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Tuesday
Mar 28
Hack Night
BMI

We have 10 Lenovo Phab 2 Project Tango devices on loan from Google.  Come on March 28 to experiment and see what you can produce with the buillt-in motion-tracking technology.

The format of this meeting will be flexible.  We will make at least one device available for non-developers, just to see what the technology is capable of.  Developers will be able to run through a code lab targeting the device, producing an app that runs on the Tango.  There is a simple project which really just starts you out with a project that tracks motion from the device's onboard sensors, and will take approximately 20 minutes (assuming all SDK's are already installed).  Another more comprehensive Motion Tracking code lab is also available. 

Both tutorials would call for these resources:

• Android SDK with package level 17+ installed.

• Unity (5.2.1 or later), set up for Android development.

• Tango Unity SDK.

• On Windows, install the Google USB Driver

The more comprehensive code lab makes use of

• Lollygagger Sample game

Developers should definitely install the Android SDK and Unity beforehand, as those can take some time to download and install.


Nashville Mobile Developers usually meets monthly on the last Tuesday of the month.  We meet to discuss innovations in mobile development, and will generally have someone from a local company who's got something awesome to show off.

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Intro to Webpack (w/ Zoltan Albert)
RANDA Solutions

There's been a lot of hubbub about Webpack in the JavaScript community over the past year or so. That being said, I often hear about how setting it up can be a confusing pain in the rear. So, we're going to break down and cover the main things to get you going with the hottest JavaScript bundler on the web. 

 Things we're gonna cover: 

- What is a module bundler and why you want one 

- The four core concepts needed for a basic webpack config

- How using webpack-dev-server can make your life easier (even on smaller projects) 

About Zoltan: 

"I've dabble with web development since 2000, but only pursued it as a career in the past year. Before that I jumped around from different jobs and different places, including living in Hungary and as well as being Chinese linguist for the US Navy. During my time in the service I was my shop's "computer guy," and ended up creating and delivering the training required if you wanted to work on any of our site's internal web pages. Now, though, I'm slinging code for the IoT video surveillance company Smartvue. We do cool things, and you should try to come work with us."

Agenda

6:00 - Arrive, snack, and hang

6:30 - Presentation

7:30 - Post meetup networking

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NashFP
Emma's Bistro Cafe

In the Nashville-area? Interested in functional programming (e.g. Clojure, Elixir, Elm, Erlang, F# Haskell, Lisp, OCaml, Scala...)?

Dandy! Come join us. We are a curious and welcoming group. All skill-levels, platforms, backgrounds & languages welcome. Show-and-tell FP bits that give you joy, and pose questions to the group.

We meet each month for ~3 hours. We've got a projector, WIFI, coffee, and assorted munchies.

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Wednesday
Mar 29
RIP Parse? with Addison Webb
LunarLincoln

Remember Parse.com? Parse made it super simple to setup a backend and get started developing your app. Parse.com shut down in late January, but before the shutdown, Facebook open sourced the main components so developers could transfer their apps to their own servers.

This month Addison Webb will provide an overview of the Parse Server open source project and demonstrate how to setup a parse server. Feel free to bring your laptop to follow along as we setup a Parse server on our own VPS.

If you are planning to follow along, it will help to do some homework ahead of time!

Homework:
- Make sure you have an SSH key setup on your computer
- Setup an account on DigitalOcean
- Setup an account on mLab

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Meeting Schedule:

6:00 - 6:15 - Pizza & drinks
6:15 - 7:00 - Presentation, Q&A
7:00 - 8:00 - Socializing

Thanks to LunarLincoln for hosting this month!

Feel free to contact Blake Merryman if you have any questions. You can also find out all the latest updates or ask questions on this Meetup Group or Twitter account. Hope to see you there!

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Nashville Girl Geek Dinner #23: Sponsored By Eventbrite
Eventbrite

Eventbrite is excited to partner with Nashville Girl Geek Dinner for the 3rd year in a row! This year, we're doing something a little different. Join the leading ladies of Eventbrite's Nashville Engineering team to hear about their journeys in technology, paths to Eventbrite, and the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned along the way.

