It takes a lot of time to add an individual group’s events to the calendar, time that I need to dedicate elsewhere. So here’s the situation, effective July 2013 for existing groups and effective immediately for groups who aren’t already listed on the site:
While I enjoy providing this site as a community resource, it has become a bit more time consuming for just 1 person to manage, and as such, I need to set these guidelines in place.
If you have any feedback on this, please email me at admin at this domain and I will respond. As many people can tell you, I do read your emails and take your feedback into consideration. I’ve acted on a lot of the feedback that has come in. And I will continue to do what I can to support the tech community here! As always, thank you for your support!
Our friend G in Akron has started a programming languages meetup. More details:
Calling all programmers!
Programming languages don’t get enough <3.
In this group attendees can expect to join a forum where any and all features of a language are open for discussion, with the end goal of improving the groups knowledge as a whole.
At last count, there are hundreds of programming languages on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_progra…
This group aims to cover most of them (eventually), thereby providing a way for sharing knowledge of their existence.
Some languages need legacy hardware. All attempts will be made to provide resources to attendees to witness these languages on any legacy hardware they might require.
We meet alternate Thursday’s of the month at SYN/HAK: The Akron Hackerspace (21 W North Street, Akron, Ohio 44302) http://www.synhak.org at 6pm beginning June 20, 2013. The meetups will be 1-2 hours, depending on how much time attendees have.
Their meetup is at: http://www.meetup.com/Akron-Programming-Languages-Group/
Between emails from NEOSA and hanging out at LaunchHouse, I’ve been hearing about some awesome buzz in the tech world here in Cleveland. One of the upcoming events is TechPint - an event that helps tech entrepreneurs and investors. This is what I’ve heard…
On Thursday, the 20th of June, the first TechPint event will be held in Cleveland. This new event series will then be held every 3 months in drinking establishments across the city. TechPint will feature speakers that will shake things up for you and give you a chance to see how fellow innovators are progressing with new ventures. Pints will be flowing freely, and undoubtedly new ideas and connections, too.
TechPint will take place in the Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City from 5:30PM until they kick us out. But you can expect most of the action to take place between 6PM and 9PM. Make sure you get there early for drinks and heavy appetizers.
At TechPint we are celebrating the startup, with positive attention brought to failing as well as success. So expect to hear from people speaking about very specific challenges that they are working through such as finding the right people for a startup, growth hacking and recent failures (and subsequent learnings!). TechPint is primarily focused on Internet tech (web, apps etc.), but with most businesses having to leverage online in some way, there will be something for all.
TechPint is exclusively for active entrepreneurs and investors. (So if you wish to sell something, this isn’t the event for you.)
For more details, check out http://techpint.org
One of the goals I have for this year is to help boost the quality of developers that we have in the area. My friend Eric Wise is one of the guys behind the Software Craftsmanship Guild, a program to help learn top-notch development skills and possibly lead to a job in the industry. I asked Eric for a bit more on his program, so read on! – Sarah
Learn Professional Software Development Skills the Right Way!
We are the Software Craftsmanship Guild based in the Akron Global
Business Accelerator building in downtown Akron! Our goal is to bring
more qualified software developers into the region to meet the explosive
job demand the field has been seeing in Cleveland and well… pretty
much everywhere. We do this by having real working professionals
teaching skills based on real world exercises. Our apprentices come out
knowing how enterprise development works and with a code portfolio to
So whether you are an IT student who needs some real world experience to
break in, a career changer who doesn’t want to spend 2 years and tens of
thousands of dollars sitting in a classroom, an existing professional
who needs a jump-start to modern skills, or an entrepreneur looking to
dive in and get understanding of the craft we welcome you to apply
now at our site.
Our teaching focuses on being able to take a data driven application
from start-to-finish. So here’s a smattering of the specific
technologies we learn with:
* WCF Services
* ASP.NET MVC (Razor)
* SQL Server (T-SQL, Basics of Indexing, Relational Design,
* Unit Testing/TDD, Source Control
Tools we use:
* Visual Studio Pro (2012)
* SQL Server 2012
* JetBrains Resharper
* and others!
Programming concepts we explore:
* SOLID principles
* layered architecture (enterprise patterns)
* design patterns (strategy, observer, state, etc)
* iterative development/minimum viable product
* basics of UX and wire-framing
The best part is, we are so confident that those we accept into the
program will be successful that we do not charge the full fee until you
find a job in IT.
