Archive for November, 2013

XBox and PS4 Release Events

by on November 12th, 2013

XboxPS4These next 10 days are exciting days for gamers.  PS4 is released to consumers for purchase on November 15th at 12:00am. Die hard PS4 fans in San Francisco can start lining up at the GameStop Flagship location on the 830 Market street location at 6:00pm to win incredible prizes, eat great food, take pictures with iconic game characters, and then at midnight the doors opens for the first sales of the PS4. Below is the schedule for the PS4 San Francisco event for any of those who are in San Francisco. I will be there as well getting a sneak peak before fans so follow me @nrpena on 11/14!

·   6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Celebration throughout the evening. Excited fans lined up outside of the GameStop’s Market Street location to pick-up and purchase PlayStation 4. Various contests, games, drawings and giveaways taking place throughout the night. Fans will have the opportunity to go hands-on with the PlayStation 4 and a lineup of exciting games during the event. Entertainment begins with guest DJ and complimentary food trucks.

·   11:00 p.m.  – Anticipation builds as fans are invited to lineup to enter the GameStop in preparation for midnight store opening.

·   11:45 p.m. – Final countdown to PlayStation 4 begins.

·   Midnight – Store opening. GameStop begins distribution with the first sales of PlayStation 4 to die-hard fans.

·   2:00 a.m. – GameStop closes, event ends.

The fun doesn’t stop there on the 17th I am going to an Xbox One preview event where I will get a hands-on look at the new Xbox One console and will have the opportunity to demo a few new games.

On November 21st there will be a launch Party at Microsoft stores starting at 10:00pm till midnight when consumers can begin to purchase them. Below is a little information from their website about the event and to get tickets click here.

“Join us for a midnight launch party to celebrate the launch of Xbox One on Day One at Microsoft retail stores. Starting at 10 PM local time on 11/21, we’ll showcase the latest Xbox One games like Ryse, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, and Killer Instinct. Entertainment and giveaways will be raffled off throughout the evening. Arrive early to secure your place in line – first 50 people will receive a special giveaway!”

I will be attending this event as well so please continue to follow me @nrpena and @cutegeeek. I’m still not sure which one I want to get; these demos are a perfect opportunity to test them both out so Santa knows what to get me. Let the gaming begin!

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5th annual Samasource Give Work Gala

by on November 6th, 2013

SamasourceOn November 1st I attended the 5th Annual Samasource Give Work Gala: From Kenya to California at the Regency Ballroom of San Francisco.  Samasource is a non-profit and as most of your know I work with non-profits regularly but the difference with Samasource is they use technology to help women globally find dignified work.

“Sama” means equal. Samasource is a non-profit social business that connects women and youth living in poverty to dignified work through the Internet.  The company was started by Leila Janah in 2008 and is an award winning 501(c)(3) non-profit with support from individual donors and philanthropic organizations. Currently there are 4 billion people worldwide making less than $3.00 a day.*2012-10-31 18.16.43

Samasource uses the Microwork™ model that harnesses the untapped potential of the world’s poor using technology to find dignified work. Since inventing the Microwork™ model in 2008, Samasource has continued to develop innovative technologies to perform data and content services at the highest-quality for their clients. The Microwork™ model fits within the overall field of Impact Sourcing, which aims to create jobs for individuals with limited opportunity in rural or economically depressed communities.*

The work that Samasource does enables people to gain skills, earn a living wage and break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. To date, more than $2.5 million has been paid to over 3,000 workers across nine countries.*

2012-10-31 18.50.44During the reception of the Samasource Gala they had Soji &the Afrobeat band do a drum performance as a special treat. They were amazing and had great energy. After that we continued to the ball room where CEO/Founder Leila Janah welcomed all guest and gave us statistics of those under paid while they are just as smart if not more smart then those in rural America. These people deserve the opportunities we have and shouldn’t be penalized for being born in a poor country.

After the keynote each table had a competition on statistics based on job and economy in 3rd world countries or countries struggling with poverty using the Samasource Microwork model, my table made 5th place. Continue Reading…

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TONIGHT: 5th Annual Samasource Give Work Gala: From Kenya to California

by on November 1st, 2013

SamasourceTonight I will be covering the 5th Annual Samasource Give Work Gala: From Kenya to California.

In case you are not familiar with Samasource, they are an innovative non-profit social business that connects women and youth living in poverty to dignified work via the Internet.* As a writer for women’s technology I am honored and excited to be invited as press to cover this event, it’s always refreshing to know of women ran organizations helping women globally.

At the Gala tonight Samasource will be giving an Impact award to The California Endowment, which provided the grant funding to establish the SamaUSA program in the U.S. Based on the success of Samasource’s overseas work. **

Follow me @nrpena and as I post pictures and videos of tonight’s gala and the award ceremony.




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