8 Replies Latest reply on Jan 31, 2017 9:03 AM by jlangbridge

    Thank You for Your Support of 'Bit by the Bug'!


      Dear element14 Community,


      A heart felt thank you to everyone who participated in our Bit by the Bug  promotion which closed on January 20th.  Its one of the coolest things I've been a part of at element14 and I'm grateful it came off as a success!  Over the holiday season we had a limited supply of element14 swag bags that had to go as part of a promotion in support of the community as a whole and several areas in particular:    Business of Engineering , Arduino ,BeagleBoard ,Raspberry Pi , and the STEM Academy.  These are all areas of interest to the community and something to keep an eye on over the following year.   I just want you to know that we read over each and every one of your stories and everyone here at element14 was ecstatic about the response we got.


      The idea was pitched to me by element14Dave before he left to pursue his next opportunity and I was both humbled and honored I was being asked to take the lead on this. Before I worked for the element14 community I was on the transactional side of the company, working out of the Chicago office.   I was asked to join the community at the same time as  jlucas in Leeds, UK office.  You might be familiar with jlucas   from his work with  Business of Engineering and STEM Academy.     element14Dave  was the ideal teammate and easy to work with, like me he was a friendly, laid back Midwesterner.   Not only was he the guy who showed me the ropes over at element14 and made me feel comfortable, more importantly he was a friend and someone who helped me grow as a person. When I was asked to run the element14's The Ben Heck Show on behalf of the element14 community, element14Dave was my biggest supporter and cheerleader and helped me along until I knew how to swim.


      Many of our Top Members know what a loss losing  element14Dave on the community was for the element14 team and you can't simply replace one individual with another.  I want to take this moment to assure everyone that you are in the hands of a passionate and dedicated team that will look after your needs.  The people who ran the community before us left us with a great example and a path to follow as we push this forward to places we couldn't have gotten to without them.    jwatson is running Raspberry Pi and Design Challenges with rscasnyrscasny is handlingRoadTests & Reviews ,Design Challenges , and has done a magnificent job with the essentials courses inEssentials and the  Industrial Automation I worked on with him to get set up (but he's the expert).  In addition to working with makerkarenmstephens-e14 , cstanton, flyhaf1 , and Kelly (she get's enough messages) on the e14 side of  element14's The Ben Heck Show ,  I'll be working on improving your Arduino experience and leaning heavily on cstanton to make sure the job gets done right, and I'm also working on improving video on e14 with dudley.nelson.  There's also spannerspencer who's a Jedi force ghost who's always around even when he isn't.    spannerspencer was a tremendous help with 'Bit by the Bug' and designed the flyer as well as helped with the messaging along with everyone else. e14megan is the newest member of our team and I'll save the formal introduction until she's had time to get comfortable and settled.   I will say that she's done some work I think you'll find interesting....   Hint: It happened in a galaxy far, far away.....


      A lot of people work behind the scenes and do incredible work throughout our community:   pchan  and   randogless  are our designers that work tirelessly supporting all the different programs here on the community and make us look good ; cstanton , plowe , andSarribas bring new friends into the community with their outstanding job on social; summerella ,Christy-Admin , oadesida , and dudley.nelson  make sense of our insane requests; and those in charge have done an outstanding job taking the talent they have and putting them in opportunities where they have a chance to succeed.  More names than I've mentioned make the community possible and everyone here more than carries their weight to make things possible.


      Bit by the Bug was an idea that we all came up with as a group at element14 because we wanted to do something special for our community members.


      This was my first year working as a member of the element14 team and I'm grateful to be a part of such a hard working, smart, talented, and diverse crew!



        • Re: Thank for Your Support of 'Bit by the Bug'!

          Hi Tariq, thanks for doing this great giveaway program. I think, it was a great way, to help build the community. It was very interesting and encouraging. To see how others have such similar interests, as me. I found m self, wanting to read every story, as they came into my e-mail in-box:)


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          • Re: Thank for Your Support of 'Bit by the Bug'!

            Nice promotion and well done.


            Very nice introduction of who looks after what areas, it had become a little dated, so now we know who is where.

            I see we're missing a few photos in the profiles. I always find it's nice to have a face to go with the name.





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            • Re: Thank You for Your Support of 'Bit by the Bug'!

              Excellent Information and awesome offering from Element 14.  I guess I hadn't been paying as much attention to the site as I normally do during the holidays because I hadn't realized all of the changes that were happening.


              I am interested and excited to see Element 14 as they move into the New Year.  Dave will be missed greatly, but from what I have seen so far Element 14 will continue moving forward and doing great things!

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              • Re: Thank You for Your Support of 'Bit by the Bug'!

                Thank you Element14 and Tariq Ahmad for the wonderful gifts, I appreciate it so much! It's so nice of you to hold contests like the "Bit by the Bug Challenge". I'm thinking about giving the CodeBug to my friend's 5 year old brother for his birthday, so he can learn electronics and programming in a really cool way. His dad is a programmer, so I'm sure he'll get some really good advice and support. Once again, thank you so much Element14 team and tariq.ahmad 14thx.png

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                • Re: Thank You for Your Support of 'Bit by the Bug'!

                  Thanks a lot Tariq for the awesome bundle!


                  It's great to know that there are so many people working passionately to make the world of engineering such a welcoming and encouraging place! My heartfelt gratitude to all the guys who make element14 so awesome!




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                  • Re: Thank You for Your Support of 'Bit by the Bug'!

                    Great job on this promotional project. It seems to have generated a phenomenal response including many new members - somebody did a good job in promoting it outside of this forum. Congratulations!

                    By the way the run down of staff was most informative - Thanks.

                      • Re: Thank You for Your Support of 'Bit by the Bug'!

                        It was great seeing so many people new people in the community interacting with top members.


                        There was actually a lot comments from people that were registered in the community for a while but haven't interacted often, along with new people, which was great.


                        Wanted people that maybe hadn't been around a while and not recognized the new people to know they have someone they can go to and where we spend most of our time.


                        You guys are the ones that come up with the best ideas and are the best people to drive the direction of community because its for you.

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                      • Re: Thank You for Your Support of 'Bit by the Bug'!

                        Okay, so I'm a little late with this one. Sorry!


                        No, you don't understand. WE are thanking YOU. This is one huge project, and surely required lots of resources; time, and money, especially. I'm not too sure how many kits were sent out, but the number must be pretty huge.


                        I'm honored to have had the Codebug, and I'm trying to do everything to merit that present (since I'm the one who opened it in the end). Things are a little slow right now, the school holidays are coming up (yes, already), but I'll try and get stuff done soon. You'll be the first to know! Well, maybe the second, spannerspencer seems to see everything I write within seconds. Well, one of the first, there you go.


                        Once again, many thanks! From me, and most certainly from everyone on the element14 community.

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