They’re ba-ack…Pelikan is at it again, announcing their third annual Pelikan Hubs event appropriately dubbed Pelikan Hubs 2016. The 2015 festivities saw a 56% growth in attendance over the year prior and I’m sure Pelikan is looking to keep that momentum going into this year’s event. If you’re curious as to what a “hub” is, it involves Pelikan fans from across the globe gathering at an appointed time in order to share their passion for fountain pens and all things analog. There is no specific agenda and anything goes. Pelikan does grease the wheels a bit with some great take home items for those who participate. Last year they even supplied a complete line of their Edelstein inks for the group to sample. Since the activities for the event are open to the interpretation of the group, no two venues are the same. There is a great diversity in the people who attend which facilitates some amazing conversation particularly with people who you might not regularly encounter. Not every city can host a hub and not everyone can attend so, in keeping with Pelikan’s social media focus, a lot of the excitement is shared via the hashtag #pelikanhubs. Hubs get selected based on a pool of online applicants. A minimum of seven people are required to make a hub and you can nominate your city when signing up. Hubs will be chosen and announced on June 30th. Once the cities are selected, a hub master is chosen to act as the local point of contact and organizer who designates a centrally located meeting space in the appointed city. With those details out of the way, it’s simply a matter of eager anticipation for the awesome pen camaraderie that is sure to follow.
Pelikan Hubs 2016 will take place on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 6:30pm local time. Online applications are now being accepted through July 30th. Please pay attention to that deadline because there were a lot of people disappointed to have missed it last year. If you think that you’d like to be your hub’s master, there is a separate space with a fill-in box on the application but you must get your name in the running by June 30th. Once submitted, Pelikan will send you an email with a link that you have to click on to activate your submission so please don’t forget to complete that step. I suggest that if you are at all interested in participating, get your application in and do so as early as possible to ensure that your city gets selected. Also, get the word out to all of your fountain pen friends. You don’t just have to be a fan of Pelikan to appreciate a good pen. For your reference, I’ll include a list below of the cities that were selected in 2015’s event. One thing that I’d like to stress is that each participant should register so if you have a friend or spouse that you would like to bring along, make sure that they also submit an application (makes it easier for the hub master to arrange a venue). Also, if you take note of the color scheme used in this year’s logo, I believe that it’s no coincidence that the colors match Edelstein Aquamarine, the 2016 Ink of the Year which I’m sure will play a prominent role in the event.
Pelikan Hubs Terms and Conditions (PDF file)