that problem
  • Make the third brainstorming classification: Solution(s) that you can suggest
  • Make the fourth brainstorming classification: Other Solutions that is about direct or indirect competency

3. How to choose ONE idea

  • Talk with some expert in the field to analyze the ideas
  • Analyze with an expert or a mentor which want have more opportunities (competency, market)
  • Choose the one that the expert will tell you “This is interesting”, ’cause he never hear about this

4. Organize yourself by choosing tools

  • XMind
    This local SW has helping me to manage mi ideas, plans, methodologyes and process (mindmaps). Plus is OpenSource.
  • Podio
    This web tool has helping me by centralizing (ALL IN ONE PLACE) all tools you can imagine to manage my startup day to day with my partner (Email, spreadsheets, communication, task & to-dos, internet tools, intranet & HR System, Social & IM). Plus is free for 5 users 2GB, no limit time period.
  • Disciplined Entrepreneurship 
    This book has helping me to make a GENERAL PLAN for my startup

Don’t worry to not have the perfect idea or isn’t clear yet. In the process it would evolve. There’s a lot more internal job to do, but this could be a start.

Another tips, that worked for me are:

  1. Research about what’s going on in your own city
  2. GO to all possible FREE events in your city, specially about networking and startups
  3. Read The Lean Startup
  4. Read Startup Communities by Brad Feld
  5. Participate ONCE in Startup Weekend
  6. Participate ONCE in Lean Startup Machine [Recommended]

With this tips, I hope is more clear for you decide what’s next.

My recipe for organize your business idea (pre-startup)

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This is how I manage mi goals every year to pursue my dreams, hoping can work for you to start then to you create your own formula.

The pocket

No matter if I’m broke or stable, the important for me is to know how my money flows.

What I do is to calendarize by month my entries and my expenses. Group by type and I distribute my entries to know how I want to use that money.

Manage money

Manage money

1. By month, quarter, semester and year

Now knowing the pocket will be more easy to determine other stuff.

Is important to say that every activity or goal can flow in a different way, that’s why for me is important to separate my goals by times:

  • By Month
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
  • By Quarter
    • Q1 (january, february, march)
    • Q2 (april, may, june)
    • Q3 (july, august, september)
    • Q4 (october, november, december)
  • By Semester
    • 1st Semester (january, february, march, april, may, june)
    • 2nd Semester (july, august, september, october, november, december)
  • By Year

2. Detail

Doesn’t matter if is personal or business, I suggest to put everything in one place, this are example how I manage my goals and activities:

By Month

  • Pay my cellphone receipt
  • Register metrics
  • Write post
  • Pay for services (water, internet, gas, etc)

By Quarter

  • Computer and electronic devices maintenance
  • Change passwords
  • Create mobile app

By Semester

  • Go to the dentist
  • Clean my notes in my cell
  • Create web app

By Year

  • General medical check
  • Domain renowals
  • Visit a new country
  • Read
  • Run half marathon

3. Data and Date

Maybe some goals or activities have data or not, but for sure every one has to have a date.

By Month

  • Pay my cellphone receipt – $50, 8th of every month
  • Register metrics  – 1st of every month
  • Write post – 4 post by month
  • Pay for services (water, internet, gas, etc) – Varies

By Quarter

  • Computer and electronic devices maintenance – 29th of: March, June, September and December
  • Change passwords – 29th of: March, June, September and December
  • Create mobile app – 1 app per quarter, present until March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 30

By Semester

  • Go to the dentist – Once per semester , June 6 and December 5
  • Clean my notes in my cell – June 27 and December 27
  • Create web app – Once per semester, present until June 30 and December 28

By Year

  • General medical check – December 5
  • Domain renowals – Varies
  • Visit a new country – Until December 31
  • Read – 24 books, until December 31
  • Run half marathon – 21km, until December 31

With this I can register and make an historial about my progress, what I could accomplish and what I couldn’t. At the end is a way to know me better and to create discipline and focus if I truly want to accomplish my dreams.

Manage your Goals and Dreams

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The Tipping Point book from Malcom Gladwell, has make me realize about the importance of identifying my skills, and to know what can I do well? What would I like to improve? And what I don’t want to do?

And with this make myself a question, what values I have that makes me different?

The skills that Malcom refers to are three simple profiles:

Connectors

You can identify this people with a very special gift of bringing people together, the ones who link us to the world, who introduce us to our social circles. Connectors are fantastic at expanding your network. They think in nodes, not individuals, and like nothing more than to help you. They see people first, then money.

