Cookies, tech and how some #HoCoStudents rallied with hashtags

Cookies and more in Oakland Mills – Dec 15

While designed originally as an OM resident holiday gathering and mingling opportunity, the Oakland Mills Cookie Swaptacular has become quite the community event in its own right. Bake six dozen cookies to bring;  come home with lots and lots of different cookies. Santa outfits, bad Christmas sweaters and holiday attire encouraged. More info here. FYI, #OaklandMills has a pretty good twitter stream on its hashtag. And speaking of holidays, you can follow #HoCoHolidays for seasonal updates, and use it in your FB and Twitter stream when relevant.

Columbia Tech Breakfast – Dec 11

I believe we’re lucky to have these Columbia Tech Breakfast events. Organized by a Balt tech guy who has since branched out to DC, Philly, Austin and more, the events are monthly and free. Get involved with the local tech scene; learn about emerging and disruptive technologies and start-ups; and network locally.  More info here. Other ways to get connected? Like HoCoTech on FB, Follow @HoCo_Tech and tweet and post FB status updates using #HoCoTech. Got a tech job to post? Try using #HoCoJobs.

HoCoTech Council Holiday Party – Dec 17

Continuing on the tech stream, the HoCo Tech Council has a holiday party coming up. They’re on FB and Twitter as well.


On Sunday night, looking to weather predictions for snow and a wintry mix overnight, #HoCoStudents organically started a Twitter-based lobbying campaign for HCPSS to make the call regarding school closings on Monday. Using the hashtag #HoCoDecision2013, a hundred or so tweets, comments and lobbying moved through the Twitterverse that evening. Not missing a beat, @BrianBassetto10, a communications specialist at HCPSS, posted this video to help explain the decision-making process.

Frank Hecker is at it again; this time, the #InnerArbor.

In early December, a pre-submission public meeting was held to unveil plans for the Inner Arbor in Symphony Woods and to solicit public feedback. Local blogger extraordinaire, Frank Hecker, is writing a seven-part series on the Inner Arbor. His first piece is here and you can find the rest of his series on his blog. You (especially the introverts among us) can get more involved by reading Frank’s series and scanning this curated compilation of Inner Arbor-focused articles, videos and podcasts. Consider also liking the Inner Arbor Trust on Facebook, following @InArTrust on Twitter,  and tweeting using #InnerArbor (and/or follow this hashtag in a free Twitter tool such as Tweetdeck; no Twitter account required to do so).

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Rock on!



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