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Wednesday
Jan 16
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

Family Fun Night: Hands-On Coding

We're going to do something a little different at this month's Providence Geeks. Instead of a presenter, we'll be holding a drop-in, hands-on night of coding fun. The plans are evolving, but at the moment, we've got three activities planned that you can sample:

BBC Micro:bit, the cute little programmable board designed for teaching and learning.
littleBits (pictured in the photo), electronic building blocks that you can code using their Arduino-compatible bit.
Chibitronics paper circuits and Chibi Chip, another awesome system for learning and programming.

This is a family-friendly event, but alcohol is served in the space, so plan accordingly. The event itself is FREE! Beverages are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar, but due to construction, the restaurant will not be open. We'll order some pizza for you all, though. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever!


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Wednesday
Jan 16
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

Family Fun Night: Hands-On Coding

We're going to do something a little different at this month's Providence Geeks. Instead of a presenter, we'll be holding a drop-in, hands-on night of coding fun. The plans are evolving, but at the moment, we've got three activities planned that you can sample:

BBC Micro:bit, the cute little programmable board designed for teaching and learning.
littleBits (pictured in the photo), electronic building blocks that you can code using their Arduino-compatible bit.
Chibitronics paper circuits and Chibi Chip, another awesome system for learning and programming.

This is a family-friendly event, but alcohol is served in the space, so plan accordingly. The event itself is FREE! Beverages are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar, but due to construction, the restaurant will not be open. We'll order some pizza for you all, though. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever!

Wednesday
Dec 19
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

PVD Geeks Featuring Dell Technologies

("Better lighting at Providence Station for tracks 3 and 5." by kd1s on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA)

At the December 2018 Providence Geeks, members of Dell Technologies' Systems Engineering Team (based in nearby Franklin, MA) will be discussing Dell Technologies' vision of becoming the essential infrastructure company, from the edge to the data center to the cloud, not only for today's applications but for the cloud-native world we're entering. The team will also be covering company culture, projects they have worked on, and will tell you how someone can become a part of Dell Technologies (they're hiring!). Joining us will be Systems Engineers Carissa Willard, a Massachusetts native with 10 years experience in information Systems; David Howes, a Massachusetts resident with previous experience in Software Development and Computer Science Engineering; and Jason Silvia, a Providence, RI native with previous experience in Information Systems Support. Along with the engineers, Systems Engineering Manager Emilio Santomarco will also be joining us.

On September 7, 2016, Dell and EMC joined forces in the largest technology merger in history to become Dell Technologies. Dell Technologies unites seven technology leaders – Dell, DellEMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream and VMware – in one company with the goal of developing technology to transform lives, and power human progress. Dell Technologies' connection to Rhode Island (and all of New England) is through DellEMC (formerly EMC), which was founded in 1979 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Since that year, DellEMC has been a mainstay of not just New England, but the Global IT landscape, especially in the data storage and management space.

The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15-minute presentation/Q&A around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional.

Wednesday
Oct 17
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

PVD Geeks Featuring SIMULIA Innovation Lab

Photo Credit: Providence Skyline by jstephenconn on Flickr; CC BY-NC 2.0
Will it break? How long will it last? How will it sound? How do temperatures affect performance? These are the types of product performance questions that designers and engineers answer with the multiphysics simulation software from the SIMULIA brand of Dassault Systèmes.

Lori Bonynge, Director of SIMULIA Innovation Lab will share details about SIMULIA, its expansion to include structural, fluids, and electromagnetics simulation, as well as how customers use 3D simulation to analyze and improve the real-world performance of their products, including wind turbines, airplanes, cars, shoes, cellphones, medical devices and more.

Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA is located in the Northwoods business campus in Johnston Rhode Island. Their 350 Rhode-Island based employees are involved in software development, IT services, customer support, project planning, finance, and marketing. Join us at Providence Geeks to learn about their research and development activities related to their multiphysics simulation, cloud computing, and also experience hands-on 3D immersive virtual reality demos.

The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15-minute presentation/Q&A around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional.

