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Sep 20
Apps for Change Demo Breakfast - Free
Conexion Americas - Located at Casa Azafrán

Nonprofits, advocates, volunteers, and developers: Care about how technology can be better used to support social innovation? Want to use your app development skills to solve nonprofit problems?

Details and RSVP free at

Join us for breakfast and demos of social benefit apps and meet like-minded people in the Nashville area social good tech community.

On Wednesday, September 20th at 9:30 am, join Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup, for an #Apps4ChangeDemo Breakfast at Conexion Americas, located at Casa Azafrán, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211.

This event is for nonprofits and their supporters with ideas and developers who have made prototypes or apps for social benefit. We welcome all interested people, including residents, activists, business people, designers, and developers. No need for tech (or nonprofit) experience of any kind!

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Check-in, networking, and breakfast
10:00 am – 10:10 am: Welcome from Caravan Studios
10:15 am – 11:40 pm: DEMOS (6-8 demos, 5 min each) + Audience Q&A
11:45 pm – 12:00 pm: Feedback from Nonprofits/Discussion
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Networking

Breakfast will be provided. Free to attend; RSVP required. Space is limited.

Demo Participants:

  • Opioid Recovery Pocket Guide
  • Find Your Voice
  • Larger Local
  • Vana Learning
  • ESL Map
  • Who's Hungry?
  • Green Gleaner App

See demos of social benefit apps where we plan to:
Give developers a place to share their prototypes and apps with the subject matter experts who can provide useful feedback from direct experiences in the sector.

Nonprofits get a chance to see what kind of apps for social change are being created and what is possible.

Get ideas from nonprofits and issue advocates, and turn those ideas into an actionable format so developers could build on them and eventually turn those ideas into apps.

Create a discussion environment between software engineers and social change agents and demystify apps for social benefit.

Our goal is to create tools and apps that make the world a better place.

Sep 21
SLGDN Meetup // Aimee Knight
Nashville Software School

Q&A with Aimee Knight: Aimee Knight is a former figure skater, graduate of the Nashville Software School, and a software engineer for Warner Bros. Outside of work, she’s a weekly panelist on the JavaScript Jabber podcast, and she regularly participates in a variety of others. In her spare time, she enjoys speaking at conferences, playing with new technology, running, working out, or trying the latest flavor of Kombucha. Find her, and her contagious enthusiasm on Twitter @Aimee_Knight!

Sep 23
Nashville Day of Civic Hacking 2017
Nashville Software School

Hey! Come do work!

We're getting together at the Nashville Software School to collaborate with stakeholders from the governmental and non profit spaces for our annual hackathon, the Nashville Day of Civic Hacking. Join us for a day of caffeine, some food, and good work.

See for details and registration.

(Really though, please register at the link above. This is posted here for visibility.)

Oct 4
Using Deep Learning techniques and Tensorflow for Image Classification

Syed Nasar, a recent Masters in ML grad from Georgia Tech, will walk us through an Image Classification demo using CNN and Tensorflow. Currently, Syed is doing two Nanodegrees on Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He has worked with some of the cutting edge technologies and leading researchers at Georgia Tech, Google, NVidia, and Udacity.

In this prototype, Syed will classify images from the CIFAR-10 dataset. The dataset consists of airplanes, dogs, cats, and other objects. Syed plans to preprocess the images, then train a convolutional neural network on all the samples. In this process Syed will explain how to build a convolutional NN. Explain concepts around image data preparation (one-hot encoding etc.). Explain concepts like max pooling, dropout, and fully connected layers. At the end, Syed will showcase how the neural network is able to predict on the sample images.

Oct 17
DevOpsDays Nashville
through The Bell Tower Website
Nov 1
A layman's interpretability of random forests versus classical regression models

Ashley Graham of Stratasan will cover layman's interpretability of random forests versus classical regression models. Specifically, how can a data scientist best 'sell' a non-technical audience on the implementation of random forest techniques, in the case that such techniques provide more accurate modelling.
Classical regression models are easy to interpret, whereas many machine learning techniques are often discussed as being 'black boxes.' How does a data scientist best navigate conversations with non-technical audiences when it comes to explaining their methodology of choice?

Dec 1
through Music City Center (201 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203)

The third annual WordCamp US will be December 1-3, 2017 in Nashville, TN.