Hello everyone and thanks for checking out Skatecase. My name is Alexei Novitzky and I'd like to share some of the coolest yet toughest moments i've experienced along my Skatecase journey.
This first article is a link written by Renee Quinn from IPWatchdog
It talks about her experience at the Air and Space Musuem in DC.
Below is my experience :)
Well, the first step was funding the trip. Being a self-funded entrepreneur I decided to raffle off my future museum exhibits that I still needed to make to pay for the entire trip. Someone on my soccer team ended up winning probably the coolest board I've ever made.
Having acquired enough funds, I handmade my own products, packaged them myself with some funky duct tape, and pushed it onto the airplane using my personal Skatecase as a dolly. (Don't get me started on the security guys) I then pushed my "funky box" around DC on my Skatecase until I made it to the museum. Then, I set up my exhibit. I had all the various models of my handmade boards, including a few from the briefskate team, showing the evolution of the Skatecase. I also had my "Ollie the Skatecase" line on display and the books I wrote.
I looked around to see who else was exhibiting and some big companies were on the scene. I was literally between Qualcomm and 3D Systems. Caterpillar was just around the corner. It was an awesome sight to me to see how many people were involved with their operations. They each had a crew of 4 or 5 people setting up their exhibits. When I asked them about their products, they said, "We're just here to set up. The promotional team will be here soon." I was just like wow, and here I am with my handmade "funky box" of museum exhibits.
I don't ever like being strict or firm with people but it's necessary sometimes when dealing with larger corporations. A very "funny" thing that happened during setup was a representative of Qualcomm came over and actually asked if I would move my exhibit over to the corner. I looked at them and said, "I believe your exhibit exceeds the 10 x 10 foot space that has been allotted to you. I am not moving an inch." They then went over and talked to the Smithsonian Associates. The Smithsonian Associate, Cat, then came over and said to not worry and that I do not have to move.
It really can be a dog on dog world when it comes to larger corporations. People in those structured environments typically don't physically see or ever experience the hard work and sweet that goes on behind the scenes.
Anyhow, I had my display out right next to Neil Armstrong's return module from the Moon. It was awesome. A grand audience of over 35,000 people walked through the exhibit. I also gave a speech on innovation and creativity in their planetarium room. It was really cool and a once in a life-time opportunity.
During cleanup, again the "clean-up crews" of other companies came out. I just thought to myself, "well, guess I'll get my clean up crew together," and then I packed everything away into my "funky box." I then stacked my boxes onto my personal Skatecase and again pushed my boards through DC.
Definitely an awesome trip...