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Jun 24
Coding Jam
Cafe Coco

All levels of coders are welcome to join us for our monthly coding jam. Work on your own code or work through the provided challenges. We recently started providing white board problems for those wanting practice in a friendly setting.

Jun 26
Lunch and Learn @ Franklin American Mortgage
Franklin American Mortgage

Franklin American Mortgage Company will host and sponsor a quarterly lunch and learn on the 6th Floor of the 6100 building at One Franklin Park. Lunch will be provided. 

Topic of Discussion will be announced at least 1 month before scheduled date.

"Azure IoT and the Enterprise Maker" by Kent Stroker, Microsoft
Nashville Technology Council

This four (4) hour workshop is an exploratory, first look workshop into how IoT leverages cloud technologies and is designed primarily for those working as “enterprise makers” in companies with IoT projects and/or may find themselves needing to expand their knowledge beyond the local device and understand downstream architectures in the cloud. This workshop addresses how data from a device may be received and subsequently processed. This class is not about the device, it is about device data and cloud back ends.

This is a lecture-lab style course in which topics are presented by the instructor. Labs are completed by students during the workshop, or students may finish labs after the conclusion of the workshop. This workshop presumes no knowledge of Azure cloud products. It does presume knowledge with making an IoT device using an Arduino or Raspberry PI and/or other such related “maker” experiences and skills.

1. To introduce students to Azure Cloud
2. To introduce students to Azure IoT portfolio
3. To provide hands on experience building a basic “cold” and “hot” path IoT, cloud-based, back-end processing architecture
4. To introduce students to streaming analytics and dashboards
5. To prepare students for continued education around IoT

1. Azure Cloud IoT portfolio overview
2. Source device background and how lab data is being generated
3. What is the Azure IoT Hub?
4. Lab One – Create an Azure IoT Hub and connect to device telemetry
5. Azure SQL and NoSQL databases and “cold” path concepts
6. Lab Two – Create an Azure database and write data from IoT Hub to database
7. How to create dashboard with PowerBI
8. Lab Three – Create a simple dashboard
9. How to examine data in real-time using a “hot” path, streaming analytics and dashboard
10. Lab Four – Create a streaming analytics component and real-time dashboard

1. Laptop running Windows 10 that has wireless network capability.
   a. Enable Developer Mode
   b. Enable Windows feature “Windows Subsystem for Linux”
        i. Make sure you can invoke a bash shell from a Command Prompt window
   c. Install Node.js  v6.10.3 LTS from
   d. Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition

NOTE: Windows 10 is the only supported version for IoT Core and other Azure IoT tools, so if you plan on working with Azure IoT, you need Windows 10.  If you plan to NOT use Windows 10, then you will likely not be able to perform most of the labs.

2. Students should plan on being able to provide their own hotspot connectivity. While most workshops try to provide a free Wi-Fi connection, they are of unpredictable quality. Students are strongly advised to have their own Wi-Fi hotspot capability.
3. An active Microsoft Azure subscription. Students need to arrive at the workshop with an active Microsoft Azure account and subscription and are strongly advised to do this prior to arrival. Azure accounts are free for the first 30 days and come with $250 credit. Visit for more information and to sign up for a free account.
    a. If you already have a Azure account and have exhausted the 30 days and/or the credits, it is easy to create a Pay-As-You-Go subscription; this class will use under $5 of credits for the labs;
    b. or, use a different email address and sign up for another free account
    c. Remember to bring your laptop power supply and a mouse is often nice.
        i. Packing an extension cord is often a good idea too.
4. Students will receive an email prior to first day lab with a URL to the lab handout; it is strongly advised for students to print a copy for easy reference during the workshop.

This is a very cram packed 4 hours, come prepared to learn at a fast pace. Also, understand that this course will not make you an expert in Azure IoT, rather this is a first look at the depth and breadth of the Microsoft IoT technology stack and introduces to some of the major pieces of a typical IoT cloud architecture. You should come away from this workshop with a sense of “knowing what you do not know” and eager to learn more. There are many avenues for learning more and we will wrap the workshop with next steps and learning resources you may wish to explore. Look forward to seeing you at one of these workshops this summer!

Information contained in this syllabus is, to the best knowledge of the instructor, considered to be correct and complete when distributed to the student. The instructor reserves the right to make changes in course content and instructional techniques without prior notice or obligation to the student.

Food will be provided at the beginning of the meeting thanks to Hackster! However, we're still looking for another food sponsor and need to find a new one ASAP. If you have any ideas for sponsors and would like me to inquire for you, please send an email to [masked].

This workshop is completely free! However, during registration you will be asked to provide some personal data. Please do so. This event is jointly operated by Microsoft and Hackster. Any data collected may be used by both Microsoft and Hackster. Please read their full privacy statements.” - Microsoft’s is here: and Hackster’s is here:

Come join the fun and invite your friends!

Jun 27
Enterprise Angular (w/ Travis Shepherd)
RANDA Solutions

Continuing on with enterprise development, we will dig into a non-trivial Angular application and the decisions that go into making it a reality. Expect to hear topics like Authorization, Routing, UI/UX, Modularization, and the relationship with the back end services.