We want this evening to be interactive, so come prepared to jump into the conversation with the team as we dive into what it means to follow your own journey to a career in technology. 


SCHEDULE 6:00 - 6:30 Heavy Appetizers/ Networking 6:30 - 7:30 Discussion + QA 7:30 - 8:00 Networking/ Wrap Up

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Thursday
Mar 30
Developers Social: Code&Breakfast!­
Ah So Designs

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

All My Web Needs is a Nashville web design company that understands small businesses and their needs.


https://allmywebneeds.com/

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March UX Meetup: Off the Screen and into the Parking Lot
redpepper

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.

Agenda 
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

Parking Map

Beer & Assorted Beverages Generously Sponsored By: 

Food Generously Sponsored By: 

Space Generously Sponsored By:

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Saturday
Apr 1
April Meet Up
Nashville Library

Wow, we are growing! We are still going to meet in our library study room for April, although it may be cramped. Hopefully I will have some news about a possible new location soon. 

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Monday
Apr 3
Nashville Virtual Reality Day During Nashville Content Week!
PK Pictures

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! 

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Tuesday
Apr 4
TESSCO One
through Music City Center (201 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203)

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.

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Nashville PHP South Lunch
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Open Hack Night
The Iron Yard - Nashville

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!

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Automated Testing - Rhyme or Reason (or both)?
Corizon Health's training space

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.


Bio

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.

Directions 

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.

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"Making PCBs: From DIY to Production" by David Shuman
Nashville Technology Council

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!

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Wednesday
Apr 5
PyNash Lunch!
Taqueria del Sol

Join us for lunch and Pythonic discussions

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First Xamarin Learning Group Meetup and Code
Brentwood Public Library

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. 

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SKELETON CRU: All Hands on Deck [ Meet, Greet & Work Night ]
Mercury Intermedia

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.

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Nashville UX Day
redpepper

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/

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Thursday
Apr 6
2nd Quarter Social
Emma's Bistro Cafe

More details to come.

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Friday
Apr 7
NashDevOps MeetUp - Format TBD
Black Abbey Brewing Company

We will populate this area as we confirm this meetup's agenda.


Look forward to seeing you there!

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Saturday
Apr 8
Craft Content Nashville 2017
Nossi College of Art

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.

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Urban Grub Mixer
Urban Grub

Come out, bring the family, and enjoy some good food and good company with fellow developers. We meet once a month for socializing and networking in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Monday
Apr 10
April Meeting: Git And GitHub Interactive Lab
Eventbrite

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:

1. Download a free text editor. Some text editor options are AtomSublimeText, or Webstorm. Atom is free. SublimeText and Webstorm offer free trials. All three run on Windows and Mac.

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) 

Beginner


Speaker


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. :)

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Where

Eventbrite Nashville

Cummins Station

209 Tenth Avenue South

Suite 302

Nashville, TN 37217 


Parking

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.


Meeting Agenda 

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


When

Every second Monday, 5:30pm-8:00pm. For the most updated meeting information, check this Meetup event page.


Why

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. 


Who

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.  


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PARKING: 
(Listed starting with cheapest options) 

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Bike Parking 

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


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QUESTIONS:  

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If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us, your organizers, via Meetup. We look forward to seeing you!

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Tuesday
Apr 11
Suggest a topic!
Vanderbilt Campus MRB-III 1220

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.

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Wednesday
Apr 12
(New Date) Deep Dive into SEO from an Engineering Perspective
Public Safety Center

Please Note

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.

Event Details: 

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.

The Speaker: 

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.

Directions: 

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.

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Case Study: Google's Sprint Process
Nashville Software School

MEETUP: State-Local-Government-Developers-Network

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

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Thursday
Apr 13
Introduction to .NET Core with Steve Brownlee
Corizon Health's training space

The next version of the .NET Framework - .NET Core - pulls in some best practices from the open source software world, and becomes cross-platform in an effort to revitalize interest in the platform from young developers, and startups.
I’ll be briefly talking about, and then showing examples of, the following major features:

1. Dependency Injection

2. Middleware

3. Working on the Command Line

4. NuGet Package Manager

5. Kestrel

The most interesting feature is that all coding with be done on OSX.


