Aztek’s First Hardware Hack – 10/23
Oct 11th, 2014 by Joel Byler

Are you tired of only manipulating pixels? Want to get out of your comfort zone and into the real world? Or do you want to spend an evening with people who get as excited about making a tiny light blink as much as you do? Or show off that video game you built that somebody else first made work in 1984? Us too!

Come spend the evening hacking with us on Arduinos, Raspberry Pi microcomputers, NetDuinos, and any other microcontrollers you want to bring along.

This will be a fun, open working session event where we look forward to helping those interested learn what is possible when software meets hardware, and to networking with everyone about what you may be working on. This is a hands-on event – time will be spent pairing on projects and learning from each other in a collaborative atmosphere.

Find out more and RSVP!

Hello! – A new tech resource in Akron
Aug 21st, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

I am beyond thrilled to announce that there’s a new tech resource down in Akron –  My dear friend Jonathan Knapp is coordinating the efforts in bringing the tech community together down there.  From weekly emails to discussion groups, a library of books and an assortment of events, is the place for Akron techies!

Check out their Hello Tackk for more details!

ACM@CWRU Link-State 2014
Aug 12th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

From our friends at Case Western Reserve University’s ACM chapter:

This fall, join Case Western for our third annual Link-State conference! On September 20th, students from all over the Cleveland area will be assembling at Hovorka Atrium to hear inspirational tech talks, network with both students and potential employers over great food, and possibly even get an opportunity to give their own lightning talk.

Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks on our website:
twitter: @cwruacm

so choose your favorite way to stay in touch.

If you have any questions, email

We hope to see you in the fall.

You can register at:

Cloud Develop 2014
Aug 7th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

From our friends in Columbus who love having Cleveland represented…

Cloud Develop 2014
October 17, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio

This conference has 20+ speakers, covering topics such as:

  • Cloud infrastructure
  • Application Development
  • DevOps
  • Business Intelligence
  • … and more!

Tickets are only $20, so get them now before they sell out.

Learn more at!

Dog Food Conference 2014 – Dogfooding Microsoft tech
Aug 7th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

From our friends in Columbus, who love the Cleveland tech community and are happy to have Cleveland represented not just in speakers but in attendees as well….

Please join us for the annual Dog Food Conference

Dog Fooding is an IT term for using your own products before releasing them the customer. Dog Food is a 2 conference day sponsored and organized by IT professionals who use Microsoft tools & technologies every day. 

Our attendees include developers, server admins, desktop managers, virtualization leads, DBAs, architects, collaboration admins, project managers, business leaders, CIOs, and CFOs. Speakers come from Microsoft Gold-Certified Partners and partner software companies, Microsoft MVPs, MS Corp subject matter experts, and community leaders. 

We’re featuring over 70 overviews on the following topics: Microsoft Azure, Business Value, System Center Suite 2012, SQL, SharePoint 2013, Office 365, .NET, Security, Skype, HTML5, Powershell, Windows Server 2012, Windows, Xamarin, Nintex, Unified Communications, Lync, Project Server, Server Performance, Business Intelligence, Windows Phone 8.1, Community, Sencha and overviews for IT Managers.

When: September 29-30, 2014
Where: Quest Conference Center, Columbus, OH
Registration: Wednesday, August 13 at 10:30am Eastern Time. 

Registration is available via Eventbrite. Tickets are only $50 and will sell out quickly. 

Hotel accommodations are available at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 8505 Pulsar Place Columbus, OH. A block of rooms is reserved for attendees under the code: DFC28A. 

Akron Software Developers Guild Reboot
Aug 7th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

From our friend Jerry D’Antonio….

As the summer winds to a close it’s time to ramp up the Guild’s activities again. It’s also a good time to perform an agile retrospective, talk about what’s worked well, reflect on where we have new opportunities, and reboot the group.

We’d love to form a small group of dedicated meetup organizers to actively manage the group. Anyone interested in being a co-organizer is welcome.

If you are interested in being involved but can’t attend the meeting please feel free to reach out to me over Twitter. You can find me at @jerrydantonio.


Check out their meetup event for more details!

Introducing… Akron Women in Tech
Jul 7th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

Are you a woman interested in learning to code? Are you a woman who loves to code but wants to learn more or interested in mentoring other women? Akron Women in Tech wants you to join our community of women and friends who are interested in learning to code websites and mobile applications. No experience required. We are looking for learners, teachers, mentors, and tech enthusiasts.

For more details, see


Cleveland Ruby Brigade – Jekyll 2.0 Workshop – 7/10
Jul 1st, 2014 by Joel Byler

Learn about Jekyll, the static site generator brought to us from some of the fine folks at Github.

6:00-7pm – Networking / Install Help
7:00-? – Jekyll 2.0 Workshop


This is a hands-on workshop, so please bring along a laptop with Ruby installed or come early for assistance!

We’ll be building a site from setup to deployment, and then deploying it via Github Pages. After this workshop, you should be able to build and deploy your own sites via Github Pages as well!

* there will be space available if you’re interested in Kata / Pairing / Networking for the entire event.

Talking Tech Over Breakfast!
Jun 26th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

Calling all techies!  If you’re ever finding yourself wanting to get together to talk tech over breakfast, know that you aren’t alone.  In fact, there are at least 2 groups that are doing tech breakfasts. Check them out!

Akron Tech Breakfast

Organized by the Akron/Canton web meetup, a bunch of techies meet for breakfast on Tuesday mornings.  You can find out more about the when/where here:

Cleveland Tech Breakfast

Organized by the Cleveland JavaScript Meetup, a bunch of techies meet for breakfast on Wednesday mornings.  You can find out more about the when/where here:


Know of any other groups meeting for breakfast?  Let us know on Twitter as @clevtechevents or drop me an email at admin at this domain!

Cleveland GiveCamp 2014 Call for Volunteers Open!
Jun 13th, 2014 by Sarah Dutkiewicz

In case you haven’t heard yet, the call for volunteers for Cleveland GiveCamp 2014 is open!

We are looking for all sorts of roles, including (but not limited to):

  • Business Analysts – in the past, we’ve helped 20+ non-profits each GiveCamp.  In order to understand the scope of the project, we need business analysts to be able to gather requirements from the non-profits and work with the teams on making the project do-able over the weekend.
  • Developers – especially if you’ve had experience with content management systems or mobile development, as we get many projects that involve these
  • Designers – someone has to make these projects look pretty. And some developer types (like myself) can’t create beautiful apps without your guidance!  In years past, designers have been few and far between and in high demand.  So we’d love more!
  • UX Peeps – we need who understand user experience to help offer their insight and help shepherd teams in the right direction.
  • Copywriters – while our non-profits know their businesses, they may not be able to articulate it well to market it well.  We need help writing copy for websites or other scenarios.
  • Non-technical and other volunteers – while the phenomenal Al Bell and Kevin Dutkiewicz will be around with their cameras and the social media team will be back to help with the Tweets, book of Faces, and other teams, we still have other roles to fill.  From food staff and other behind-the-scenes staff, there are other roles to fill.

I’m looking forward to being back again, and I hope to work with many of you at Cleveland GiveCamp this summer!  What are you waiting for?  Go sign up today!

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