Wednesday
Sep 19
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

September 2018 PVD Geeks with Trilix

Photo credit: Providence, RI - downtown, from the river (6) by damiavos on Flickr; CC BY-NC 2.0
At the September Providence Geeks, Scott Cornell, Lead Architect for Trilix, an application development and systems integrator, will join us to share the Trilix story. Scott will talk about how Trilix helps companies reach a heightened level of workplace excellence with technology as an accelerator. Scott has more than 20 years of development experience, with specific experience in full-stack development and business application design. In his talk, he'll spend some time on the state of mobile cross-platform development tools, from cross-platform frameworks for mobile platforms (IOS, Android, UWP) to alternatives to native tools like Objective-C/Swift and Java/Kotlin. You'll learn about Framework7, Flutter, Xamarin, NativeScript, React Native and more.

The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15-minute presentation/Q&A around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional.

Wednesday
Jul 18
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

Family Night at PVD Geeks

["Bridge above the Blackstone River": jeffcutler on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] With summer here, it's time for a family-friendly version of Providence Geeks. We'll have hands-on demos with electronics, 3D design, and will also have 3D printers and other machines on hand making cool stuff.

The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking.

It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great).

Wednesday
Jun 20
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

June 2018 Providence Geeks

[Photo credit: "Downtown" by el_ramon on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)]
For over two decades, Wakefield, RI-based Millennium Consulting has been a leader in professional staffing. Today, Millennium caters to a diversified portfolio of market-leading customers. Since its establishment, Millennium has relentlessly focused on unwavering integrity while perfecting the recruitment of subject matter experts for complex, mission critical projects. For more than 20 years, their approach remains unchanged: sweeping analysis of their clients’ staffing initiatives and organizational culture, combined with a personal approach to long-term relationship building to identify the most impactful talent.

Jamie K. Hansen, Director of Talent Outreach at Millennium Consulting, was born and raised in Rhode Island, and holds her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Rhode Island. She has been with Millennium professionally for 4 years, but has had a front row seat in watching the company grow over the past two decades. At this month's Providence Geeks, she will tell the story of Millennium's beginnings, share what they are working on now, and give us some insights into what the future of Millennium may look like.

The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking.

It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great).

Wednesday
May 30
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

PVD Geeks with NEIT's Master of Applied Design Program

A March storm results in a brainstorm!

March 21st’s storm was disruptive. Come join us on May 30th at AS220 and explore how we can together...disrupt disruptions.

Dawn Edmondson and DJ Johnson, professors from New England Institute of Technology, and co-designers of a new breakaway Master's program will lead us in an ideation and networking activity. They'll also share how Applied Design can amp up technology and engineering specialists into creative problem-solvers for people, planet, and profit.

The Master of Applied Design program is designed for promising innovators in any industry that faces challenges by new technologies, automation or evolving consumer preference. It offers students the practical skills and advanced knowledge required to assess and implement breakthrough ideas, create and manage new ventures and develop supportive environments to produce solutions to complex problems. Through innovative online courses and week-long on-campus residencies that occur twice a year, students have the opportunity to stay connected with online tools, methods and social networks.

The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant.

Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking.

It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great).

Wednesday
Apr 18
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

April PVDGeeks + RIVR - WebXR for Everyone.

Rhode Island Virtual Reality (RIVR) presents Fasility in partnership with Providence Geeks WebXR is the combination of Virtual and Augmented reality inside a Web browser. Most people think of Virtual Reality as something you use in an Oculus or Vive headset, and Augmented Reality as something you do with a phone or tablet. Thanks to teams at Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft collaborating on the WebVR standard, everything we love about websites now applies to Virtual and Augmented Reality - desktop and mobile playback, out of box networking, instant installation, accessibility, and the freedom to innovate outside the App stores. RIVR is pleased to bring RISD alum and Fasility co-founder Chris Lowery to discuss WebXR, the possibilities and how to get started. Fasility's Chris Lowery (BFA RISD 1994) is a user experience designer and programmer. Over the past two years, he has created dozens of innovative projects with Mozilla's A-Frame WebVR framework. Fasility's BeBlock is a WebXR viewer that lets you play with thousands of digital objects in a Virtual or Augmented environment. BeBlock integrates with Google Blocks, a free environment for creating models in VR. He loves to teach developers how much VR and AR they can create with just a few lines of HTML and JavaScript.