Steve Brownlee is dedicated to helping teach the next generation of software developers by providing people with a solid understand of the core technologies used today, and then expanding into how to be a valuable contributor.
Brownlee has been developing software since 1980, when he programmed his TRS-80 to do his math homework for him. Since then, he grew up with the World Wide Web explosion and discovering all the new technologies that got invented to exploit its capabilities. 37 years later, he wants to take all the knowledge and skills he has accumulated and teach a new generation how to be software developers.

The Nashville .NET User Group meets every second Thursday of the month at Corizon Health in Maryland Farms (Brentwood, TN).

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Agenda

• Corizon opens the meeting space shortly after 5pm so feel free to arrive early

• 5:30pm - Food arrives (first come, first serve)

• 6:00pm - Presentation begins

• 7:00pm - Presentation ends, share job opportunities and candidates

• 7:30pm - Drinks and networking at Corner Pub (710 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood, TN 37027 - 3 miles away on the East side of OHB)

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Saturday
Apr 15
Nashville Music Hackathon
Emma's Bistro Cafe

The day will start with several presentations before attendees have an opportunity to break out into groups and begin hacking a project together.

There will be workshops for attendees interested in learning new skills. Project presentations/performances will take place at the end of the day.

Lunch and dinner are on us so you can focus on hacking together cool projects!

Speakers:

Misty Jones - Assistant Professor, Department of Recording Industry, MTSU

Misty Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, TN, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Baylor University. Misty studied Music Technology Innovation at Berklee Valencia in Spain, where she received the Outstanding Scholar award and achieved a Master of Music degree. She will present an intro session on using controllers with Ableton using tools such as Bare Conductive Touch Board and Hot Hands Controller.

Ryan Wrenn - CTO, Artiphon

Nick Barnes - Director, Fan Engagement, Eric Church

As Director of Fan Engagement, Nick Barnes works directly for Eric Church helping manage the digital space of his brand. Part of that job is to provide fans with fair access to tickets, protecting them from scalpers. Nick will share some of the success and failures in that endeavor, including details about a proprietary pre-sale process and in-depth information about the recent cancellation of 25k scalper tickets. Sample code and datasets will be made available for projects.

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MTRAS ~ MidTn Robotic Arts Society Monthly Meetup
Adventure Science Center

Newbies, gearheads & everyone in between are welcome. Most meetings start with a show and tell format. the show and tell is informal and last about an hour. We then break-up for informal discussions. We always welcome anyone wanting to give a specific presentation. Let us know if you'd like to present on a particular topic!

SIGN-IN PROCEDURES:

There is a table next to the gift shop (to the right as you enter) where MTRAS members can sign-in before attending the meeting.

A member of MTRAS or Larry Dunlap-Berg, with the Adventure Science Center, will staff the table between 9:45 -10:15. (ASC’s front desk admission staff will be busy preparing to open the science center so please do not ask them for assistance.)

After signing in, you will be given a wrist band specific for MTRAS members, and then you may go to Eureka Corner for the meeting. You MUST have a wristband to attend MTRAS meetings and afternoon workshops, and we encourage you to re-use your meeting wristband for the workshop.

A member of MTRAS will setup and staff the table again from 1:15 - 1:30 for workshops.

If you arrive late you must now wait in line and sign in at the front desk. No exceptions.

Meetings are still free unless you plan on paying to explore the Science Center, which we encourage.

WHERE WE MEET AT THE ASC:

We typically meet on the second floor in the Eureka room,which is in the far right corner as you walk up the steps to the second floor.

message the organizers if you have any questions.


See ya'll there!

