PEORIA, IL August 5, 2015-- OneFire, Inc. announces the launch of OneFire Labs. OneFire Labs is an idea accelerator that uses a repeatable and proven process to fully and rapidly realize ideas and turn them into products, services, and standalone new companies.
This new offering encourages ideas from the OneFire team, as well as its clients and outside innovators. Using an internally developed process called Nucleus, OneFire Labs can move an idea through design and prototyping to development and delivery in the most efficient way possible. OneFire Labs will help great ideas become tangible realities.
President and CEO Jake Hamann said, “OneFire Labs provides exponential growth opportunities for OneFire’s overall business and will serve our clients and the community by offering a mechanism to repeatedly test and launch new ventures.”
OneFire has already taken several ideas through the Nucleus process and has experienced repeated success. OneFire Labs aims to replicate that success and establish a permanent base for ideas to grow, develop, and come to fruition.
Vice President Jason Parkinson said, “We’ve already been testing the Nucleus process internally and have had great success bringing our internal ideas to market. Now we have a proven method to help others innovate and launch their own ideas.”
To further bolster the launch of this initiative, OneFire Labs has tapped local investor and respected advisor Steve Zika to lead this effort. Steve brings over 15 years of experience in corporate strategy development and operations as well as in-depth startup knowledge during his time in Silicon Valley, Austin and locally in the Peoria area.
To learn more about OneFire Labs or to submit your own idea, please visit: www.onefire.com/labs
Life is all about milestones; getting your driver's license. Graduating from college. Landing your first adult job. Marriage. And of course, having children. Each turning point seems to set the stage for the one that follows, keeping us ever-eager for that next step, that next adventure. At OneFire, we've had some milestones ourselves lately. A few months ago we turned 3 years old, and so naturally we started thinking about our next adventure: having kids of our own. We wanted to share this awesome world we're engaging our customers in with a new generation, to teach them all the things we've learned as we've grown up, and hope it sparks them to continue building the bright, innovative future we're all committed to here.
But as we're an innovation agency, we thought it best to skip some of the... shall we say messier years, and have our youngsters an age that can hold an iPhone without wanting to eat it. So we agreed on college juniors and seniors, and invested in our first collegiate internship program. After months of diligently vetting an impressive group of candidates, OneFire is proud to introduce the first 3 students that we feel represent our culture of talent, teamwork, and creativity:
Jordon Lamping - Interactive Media/3D Design (left)
Jordon's work has a dramatic style that captures the eye and stirs the imagination, and his sincere demeanor makes him the artist everyone wants on their team. When Jordon isn't creating, he's active in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and excels at team organization and community service. Jordon also serves on the Dean's Advisory Committee.
Laura Picardi - Graphic Design (center)
Laura packs a double punch as graphic artist with a social media minor, complementary disciplines that will serve her well. We were enchanted with Laura's ambitious, outgoing personality and her avant garde approach to design challenges. In addition to her creative side, Laura is a natural promoter and leader who serves as a Bradley Admissions Representative and as Social Chair of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
Nathan Clark - Interactive Media/3D Development (right)
Nathan is a computer science major who wowed us with his serious 3D animation chops. He's passionate about game design and especially character design. Besides developing, Nathan serves as both the Vice President and Treasurer for Phi Gamma Delta. An accomplished student, Nathan receives the BU Presidential Scholarship and is active in philanthropic endeavors though his fraternity.
These students were the standouts in a long and careful process, and we're very excited they felt the same way about us. Choosing an internship between Junior and Senior years is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it's with a deep sense of responsibility that we steward them over the coming months. We'd like to thank Bradley University as well; in January OneFire partnered with Bradley's Smith Career Center to find the brightest talent in visual media, interactive media, and creative software development. They were extremely helpful throughout the process, and continue to be a reliable resource going forward.
Today, OneFire is honored to officially launch our internship program, contribute to an aspiring generation of young creatives, and strengthen the community we call home. Laura, Jordon, and Nathan: welcome to the OneFire team! We can't wait to share this adventure with you. Just please, don't eat the iPhones, ok?
The April Issue of InterBusiness Issues (IBI) magazine is packed full of Technology topics like driverless cars, cybersecurity and cloud computing. OneFire's CEO, Jake Hamann, had the opportunity to sit down with the team from IBI for a Q&A session all about innovation and how OneFire and Startup Peoria fit into this space.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The International CES is the hotbed of innovation in consumer technology and breakthrough ideas that help change business for the better. Naturally, OneFire is on site in Las Vegas to attend #CES2015. From the vast show floor to specified conference sessions, OneFire will explore how consumer technologies can be used to improve business. With last year’s CES drawing over 3,600 exhibitors and over 160,000 attendees, it’s clear that #CES2015 is set to be one of the biggest technology events of the year. Follow the action here as OneFire discovers what’s next in consumer tech and how it applies to your business.
Rovio Entertainment, LTD., has announced plans to develop a movie that is, well, for the (angry) birds. Last month the furious foul took their story to screens they are much more familiar with–your smart device. A 52-week cartoon series launched March 17, with a weekly episode being pushed to any one of the over 1.7 billion Angry Birds title apps (according to this article on The Verge) that have been downloaded. Never resting on their laurels, Rovio is looking ahead to a bigger screen.
April 2010 doesn't seem so long ago, really. A child born then would be 2 and a half, probably walking, maybe talking if not simply in gibberish. And April 2010 was the when Steve Jobs and co. debuted the iPad. After the announcement, there was some question whether a tablet would matter, whether there would be any consumer uptake. See for yourself by searching "Steve Jobs introduces the iPad," then read the user comments after news articles, like this one. I'd love to know how many of those nay-saying commenters are submitting their comments via a tablet today.