6:00pm - arrive, eat, hang

6:30pm - Presentation

7:45pm - socialize, ping pong


Travis Shepherd is a full stack software engineer with 15 years experience in the Nashville area. He has built around two dozen applications using technologies like .NET, ASP.NET, Angular, Javascript, XAML, AWS, Azure, and more. 

React Native with Guy Lemon

Guy Lemon will discuss React Native: what it is, how it works, and what you can do with it.

• a quick overview of what React is/does

• introduce React Native via a basic app

• demonstrate building / styling a component

• demonstrate debugging / testing workflow

• If there is time, add some HTTP / async to the mix.

We'll of course have some kind of food, pizza probably unless someone suggests a better alternative.

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.

Patchwork Nashville with Nashville Women Programmers: Sponsored by GitHub
Nashville Software School

We are so excited to join with GitHub for this special Patchwork! This event is open to beginners to Git and GitHub, and mentors who want to help others learn. They'll have stickers for everyone, and a little something extra for the mentors, so we hope to see you there.

GitHubbers and community mentors, will be on hand to walk the attendees through their choice of learning modules:

• GitHub 101: Introduction to GitHub

• GitHub 102: Using the GitHub Desktop

• GitHub 103: Using the Command Line

If you have questions about the command line, GUIs, or anything Git and GitHub-related, they're here to help.

Food and refreshments will be available.

The event will be held on June 27th from 6:30-9:30 PM at Nashville Software School.  Please RSVP here:


QUESTIONS (or if you have trouble RSVPing):  


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

Jun 28
Nashville Kubernetes June Meetup - K8s Performance Testing
Brentwood Library

Now that Kubernetes has been setup, whats next? For enterprises that 'next' step sometimes is measuring performance. At this meetup, we will walk through characteristics of Kubernetes performance testing and have a demo of the tests.

Refreshments to be provided! 

Jun 29
June Meetup: Rapid Prototyping to Unlock Big Data

Nashville's own Sophicware, a Civic Tech firm, is building a world where social inequities are addressed through technology. Such a mission, requires making OpenData more accessible to the general public and transforming it into consumable information. 

Join Sophicware founder, Jurnell Cockhren, for an evening of rapid prototyping to help move this amazing mission forward. 


6:00 - 6:20 > Drinks, snacks, and networking 
6:20 - 6:40 > Introductions and presentation of Problem Statement/Storyboarding
6:40 - 6:50: Quick Q&A to refine and inform
6:50 - 7:20 > Small group rapid prototyping breakout for key screens
7:20 - 7:40 > Small groups present prototypes
7:40 - 8:00 > Networking and wrap up

Jurnell Cockhren is the Founder of Sophicware & Civic Hacker. His experience and affiliations include the NAACP, Python Software Foundation, the National Society of Black Engineers and Vanderbilt University. With over a decade of experience in creating and contributing to open source software with a work history spanning Neuroscience, Optics and Astronomy, Jurnell provides an enriched perspective of the applied sciences. 

Parking note: We encourage you to make use of the free street parking on 10th, Palmer, Lea, and other streets surrounding Cummins Station. There is also paid parking available if needed or preferred. 

Beer & Assorted Beverages Generously Sponsored By: 

Food Generously Sponsored By: 

Space Generously Sponsored By:

Jul 1
July Meetup
Nashville Library

We will be in a study room on the 3rd floor. Find the Nonfiction section, and head straight back past the circulation desk.

Bring your laptop if you like, we'll have an opportunity to do some coding challenges together!

Jul 6
Data Science MeetUp Anti-Social
Industrial Strength Marketing

Hi everyone. This is a placeholder for a summer Happy Hour Meetup. Specifics to come shortly. The date may change.

No set agenda for the MeetUp.

Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM) has offered up their offices to get together to network, ask each other questions, and compare notes on projects you are working on.

Please be sure to park on the street for the MeetUp. 5th and Taylor uses the lot in the back for valet during the evenings. There is no sign for ISM. They share the same brick building at the 5th and Taylor restaurant.

Hanami for the Rails Developer with Jason Charnes
Emma's Bistro Cafe

Since we had a bit of a mix up scheduling Jason last month, we are going to have his talk THIS month! YAY!


Imagine a full-stack Ruby web framework focused on being lightweight, structurally pure and fun to use? Say hello to Hanami. Hanami is an MVC framework with a few different approaches to web development using Ruby. Let's take a look at how it compares with Ruby on Rails.


Jason is a Memphian and developer at Lensrentals. Outside of his love for web development, Jason is passionate about his family, mental health, and a good loyalty program.

Jul 8
Pharmacy Mixer
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor (and Beer Garden)

Bring the family and enjoy a burger and drinks with fellow developers.

Jul 10
July Meeting: Getting Started with d3.js, with Delaine Wendling

This Monday’s Topic is d3.js! Are you interested in visualizing data through charts like this?

 If so, this talk is for you! No d3 experience necessary! This talk will be interactive so make sure to bring your computers! 

