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What's Happening in Tulsa: May 15th - 21st, 2017

This week is going to be one to remember, as Tulsa hosts a variety of activities and events, May 15th through the 21st. From concerts to truck parades, you won't want to miss a thing. 

Start the week off with one of the hottest concerts to come to Tulsa this year. Chainsmokers has become a worldwide phenomenon with their hit singles “Closer” and “Don't Let Me Down”. The duo performs at the BOK Center May 16th. Doors open at 7:00 PM. 

If you are a creative, an entrepreneur, or just enjoy hearing about the next big thing, check out Tulsa StartUp Series, Wednesday night. Powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, this competition has been called the Tulsa version of Shark Tank, as inventors pitch their big ideas for a chance to win up to $15,000. Be at 36 Degrees North to watch the top five finalists prove the worth of their ideas. 

If you're a born and raised Tulsan, then you know all about the Blue Dome Arts Festival and Mayfest, both running May 19th through the 21st. For the past 14 years, these festivals have provided exceptional food, art, and entertainment for all ages. Local artists show off their craft, including handmade jewelry, woodwork, photography, paintings, and clothing. These Tulsa-specific pieces are not sold anywhere else. While you're shopping, live music keeps the energy up all through the evening. Whether you're into country, rock, or hip hop, a variety of talent is scheduled to perform all weekend long. Of course, Tulsa's famous food trucks will be there to satisfy every craving. With over 22 mouth-watering options, you won't want to leave until you've tried a taste of everything. 

For some, the sound of smooth acoustic makes them weak. For others, it's the deep rumble of a super rig. If trucks are your passion, be sure to check out the 2017 Shell Rotella SuperRigs event happening at the Exchange Center at Expo Square, May 18th through 20th. The event is followed by a parade ending at Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District. Mingle with other truck junkies and see some of the sickest rigs in the state as the truck parade runs from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Fireworks, courtesy of the Tulsa Drillers, to follow.

Making it's return for the fourth year in a row, Hop Jam is coming to Tulsa May 21st. As Oklahoma's largest craft beerand music festival, you can drink your way through over 200 beer options, try local food trucks, and enjoy an exceptional concert from Tulsa's very own, Hanson. Bring the kids as Hop Jam also features a family friendly concert on a separate stage.

Your week is all planned out! With something to do every night, you'll want to clock out, grab a friend, and experience one of the many events Tulsa has to offer. To keep up to date on what's happening near you, be sure to check out the UTown app (version 1.1 coming to the app store this weekend), or visit utownapp.com!

Andrea Ratzlaff

Tulsa, OK

Beta Launch Week

We have now been live for one whole week!!!

Looking back here's a glimpse of our beta launch day, September 8th. We started off the morning by bringing in some amazing Antoinette's Bakery goodies for our friends at 36 Degrees North (an entrepreneurship basecamp and our headquarters in Tulsa). Our friends and co-workers here were very happy to celebrate with us and download our app while eating these delicious goodies (picture below)! 

However, we couldn't converse over donuts and pastries for long because it was LAUNCH DAY!! Hans got to work on common bugs, while I got busy getting our social media posts off the ground! Shortly after the donut celebration, Nick and myself left our headquarters at 36 Degrees North and started spreading the word! I made my way to The University of Tulsa's campus and went by the library, trading a donut for a download at a rapid rate. Once I ran out of donuts, unfortunately quicker than anticipated, I switched over to just handing out the DOWNLOAD UTOWN fliers to anyone else in the library, being careful not to disrupt anyone's focus while studying. Next I handed to the Student Union at TU and continued promoting. Meanwhile Hans was tackling any issue that arose and continuing to optimize the speed and efficiency of our new platform. Nick got the opportunity to speak about the app at a local Town Hall Meeting then continued to promote in multiple areas throughout the day. The majority of the rest of Launch Week, we stayed focused on downtown Tulsa and The University of Tulsa, but we have plans to introduce our app to nearby cities and college campuses soon, so if you want us to visit you with donuts let us know!

The journey to get to our launch date was very long, but we did it! In no way are we perfect, we have much to improve on and plan to constantly improve and innovate everyday. What is really cool now is that our users are helping us make our decisions for what to do next, based on their experiences while utilizing the app. If you have any issues or would like to give us feedback do not hesitate to let us know by emailing help@utownapp.com

Thank you for your support!

Malachi Blankenship

Tulsa, OK