Wednesday
Mar 21
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

NEIT's Master of Applied Design at PVD Geeks

At the March 2018 Providence Geeks, we're welcoming Dawn Edmondson and DJ Johnson, professors from New England Institute of Technology, and co-designers of a new breakaway Master's program. They'll share how this program amps up technology and engineering specialists into creative problem-solvers for people, planet, and profit. Photo credit: Providence, RI - downtown, from the river (5) by damiavos on Flickr (CC BY-NC)

Wednesday
Feb 21
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

February Providence Geeks with Kenzan

Photo credit: Have a Seat... by el_ramon on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA) At the February Providence Geeks, Jon Stockdill, Chief Technical Officer of Kenzan, and Scott Pullano, Director of Engineering will present on “Kenzan: Digital Transformation and the Developer Experience". Kenzan is a software engineering and full service digital consulting firm that provides customized, end-to-end solutions that align technical strategy with business goals. Combining leadership with technical expertise, Kenzan works with partners and clients to craft solutions that leverage cutting-edge technology, from ideation to development and delivery. Specializing in application and platform development, architecture consulting and digital transformation, Kenzan empowers companies to put technology first. The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great). Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, 3d printing, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, and more! There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

Thursday
Jan 18
6:00 PM

Providence Geeks

PVDGeeks at Kenzan

Our second event of the week! Don't wear yourself out at Wednesday's Providence Geek Dinner: Kenzan and Providence Geeks are excited to reveal a new website, rebuilt and rebranded, with the hope of furthering the mission of Providence Geeks. Built over the last few months as an open source project in GitHub by Kenzan, with the intent of being a community driven effort post launch, this presentation will focus on how the project came to fruition covering the product and technical design, development, and deployment practices utilized. Please come join us as we not only share our excitement for the new website, but also for what we hope this project will provide for Providence Geeks and the Rhode Island tech community! Food and drink will be provided by Kenzan.

Wednesday
Jan 17
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

January PVDGeeks w/Arnell Milhouse

(Providence, RI - City Hall photo by damian entwistle on Flickr, CC BY-NC) Arnell Milhouse is a Rhode Island tech influencer and CEO of the CareerDevs Computer Science Academy. He is also one of the recipients of Rhode Island Innovation's 2018 "50 on Fire" Award. He'll be kicking off 2018 for Providence Geeks, along with his partners and co-founders (Miram Ebrahim, Ramey Ebrahim, and Clifton Choiniere) from two new startups that are launching. CommonConnect is the world’s most powerful networking app for professionals. In a world where your network is your net worth, CommonConnect enables you to build your personal “Who’s Who”, by knowing who is who and what they do. DonatedTrust is an innovative and ground-breaking blockchain and cryptocurrency humanitarian-aid organization. The DonatedTrust cryptocurrency and is poised to disrupt how people donate money to charitable causes, natural disasters and acts of domestic and international terror. The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great). Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, 3d printing, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, and more! There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

Wednesday
Dec 20
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

December Providence Geeks with Amara Berry

Providence, RI - City Hall (3) by damian entwistle on Flickr (CC BY-NC) https://flic.kr/p/CXK4QQ Amara Berry is a scientist, Ivy League student, New England entrepreneur, and founder of The Sparkle Program (Science Projects Art & Robotics for Kids to Learn Everywhere). She joins us at the last Providence Geeks of the year to share her work with Rhode Island kids. The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking.

Wednesday
Nov 15
5:30 PM

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November 2017 PVD Geeks with Don Stanford

Untitled photo by andrés dEAN on https://flic.kr/p/cD8X9w (CC BY-NC-SA) Don Stanford is a seasoned executive who has spent 30+ years in Senior Management of Rhode Island's IGT (formerly GTECH). In addition to being their chief technical strategist, he guided the growth of their technology organization from a software staff of four in 1979 to its current worldwide deployment of over 1000 technology professionals. Don serves on several boards including Times Squared Academy Charter School, Spectra Systems and the Business Innovation Factory. Don is a member of the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council. At this month's Geek Dinner, Don joins us to talk about balancing the evolution of gaming against constantly evolving innovation. The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great). Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, 3d printing, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, and more! There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

