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Technology events in Asheville, NC for March 2020

I trust everyone made the most of their leap day yesterday — maybe even a little offline sledding? Now, Spring is just around the corner and things are warming up with some new tech events and some changes.

New this month is a free Kids Code event, hosted by Tech Talent South. It is a two-hour workshop on Saturday morning, March 14 (Pi Day!), for hands-on coding fun. See below for details.

And now for the changes:

  • As I'm sure you've heard, Earth Fare has closed all of their stores. We have several groups that used to meet at the Skyland store, and they have found themselves suddenly displaced and are looking for new homes. The WNC Linux User Group is among them, and they are meeting a little later in the month as a result (also Pi Day), and will be at the Skyland/South Buncombe Library at 260 Overlook Rd. The group will be trying a few different venues in coming months.

  • The Asheville Makers are now holding member business meetings and maintenance nights on some Tuesdays, so if you are not a member, the open houses are now on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, rather than weekly. They will continue to have a dinner get-together before the open house on the third Tuesday of the month. 

That's it for this month, but make sure to follow @avltechevents on Twitter for mid-month updates.

- Jay

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Asheville Makers

Tuesday, March 3 & 17 - 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)

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Thursdays - 7 to 9 PM

Project Night

Come work 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 and/or group projects.

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

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Tuesday, March 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 Area WordPress Group

Wednesday, March 4 - 6 to 8 PM

Simple Security Mistakes Users and Developers Make

WordPress users and even developers can unintentionally make their plugin, theme, or website in general vulnerable to getting hacked. Learn what to look for so that you can protect your website. Steven Ayers presents.

Location: Mojo Coworking

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Wednesday, March 18 - 6 to 8 PM

Getting Started With SEO

What are the basics of Search Engine Optimization? How can it improve your site's standing in search engines? Learn the 1-2-3 steps for getting started with on-site and technical SEO and staying on course. SEO changes all the time. Find out where you can get up-to-date information you can count on.

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)

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Google Developer Group

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

Object Oriented Programming in Python, Part II

For this workshop, we will continue to build on what we learned last month and focus on inheritance and so-called "wrapper" classes. Bring your laptop and get better at object oriented programming!

Location: A-B Tech Haynes Computer Tech Center, Room 108

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Asheville Women in Tech

Tuesday, March 10 - 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, March 12 - 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Monthly Community Meetup


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

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WNC Linux User Group

Saturday, March 14 - 12:30 PM

Monthly Meeting

Discussion of DNS, DHCP, port management and more across various Linux distros.

Location: Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Rd)

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Tech Talent South

Saturday, March 14 - 10 AM to Noon

Free Kids Code

Children ages 8-12 are invited to join Tech Talent South for a morning of code at our FREE Kids Code Class. This is a great way to spark your child’s interest in STEM and to get an early start at developing a truly valuable skill set.

Location: TBD

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Tuesday, March 31 - 6:30 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: Hatchworks Coworking

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Analytics in Asheville

Sunday, March 15 - 6 to 8 PM

Monthly Meeting

We're going to get dinner at Typhoon Noodle as a networking event.

Location: Typhoon Noodle (1834 Hendersonville Rd)

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Hendersonville Cider Coders

Thursday, March 26 - 6:30 to 8:30 PM

No Agenda, Low Pressure Meetup

Casual meetup for developers, tech minded pros and geeks at any experience level.

Location: Bold Rock Hard Cider (72 School House Rd, Mills River)

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