Skill Level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) 



Delaine Wendling





Eventbrite Nashville

Cummins Station

209 Tenth Avenue South

Suite 302

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.

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


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) 


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:

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:

Details on the[masked]th Ave South parking lot:




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

Jul 15
SLGDN Field Trip w/ Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
Brentwood Public Library

This event is organized and sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society, and promoted by the State & Local Government Developers Network. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Presentation: Middle Tennesseans in the Mexican War and Repatriating those Killed in Action at the 1846 Battle of Monterrey, Mexico Speaker: Dr. Derek Frisby, PhD.

Dr. Derek Frisby will talk about his project to ultimately repatriate the remains of US Soldiers killed and buried in Monterrey, using genealogy and DNA analysis. Many of these soldiers were from Middle Tennessee.

Derek W. Frisby is a Faculty Coordinator in the Office of International Affairs and an Associate Professor in the Global Studies and Geography program at Middle Tennessee State University teaching Tennessee, US, and military history. He is a Middle Tennessee native, MTSU alum, and US Marine Corps veteran whose research interests deal with military occupation and reconstruction strategies. Frisby received his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and has authored numerous articles and essays dealing with Tennessee’s Civil War occupation and Reconstruction experiences. He is completing his first book dealing with southerners who remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War and their role in the region’s occupation and restoration.

Jul 20
Splunk User Group Meeting
Peak 10

Join us for our second Splunk Nashville user group meeting event! Based on feedback and results we will change the time to a Thursday afternoon lunch session as we try to lock in a cadence of monthly meetings.

This event will feature our local user group members from CBS Interactive / 247 sports showing us how they have integrated Splunk into their environment with ties into Slack and chatbots for on-demand SPL!

Please RSVP ahead of time if you think you plan to attend! Once I get a location locked up I will update the event. Right now I am looking for a location in/around Brentwood TN.

SLGDN Meetup // Kyle Welch
Nashville Software School

Guest Speaker: Kyle Welch
...more details coming soon!

SLGDN Meetup // Kyle Welch
Nashville Software School

Guest Speaker: Kyle Welch @kylewelch Kyle Welch is a senior developer with 10+ years of experience building, leading, and consulting on a wide variety of projects. His background includes work in the finance, product, marketing, and government industries. Currently, Kyle leads the front end team at the National Federation of Independent Business where he creates web applications with ReactJS. Outside of work he helps organize a local ReactJS meetup. Find him on twitter, @kylewelch, where he talks about JavaScript, ReactJS, and other programming adventures.

An Azure PaaS Whirlwind Tour

Microsoft Azure has always been a leader in Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, but now that Serverless computing has been added, PaaS can help accelerate application development. During this session, we will cover App services, API apps and API management, Logic apps, and Azure Functions. The session will include a presentation, demos, and lab material.

It will be presented by Nikki Conley, Microsoft Nashville AppDev Cloud Solution Architect.

See you there/

Aug 1
"How Mobile Apps Led Me to Microcontrollers" by Chris Riesgo
Nashville Technology Council

Let's face it, solderless breadboards are just awful. Whether you're building a 

Small electronics and hardware fascinate me. Life as a .NET mobile developer is incredible, but if you’re anything like me, you still want to work with your hands from time-to-time. I’ve wanted to tinker with Raspberry Pi and Arduino for ages, but never knew where to start or how to apply the skills I have. The answer was right in front of me!

Let me share how my love for building mobile apps opened up the world of microcontrollers. You’ll see how I got started working with my first Arduino board, and some of the incredibly fun and useful ways you can interact with microcontrollers from your own mobile apps. I’ll even bring hardware to show it in action! I hope to inspire new projects for you, your family, or your job. I’m not a microcontroller maker wizard, but come hang with us if you want to learn how to take your .NET skills to start hacking against hardware.

Chris has spent the last four years building professional apps on the Xamarin platform. He’s a Microsoft MVP and Xamarin MVP with more than a decade of .NET experience developing enterprise applications. Chris leads the mobile team at LeanKit as Mobile Architect. In his spare time, he blogs about Xamarin, tinkers, organizes the Nashville Mobile .NET Developers Group, and speaks about his passions wherever he can.

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!

Aug 2
Web Scraping in Python
Corizon Health's training space

Web scraping is a great tool to create datasets to analyze. 
Trey Brooks of Healthcare Bluebook will walk us through the basics of web scraping using python.

Pre-reqs: Basic understanding of HTML and Python

Topics to be covered: 

Basic scrapping: 

Requests: how to form them and what to extract 

Quick survey of: beautifulsoup, lxml, xpath

Intermediate Scraping: 

* Scrapy: Spiders, Request v Response objects, callbacks, Middleware, Items, Pipelines

Aug 10
SLGDN Meetup // Robyn Mace
Nashville Software School

Robyn Mace, Chief Data Officer, Metro Nashville
...more details to come!

Aug 31
SLGDN Meetup // Scott Tsuchiyama
Nashville Software School

Scott Tsuchiyama, Director of Product Design @ GoNoodle
...more details to come!

Sep 6
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?

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.

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.