Our June cohort is filling up, applications are accepted until June 1st
so apply now! http://www.swcguild.com
While things here are a bit crazy – juggling life as a mom, client work, and this site, I managed to take some time to talk with my friend Sue Marrone about a business idea she had. Sue invited me to meet her down at Shaker|LaunchHouse. Now while there are a bunch of user groups that use their space, I haven’t had time to get there… until this week. My only regret is not making time to get down there earlier. I wanted to share my personal experience there to give you an idea of what’s around.
When I met with Sue on Thursday, I have to admit that I was a little nervous. I pulled into the lot of this former car dealership and already didn’t know what to expect. But to see how they transformed this (and are continuing to build on it)… simply amazing! When you walk in the front door, there’s the Flex area – those spots are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. Members who work in the Flex area pay $99/month to access the area. Then, there’s an area where they had a couple meetings – a group of college kids were there yesterday, and today there looked to be a lunch event of some sort. There are private offices – those guys pay more for their space, but it becomes their staked spot. There are conference rooms to reserve. I saw a kitchen, the Makers Alliance space – a nifty hackerspace, another meeting space that looks like it can hold around 200 people (based on what their website says), and more. Their layout plans are posted as well – great plans coming up! And somewhere there, they have chickens. Totally not what I expected!
When I walked in on Thursday, I knew I was looking for Sue. Other than that, I figured I wouldn’t know anyone else. However, after wandering a little, I ran into my friend Matt, who eventually was able to help me find Sue thanks to their common friend Jay. Later in the day, I found out that my friend James is part of their IT crew. The characters at LaunchHouse come from all walks of life – humans and dogs, business people, techies, and everyone in between. You have the architect, who’s out of retirement for a 2nd time and is enjoying what he does. Then there are the Tenant Magic guys – they have some cool projects for landlords and tenants. There’s a guy who’s doing some cool things in music. Did you know that the newspaper isn’t the only place to find unclaimed funds? There’s a guy who specializes in tracking that down. There are developers writing all sorts of code. Writers, designers, IT guys, developers… all sorts of backgrounds. Everyone has a story, and I’ve been enjoying hearing about them so far and making note in the back of my mind on how I might be able to help them out later.
The vibe is a powerful one. Did I mention that these guys are super smart? The ideas and creativity that flows throughout the place is grand. As I sat there with Sue on Thursday, I thought “This… this is where I need to be. This… this is where awesome technology happenings happen. These are my people - the kind of people who I would love to network with and help out as best as I can.” So this morning, I returned to the LaunchHouse, in hopes of catching up with Dar Caldwell and finding out how I can help. Alas, he was caught up with stuff and I managed to be engaged in various conversations as well. But the energy that I could feel throughout the morning was great – to be surrounded by this environment encouraged more of my personality out. The vibe… inspiring.
All This Happiness… What’s One Downfall?
The major downfall – at least for me – is that there’s no easy highway access. Thankfully, I live on the east side so taking city streets is no big deal. However, if I were living in any part of Cleveland not near Shaker, I’d find the lack of easy highway access to be a bit annoying.
Overall, I am impressed with the Shaker|LaunchHouse and with what’s going on there. They’ve got a lot going on, and they’re a great asset to Cleveland’s tech community. They have their tech accelerator program (applications close May 1, 2013) coming up, and they’ve already backed some great tech companies. They host user groups, trainings, and other tech events as well. This place truly embraces the Cleveland tech community well. I hope they’ll let me become a member and hang out there more, as Shaker|LaunchHouse has a lot going on, and I’d love to promote them and their techie happenings even more here.
Disclaimer: I am not a Microsoft employee. I am not a Microsoft Store rep. I happen to be a mom with a son who enjoyed an event there. I also happen to be a fan of Microsoft Stores, having visited the Bellevue, WA store on my trips out to Redmond. I am promoting the store here because they want to help the community at no cost, and no cost is a good deal in my book. That and Microsoft sponsors many of our user groups in the area. – Sarah
For those who haven’t heard, we now have a Microsoft Store here in the Cleveland area. It opened on April 13th at Beachwood Place, on the Lower Level, across from the Lego Store. While they have various Microsoft platforms represented – Xbox, phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops, they not only showcase the hardware but also how to use it with various apps. They also have a theater area for user groups and other events – Xbox devices are available as part of the event. They will host user groups there for FREE! The theater area seats about 40-45 comfortably with up to 60 including standing room, based on what they told me on my tour this past Sunday. Not only will they host groups, but they also host their own stuff as well, and I wanted to make you aware of their programs.
