If you’re like Manuel and I, you probably saw a couple of times the hashtag #dtrbucketlist on Twitter this past week, perhaps on some other social media channels. You might have even been encouraged to sign up for this contest. Now, I’m guessing you’re social media savvy and figured it out on your own, but just in case… here’s the scoop and a little story about where this idea came about!
Like most cool ideas in downtown Raleigh, it seems this one sprouted from a simple conversation among people who love the city (imagine that!) A serendipitous coffee meeting between the local startup Offline and LiveWorkPlay. Offline is an interesting concept, a website that challenges people to keep their social life interesting by allowing people to create ‘bucket lists’ that they can share and complete with friends. Simple, right? Using your social media (online) to find stuff to do and share in real life (offline). LiveWorkPlay is well known in downtown Raleigh. They help organize and sponsor a lot of cool events that happen in the heart of Raleigh.
So, what do you get when these two companies get together and have a baby? That’s how DTRBucketlist got started. They put their foundations together and came up with a contest. As David Brower, from Offline puts it
Every weekend we have to make decisions about what to do. Ideally, we find something fun and unique, but more often than not, we make the easy choice of doing something we’ve already done before. This mindset makes life a lot easier. We don’t have to worry about overwhelming ourselves with too many options. The down side is… It’s Boring. The Downtown Raleigh Bucket List was created to challenge you to make that fun and unique choice.
It’s such a simple, yet powerful idea. Now, you might think a lot of the things in the #dtrbucketlist might look like every day life for downtown residents. For some, maybe, but with so many new things always popping up around town, it’s good to have a goal and a time frame to try some new things out. What a better way for all of us to get to know more of our downtown Raleigh, right? Offline and LiveWorkPlay are planning a unique party for the end of the contest where contestants will receive their rewards and get to meet everyone else that did the contest with them, so you’ll get to meet some other cool people like you.
So, now that you are motivated and ready to jump in, here’s all of the details!
When: It runs May 1st – July 14th
What: The contest rewards you for attending great events, trying new menu items, seeing live shows, participating in classes & many more exciting “Experiences” in Downtown Raleigh! The more experiences you do, the more rewards you receive!!
How: The Downtown Raleigh Bucket List is made up of 16 exciting items and 2 bonus items. Try them, document them, and tell everyone about it. Make sure you sign up with the Twitter or Instagram handle that you will use to submit your photos.
- Complete a Bucket List Item
- Take a picture of your experience
- Upload that picture to Twitter and/or Instagram
- Hashtag #dtrbucketlist
- Win Prizes!
For full details, go to dtrbucketlist.com. You’ll find the bucket list items, prizes, and all other contest details. The Contest has already started but you can sign up and complete most items through July 14th.