2017 Bay Area Business/Media Workshops, Session 2 | August 27th


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Interested in kickstarting your team’s business and media operations this year?
**Teams 2643 & 3501 are excited to be teaming up with students & alumni from other local teams again to invite you to the second session of our summer PR & media workshops (following our first session in July) on August 27th (Sunday) from 8am-4:30pm at Santa Teresa High School (6150 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95123). **
Presentations will wrap up around 3:30, with instructors available during the remaining hour for additional Q&A or project work time.

All classes will run concurrently for the full day, so attendees should choose only one to go to.
Please RSVP via this form by Friday, August 25th at 12pm.
The following sessions will be offered:

  • 3D Animation
    presented by teams 8 and 3501
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  • This session will involve working together as a small group to create a short 3D animation using Autodesk Maya. The skills and process you’ll learn along the way will be useful for FRC safety animations, promo videos, and similar projects.
    Students should bring their own laptop with Maya already installed as well as a three-button mouse; a free student license can be obtained from Autodesk here.

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  • Public Relations & Marketing
    presented by teams 299, 1967, and 4159
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  • This workshop will focus on how to best represent your team across social media, competition & judging, public demonstration, and inter-team interactions.
    Attendees should bring a notebook or laptop with which to take notes, and are also strongly encouraged to bring materials relevant to their class topic (i.e. business plans, newsletters etc.) for feedback from the instructors.

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  • Business & Finance
    presented by team 8
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  • The business workshop covers key financial strategies required to keep an FRC team running: sponsorships and sponsor relations, fundraising, developing a business plan, and writing awards submissions–with an emphasis on the Entrepreneurship Award.
    Attendees should bring a notebook or laptop with which to take notes, and are also strongly encouraged to bring materials relevant to their class topic (i.e. business plans, newsletters etc.) for feedback from the instructors.

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  • **Videography **
    presented by teams 254 and 2643
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  • The videography class will take students through the process of making their own videos. From storyboarding to filming to editing, students will be creating their own short videos. Students should find that they’ll be able to translate such abilities into creating Chairman’s videos along with similar projects.
    *Students should bring their own laptop with Davinci Resolve installed *(available for free here) along with a phone or camera capable of recording video and any necessary cables/storage devices to transfer files from it to your laptop.

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  • Graphic & Document Design
    presented by teams 299, 846, and 3501
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  • The graphic design workshop will go through process, strategies, and theories for designing flyers, newsletters and other visual output for your team in a readable, consistent, attractive manner - and talk about writing for such material too.
    We’ll actually be creating documents during this session, so please bring info and photos of your team so you have material to practice with, as well as a laptop with a trial of Adobe InDesign already installed. Alternatively, if you’re familiar with using Scribus for similar tasks, you may use that instead. Additionally, bring a notebook or paper along with writing utensils to sketch with.

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Please note that the workshops will not be recorded as they are intended to be heavily hands-on.

For lunch, you’ll have the option to order from specific places from the nearby plaza - we’ll provide order forms and collect cash for orders the morning of the event. To see available food options please see this document.
Attendees are, of course, free to bring their own lunch instead.

Lastly, since this is an event entirely run by an amazing group of volunteers, we are asking for a recommended donation of $3 at the door (or more if you’re amazing) to go towards supplies for this and future events like it.

We hope you’ll be able to join us! Let us know if you have any questions about the specifics of the event.
We’ll send out a follow-up email to all registered attendees as the event date approaches with additional information and reminders.