Microsoft Store Gaming Events
Calling all gamers! The Microsoft Store is hosting gaming events, giving you a chance to game with other gamers! Some games currently include League of Legends, Call of Duty, Injustice, Halo, and Street Fighter. For more on the Microsoft Store’s gaming events, check out their gaming-specific meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/The-Microsoft-Store-Beachwood-Place-Mall-Gaming-Events/
The rest of the events below are part of the Microsoft Store’s general Meetup. You can find that at: http://www.meetup.com/Microsoft-Store-Beachwood-Place-Mall/
Calling all caregivers and children ages 2 to 6! The Microsoft Store is running a program for children of this age group called Tech Tots. My son and I attended our first Tech Tots event yesterday, and Amanda and Pierre were two Microsoft Store reps who ran the show. They had various apps to show the kids, including playing a connect the dots app and Fresh Paint on the large touchscreen. They also had toys and snacks – including organic fruit snacks, goldfish, and Capri Sun drinks. Amanda and Pierre were great interacting with the kids, and other store associates would also come by and join in. Rakesh did a great job acting like a kangaroo with one of the little girls there. They run Tech Tots on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 1:00pm – 2:00pm.
Getting to Know Your Windows 8 Device
If you are interested in Windows 8 or Windows RT devices or have recently purchased one, be sure to check out this workshop on how to take advantage of the various features that are in Windows 8.
Intro to Office 2013
Learn more about the tools that help productivity and collaboration in Office 2013.
We have a new resource in the community, one that would love to host your event and be a partner with the community at large. The Microsoft Store at Beachwood Place is staffed with such welcoming, friendly people. I highly recommend checking it out!
I’ve updated the calendar today to no longer pull the Meetups from one Meetup.com feed. I am now pulling each Meetup’s individual feed for the Cleveland Tech Events calendar, allowing me to tag each event with appropriate tags. Thanks to feedback from you guys, I’ve added tags for Cleveland, Akron, and Canton. Other appropriate tags have also been added. Each user group should now be appropriately tagged for location and topic. However, if you see a group missing or would like your group’s tags changed, please contact me!
Also, if your group is not on Meetup and has an iCal feed (not an RSS feed, only iCal feeds), please let me know so that I can subscribe to the iCal feed and get your events to automatically appear on the calendar!
NEOSA is hosting their tech week event this year April 15-21.
Some of their events include:
For a complete list, check out: http://neosatechweek.com/calendar.aspx
While I’ve been joining various Meetup groups with the official Cleveland Tech Events account to get their meetings on the calendar, I figured I should mention a few of the new groups. Hope you find them interesting! Here are their names – with links to the individual meetups – and basic summaries.
Cleveland Augmented Reality & Human-Computer Interface Design Group
We’re bringing the next wave of human-computer interactions to Cleveland. Augmented Reality, Wearable Computing, Google Glass & Location Based Services innovation discussions, designs, development, architecture, social networking. Investigating design, development and marketing of augmented reality and its interfaces.
Internet of Things Cleveland Meetup
Hey Cleveland! Ready for a tech revolution? Soon the new “Internet of Things” industry will change our lives by allowing us to connect, control and monitor “things” with our smartphones. These smart devices will rely on an internet connection to stay in constant contact with us no matter where we are in the world. Imagine preheating your oven before you leave work, or opening a garage door remotely to let your son into the house, or even having your alarm clark start your morning shower. Sound like the Jetsons? It’s not! The technology exists today and product manufacturers are beginning to take notice and integrate it into their product lines. So let’s chat about it! All Northeast Ohioans are welcome regardless of your background.
We’ll be offering presentations and guest speakers covering a wide range of topics that touch upon all ends of the spectrum. What to expect? Some technical talks, some philosophical discussions, and even demos are sure to be part of what you’ll experience.
WiTty Perspectives – Women in Tech in Cleveland, OH
Are you a woman in tech? Or perhaps you’ve mentored and helped women in tech
navigate the industry? Whatever your role may be, this group is to help address
issues common to women in tech and provide constructive criticism, feedback,
share stories, and do what we can to promote the tech industry to get more women
involved. Whether we want online forums or to share our stories in person, we
can do both here with the help of Meetup!
The Microsoft Store | Beachwood Place Mall
If you have a group that meets once a week, once a month, or even once a year let the Microsoft Store at Beachwood Place Mall be the location where you host your event! Our Theater is open to all kinds of groups; ranging from book clubs, tech groups, small business groups, gaming teams and tournaments, PC gaming, and many more. We also provide private group training sessions, workshops, guest speakers to concerts and organization meetings. We are proud members of the local community and welcome opportunities to host events for our friends and neighbors. Whether you’re looking to enhance your organization’s technology skills, build awareness in the local community for the services your organization provides, or simply host a meeting for your members, our Theater provides the ideal environment. The best part about our Theater, it’s FREE to use! Message us today so our team of experts can work with you on creating an exciting event for your group!