We RISE is a multi-track conference combining keynotes, technical talks, and workshops for women and allies of all genders. The conference will also feature a career expo to help connect companies with job seekers. This year's conference will be June 21st - June 22nd at the Loudermilk Conference Center in Downtown Atlanta.
CFP for CONNECT.TECH is currently open, but not for much longer! If you'd like to speak at CONNECT.TECH, you'll need to submit a talk proposal no later than this Friday 5/18. Hurry!!!
We wish everyone a happenin' conference going year!
Meetup and WeWork Partner for Meeting Spaces
I've written about the lack of good meeting spaces before. Here's somebody actually doing something about it. Meetup and WeWork are partnering to provide places for meetings. See their announcement. For now, it's free for a limited number of meetups. Let's hope when they start charging that it's reasonable. One co-working space we used to use charged $250 for a two-hour evening meetup. For 20 people, this was a tough sell.
New Open Source Data Science Meetup
From today's e-mail bag, an announce meetup of a new ODSC Atlanta group:
The focus of this meetup group is to present informative lectures, hands-on tutorials, and networking events to help grow the use of open source languages and tools within the data science and data-centric community. As such our specific goals are:
- Host data science talks specific to our goals
- Promote the use of open source languages and tools amongst data scientists and others.
- Host educational workshops
- Spread awareness of new open source languages and tools that can be used in data science
- Contribute back to the open source community
Who is this meetup for?
- Data engineers, analysts, scientists, and other practitioners
- R, Python and other software engineers who work with data
- Data visualization developers and designers
- Non-technical team leaders, executives and other decision makes from data centric startup and companies looking to utilize open source
How can you get involved?
- Attending events, network and precipitate!
- Give a talk or workshop that meets our goals
- Volunteer to help the group (social media, website, blogging)
- Provide us with a venue
- Sponsor food and beer.
A Couple of New WordPress Meetups
A couple of new WordPress meetups popped up on my email today:
Is there an official WordPress Meetup Starter Kit? The descriptions of these two groups are strangely similar. Check it out.
Make and Repair
I think the makerspace movement should join forces with the RepairCafe movement. Those that are good at making things are probably also good at repairing things. This would generate positive press for their local makerspace and be an effective community service.
ALE Central Moving!
In Today's Mailbag:
As many people know, our hosting at Emory University with the BioMedical Informatics department in the School of Medicine is coming to an end. With the upcoming move to the department's new space comes new security policies that will be problematic for access for non-Emory people. Not to mention being 6 blocks (uphill both ways) away from parking!
So ALE-Central will be moving it's meetings to the Decatur Makers space (605 W. Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA) a very short walk away from The Marlay House (a nice Irish pub) and a short drive away from the The Brickstore Pub and Twains and Mac McGees (3 wateringholes I have personally attended many times - Twains has pool and shuffleboard and is a brewpub!). Beginning in March 21, ALE will also shift the meeting time for ALE Central to the third TUESDAY of each month.
None of this will affect the other ALE meetings/meetups so if you don't make the monthly, formal meetings, no problem.
There's a new hackerspace in Roswell called Counterpoint Hackerspace. They've just moved in to their new space as of October 2016. Their website doesn't have a lot of info as of yet. From their Meetup Page:
We are Counterpoint. Counterpoint is a hackerspace for technical-creative projects, doocratically run by our members. We are a non-profit educational institution intended for public benefit. Come and visit our space located in Roswell, Georgia. We teach, we learn, we share.
New Kubernetes Meetup
There's a new Kubernetes meetup forming. From their Meetup page:
Meet other developers and users of Kubernetes. Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions. Kubernetes can run almost anywhere, including Google Compute Engine, Vagrant, CoreOS, Azure, vSphere, RackSpace, etc. Learn more about Kubernetes at http://kubernetes.io
From their Meetup page:
PyData-Atlanta is interested in telling insightful stories about data and exploring the methods behind those stories. We advocate for open data ecosystems and workflows that center on open source tools, especially (but not exclusively) based in Python. We are focused on the vertical integration of tools and skills that transform raw data into insights, and we aim to provide a seminar-like learning environment. We host short interactive presentations, audience-contributed lightning talks, panel discussions, and informal networking opportunities. Our events can benefit both experienced and beginner data scientists alike.
Announced in the September 2016 meeting, this meetup is already the 6th largest PyData meetup in the world. Way to go!