This month: WordPress security, electronic voting machines, job fair, SQL machine learning 
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Technology events for October 2020

The RETR3AT cybersecurity conference at Montreat College is going online this year, during the week of October 26 - 30. See below for more details.

Amanda Cary has been collecting and refurbishing used laptops to provide vital access and opportunity to formerly incarcerated people through a program called Reconnecting: Laptops for Re-Entry. If you have a laptop to donate, please contact Amanda through

Take care of each other.

- Jay

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Asheville Area WordPress Group

Thursday, October 1 - 6:30 to 8 PM

Comprehensive WordPress Security

52% of WordPress websites got hacked so far in 2020 from automated cyberattacks. John Martinelli from will be demonstrating 3 SIMPLE ways to keep your site and business safe from hackers.

Location: online (register for link)

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Unity Game Programmers

Thursdays - 6 to 8 PM

Weekly Virtual Meeting

General discussion. Feel free to share what you're working on to show off, teach others or get assistance/feedback.

Location: Discord (contact organizers via Meetup for access)

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WNC Linux User Group

Saturday, October 3 - 12 PM

Monthly Meeting - Electronic Voting Machines

Duncan Buell from the University of South Carolina Computer Science and Engineering Department will present about electronic voting machines.

Location: online

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Asheville Makers

Tuesdays, October 6 & 20 - 7:30 to 8:30 PM

Virtual Hangout

In lieu of weekly social & nerd out time, we are hosting every-other-week virtual hangouts, Tuesdays @ 7:30pm. All are welcome to chat, show off projects, chat, or just listen in.

Location: online


Code for Asheville

Thursday, October 8 - 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Monthly Community Meetup

This is our monthly gathering. Join us to hear about current projects to help our community work with our government through technology.

Location: online (RSVP for link)

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Google Developer Group

Monday, October 12 - 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Monthly Meeting

Topics TBD

Location: online (RSVP for link)

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Asheville Women in Tech

Tuesday, October 13 - 7 to 8 PM

Monthly Meeting

Join Asheville Women in Tech online! Bring your favorite beverage and talk about tech or anything you want! Need help finding a job? Working on a project? Do you need help learning? Want to present to the group? Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, let's chat!

Location: online (RSVP for link)

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NC Tech

Wednesday, October 14 - 8:30 to 5 PM

Virtual Tech Job Fair

Statewide tech recruiting in a virtual format. Free to register for job seekers.

Location: Online

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Asheville SQL PASS User Group

Tuesday, October 20 - 5:30 PM

SQL Server's Machine Learning Services

Tyler Bradley discusses SQL Server's R and Python in-database machine learning services.

Location: online (RSVP for link)

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RETR3AT Cybersecurity Conference

October 26 to 30

RETR3AT Cybersecurity Conference

A conference designed to engage, educate, and raise awareness about cybersecurity locally, regionally, and globally. In its sixth year, RETR3AT goes beyond the “1s and 0s” approach to cybersecurity training, challenging attendees to think about how to lead in protecting their organization’s information within an ethical framework.

Location: onilne


Sandy Mush WordPress Meetup

Tuesday, October 27 - 6 to 8 PM

WordPress Podcasts

What WordPress podcasts are you listening to? Join in on the discussion of what podcasts are worth your time.

Location: online (details in Meetup)

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