Side Projects That Give Us Extra Life

February 9, 2014

Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

11am - 6pm

$75 (including lunch and snacks)

Up Up Down Down is an event for people who do more than just go to work. It’s as much a get together as a conference with plenty of time in between the presentations to connect with other attendees and speakers.


Featured speakers will discuss their side projects in the context of what they do, how they do what they do, and why they get extra life from doing what they do.

A potty-mouthed doodler from the Deep South, Carolyn's work has been published in Communication Arts, Grafik, HOW, GDUSA, CMYK, UPPERCASE, and The Washington Post. She recently exhibited a yearlong project of daily hand-drawn Postcards To My Parents, followed by Postcards To My Peeps and Postcardboard.

Darius is a programmer at Bocoup. He makes weird internet stuff and spends a lot of his time helping others do the same. In 2013, he released 72 side projects ranging from the very small to the medium-sized.

With a stack of 60+ lucite awards to acknowledge success in the badvertising world as the co-helm of Silverscape, Caitlin Jewell (and husband Jeff Leiter) set forth with yet another passion side project- Slumbrew craft beers. She'll discuss how flipping the bird to the conventional rules of "professionalism" saved her life.

Courtney Stanton is the founder of No Show Conference, Women in Games Boston, and Boston Technical Women, a program manager at Akamai, and the designer of over 30 interactive fiction games. Her body resides in Boston but she really lives on the internet at and on twitter/tumblr as q0rt.

Hannah Foell is a video game producer by day, performer and producer by night, and amateur Fast & Furious expert at all times.Her current projects include co-founding and producing Fine Line Comedy and The Kerfuffle, and performing with the Harold improv troupe Maxitor.

Side Projects and the Internet Panel

By day, Kevin Nguyen works for a giant tech behemoth; by night, he is very tired. But on those nights he isn't, he is a founding editor at The Bygone Bureau and contributes to as many online publications as he can, including Grantland, The Atlantic, and Kill Screen.

Chris Piascik is an independent illustrator who has been posting daily drawings on his website since 2007 and in 2012 he published a book featuring the first 1000. Chris has worked with Nike, Converse, McDonalds, Scholastic, Chronicle Publishing, Boston Magazine, and more.

Kelly Reeves is the director of content strategy at Knock Twice and co-founder of her side hustle, Forced Meme Productions. Previously, she was the founding editor of Urlesque. Kelly lives in Brooklyn with her cats Lyla and Buster.


The first 20 people to buy tickets to Up Up Down Down will also receive free entry to Eat Boston’s Whiskey Rebellion, a showcase of American brown spirits held Saturday 2/8 in Central Square in Cambridge.

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Commonwealth Cambridge
11 Broad Canal Way
Kendall Square, Cambridge MA 02142