ThursdayMar 30 2017Developers Social: Code&Breakfast!
How about a little php with your pancakes, or some html on your bagel?
Developers and Aspiring developers, please come and join us for a morning social hour as we hangout and talk shop. From 8am to 9am we will open the floor to anyone who has questions about their code.
We will have sausage, pancakes, bagels, bananas, oranges and orange juice. Please feel free to bring food if these options are not on your menu.
Topics are always welcome! We are looking for anyone that might be interested in giving a presentation. If you're interested leave a comment or email us.
Thanks to our Sponsor AllMyWebNeeds
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March UX Meetup: Off the Screen and into the Parking Lot
NEW: park in the lot off 2nd Avenue for $2. See the map below for details.
Beyond the Screen, part 3 of 3: Off the Screen and Into the Parking Lot
Problems don't always come tied up with nice bows ready to be solved. In fact, they rarely do. But as they say, a problem well defined is half solved.
For our March Meetup, we'll be exploring ways of defining a problem, and we're doing something a little different this time: we're digging up a parking lot! Well, kinda...
First Scott Tsuchiyama will lead us all through a brief lesson in asking the right questions, then we'll fill our heads with some contextual knowledge courtesy of YouTube. Finally, we'll break into small groups to tackle a problem tear down: digging into what we know and working to extract the problems from the mess.
Photos, supplies and additional data will be provided for each small group to use as you unpack the problem and collaborate on a solution.
Note: in order to facilitate the programming, we'll be kicking things off as close to 6:15 as we can and save networking for after small group work is over.
6:00 - 6:15 > Drinks, snacks
6:15 - 6:30 > Asking the right questions, Scott Tsuchiyama
6:30 - 7:15 > Small group activity
7:15 - 8:00 > Discussion, networking, closing remarks
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Next two weeks
MondayApr 3 2017Nashville Virtual Reality Day During Nashville Content Week!
Learn from a Panel of VR/360 Video professionals on how to get started in VR, common practices, and plenty of time for specific topic discussion during Q&A.
We've partnered with Craft Content Nashville (http://craftcontentnashville.org) to host VR Day as part of a week's worth of content workshops!
Learn more about Nashville Content Week at https://nashvillecontentweek.org/
Reserve your (free) ticket here: www.eventbrite.com
We'll have our speakers give a brief talk on their backgrounds and experience in the VR space with time for Q&A as well as time for meet and greet with other VR enthusiasts and professionals.
More info to come!
So far the panel includes:
• Kyle Mann (360 Video)
• Lee Kebler (360 Video and Interactive VR)
• More to come!
PK Pictures and Rabbit Hole VR will be providing HTC Vives for showcasing their extensive experience and game libraries!
TuesdayApr 4 2017TESSCO One
TESSCO One is TESSCO Technologies marquee event, bringing thousands of colleagues from across the wireless industry together for two days of networking, socializing, experiencing the latest technology, and hearing from expert presenters and exciting keynote speakers.
Open Hack Night
Hack night! Bring a project, work on something open source, expand your skill set with tutorials, learn about Civic Technology. The Hack Night is "sanctioned geektime" so you can learn, code, and build technology to better the yourself and your community.
Join us, hang out, get involved!
Automated Testing - Rhyme or Reason (or both)?
Automated tests can provide quality and reliability to your codebases. They have become so popular that methodologies such as TDD have hit mainstream. But are they really that magical? Do they really always provide value with minimal cost? Should we ALWAYS write tests and write tests first? In this talk, we will dive into the concepts of automated tests, look at sample usage of testing libraries (JUnit/Mockito), learn the basics of TDD and more importantly, discuss tradeoffs. To wrap it all up, we'll open the floor for discussion around personal experience with automated tests, facilitated by NJUG leader Tim Pote.
Daniel Aquino has been a Java software developer for over 9 years. He started as a developer working with state government agencies and now currently works for Digital Reasoning on software to help law enforcement combat child trafficking. He started writing tests mid-way through his career, has made mistakes with testing and continues to learn from them.
From Granny White Pike, turn on to Maryland Way heading East . Take your first Left onto Powell Ct.