Wednesday
Oct 18
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

Mobile Maker Lab at PVD Geeks

Powered by IYRS, Polaris MEP, Rhode Island College, RI Commerce Corp & RI Department of Labor and Training, the Rhode Island Mobile Maker Lab provides students, educators, manufacturers & others access to the latest in advanced manufacturing & automation technologies. Join us in welcoming the Lab to this month's Providence Geeks. Seth Wiseman, designer & development manager for the lab, will share the story of the lab: from its origins through execution, and on to the future of the project. The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great). Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, 3d printing, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, and more! There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

Wednesday
Sep 20
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

September 2017 PVD Geeks

Many of you know Mary Johnson from the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire or her efforts to get robots into the hands of kids and their families through the FIRST LEGO League and the Robot Block Party. She's also a program manager with Polaris MEP, Rhode Island's Manufacturer Extension Partnership, where she works at the intersection of innovation, design, and manufacturing. At the September 2017 Providence Geeks, Mary will share the work Polaris MEP is doing to increase collaboration among Rhode Island designers, inventors, makers and manufacturers. ("Providence Skyline" photo by rik-shaw on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://flic.kr/p/BhVxsX) The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great). Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, 3d printing, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, and more! There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

Thursday
Aug 31
5:00 PM

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Providence Geeks Offsite

It's typical for Providence Geeks to take August off, but this year, we've teamed up with Kenzan to bring you a night of 3D fun. At the August 31 Providence Geek Dinner, Brian Jepson will bring a collection of 3D printers and a couple of CAD workstations, for the 3D version of "drink and dabble/ink/doodle." The event will be hosted at Sons of Liberty Beer and Spirits and Kenzan is generously providing the drinks and a selection of tasty sandwiches and such from Tilly's Cheesesteaks. Big thanks to Kenzan for sponsoring this first-of-a-kind event! NOTE: While our geek dinners are generally all ages, we're holding this event in a tasting room so you'll need to be 21 or older to attend. This is our first time in a venue with an age limit, so we welcome feedback on it to help plan future events. We'll be back at AS220 next month, which is all-ages. Doors open at 5pm. It's totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever (as long as they are 21 or older), arrive and take off whenever! Come famished or full. We're just looking forward to seeing everyone! Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, 3D printing, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, and more!

Wednesday
Jul 19
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

July 2017 Providence Geeks

("Providence Place" photo by el_ramon on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA.) At the July Providence Geeks, Rhode Island Museum of Science & Art (RIMOSA) Founder and Executive Director Bonnie Epstein will join us to talk about the museum. Many of you have seen RIMOSA’s pop-up exhibits at WaterFire, RI Mini Maker Faire, Foo Fest, Providence Children’s Film Festival and other events. On June 10, RIMOSA officially opened the doors of their new west end site at 763 Westminster Street. Come and learn about RIMOSA’s past, present, and future, and experience a few of the hands-on experiences they are known for. This will be a kid-friendly evening. The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great). Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, 3d printing, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, and more! There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

Wednesday
Jun 21
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

June 2017 Providence Geeks

("Providence" photo by lpgeffen on Flickr, CC-BY-NC.) Looking Glass is a startup based in Providence, Hong Kong and Brooklyn that is making the sci-fi dream of the hologram into reality. At the June 2017 Providence Geeks, Looking Glass CTO Alex Hornstein will present a few new prototypes of midair display and interaction technology that the company is working on. The first one is a low-cost DIY system that anyone can build at home and allows 2D midair display and interaction. You'll also get to play with a nascent higher-end system that does full 3D display and interaction. Alex will share the weirdo sorcery that makes the displays work, explain the unexplored challenges with midair interaction, and talk about what we talk about when we talk about holograms. The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great). Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, 3d printing, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, and more! There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

