Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, nerds, and tech entrepreneurs in and around the Tampa Bay area. There’s a lot going on this week — check out these events!

Monday, January 22

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RWDevCon is 78 days away!

by Joey deVilla on January 17, 2018

If you’re looking for a conference that’s mostly iOS development tutorials, a couple of Android development tutorials, and a few inspirational presentations to help you make the most of those tutorials, you’ll want to attend “The Tutorial Conference”: RWDevCon 2018!

RWDevCon is put together by the people who put together RayWenderlich.com, the site for mobile developers. It got its start as an iOS developer site, but has since expanded to cover macOS and Android development, and from XCode only to also cover Android Developer Studio and Unity. I cut my iOS developer teeth by learning from RayWenderlich.com, and like the site so much that I joined their team of authors. Even though I run an iOS meetup here in Tampa, I’m on their Android team, because I like a challenge.

I’m also presenting at RWDevCon — a full-afternoon workshop on ARKit and a shorter “Intro to ARKit” tutorial. It’s going to be informative and entertaining, and you’ll walk away with not just the skills to write your own ARKit apps, but possibly a whole lot of app ideas.

RWDevCon takes place at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. It has sold out three years in a row, so if you want to attend, the time to register is now. Here are the rates:

  • Conference only: $999
  • Conference + pre-conference workshops: $1,499
  • Companion ticket (gets your significant other or friend into the after-parties): $49

If you want to get better at mobile development and meet some of its brightest lights (and hey, you can meet me too), check out RWDevCon, or better yet, attend!

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Tonight’s Tampa Bay UX Group meetup will be a panel discussion about the expectations for and the future of user experience in 2018, and in a little bit of synchronicity, we’ve just had a major missile alert thanks in part to a poorly-designed user interface in which the selections for a missile alert drill and the real thing differed by a single word. This should make for an especially interesting discussion.

See this and others at the Laws of UX site.

I should run a betting pool on what time the first mention of the Law of Proximity (objects that are near, or proximate to each other, tend to be grouped together) will get mentioned when the Hawaii incident gets discussed.

I’ll be at tonight’s Tampa Bay UX Group meetup, and if you’re in the Tampa Bay area, you should be too! It takes place tonight at the offices of 352 Inc (5100 W Kennedy Blvd, Suite 352, Tampa) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Please note that the building locks its doors at 6:30, so arrive before then!

I’ll close with this relevant tweet:

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Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, nerds, and tech entrepreneurs in and around the Tampa Bay area. There’s a lot going on this week — check out these events!

Monday, January 15

Tuesday, January 16

Wednesday, January 17

Thursday, January 18

Friday, January 19

Saturday, January 20

Sunday, January 21

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Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, nerds, and tech entrepreneurs in and around the Tampa Bay area. It’s the first full week of 2018, and things are ramping up. Check out this week’s events!

Monday, January 8

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…is the one given by Anders Brownworth, the Chief Evangelist at Circle and co-host of the podcast The Critical Path with Horace “asymco” Dediu. In the space of 17 minutes and 50 seconds, his explainer video (shown below), walks you through hashes, which get used in blocks, which are assembled into a blockchain, which is then distributed, after which he talks about tokens and coinbases.

Best of all, you don’t have to be a programmer to “get” it. You’ll need to be able to wrap your head around an abstract concept or two, but that’s about it. If you feel comfy navigating your way around a spreadsheet, Brownworth’s video will have you understanding the general inner workings of cryptocurrencies over your lunch break:

You can even play with the demonstrations that Brownworth uses in the video — they’re all on his site, and he’s even posted the code to GitHub!

Once you’ve watched the video above, you should watch his latest one, in which he explains public and private keys, how they’re used to electronic “sign” data, and how they fit with blockchains:

Another way to explain public and private keys

Here’s a quick recap of an article I wrote last summer:

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Just before the new year, I posted an article titled Hey, techies: Let’s resolve to be better people in 2018, where I encouraged readers to watch Sarah Lacy’s keynote at Startup Fest, stop encouraging cool girls and brogrammers, learn about the right way to apologize and the Al Capone Theory, and think not just about making cool tech, but also its consequences, especially beyond our privileged bubble.

Cryptocurrencies, the beginning of the end of white male dominance, and the backlash against tech

It looks as though I wasn’t the only person think about this sort of thing. Fred Wilson, the VC in AVC, also had this on his mind when he wrote his year-in-review post, What Happened in 2017, in which he talked about three seemingly disconnected things that actually have a “backlash” theme: the beginning of the end of white male dominance, how techies are now the bad guys in the popular collective mindset, and cryptocurrencies (which are a backlash against governments and traditional financial institutions).

Wilson ends his article with the backlash against tech:

Tech is the new Wall Street, full of ultra rich out of touch people who have too much power and not enough empathy. Erin Griffith nailed it in her Wired piece from a few weeks ago.

Add to that context the fact that the big tech platforms, Facebook, Google, and Twitter, were used to hack the 2016 election, and you get the backlash. I think we are seeing the start of something that has a lot of legs. Human beings don’t want to be controlled by machines. And we are increasingly being controlled by machines. We are addicted to our phones, fed information by algorithms we don’t understand, at risk of losing our jobs to robots. This is likely to be the narrative of the next thirty years.

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley

Continuing the theme of a backlash against white male dominance and techies as the new villains of the popular imagination, Vanity Fair has published an excerpt from an upcoming book titled Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley written Bloomberg Technology host Emily Chang.

The excerpt they published looks at the exclusive, druggy, sex-heavy, kind-of-like-the-Hellfire-Club (y’know, from the X-Men comics) parties that the big shots in the Valley hold. They’re not held in secret or thought of as scandalous, but proudly hailed as a bold lifestyle choice — a disruption of conventional mores similar to the disruptions to industries and practices wrought by the Valley’s technologies and business.

The excerpt is summarized well by its final paragraph:

It hearkens back to those popular 1980s teen movies which tell the “heartwarming” story of a glasses-wearing nerd who is transformed into the cool, funny kid who gets all the hot chicks. But we’re not living a teenage dream. Great companies don’t spring magically to life when a nerd gets laid three times in a row. Great companies are built in the office, with hard work put in by a team. The problem is that weekend views of women as sex pawns and founder hounders can’t help but affect weekday views of women as colleagues, entrepreneurs, and peers.

How low will people stoop for YouTube views? The answer will shock you.

Celebrity YouTuber Logan Paul is the latest person to learn — well, I hope he’s learned, anyway — that the power to publish to a global audience comes with the responsibility to do some editing. While shooting video in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, the infamous “suicide forest” near Mount Fuji, he and his group encountered the body of someone who appeared to have committed suicide, and he committed it to video, along with a few tasteless jokes.

Many people called Paul out on it, and Paul has apologized, but I have to agree with Philip DeFranco’s assessment:

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