Available

The minimalist community board for Metro Vancouver’s digital sphere

Available

No one's available right now.

Your Name

Click here to say you're available with a tweet!

Hiring

No one's hiring right now.

Your Name

Click here to say you're hiring with a tweet!

Spot-Mentors ?

No one's offering spot-mentorship right now.

Your Name

Click here to say you're offering spot-mentorship with a tweet!

Mentor Me

No one's looking for spot-mentors right now.

Your Name

Click here to say you're looking for a spot-mentor with a tweet!

How it Works

What is Available?

Available is a Twitter-powered board for the Metro Vancouver area’s design and technology community. Everything happens by posting tweets to . A bot sees your mentions and looks for specific keywords that make posting, post updates, and removing posts happen.

Available is for freelancers and agencies looking to connect for employment and mentoring. It’s the simplest, fastest way to say that you’re looking for work, need to hire someone, seeking a bit of mentorship, or available to mentor in small ways.

For Jobs

Looking for work

If you’re available to hire, put @HeyAvailable Available at the start of your tweet. For example:

Available: Looking for up to 20hrs/week in #wordpress #front-end web. Check out my work at http://denimandsteel.com/work

Our trusty little bot will put you in the list of people looking for work. Use hashtags are skills or specialities, and a link to your portfolio. Made a mistake? Just do it again and we’ll overwrite what was there.

If you find a job you can remove your post:

Unavailable

Otherwise your post will expire after 30 days.

Hiring

If you’re looking to hire someone, put @HeyAvailable Hiring at the start of your tweet. For example:

Hiring: Jr-level #wordpress #front-end dev for 6 weeks FT. Info at denimandsteel.com/work, apply to hello@denimandsteel.com

Boom, your job is in the Hiring list. You can only put one post into this category, so if you have several jobs, summarize in the tweet and post a link to your careers page.

If you fill the position(s), remove your post with:

NotHiring

Otherwise your post will expire after 30 days.

For Spot-Mentoring

What is Spot-Mentoring?

Mentoring is typically a long relationship, but we’ve noticed that many people feel too busy to offer long term help. On the other hand, there are those who just need advice for immediate obstacles from someone more experienced.

Spot-mentoring is about getting and giving that bit of help, often just over an hour or two. With such a small commitment, we encourage those with something to offer to try spot-mentoring. It’s a nice way to help in the community on event the tightest schedules.

Offering Spot-Mentorship

Able to spare an hour or two to share your experience? Tell Available by putting @HeyAvailable Mentor at the start of your tweet. For example:

Mentor: Care for a portfolio critique? I’m at Revolver every Tues+ Weds 3-5pm. Write hello@denimandsteel.com to book a spot.

Presto, you’re spot-mentoring! Want to change your post? Just do it again and we’ll overwrite what was there.

Filled up with spot-mentoring? Remove your post with:

StopMentor

Otherwise your post will expire after 30 days.

Seeking Spot-Mentorship

Need some advice in your technology or design work? Help might be close at hand, but you have to put the word out. Tell Available by putting @HeyAvailable MentorMe at the start of your post.

MentorMe: Architecting my first large scale #node app. Any node experts out there able to talk to? Hit me up on Twitter.

Did you get some help? Remove your post with:

Filled up with spot-mentoring? Remove your post with:

MentorMeNot

Otherwise your post will expire after 30 days. If someone does help you out, be sure to thank them with a tweet!

Other Questions

Can I post to more than one category?

You sure can! You can have one post in each category, so if you’re over the top busy you can be looking for a job, trying to hire someone, able to offer spot-mentoring, and needing a spot-mentor to help you.

Why is it ignoring me?

Available should @reply to you faster than lightning whenever you do something. But, Available is just a bot and sometimes bots get confused. If you aren’t getting a response, write to us at hello@denimandsteel.com or and we can look into it.

Who did this and why?

Available is a community support project by Denim & Steel Interactive. We’ve felt every pain we’re trying to help with here. We know what it’s like to hustle for work, to need help on projects, how good it feels to give a bit of advice, and the relief of having wise counsel. The Vancouver tech and design community has a lot to offer, and we want to help connect and grow this town.

Can I get a custom Available?

You can! We can make localized versions of Available for other cities, and can tune the platform into a number of uses such as curated recommendation engines and other uses we haven’t even thought of. Get in touch hello@denimandsteel.com and we can talk about what’s possible.

Contact

Get in touch and you can also reach us at hello@denimandsteel.com. Want a version of Available for your city or region? Get in touch!