Wednesday
May 17
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

May 2017 Providence Geeks

("RI State House" photo by el_ramon on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA.) At the May 2017 Providence Geeks, we're joined by Annette Tonti of The Innovation Scout. The Innovation Scout helps corporations to find growth opportunities by matching them with startups and other open innovation. Their matching engine uses patent protected machine learning and big data methodologies. Businesses use the platform to learn about, follow, or interact with startups and other IP. They uncover a relationship potential between the corporation and startups that would be difficult to find otherwise so that corporations know they are not missing any new threats or opportunities. The Innovation Scout's customers get knowledge that would be impossible to get by using their human networks alone; machine learning finds new innovation and a pathway to growth based on continuous open innovation. The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whomever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not to say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great). Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, 3d printing, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, and more! There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

Wednesday
Apr 19
5:30 PM

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April 2017 Providence Geeks

At the April 2017 Providence Geeks, we're joined by Kimberly Arcand, a Rhode Island-based researcher who is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Arcand is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum. She and her group are responsible for the creation of 2D and 3D data based representations of cosmic phenomena from exploding stars to colliding galaxies. Kim will give us an overview of her work at NASA, and will also be showing off some 3D-printed models of X-ray sources that our universe holds. The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant. Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 15 min presentation/q&a around 6:30. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking. It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great). Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, 3d printing, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services. There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

Wednesday
Mar 15
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

March 2017 Providence Geeks

TechHire Rhode Island is a network that connects employers seeking IT talent with Rhode Islanders who possess unique backgrounds and can get the job done. At the March 15 Providence Geeks, TechHireRI Director Damian Ewens will join us to talk about their platform, Techhire.Careers, which lets entry-level software developers (more roles coming soon!) demonstrate their skills regardless of how they acquired their training. Did you know that GE Digital recently hired 1/3 of their local staff through TechHireRI and their training partnerships? Damian will update us on this and more progress in implementing a state-wide effort to place 2,000 underrepresented and overlooked Rhode Island jobseekers into in-demand IT jobs by 2020. He'll also describe how he is working with key state and national partners to keep TechHireRI positioned as Opportunity@Work’s learning lab and scalable, national model for the broader TechHire movement that is now in 71 other communities across the United States. ("Providence" photo by Aaron Knox on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA.)

Wednesday
Feb 15
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

February Providence Geeks

At the February 2017 Providence Geeks, Saul Kaplan, Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) is joining us to share BIF's vision and initiatives. From BIF's experience laboratories (which are transforming business and life) to their acclaimed BIF Summit, learn how Saul and his team are applying business model innovation to making the world a better place.

Wednesday
Jun 17
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

June Geek Dinner at Brown featuring YURT!

Brown University’s Center for Computing and Visualization and its CS Department have generously invited us to come experience their brand new, one-of-a-kind virtual reality environment. They call it YURT — Yurt Ultimate Reality Theater — and it’s amazing. (For those of you that having been following Brown’s VR efforts, please note that YURT is an entirely separate project from the University’s older CAVE environment.)

YURT isn’t just a set you strap onto your head. No, it’s room-sized, 100 million-pixel stereo display that completely surrounds you. With head and body-tracking, this immersive environment fully engages your visual senses for exploration and discovery in areas as diverse as planetary geology, mathematics, visual art, digital literature, and biology.

YURT Principal Investigator David Laidlaw and Project Manager Tom Sgouros will give an overview of YURT, and lead demos of this incredible system.

Wednesday
Jan 21
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

January Geek Dinner featuring AS220 Labs!

Since its founding in 2008, the community engineering and fabrication studio AS220 Labs has become a cornerstone of Providence’s innovation scene. Inside its walls, hundreds of makers and artists of all ages have learnt and expressed themselves with technologies ranging from 3d printing to folk electronics. And it’s about to get even better.

In 2015 AS220 Labs will double its successful Fab Academy class, a “distributed education” program in digital fabrication directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. In addition, its sister organization — AS220 Media Arts — will build out a highly complementary state-of-the-art media lab right across the hall.

On Wednesday the 21st, Director of AS220 Industries Shawn Wallace will give an update on all of the activity and art coming out of Labs, as well as a sneak peek at the goodness that the next few years have in store.

Wednesday
Dec 10
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

December Geek Dinner featuring Achievery!

How do you know what people can really do? How can you prove your own skills even without a traditional diploma?

Over the past few years, digital credentials have emerged as a compelling solution to these questions. Digital credentials are evidence-backed, data-rich tokens of achievement that are transforming education and HR around the world.

