Great Lakes Geek Reviews Event Recaps and Summaries
The Great Lakes Geek and members of Team Geek go to a lot of events. Some are terrific. Others are a waste of time. This section will provide summaries (text, pictures and sometimes audio and video) of some events of interest.
If it is a recurring event, it may earn the coveted Great Lakes Geek Seal of Approval. But be warned. It's not easy to impress the Great Lakes Geek.
Don't miss Great Lakes Geek Organizations Team Geek attends local business, tech and science events to give you a taste of what to expect before you attend
Wizard World Comic Con 2017
Wizard World Comic Con was back in Cleveland the weekend of March 17-19, 2017. There were a lot of celebrities on hand for panels, photos and autographs such as Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Gene Simmons of KISS, Barry Bostwick from Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hercules Kevin Sorbo, Monkees Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork, Lt Uhura from Star Trek and more.
There were lots of vendors selling collectibles, original art, comic books, toys, games, clothes, gear, etc. There were gaming sessions and interesting exhibits such as the Sanford and Son truck, Speed Racer, Ghostbuster car, Dalek and TARDIS from TRACE the Doctor and more. As always the costumes of the vendors and attendees were the best part of the event.
Each year we like to gather an eclectic group of friends and business associates for a holiday lunch. No, it's not just techies. Media, non-profits, politicians, business, cultural - they were all represented.
The food and atmosphere at Bo Loong at 38th and St. Clair is always terrific and our 70 guests maxed out the party room.
Lev Gonick, Ron Copfer, Steve Potash and Dean Brainard
Dr. Ben Carson in the Purple Tent at the RNC in Cleveland
2016 Republican presidential candidate and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Purple Tent at the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland hosted by Project Love-Purple America. Project Love-Purple America erected a large Purple Tent during the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland. Purple America supports and encourages Americans to engage in civil dialog.
4 people were honored at the 2016 Celebration of Goodness put on by Project Love, Purple America and Values in Action. Honored were Former Pepper Pike Mayor Bruce Akers, Dr. Akram Boutros, President and CEO of MetroHealth Hospital, William Considine, President and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.
Dr. Zogby is founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington, D.C.Ėbased organization which serves as a political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community. He received an award from Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) and then took questions from the audience.
Alan Freed was a Cleveland disc jockey who has been called the "Father of Rock and Roll." He coined and popularized the term "rock and roll" and produced the nation's first rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena, in 1952. This was an important part of the decision to have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum built in Cleveland, Ohio.
A memorial was held and an unveiling of a monument at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland on May 7, 2016. and hundreds of fans and music industry people attended.
Little Steven Van Zandt and Norm N. Nite with newly unveiled Alan Freed monument
Slavic Village, a historical neighborhood located outside of downtown Cleveland, was devastated by the national housing crisis and continues to struggle in the aftermath of economic decline. A once vibrant neighborhood rich in history and culture has been plagued by blight, vacant homes and financial hardships. But it's on its way back.
The Internet of Things [IoT] is the heart of innovation and has an enormous impact on the way we do business. By 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected and the market will be worth $14 trillion.
OneCommunity realizes this is an exciting time in the world of technology, and in the city of Cleveland, so they organized this introductory event to bring together local leaders to discuss the creation of a smarter, more inter-connected world, with the goal of transforming ideas into reality over the next year.
David Kalb of AT&T, James Benson of GE Lighting, John Kerg of Arrow Electronics, Matt Hoover of Embedded Planet and Catherine Bules of One Community
BlueBridge Networks in Cleveland Ohio provides best-in-class Datacenter Services, including Work Group Recovery, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery and Managed Storage and Services.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, they hosted a party for community and business leaders, customers, techies and more.
John Goodman and brother Kevin Goodman
Speakers included Brad Nellis, Director of NEOSA, Jack Schron, CEO of Jergens, Inc. and also a member of Cuyahoga County Council, Jon J. Pinney, Managing Partner of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, City of Cleveland Executive Small Business Development Director Kevin Schmotzer and BlueBridge Chairman John Goodman.
Philanthropia, phil∑an∑thro∑pi∑a, is Executive Caterersí Annual Fundraising Luncheon at Landerhaven designed to benefit non-profits throughout Northeast Ohio. After the tragedy of 9/11, New York City absorbed such a large portion of all charitable donations that many local non-profits struggled to reach their own goals.
2014's donations to over 100 Cleveland area charities was over $143,954 dollars bringing the Philanthropia total to 1.7 million dollars!
City of Cleveland's Economic Development Website Launch
Ariel International Center July 24, 2014
The City of Cleveland launched a new website and marketing/branding campaign to showcase Cleveland as a destination for industry and innovation. The focus of the effort is to help businesses and site selectors rethink Cleveland.
GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, database administrators, project managers and creative professionals donate their time to create software and web-based applications for non-profit organizations.
OneCommunity presented their annual Report to the Community at Shaker LaunchHouse in Shaker Heights, Ohio. It was a fitting setting for the innovative group.
The inaugural OneCommunity Broadband Hero Award was given to Susan Crawford for her body of work which, combining scholarship with activism, and policy work with a commitment to an open Internet, has exerted a far-reaching influence on our times. Dr. Crawford also gave the keynote address.
Karen Mossberger, Ph.D. spoke about the Digital Divide in Cuyahoga County at the City Club of Cleveland. Her presentation was the first in a series about Broadband championed by One Community.
Mossberger said that mobile-only Internet is a second-class form of access, as they offer evidence that users with such limited access have dramatically lower levels of online activity and skill. Many minorities and urban poor rely on mobile Internet which is difficult for filling our forms, creating content and other applications.
If you think a "Microsoft Store" doesn't make sense because Microsoft is "just a software company", you need to visit the new Microsoft Store in Beachwood Place. Before this, the nearest Microsoft Store was in Cincinnati. Now Cleveland and NE Ohio have our own.
Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a unique, interactive gallery that blends art, technology and interpretation to inspire visitors to explore the museumís renowned collections.
Collection Wall at Gallery One at Cleveland Museum of Art
This revolutionary space features the largest multi-touch screen in the United States, which displays images of over 3,500 objects from the museumís world-renowned permanent collection. This 40-foot Collection Wall allows visitors to shape their own tours of the museum and to discover the full breadth of the collections on view throughout the museumís galleries.
The interactive displays, the fun exhibits and the incredible Collection Wall make this world-class Gallery a must see.
The eyes of the world were focused on Cleveland on Election Day 2012 to see how the closest Presidential race in modern history played out.
The Council on World Affairs, along with its Cleveland affiliate, hosted a group of journalists put together by the East-West Center of Hawaii to cover the election. They had a particular interest in the Asian vote.
International Journalists and Cleveland guests on Election Day 2012
Asian Americans are the fastest growing ethnic group in Cleveland with a 42% growth rate from 2000 to 2010. Such growth offers opportunities and challenges so ASIA Inc. convened a meeting to discuss the Report.
Michael Byun, Marita Etcubanez, Michael Fleming, Johnny Wu, Radhika Reddy, Tom Mrosko, Eunice Parks and Vi Huynh
CWRU Gigabit Breakfast Club Severance Hall September 7, 2012 Almost 350 people attended the Gigabit Breakfast Club at at Severance Hall. The event combined 10-minute talks with live demonstrations to showcase "Ideas That Inspire-Initiatives That Matter."
Indian-American serial entrepreneur Naren Bakshi spoke at a special meeting at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland on August 3,2012 that included members of TiE Ohio and other area business leaders and entrepreneurs.
TiE Ohio Charter Members Harry Weller, Ratanjit Sondhe, Pradip Kamat, Naren Bakshi, Richard Herman, Radhika Reddy, Richard Eastburn and Raj Aggarwal
Chinese Ambassador in Cleveland Consul General of People's Republic of China in New York Sun Guoxiang
NEO International Business Network July 26,2012
Growing Business between Northeast Ohio and China
Speakers included George Kikano, MD, Department Chairman, Family Medicine, UH Case Medical Center, Li Li, MD, PhD Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, CWRU and fellowship graduate student in biomedical research Yan Yan.
Dr. Li Li, Margaret Wong, Dr. George Kikano and David Fleshler
The Great Lakes Geek has always been fortunate to live near a physical library. But many, especially in rural areas, have had to rely on Bookmobiles to deliver books.
Now that we have digital content, Internet delivery capability and great software from Cleveland's own OverDrive, Inc. people can download all kinds of digital content 24x7 from any Internet connection to almost any device.
The OverDrive Bookmobile travels the continent showing people what they can do and how easy it is.
The Geek caught up with the BookMobile at Shaker Heights Public Library and took a quick tour.
It turns out that the Great Lakes Geek was friends with and played football with the father (Pat) of the BookMobile guide, Dan Conochan. A looooong time ago.
The focus was State of the Heart: Cardiovascular Technologies and about 1,000 senior executives, investors, entrepreneurs and clinicians gathered at Cleveland Clinic to discover the future of medicine.
IBM Watson Jeopardy! challenge at Cleveland Clinic Summit
Team NEO markets the Cleveland Plus region collectively to site selectors, real estate consultants and targeted companies across the globe to increase awareness of Northeast Ohioís business assets in order to increase business opportunities for the region.
They held a forum to announce their direction for 2011 and answer questions.