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Quick Trip and Line Following Competition
Adventure Science Center

After our normally scheduled meeting, we will have a Quick Trip and line following competition. You don't want to miss it. Bring a robot (or several robots) to compete or come-out to spectate and check out the robots. The rules can be found at these two links:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h34835OfNG4t9B42goduArpR6_-uo8F1ApacO8Q6v_Q/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UejdLQONvoYWfNkZAtPP0MUsHCgWsxKcU7-dtdT_BE0/edit?usp=sharing

Please show up at least 30 minutes prior to event for registration.
Our plan for the timing of events follows. The timing may vary based on the number of competitors and the speed at which the robots can complete the course.
Line Following Basic Competition: 1:30 - 2:00
Quick Trip Basic Competition: 2:00 - 2:30
Advanced Line Following Competition: 3:00 - 3:30
Advanced Quick Trip Competition: 3:30 - 4:00
Awards 4:15 - 4:30

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Monday
Apr 17
Let's talk elixir
Emma Bistro

This is the monthly elixir meetup. We will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Let's get together and talk about all things elixir.

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Tuesday
Apr 18
TBD
Vaco Offices in Brentwood TN

Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. 

Come with your appetite, questions, and willingness to learn!

Directions

From Granny White Pike turn on to Maryland Way heading East 
Take your first left onto Arcaro Plaza 
Turn in to the first parking lot on the right 
Take an immediate left and park near the main entrance to the building 
We'll be in the Vaco offices on the fourth floor

The doors lock at 6 PM, but we try to check every 5 minutes

Want to give a talk?

The floor is always open to anyone wanting to give a talk. Do you have a story about some tool you recently started adopting or implemented? Or have a process or design you want to share -- Just let us know, and the stage is yours!

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Tech Ladies Nashville: "Ask A CEO" With Centresource's Ann Howard
The Iron Yard - Nashville

Join the Nashville Tech Ladies for our "Ask A CEO" night with Centresource's Ann Howard. This will be an open discussion with Ann where you can ask her any questions you have regarding working in the tech world, balancing working full-time with being a parent, how she got to where she is or anything else you'd like to ask!

About Ann Howard: Ann Howard is the Lead Link and a Managing Partner at Centresource, a 15-year-old software product management shop in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville. She has worked as a rainmaker and as a consultant focused on technology, operations and finance.

She moved to Nashville in 2010 with her husband Adam. They now have two girls, 5 and 2, and live in the Inglewood neighborhood of East Nashville.

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Thursday
Apr 20
Monthly Alexa Developers lunch
12 South Taproom

This is a monthly lunch to get together with other Alexa Developers to talk about Echo devices, the Alexa service, and AWS Lambda. Come share your stories of what you are doing for work or fun, get help from other developers, or commiserate over not being able to define your Alexa intents correctly.

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Celebrating Nashville Women in Tech: Sponsored by Google and Google Fiber
TBD (TBD, Nashville, TN 37201)

Nashville Girl Geek Dinner and sponsors, Google and Google Fiber, invite you to celebrate the coming together of the incredible organizations who serve the growing number of women present in our Nashville software and technology communities!

The event will be held on April 20th from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center, who has graciously donated their space to us for this amazing event!

We are celebrating the great work of these awesome organizations!!

Nashville Girl Geek Dinner Women in Technology of Tennessee Nashville Women Programmers WomenGetIT Tech Ladies Google Women Tech Makers

It is through the commitment of these organizations that we are seeing more women transition into careers in software or technology, are forging new and lasting relationships, are active in impacting change through outreach efforts to our youth, providing scholarships to our youth, and so much more. This is a month of celebration! This is a month to recognize us and be proud of the efforts to serve this amazing tech community we have in Nashville.

Photo booth available through generous donation by Arcivr Beverages graciously available through donation by Iron Yard Nashville

Event Details: 5:30-5:45 Networking/ Snacks 5:45-6:05 Introduction of Individual Organizations 6:05-6:15 Tomiko Peirano - My Contribution to my Tech Community and Beyond 6:15-6:30 Thuy Rocco - Power of Teamwork through Diversity and Inclusion 6:30-6:45 Lana Israel, Founder/ CEO of Muzology 6:45-7:45 Let’s Get to Know One Another! 7:45-8:00 Wrap up/ Clean Up

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Discussing the Azure Bootcamp
Microsoft

This meeting will be devoted to a review and discussion of what to expect at the upcoming The Microsoft Azure Global Bootcamp Event on Saturday April 22nd, 2017.

