Last night we went to the Revolution Lounge at the Mirage casino to take part in the first ever Twestival to raise awareness and money for Charity:Water. Las Vegas was one of roughly 175 cities around the world taking part in the Worldwide event that was organized around the Twitter community.
To give you a little background on Charity:Water, they are a non-profit organization that is bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Over the past few years they have raised over 7 million dollars and funded 1200+ water projects around the world. These projects range from hand-dug wells, deep wells, rainwater harvesting schemes and biosand filters.
The event last night was an absolute blast. The Revolution lounge has interactive tables that are touch sensitive. As you drag your hand across them, a built in screen will paint different objects across the table. Ours painted with flower petals while others used squares & circles and other random shapes. You can see a pic of the table here. Also on the tables they were scrolling all messages on Twitter that included the tag twestival. This of course meant that we would send tweets and then go back to staring at the table to watch our tweet scroll by. In this photo you can see my tweet being scrolled on the table. Of course I had to tweet about it, too. For a geek like me, the Revolution lounge was a very cool place to hang out!
The bar was serving a free drink called a Tweetini. It was basically a lemon drop with Blue Curacao added in. They were crazy-good. You could order other drinks as well, but they were not on the house so it's no wonder I had 3 Tweetinies which made today at work a fair bit painful. After a few Tweetinies I took it upon myself to ask the DJ if we could “RickRoll this bitch.” He was kind enough to oblige and I made it back to the bar in time to hear the groaning of my friends as Rick Astley started belting out the hits.
If you weren't able to make it to the Twestival with us last night, you can check out photos from Twestival events all over the world in the Flickr Twestival photo group. Or, if you'd like to get involved with the Charity:Water project, check out their site at charitywater.org/getinvolved/.
Big thanks to Manya for organizing the Las Vegas portion of the Twestival. She did a fantastic job and everybody in attendance had a great time.