The door to the building automatically locks at 6:00pm. There will be a sign with a number to text if you need the door opened. Feel free to message the group if you have any problems getting in.
Want to speak?
We are on the lookout for more speakers. That could be you! You don't have to be some big shot developer advocate. Got a story about some tool you used recently, love or hate? Just let us know. It's as easy as that.
"Making PCBs: From DIY to Production" by David Shuman
Let's face it, solderless breadboards are just awful. Whether you're building a circuit to last or just prototyping a design, making a printed circuit board is often a much better option. And it's fun! This talk will present, with live demonstrations, using CAD software to draw a schematic diagram and lay out a board; fabricating a PCB using a laser printer, toner-transfer paper, and etching solution; and drilling lots of really tiny holes. Take home some free toner-transfer supplies generously donated to NashMicro by PulsarProFX! And do-it-yourselfers are no longer limited to cooking up a few boards in the kitchen -- we'll also discuss how you can have your designs professionally fabricated, in small quantities or large batches, for a lot less than you might expect.
We'll begin the meeting as always with show & tell. So, bring what you've been working on and tell everyone about it.
Need help with your project? Bring it and ask for help.
HELP! We've lost our food sponsor and need to find a new one ASAP. We have a little cash to cover food this month if we have to but in order for that to continue we'll need to find a new sponsor. Please talk to your employers or companies that you work with and see if they might be interested in helping us keep you fully fueled. If you have any ideas for sponsors and would like me to inquire for you, please send an email to [masked]. Additionally, if you would like to make a donation to help cover costs you can do so via PayPal to my same email address or through the MeetUp donations feature. We'll also put out a bucket for donations during the meeting. THANKS!
Food & drinks will be served at 6PM. Show & Tell and the presentation will start no later than 6:30.
Come join the fun and invite your friends!
Nashville Podcast Day
Nashville Podcast Day will provide digital content creators fresh insight into this increasingly valuable medium. Whether you are podcasting to drive a majority of your business, generate authority and influence in your niche, or simply because you love telling stories and sharing your passions — our community is ready to share.
You will learn how 3 successful Nashville Podcasters utilize their craft to grow their impact: 1. Influencer Coach David Hooper, host of RED Podcast, utilizes the power of podcasting to drive his business. 2. Country Music artist Kelleigh Bannen, host of This Nashville Life, uses podcasting as a way to more meaningfully connect with her fans 3. Narrative storyteller Jakob Lewis, host of Neighbors, will share how his love for telling stories led him to Nashville Public Radio.
Arrive eager to learn new strategies to amplify your message and meet other passionate podcasters from Nashville. Nashville Podcast Day will be hosted at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center on Tuesday April 4th 6-8pm. We've partnered with Craft Content Nashville (http://craftcontentnashville.org/) to host Podcast Day as part of a week's worth of content workshops.
BONUS: For the first 50 guests, we are providing delicious street tacos, complimentary of Chago’s Cantina. #TacoTuesday
RSVP for Nashville Podcast Day (and other Content Week events) here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nashville-content-week-2017-tickets-32542416243
First Xamarin Learning Group Meetup and Code
We will be meeting in the Fall Conference room. The room is reserved from 4 to 7 pm. This is an informal learning group. If you have something you want to demo or a question to ask that is fine otherwise we will work on individual projects.
SKELETON CRU: All Hands on Deck [ Meet, Greet & Work Night ]
We'll gather and have brief review of the new Skeleton Cru direction and then jump into a short presentation. Immediately following the presentation we'll have an informal work night where you can come and get help on a project or just work on your own or with your team. FREE PIZZA provided.
Nashville UX Day
We've partnered with Craft Content Nashville (http://craftcontentnashville.org/) to host UX Day as part of a week's worth of content workshops!
In User Experience we're used to considering how content fits within the interfaces on sites, apps, and products we create. But what happens when the content is the interface?
Join us during Nashville Content Week for a panel discussing the critical role that content plays within User Experience, and the changing landscape of content-driven interfaces that include things like Chatbots, and virtual personal assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.