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Building a Chrome Extension with Jason Gresalfi
Flatrock Coffee, Tea & More

This week, we'll dive into building a Chrome extension with the help of local developer, Jason Gresalfi. Jason is a freelance web developer who loves to make stuff out of code. When he's not staring at his screen, he likes to run, read and hang out with his kids

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Nashville Software Automation Professionals: Lean Coffee
Vaco Offices in Brentwood TN

Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. 

Come with your appetite, questions, and willingness to learn!

Directions

From Granny White Pike turn on to Maryland Way heading East 
Take your first left onto Arcaro Plaza 
Turn in to the first parking lot on the right 
Take an immediate left and park near the main entrance to the building 
We'll be in the Vaco offices on the fourth floor

The doors lock at 6 PM, but we try to check every 5 minutes

Want to give a talk?

The floor is always open to anyone wanting to give a talk. Do you have a story about some tool you recently started adopting or implemented? Or have a process or design you want to share -- Just let us know, and the stage is yours!

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Lisp Sync
J & J's Market & Cafe

Look for the piece of paper with parens on it at JJ's

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NashSec Meet-up
Two Bits

Join us for this month's NashSec!

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Saturday
Apr 22
The Microsoft Azure Global Bootcamp Event
Microsoft Nashville

Around the world user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing! On April 22, 2017, all communities will come together once again in the fifth great Global Azure Bootcamp event. See http://global.azurebootcamp.net/ Each user group will organize their own one-day deep dive class on Azure the way they see fit and how it works for their members.

The Nashville Microsoft Azure Users Group will be holding the one in Nashville. We are working on organizing the speakers, sponsors and agenda. See https://www.meetup.com/The-Nashville-Microsoft-Azure-Users-Group/events/236716721/ for more information and to register.

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The Microsoft Azure Global Bootcamp Event
Microsoft Heartland District

Around the world user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing! On April 22, 2017, all communities will come together once again in the fifth great Global Azure Bootcamp event. See http://global.azurebootcamp.net/ Each user group will organize their own one-day deep dive class on Azure the way they see fit and how it works for their members.

The Nashville Microsoft Azure Users Group will be holding the one in Nashville. We are working on organizing the speakers, sponsors and agenda. See https://www.meetup.com/The-Nashville-Microsoft-Azure-Users-Group/events/236716721/ for more information and to register.

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Global Azure Bootcamp 2017!
Microsoft

Around the world user groups and communities want to learn about Azure and Cloud Computing! On April 22, 2017, all communities will come together once again in the fifth great Global Azure Bootcamp event! Each user group will organize their own one day deep dive class on Azure the way they see fit and how it works for their members. We will be holding one in Nashville this year. We are working on organizing the speakers, sponsors and agenda.

This event is totally free!

Here is the  Agenda.

You can register at http://www.nashazure.com

If you are interested in presenting an Azure related topic at the Bootcamp on April 22nd now is the time to let us know.

We already have quite a few speakers lined up, but need more. If you want to present, or know someone that we should ask, please let us know. . We will post updates to the agenda here as things change.

If you want to present on a different Azure related topic then tell us that too. This is a community event, and anything that would interest the membership is fair game.

Lunch,  morning and afternoon breaks will be provided.  We will also have a raffle.

The Microsoft Store will be setting up a Device Bar in the lobby. Lots of interesting show and tell. :-)

We also have several sponsors for the event including:

- Microsoft

- Vaco

- AlertLogic

- Coretek

And others.

Again, don’t forget to register at http://www.nashazure.com

And tell your friends and co-workers, blog tweet, etc. :-)

Bill Zack

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Coding Jam
Cafe Coco

Come out and enjoy solving a fun coding challenge with fellow developers. All levels of coders are welcome and encouraged.

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Wednesday
Apr 26
Nashville PHP BBQ Lunch
Jack Cawthon's Bar-B-Que

Come out and stimulate your mind, mouth and stomach with some finely-crafted BBQ and good ol' PHP talk.

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