They will say things like:

  • “Oh you should talk to…”
  • “Have you heard about… “
  • “Let me introduce you to…”

Mavens

This is the person who connects people to the marketplace and has the inside scoop on the marketplace. A Maven is a person who has information on a lot of different products or prices or places. This person likes to initiate discussions with consumers and respond to requests … they like to be helpers in the marketplace. They distribute coupons. They take you shopping. They go shopping for you. Mavens will dig deeply into your product and give very specific, detailed and relevant information on how it can fit within the marketplace.

They will say things like:

  • “I was researching that last month, and I noticed a slight discrepancy in… “
  • “Your work first right in the XXX part of YYY’s essay on the ZZZ topic.”
  • “You could add videos to this to bring the lessons alive! And you could expand on the content in Chapter 3, Section 2, by listing… “

Salespeople

Mavens are data banks. They provide the message. Connectors are social glue: they spread it. But there is also a select group of people – Salesmen – with the skills to persuade us when we are unconvinced of what we are hearing, and they are as critical to the tipping of word-of-mouth epidemics as the other two groups. Salesmen will take the idea that you have been working on for years and help you package it, price it and sell it.

They will say things like:

  • “But if you do that, you won’t make any money!”
  • “Here is how you should position it, and here is the upsell… “
  • “You have to have an offer. Traffic means nothing if it doesn’t lead to a sale.”
  • “What is your pricing structure?”
  • “What specific value will this have to your market? How much is that worth?”

After reading the book I identify with the Connectors.

The interesting thing about this lecture is that bringing this three type of profiles together makes possible to spread an idea, a service, a product, a trend, a style, a fear, a movement.

If you are building your startup I recommend you this book 120%. For me has been very helpful to find my way through strategies and analysis identifying this three profiles in my Network and someday to be able to spread my service or product. Don’t forget that this is why is important to nourish your network.

So what type of profile are you? What type of profile is your network?

Thanks to Pamela Slim post; Connectors, Mavens and Salesmen: The Secret to your success.

What type of profile are you?

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So tell me, how is your files management doing so far?

I mean if right now I ask you to find your file from your ideas you have 2 years ago how much time would it take you?

So, you take the time? How much did you spend finding the file?

Well, probably you do or not spend a lot of time if you know how to find your files quite quickly.

But well, this post is about sharing with you about how I manage my files, and hope this could be helpful for you.

Ok so this is how I manage my files.

File Management

Business

  • Project name 1
  • Project name 2
  • Project name 3
  • Archive (Here I store all my projects that I already finish)
  • Wiki (Here I put some knowledge for business that is important for me)

Personal

  1. Life Management (Here I manage my ideas, dreams and all my goals)
  2. Value Management (Here I store my bills, receives and finances)
  3. Health (Everything related to doctor, dentist, insurance, etc.)
  4. APPS, Methodology, Process & Scripts (Here I store every methodologies that I discover or create, as new apps for explore)
  5. Books, Music & Movies
  6. Getting active (Here is everything about my fav hobbies, as run, excercises, etc.)
  7. Travel
  8. Style & Design (Beauty tips, I love visual design so all about it, and photography)
  9. Astronomy & Science (All nerdy interesting things about science and universe)
  10. Languages
  11. Tech, Code & Math
  12. Social
  13. Roadmaps (I actually don’t know yet what to put here, but the idea is to put general plans, big overview of my profesional and personal plans, when I already finish managing in the APPs, scripts section)
  14. Identity documents (Here I put my CV, my bio photos and all my ID scan documents)
  15. Biblioteca de conocimientos (This is my knowledge library and also I put things I don’t classified yet)

So I have my bottom two paths, my Personal files and my Business files. For example for business you can change it to Work if is that the case.

And you can realize that the order is also important for me. At the bottom you will see the most important for me.

A tip is that I use Google Drive to all my files and dropbox to save all Archives files, that means all files regarding to close projects.

Also, I used this categories for everything, and I mean “Everything”. I used it in bookmarks, in my mail tags, and in evernote.

Well remember you can manage your documents whatever, this is just in case to see how may you can start.

Hope it was helpful :)

Resources

So this wouldn’t be possible without reading this post about file management from AsianEfficiency

Make your life more easy with File Management

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Well, in my research about international standards of how to measure the use of technology around the world, I found the IDI Index.

Best known by ICT Development Index (IDI). With ICT referring to Information and Communications Technology.

What is IDI (ICT Development Index)?

Is a composite index that combines 11 indicators into a single measure as the reference point. And is used to monitor and compare ICT development in countries around the world.

How to get the IDI index?

This index is calculated referring to three sub-index types: Access, Use & Skills.

