Friday, August 1, 2008

Clients and Captains

Lou and I had a great conference call with our first client last week on Friday. Early on in the conversation we realized that there is plenty of work for two teams to tackle with this one project. For the kick-off we'll have one client. Two teams will work on different aspects of the project resulting in two finished maps.

The client will remain anonymous until the kick-off on October 7, in Missoula. We have given the captains some general information about the project so they can recruit the right talent to join their teams.

The team captains for the kick-off event received their invitations to the mapping marathon this week. As we had hoped, the response from the captains was quite enthusiastic.

Invitation text:

"Dear X,

You are cordially invited to be one of two captains for the mapgiving kick-off event to be held on Tuesday, October 7 in Missoula, Montana.

As a captain your responsibilities would include, assembling a team of cartographers who can complete a mapping project, which we will describe upon receiving your acceptance of our invitation. On Tuesday, October 7, when you arrive to the hotel, you will find your way to the mapgiving location for the evening. Food, drinks and a whole lotta fun and camaraderie will fill the evening. You and your team members can come and go as you wish. However, as a captain you will need to be present for the orientation which will begin at 3 pm MDT on Tuesday, production is expected to begin at 4 pm and can last up to12 hours.

The goal is to work with diverse group of cartographers to complete a task for an organization that is doing good work. The results of this session will be presented at the opening session where the teams and captains will have a chance to talk about the experience and process.

For a little more background, visit:, which will direct you to our blog. As soon as we have received your confirmation, we will fill you in on more details and assist you in setting up your team. Please respond to:

Lou and Tanya"
Two more have joined the effort... a few more to go...

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