This month: VR, Accessibility, Intro to Dart and the Nat'l Day of Civic Hacking
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Technology events in Asheville, NC for September 2019

I've been enjoying these cool mornings of late and am excited to share these tech events with you.

We have a few things to call out this month:

  • Return of the Asheville Virtual Reality Meetup with a big kickoff event on the 10th.

  • The Asheville Makers are adding a weekly "Make-Out" event on Wednesday evenings. See below for details.

  • Code for Asheville will be hosting a Saturday event as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. Watch their website for forthcoming details about the event on the 21st.

Don't forget to add these events to your calendars and I'll see you out there.

- Jay

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Asheville Makers

Tuesdays - 7 to 9 PM

Open Meeting and Hangout

All are welcome. Feel free to bring any projects you are working on to show off or get help with, or just come to socialize and nerd out for a couple hours.

Location: The Refinery (207 Coxe Ave)


Wednesdays - 7 to 9 PM

"Make-Out" Night

Come "make-out" with fellow makers for our weekly project night at the makerspace. Open to all, but the focus is on providing time for members to come down to the space to work on their personal projects.

Location: The Refinery (207 Coxe Ave, Studio 14)


Tuesday, September 17 - 6 to 7 PM

Pre-Meeting Dinner Gathering

Informal gathering on each third Thursday before the regular meeting at the Refinery.

Location: Asheville Pizza & Brewing (77 Coxe Ave)

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Asheville Coders League

Wednesdays - 7 to 10 PM

Weekly Low-Pressure Social Get-Together

A casual meetup of developers, tech pros, hobbyists, and geeks with a wide range of interests and experience. Newcomers are always welcome.

Location: Asheville Pizza and Brewing (Coxe Ave)


Asheville Area WordPress Group

Wednesday, September 4 - 6 to 8 PM

Using custom tables for metadata

The way WordPress stores post meta and user meta data is not ideal. In this talk, we'll look at how to use WP core filters to "intercept" the core meta API processes and redirect the flow of data to custom tables. Michael Hull presents.

Location: Mojo Coworking

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Wednesday, September 18 - 6 to 8 PM

Intro to the Divi Theme

Divi has changed the way that websites are designed and built on WordPress. Divi’s drag and drop capability allows for rapid page design and easy edits. Participants will learn to create a unique site design by installing and customizing the theme. Boomer Sassman presents.

Location: Mojo Coworking

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Unity Game Programmers

Thursdays - 6 to 9 PM

Weekly Meeting

General discussion. Feel free to bring what you're working on to show off or get help.

Location: AB Tech (340 Victoria Rd - Room 108)


WNC Linux User Group

Saturday, September 7 - 12:00 PM

Monthly Meeting

We will share our recent Linux experience and may have a presentation of a project.

Location: Earthfare Community Room (South location - Hendersonville Rd)

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Google Developer Group

Monday, September 9 - 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Introduction to Dart

Dart is a thoughtfully designed language used for front end, back end, and most notably for mobile development using Google's Flutter framework. It is the most developer friendly language I've ever used and I think you will agree once you dig into it. This event will be an introduction to the language and it's unique features. Bring your laptop and try out Dart!

Location: The Collider (1 Haywood St)

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Asheville Virtual Reality Meetup

Tuesday, September 10 - 7 to 9 PM

New Kickoff Event

In collaboration with the Charlotte VR group, join us at the Aquent offices in the Citizen-Times building (Suite 210). We'll have a bunch of new hardware for people to try - a Valve Index with the Knuckles-style controllers, a Vive Pro Eye with the wireless option (no tether cable!), and an Oculus Quest all on-hand and setup for everyone to see and use! We will also have a Google Daydream to raffle off.

Location: Citizen Times Bldg (Ste 210 - 14 O Henry Ave)

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Asheville Women in Tech

Tuesday, September 10 - 6 to 7:30 PM

Introduction to Accessibility

Melanie Mazanec will be presenting an introduction to web accessibility: what does it mean, why should we care, what are the standards, how can we start making our websites more accessible today, and what are some challenges we face in this work.

Location: Hatchworks Coworking

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Code for Asheville

Thursday, August 8 - 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Monthly Community Meetup

Come and join our community of committed people. We help government work for the people who need it most!

Location: Stephens-Lee Rec Center (30 George Washington Carver)

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Saturday, September 21 - 10 AM to 1 PM

National Day of Civic Hacking

Location and exact times TBD.

Location: TBD

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Thursday, September 26 - 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Projects Night

This is our "breakout" meeting. In addition to the brigade leadership meeting (to coordinate and plan brigade activities), there will be breakout working sessions for various Code for Asheville projects. The meeting is open to anyone.

Location: Stephens-Lee Rec Center (30 George Washington Carver)

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Analytics in Asheville

Sunday, September 15 - 6 to 8 PM

Monthly Meeting

We're going to get dinner at Pizza Mind as a networking event. We can also go to Archetype brewing afterwards.

Location: Pizza Mind (285 Haywood Rd)

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Asheville Drupal User Group

Wednesday, September 18 - 6 to 7:30 PM

Drupal Camp 2020 Planning Kick-Off

Want to join the Drupal Camp Organizers team? We are having a kick-off meeting to start making plans for next year's camp. We'd love to have you!

Location: Google Hangout

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Meet the Geeks

Wednesday, September 25 - 5:30 to 8:30 PM

September Networking Event

Join us for networking and snacks made possible by our sponsors. Attendees cover their own drinks. We'll have announcements around 6:30. Hope you can join us!

Location: TBA

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