ICT Access:

  • Fixed-telephone lines per 100 inhabitants
  • Mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants
  • International Internet bandwidth (bits/s) per Internet user
  • Percentage of households with a computer
  • Percentage of households with Internet access

ICT Use:

  • Percentage of individuals using the Internet
  • Fixed (wired)-broadband Internet subscriptions per 100 inhab.
  • Active mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhab.

ICT Skills

  • Adult literacy rate
  • Secondary gross enrolment ratio
  • Tertiary gross enrolment ratio

Then the porcentage are measure as follows. Access (40%), Use (40%), Skills (20%).

And, we have the ICT Development Index (IDI).

Where can you find more information?

ITU are the ones who create this index standard that recognize worldwide.

ITU, known as the International Communication Union. Is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies(ICT’s).

I called the UN Tech.

The ITU have an annual report about the worldwide stadistics in technology development, giving the score 0 to 100 (the ICT Development Index). Also is important to mention that the information index varies with time. An example is about the fixed-telephones lines milestone that currently this measure is increasing because the lack of use.

Isn’t this interesting? I loved to learn this :)

Source:
About ITU - www.itu.int
Measuring the Information Society 2012 - www.itu.int

What is the ICT Development Index?

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I recommend:

Meetings

Meetings

Cost: ≈ $12 Dlls
Where to buy? AppStore

My hardware specifications

  • Computer: Mac
  • Smartphone: iPhone 

Why I pay?

  • ‘Cause I can
  • ‘Cause it resolves me time managing the meeting minutes
  • I can sincronize with my iPhone
  • Constant updates

Why I choose it?

  • I can follow different meetings topics at once
  • I can create meeting minutes
  • I can send via email the meeting minutes as text or pdf, or export to rtf or pdf
  • I can assign the meeting attendees
  • I can synchronize the attendees with my contacts in my iPhone
  • I can synchronize the meetings and task with my calendar
  • I can follow action items from each meeting
  • The design is simple but pretty
  • Is practical
  • Is functional
  • Is very easy to use

Source
For more information visit The Meetings App web page

Want control over your meetings record?

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Have installed WordPress in your chosen server.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word.
  • For WP beginners.

MAKING:

1) Login to  nameofdomain/wp-admin  or nameofdomain/wp-login

Note: The domain login depends in the configuration that you make when installing WP, but this two are the more common ways to log in into WordPress administration panel.

2) Go to left main menu and clickPosts > Add New

3) Write the Tittle of your post in the superior block.

Note: The Permalink is a friendly URL previosuly written by the domain and add automatic the chosen titled name of your post. If you want to edit the configurations go to Permalinks Settings.

4) Write the Body content in the big principal block.

[Add Media]: To insert photos, videos and music. You just need to click the Add Media button and select a media file from your computer or insert an URL. If you want to edit the photo size, or add a gallery or another editions go to Media Settings.

[Bar of options]: If you know how to use Word, you’ll not have problems chosen the bar buttons.

[Visual and Text]: The difference between them is how to visualize the post content you’re currently writing. Visual is a typical visualization of your content (as in Word), and Text is a HTML visualization of your content (If you don’t know HTML feel comfortable working in Visual mode)

5) Go to the Categories right menu and select a category for the post.

Note: You can add a new category just click in + Add New Category button. To manage your categories go to Categories Settings.

6) Go to the Tags right menu and add tags.

Note: You can write the tags and separate between them with a comma. To manage your tags go to Tags Settings.

7) Go to the Publish right menu and click Publish button.

[Save draft]: Since WP version 3.6 an automatically save draft is push since you start writing your post content. Also you can click the Save Draft button to instantly save your content.

[Preview]: If you click the Preview button you can visualize how your post is going to visualize when public.

[Status]: If you click edit button you can choose 2 types of status: Draft (an eraser, wont be public) and Pending Review (if maybe you want to an editor check your post before public)

[Visibility]: If you click edit button you can choose 3 types of visibility. Public (Immediately will public once you click Publish blue button), Password protected (this post will be accessed only writing a choosen password) and Private (every time you log in you will be the only one seeing this post public).

[Publish]: If you click the edit button you can programm the post publication choosing date and time.

[Move to Trash]: If you click the Move to Trash button you erase your post. You can manage also your eliminated posts.

[Publish]: Instantly publish the post in live.

General notes:

  • Is important for you to know about the difference between a Page and a Post in WordPress.
  • The importance about writing all down the content, categories and tags let you to index your content in search engines as Google. The advantage of this is that in the Internet world you’ll have more chance your page will be seen in the top results depending of the content you use.

Recipe for: publish a post in WordPress

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