Working alongside giants like Mozilla, Pearson Education, and the Gates Foundation, Providence-based Achievery has established itself as the most active company in defining and supporting the leading digital credential standard — Open Badges.

In addition to supporting the community effort, Achiopen-badges-logoevery has built its own robust web application and API for enabling organizations to create, award and track their own trusted digital credentials. Their users include Oxfam, Open edX and the Model United Nations.

On Wednesday the 10th, Co-Founders, CEO Damian Ewens and CTO Kerri Lemoie, will tell the Achievery story, demo their impressive platform, and give a sneak peek at where they are headed next.

Wednesday
Sep 17
5:30 PM

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September Geek Dinner featuring Crowdsurf!

Welcome back, everyone! Hope you had an awesome August. Providence Geeks goes back to school next week with an excellent September presenter.

textlogo11-8What percent of live events sell out? 50%? 20%? Nope… try 2%.

Founded in 2013 by two recent Brown grads, Providence-based Crowdsurf aims to remedy this situation using a combination of geographic and social audience info. Armed with these insights, Crowdsurf’s customers — event venues and promoters — have a much better sense of which acts to book, and how to most effectively promote them.

ticketAs the first stage of their rollout this summer, Crowdsurf launched Big Ticket, a mobile app that offers users the chance to reap major discounts on show tickets. The app — currently being piloted in RI, MA, CT and OR — has already enabled Crowdsurf to build one of the largest databases of audience info in the Northeast.

On Wednesday, Co-founders CEO Alex Oberg and CTO Evan Altman will tell the Crowdsurf story, demo their impressive platform, and give a sneak peek at where they’re headed next.

Wednesday
Jun 18
5:30 PM

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June Geek Dinner featuring attack of the drones! (Xact Maps)

It was inevitable. On Wednesday the 18th, the Drones invade Providence Geeks….

Providence-based startup Xact Maps specializes in high-fidelity aerial mapping solutions using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. This is no child’s play — this is the hardcore stuff. Need to map a major bridge in detail? Survey a mountain? Collect data on an “unreachable” spot? Create a 3d copy of downtown for your new driving game? Xact Maps has your back.

Xact Maps’ solutions combine their own custom high-performance aircraft and proprietary software with an array of high-end sensor technology, including LIDAR, Photogrametry, Photo Mosaic, Multi Spectral imaging, and IR imaging. The results speak for themselves.

On the 18th, Xact Maps Founders Andy Trench and Kyla Coburn will tell the Xact Maps story, demo their technology (including a look at their new monster octocopter), and give a sneak peek at where they’re headed next.

Wednesday
May 21
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

May Geek Dinner featuring Utilidata

The May Geek Dinner hits Wednesday the 21st, and will feature one of the Providence startup scene’s best kept secrets: Utilidata.

Having recently raised $20M from some world’s sharpest energy investors, Utilidata is ramping up its quest to drive electric energy efficiency through info tech.

Utilidata’s AdaptiVolt™ platform leverages Digital Signal Processing(DSP) to enable their customers — the world’s power companies — to collect and analyze real-time info from the grid. The result: smarter, energy-saving decisions.

At the May Geek Dinner, Utilidata CEO Scott DePasquale and CTO Sridhar Ramachandran will tell the Utilidata story, show how their impressive solution works, and give a sneak peek at where they are headed next.

Wednesday
Apr 16
5:30 PM

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April Geek Dinner featuring EdTrips

Providence-based EdTrips is helping our nation’s teachers take their classes on better field trips. Their web-based platform empowers teachers to find better (curriculum-aligned) trips, collect permission forms & payments, and facilitate all trip-related communication.

On Wednesday the 16th, the Co-Founders, CEO Jakob Garrow and COO Laura Wallendal, will tell their startup’s story, demo their powerful service, and give us a sneak peek at where they’re headed next.

Wednesday
Mar 19
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

March Geek Dinner Wednesday, 19th at AS220 5:30-8pm featuring G-Form

From their headquarters in the Jewelry District, G-Form has been shaking up one industry after another with their Reactive Protection TechnologyTM — a proprietary composite, that on impact, instantly absorbs over 90% of the energy. The result is state-of-the-art protection in a lightweight, flexible form.

