Shortly after moving here in 2010, I realized that Burien didn't have a great way of communicating to people about special events that were going on in the city. I'd hear about something amazing — but usually the day after it had happened.
So, I decided to do something about it, and that's when I had the idea to create an events focused, local site that could act as a central repository for all the amazing things that are going on.
I created this site to help event organizers get their message out to residents to help increase attendance, and for residents to help find things that they would be interested in.
There are three types of events: Regular, Promoted, and Featured. All events get the header and tagline, as well as location information and a description of the event. Promoted events get a sidebar for additional information, and a small image in the left sidebar. Featured Events get a bigger banner and increased priority in the site.
Currently, all event postings are free.
To get your event promoted, it's not too tough. Just contact me, and make your case. Not everything is a good match for promoted events, such as every single farmers market or play show. But if it's a special case, (for example, the show opening or a great musician coming to the market), then it can get promoted.
Getting featured events is more difficult. There's a limited number at a time, and only 1 will be shown on the homepage. Same system applies for now, contact me and make your case. But it has to be really special to get featured. An example of a good featured event is the 4th of July Festival or Cove to Clover. A good rule of thumb is that if you are closing off a street, you have a good chance at getting your event promoted or featured.
Big fundraisers or events that support special causes are more likely to get promoted or featured. Eventually, you'll be able to feature or featured your own events, however pricing for this functionality and event types hasn't been established yet.
If you have questions, comments, or feedback, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
♥ burien imagery
The "heart" Burien imagery was initially created by the City of Burien as part of the Youth Coalition. Independent of that, I had been looking for something or idea that would inspire people to come together, and would help advocate that Burien is a great place to live or visit. Based on some unrelated projects from other people I talked to, I started researching "LoveBurien" and ultimately settled on using that.
After I realized that it was already in use, I started thinking of ways where anyone could use it, and in doing so become part of the message that "Burien is awesome and I love it". To that end, I decided to officially "open source" the "heart burien" mark.
The Open Source License
In the technology sector, and especially in programming, the concept of "open source" means that a specific program is released with it's source code available, and is generally copyrighted in such a way that other people may use the software for their own purposes — sometimes even commercial ones. The reasoning is that in doing so, the community will benefit from increased colaboration and become greater than it would have been otherwise.
So, here are the copyright terms for the "heart burien" imagery:
The (modified) MIT License
Original "♥ burien" image copyright (c) 2012 LoveBurien.com
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this image and associated documentation files (the "Imagery"), to deal in the Imagery without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Imagery, and to permit persons to whom the Imagery is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Imagery.
Each use of the imagery is to advocate that Burien is awesome, and that any person using the Imagery wants to spread that message.
THE IMAGERY IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE IMAGERY OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE IMAGERY.
People using the ♥ Burien imagery
♥ Burien the t-shirt
These were created several years ago by the Burien Teen Council. The Teen Council no longer exists, but we continue to sell the shirts; 100% of net proceeds benefit our youth & teen programs.
♥ Burien the sticker
I used to be a web developer making custom websites and web applications for businesses all over Washington and the US. I currently work at Big Fish Games in Seattle, but in my free time I build locally-focused tools to help bring communities together.
What kinds of events are good fits for LoveBurien.com, and how to get your event more visible on the site.
Where the ♥ imagery came from, details on the open surce license, what it means, and who is also using it.
A little information about me, and why I made this site