Learn more about Nashville Content Week at https://nashvillecontentweek.org/
SaturdayApr 8 2017Craft Content Nashville 2017
Craft Content Nashville is a broad community of digital media and content creators and enthusiasts, and this year we're blurring the lines between work and play.
Now in its 10th year, our annual spring event has established itself as the premier digital media "unconference" in the Mid-South. Founded as PodCamp Nashville, we broadened our audience in 2015 with a new name and vision to better include digital content in all of its forms.
Our 2017 event is open to everyone interested in using online media to share ideas, hearing from industry leaders and fellow community members, and participating in discussions and demonstrations. We explore strategies and techniques used to share stories and engaging content through words, pictures, audio, video and beyond.
MondayApr 10 2017April Meeting: Git And GitHub Interactive Lab
This Monday’s Topic
We will look at the basics of the Git workflow and working collaboratively with distributed version control on GitHub. This will be a beginner friendly interactive and hands-on workshop.
If you do not have access to a laptop, that is totally fine - we can pair up with a neighbor, or follow along with the presentation.
If you want to follow along on a laptop, before the meeting, it would be helpful if you:
2. Create a free GitHub account at: https://github.com/join
3. Install git. Here are instructions: https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2/Getting-Started-Installing-Git
Skill Level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Trent Hand is an apprentice Software Developer at The Nashville Software School. He currently works in AngularJS, Python, Django, and dabbles in mobile development. He loves sharing knowledge and picking the brain of anyone interesting. And comics. He likes comics. :)
209 Tenth Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37217
See more details in the Parking section below.
How To Find Us
Use the South Lobby entrance by the Cinco de Mayo restaurant. You will see the Eventbrite first floor office straight ahead. Take a right at the first hallway and take your first left, which leads to elevators. Take the elevator to the third floor and enter the door straight ahead. If you have trouble finding us, please email [masked] and we will come to find you.
5:30-6:15 – Arrive, Socialize, Hack, Eat Snacks
6:15-6:30 – Introductions, Announcements
6:30-7:30 – The Main Event: Coding, Learning, Speaker, Q&A, Etc.
7:30-8:00 – Wrap Up
Every second Monday, 5:30pm-8:00pm. For the most updated meeting information, check this Meetup event page.
This group is hosted by women programmers with the goal to build a welcoming environment to learn and to grow diversity in the programming field.
We have three main goals:
1. Connect women programmers and supporters so that we can have friends with whom to attend other programming events in town.
2. Facilitate discovery and learning of new tech subjects from a speaker who has spent time studying, compiling, and translating information so a beginner to that topic can understand.
3. Provide an encouraging space where people can gain speaking experience, and hopefully go on to speak at local user groups, conferences, etc… thus increasing minority visibility and inspiring other underrepresented people in tech.
We embrace the Lambda Jam Conference Diversity Policy and welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political opinion, identity, and self-identification.
What to Bring
- A laptop, tablet, smartphone, or pen/paper if you would like. None of these are required though.
- Questions on any tech topics or careers in tech.
- Any guests who are also interested in learning to code and/or increasing diverse participation in tech.
- Our meeting overlaps with dinner. Feel free to bring a packed meal or pick up something on the way there.
What to Expect
- Free to attend.
- Free internet.
- Our group has adopted the Hacker School Social Rules. We seek to provide an environment of encouragement, openness, and support so all who attend can feel comfortable, welcome, and free to ask questions and grow.
(Listed starting with cheapest options)
Free bike parking is available in front of Cummins Station. Don't forget your bike lock and reflectors for riding home at night!
Less Than $1 or Free Street Parking
All of the parallel parking spaces along the front of Cummins Station (and the nearby streets) are free after 6pm. A few of these spots are reserved for valet in the evenings, so if you see a valet sign, park elsewhere.
If you arrive earlier than 6pm, put in just enough exact change to cover you until the spots turn free at 6PM.
Paid Lot Parking - Further, But Less Expensive
The Frist parking lot, across the street from Cummins Station, is the cheapest paid parking option.
Rates: $1.50 first 1/2 hour; $6 first hour; $3 each additional hour; $24 daily max; Special events pricing as posted.