G-Form first went after the smartphone and tablet case market. You may remember the Youtube video (4 million+ views and counting!) of them dropping a iPad from low orbit — unscathed.

From there, G-Form has successfully expanded into skateboarding, biking and soccer. Best of all, it feels like they’re just getting started…

At the March Geek Dinner, Co-founder and Executive Chairman Danny Warshay* will tell the G-Form story, demo its technology and products, and give a sneak peek at what markets they’ll be conquering next.

Wednesday
Feb 19
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

February Geek Dinner featuring Teespring

Teespring was born in 2012 of an effort by two Brown students to save a local dive bar — Fish Co, formerly of Fox Point.

The bar didn’t make it, but Teespring has exploded (in the good way).

Today Teespring is the leading crowdfunding platform for custom apparel, with fast growing offices in both Providence and San Francisco. And that looks to be just the beginning of the story. In December, Teespring raised $20 million from arguably the world’s hottest venture capital firm, Silicon Valley-based Andreessen Horowitz.

On Wednesday, CEO & Co-Founder Walker Williams, will tell the Teespring story, demo their amazing platform, and give a sense of where their juggernaut is headed next.

Wednesday
Jan 22
5:30 PM

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January Geek Dinner featuring Accessibility Now

Accessibility Now, a Providence-based company, has undertaken the noble task of helping to make the world’s web sites accessible to screenall users regardless of their abilities. To that end, their team has burned the midnight oil for the past three years building the world’s most powerful, automated Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 scanning service. This Winter marks the beginning of their product rollout.

At the January Geek Dinner on Wednesday, Founder and CEO Mark Shapiro will tell the Accessibility Now story, demo the service, and give a sneak peek of where they’re headed next.

Wednesday
Dec 11
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

December Geek Dinner featuring Modibot & Food Drive!

Just in time for the Holidays, the December Geek Dinner will feature the ultimate stocking stuffer: Modibots.

Providence-based toy designer Wayne Losey’s resume reads like a who’s who of action figures: Stars Wars, GI Joe, Jurassic Park, Teenage Ninja Turtles, and on and on. But when he left Hasbro, he decided that rather than working on more “one-off” action figures, he wanted to create an action figure platform — a system of interlocking components that could be remixed and extended by anyone. Think action figures meets Lego meets 3d printing.

The result is Modibot, and it’s stunning.

At Wednesday’s Geek Dinner, Wayne will tell the Modibot story, talk about how his system blurs the line between analog and digital, and give us a sneak peek at where the Modibot army is headed next.

Also at next week’s Geek Dinner, we’ll have the annual Geeks for Good Food Drive. We will be collecting non-perishable food items and donations at the meeting, and donating them to the Rhode Island Food Bank.

Learn more about the best items to donate:
http://www.rifoodbank.org/GetInvolved/DonateFood/tabid/201/Default.aspx
Thank you!

Wednesday
Nov 13
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

November Geek Dinner

Early this year, two co-founders of Bangalore-based LocusPlay moved halfway around the world to participate in Betaspring’s Winter 2013 session. In those 3 short months, CEO Rahul Rajguru and CMO Chirag Bodar came to like Providence so much that they decided to stay on and relocate LocusPlay’s headquarters here.

It was a smart decision. Over the past half a year, the fast-growing startup both tripled its business and raised money from Providence and Boston angels.

LocusPlay provides a mobile and cloud based gaming platform that enables small and mid-size lottery operators to transform their traditional paper-based lotteries into modern digital/online lotteries. To date, LocusPlay has helped lotteries in the Carribean and Africa, with Asia soon to follow.

On Wednesday, Rahul and Chirag will tell the LocusPlay story, demo the impressive platform, and talk about where they’re headed next.

Wednesday
Oct 16
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

October Geek Dinner

After selling BantamLive – a Social CRM that he co-founded in NYC – to Constant Contact in 2011, Alex Turnbull had unfinished business in the customer service software industry.

