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Technology events in Asheville, NC for January 2020

Happy leap month, WNC!

Things are picking up steam and we've got a great list of events this month.

One event of note is the Asheville Area Wordpress event on the 19th, where Gary Ray, a blind advocate for accessibility will be presenting about building websites that are accessible to visually impaired and otherwise disabled users. See below for details.

Don't forget to follow @avltechevents on Twitter for mid-month updates.

- Jay

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WNC Linux User Group

Saturday, February 1 - 12:00 PM

Monthly Meeting

We will explore running Windows 10 on Virtual Box within Linux.

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

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Asheville Makers

Tuesdays - 7 to 9 PM

Weekly 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)

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Thursdays - 7 to 9 PM

Project 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)

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Tuesday, February 18 - 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 Area WordPress Group

Wednesday, February 5 - 6 to 8 PM

Build Your First Plugin

Plugins and themes are how you can customize your WordPress site. You will need to have at least a rudimentary understanding of PHP to create either. If you know just a little PHP, then you should be able to create a plugin. This session will demonstrate building a plugin to display a notification bar on your website editable from the administrative dashboard.

Location: Mojo Coworking

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Wednesday, February 19 - 6 to 8 PM

Web Accessibility for the Visually Impaired

Gary Ray, a blind advocate for accessibility and a former consultant, explains the reason accessibility matters, what makes a website accessible and tips for making and designing accessible websites.

Location: Mojo Coworking

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JB Media Institute

Wednesday, February 5 - 12:10 to 1 PM

Webinar: SEO in 2020

Join SEO expert and teacher Sarah Benoit as she leads a discussion about SEO in 2020 and what you need to know about customer experience, E-A-T, Google changes, and more.

Location: online

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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 (Merrimon Ave)

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Tech Talent South

Thursday, February 6 - 7:30 to 8:30 PM

Data Science 101 (Webinar)

Join Tech Talent South for Data Science 101 where Dr. Amy Daali, Founder & CEO of Lucea AI, will teach the foundations of data science, share what it is like to work as a Data Scientist and provide tips to get started in the data science world.

Location: online

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Tuesday, February 18 - 6 to 9 PM

Tech Talks

Want to know what's happening in the Asheville tech scene? Join us for Tech Talks where we will highlight local leaders in tech for 15-minute lightning round talks.

Location: TBA

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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 - Haynes Room 108)

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Google Developer Group

Monday, February 10 - 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Monthly Meeting


Location: Aquent (Citizen Times Bldg)

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Asheville Women in Tech

Tuesday, February 11 - 6 to 7:30 PM

Monthly Meeting

Bring a laptop, get some help, give some help, or just come hang out!

Location: Hatchworks Coworking

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Code for Asheville

Thursday, February 13 - 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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Analytics in Asheville

Thursday, February 20 - 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Monthly Meeting

This meeting will focus on working on projects instead of a topic or networking. So, bring your computer/notebook to work on any boot camp, side project, open-source library, generative art, or other analytics work you want to do around other people. Feel free to ask for help or other input you might want.

Location: BattleCat Coffee Bar

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