Note: this parking lot is on the north side of Cummins Station, and Eventbrite is on the south side. However, you can enter Cummins Station from the North and walk through the inside of the building to get to the Eventbrite office.
More info on The First parking lot: http://www.parkitdowntown.com/nashville/frist-lot-ii
Paid Lot Parking - Closer, But More Expensive
Two paid parking lots are available directly across from Cummins Station. Last time we inquired, the rates was $6/hour after 5PM, with a maximum evening cost of $12, unless there is a special event pricing in effect.
If you eat in a restaurant in Cummins Station, you can get your parking validated, which reduces the cost to free in many cases.
Details on the[masked]th Ave South parking lot: http://www.parkitdowntown.com/nashville/cummins-station
Details on the[masked]th Ave South parking lot: http://www.parkitdowntown.com/nashville/308-10th-ave-s
If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us, your organizers, via Meetup. We look forward to seeing you!
TuesdayApr 11 2017Suggest a topic!
Let's see if we can get this one planned way in advance. What do y'all want to see, do, and/or learn about? All reasonable suggestions will be considered, as well as entertaining unreasonable suggestions. Note: Entertaining unreasonable suggestions must be somewhat plausible and cannot result in destruction of property, mass arrests, loss of life & limb, etc.
WednesdayApr 12 2017(New Date) Deep Dive into SEO from an Engineering Perspective
We have moved the April meetup to the second Wednesday in April and will use the larger EOC room instead of our usual meeting room. We will return to the first Wednesday of the month in May.
To rank above your competition, SEO requires more than focusing on keywords and content. There are many engineering improvements you can make to your site to increase your page ranking and domain authority. We will take a deep dive into site architecture, internal link building, rich snippets and upcoming changes to Google's search algorithm.
Beck Dixon has been an SEO Software engineer for close to 2 years at Eventbrite. She enjoys the challenge of keeping up with Google’s ever changing search algorithm and firmly believes that SEO and user experience go hand in hand. She was last with us in December 2016 when she gave the talk SEO Strategies from a Coding Perspective.
The location is a little off the beaten path but easy to access. The easiest way to find it might be to put the intersection of Columbia Ave. and Beasley Dr. into your GPS and then follow these steps:
• From Columbia Ave., head West on Beasley Drive.
• Turn right on Charles R. Meek Drive, toward the end of Beasley. This is a private road and the name may not show up on your GPS. It is just before a single story brick building that has a large blue building behind it.
• On your left past the blue building you will see a large building surrounded by a black fence, this is the Public Safety Center.
• Continue around the building and you will come to the entrance to guest parking.
• As you walk toward the building, use the far left entrance next to the flagpoles.
Watch for Lunch and Learn signs along the way.
Case Study: Google's Sprint Process
Join us Wednesday, April 12 as Jeffrey Mikres, IT Director, Consumer Solutions at LifeWay Christian Resources, shares his team's experience with Google Venture's design sprint process - ideating a new product and pitching it to clients, all in a 5 day sprint.
-SPEAKER- From Jeffrey Mikres: "Google Venture's design sprint process represents an effective and proven way to ideate around new product development. They've used it with hundreds of companies as well as with internal teams at Google. The process involves a 5-day plan that culminates on a Friday putting your prototype in front of real, potential customers to get feedback. This talk will walk you through the basics of what happens during those 5 days and will give you the tools to come up with your own product ideas and get them in front of customers. It'll also touch on the recent design sprint run at LifeWay for a potential new product. If you develop products and ideas for users, and haven't read Sprint (https://goo.gl/csjGk4), I highly recommend it. Jeff will also be doing a short Q&A after he presents."
-DOOR PRIZES- I've purchase three copies of "Sprint" to give away as door prizes, so please be sure to sign in as you arrive to get your name on the spin wheel for a chance to win.
-AGENDA- 5:30 -- Arrive and check-in to be entered to win the door prize. Socialize with the room. Announcements. 6:00 -- presentation and Q&A with Jeffrey Mikres 7:00 -- stay to talk or head on home