So he founded a new company — Groove. This time though the startup would be based in his native RI — Newport to be exact. On his second time at bat, Alex and the Groove team have created a simple ticketing and knowledge base app aimed specifically at eCommerce and SaaS businesses. Along the way they also proven themselves to be expert “growth hackers”. Launched just a couple of weeks ago, their latest inbound marketing effort — “A SaaS Startup’s Journey to $100,000 a Month” — will publicly document their goal of going from 28K to100K in monthly revenue over the next year. It already has hit 10,000 views.

At the October Geek Dinner this coming Wednesday, Groove’s CEO, Alex and Head of Customer Success, Adam Pennacchio will tell their startup’s fascinating story, introduce you to the Groove platform, and give you a peek at where they’re headed next.

Wednesday
Sep 25
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

September Geek Dinner

In the spirit of back-to-school, the September Geek Dinner will feature local EdTech startup STEM2O.

Providence-based STEM2O builds simple but powerful, standards-aligned simulation authoring tools that help teachers re-kindle students’ interest in math and science. With STEM2O, teachers can easily build interactive simulations that demonstrate complex science and math concepts like figuring out how a pendulum would swing on Mars, or finding the liquid density required to make iron float.

On Wednesday Co-Founder & CEO Rushikesh Bandekar will tell the STEM2O story and give a sneak peek at their impressive simulation platform.

Wednesday
Jul 17
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

July Geek Dinner

Join us Wednesday the 17th for the last Geek Dinner of the summer (like all other RI’ers, Providence Geeks take August off).

ShutterCal is creating waves in the family photo market. They’ve created THE place for photo-a-day projects, supplying inspiration and making this positive daily habit more accessible to everyone. The Providence-based startup provides its users -- everyone from new parents to world travelers -- with a beautiful interactive calendar and web & mobile tools for posting their favorite photo from each day. Shuttercal tops it off with their gorgeous print services -- everything from postcards to gallery prints, but most prominently their unique ShoeBox and monthly print service.

On Wednesday, Co-Founder and CEO Scott Harris will tell the ShutterCal story, demonstrate their service, and give a sneak peek of where they’re headed next.

Wednesday
Jun 19
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

June Geek Dinner

It’s well-known that Boulder Colorado-headquartered SendGrid is one of the most successful tech startups of the past decade. The email delivery service helps clients send over 7 billion emails per month.

So far though, few folks realize that SendGrid’s new R&D arm — SendGrid Labs — is based in Providence. Last year, when SendGrid recruited Native RI’er & technology veteran Mike Rowan to build and lead Labs, they told him could locate the team wherever he wanted. To the local tech scene’s delight, Mike choose our fair city.

At the June Geek Dinner, Mike is going to tell the SendGrid Labs story, demo one of its projects, and explain why he thinks Providence has only begun to tap its potential as a technology center.

Wednesday
May 15
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

May Geek Dinner featuring HealthID

Today the Jewelry District-based startup is poised at the intersection of the jewelry business and healthcare technology, and is accepting pre-orders for its first product — HealthID Profile (or “HIP”) Bands. HIP enables first responders to pull up critical, in-depth, current health information from NFC-based bands onto a web/mobile interface. The wearer can also manage all aspects of their personal health scenario while on the go.

On Wednesday, the Co-Founders CEO Angelo Pitassi Jr. and CTO Christopher Melo will tell the HealthID story, demonstrate their HIP product and give a sneak peek of where they’re headed next.

Wednesday
Apr 17
5:30 PM

Providence Geeks

April Geek Dinner featuring Knowyo

The evening will feature Providence-based startup Knowyo, fresh off their win (“Best Presentation”) at last month’s LAUNCH Conference in San Francisco.

Knowyo will help you to never forget a name again. Their web and mobile-based adaptive learning platform integrates with LinkedIn (and soon corporate social networks like Yammer) to enable you to quickly and enjoyably learn the names and faces of the people you need to know.

At this Wednesday’s Geek Dinner, Co-Founders CEO Elie Schoppik and CTO Andrew Sohn will tell their startup’s story, demo Knowyo, and give a sneak peek of what’s coming next.

As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant.
  • Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 30 min presentation/q&a around 6:30pm. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking…
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great)
  • Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about AJAX, mash-ups, start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, etc. etc. etc.
  • There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.