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Even more online events this week!

In addition to my weekly listing of events in Tampa Bay, here are even more online events aimed at techies taking place this week from all over the world, and most of them are free! Thanks to Diversify Tech for the finds.

Monday, April 27

  • ThoughtWorks — Infrastructure Webconf @ 1:00 PM (FREE!)
    Our Infrastructure WebConf allows technologists interested in DevOps to listen and ask questions to Infrastructure specialists Marion Bruns and Max Griffiths. Our ThoughtWorks’ subject matter experts will explore best practices and thought-provoking learnings on the state of Infrastructure, testing and workflows for Infrastructure teams.
  • General Assembly — Inside the Design Studio @ 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT (FREE!)
    This inspiring panel event series invites key players in New York City’s design community to offer a rare insider’s look at how they work and create. From branding to user experience to city planning, panelists will discuss how they approach projects from a design point of view, how design thinking methods help with problem-solving, and much more. Plus, they’ll cover opportunities within the field and their vision for the future of the industry.

Tuesday, April 28

Wednesday, April 29

  • Red Hat Summit, Day 2 (FREE!)
    Red Hat Summit is the premier open source technology event for thousands of IT professionals to innovate and focus on high-performing Linux, cloud, automation and management, container, and Kubernetes technologies.
  • Candor — Free resume workshop — honest advice on getting your resume in front of recruiters @ 1:00 PM EDT (FREE!)
    In this session, Candor cofounder Niya Dragova will share insider tips on nailing your resume.
  • IBM Developer — Hands on Introduction to NLP @ 12:30 – 2:00 PM EDT (FREE!)This workshop introduces Natural Language Processing in Python. Attendees learn how to process text with NLTK and Gensim to derive useful insights. Foundational concepts like tokenization and part of speech tagging and complex topics like Word2Vec, sentiment analysis and topic modeling are covered.How can computers interpret something so human like language? Can they actually understand what we are saying or are they hiding behind a façade of rules and algorithms? How do these systems of zeroes and ones make sense of words? This workshop introduces Natural Language Processing in Python and sheds light on how computers interpret our language. Attendees are introduced to NLTK and Gensim that help them tokenise, process and represent textual data. We will see how data is distilled into different linguistic features that power Machine Learning applications like text classifier, sentiment analyzer and topic modeler.

Thursday, April 30

  • Deserted Island DevOps @ 10:00 AM EDT (FREE!)
    Join us April 30th for a free one-day event celebrating DevOps and Animal Crossing, streaming live on twitch.tv!
  • QuarantineCon Virtual Career Fair @ 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT (FREE!)
    Spring has come into full swing, and so has fresh conversation surrounding career and professional development. As a continued response to remain safe through social distancing, shelter in place, quarantine, etc., and still build community, Jopwell and QuarantineCon are partnering to bring together industry experts with a virtual career fair! We are creating space to discuss several career-centred topics, including “Navigating Today’s Job Market” and “Cold Outreach 101.” Featured speakers include Carla Harris, Vice Chairman at Morgan Stanley, and Nadia Abouzaid, Head of Recruitment at Jopwell.
  • Activate Conference — Accessibility talk: How to be an A11y @ 7:00 PM EDT (FREE!)
    Featuring Aisha Blake, software engineer at Gatsby.js

Friday, May 1

  • Byteconf React 2020 @ Friday through Sunday (FREE!)
    Byteconf React is a 100% free single-day conference with the best React speakers and teachers in the world. Conferences are great, but flights, hotels, and tickets are expensive, so not everyone can go. Byteconf is streamed on YouTube, for free, so anyone and everyone can attend. RSVP to receive your free ticket, and we’ll enter you in our free monthly giveaway, with a chance to receive a free 45+ hour React course from Udemy. See you on May 1st!

 

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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, April 27, 2020)

Greetings, Tampa Bay techies, entrepreneurs, and nerds! Welcome to week 5 of the Florida general stay-at-home order! I hope you’re managing and even thriving. While it appears that event organizers are adjusting to our new, temporary version of “normal” with online events, this coming weekend’s looking a little quiet. Keep an eye on this post; I update it when I hear about new events, it’s always changing. Stay safe, stay connected, and #MakeItTampaBay!

To stay on top of the latest Tampa Bay events as well as all sorts of interesting tech articles, be sure to check out Global Nerdy (globalnerdy.com) regularly!

Monday, April 27

Tuesday, April 28

Wednesday, April 29

Thursday, April 30

Friday, May 1

Saturday, May 2

No Tampa Bay area tech events have been announced for this date…yet!

Sunday, May 3

No Tampa Bay area tech events have been announced for this date…yet!

Do you have any events or announcements that you’d like to see on this list?

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“Share your mobile app with others” meetup — Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Tomorrow — Wednesday, January 15 — is the very first Share your mobile app with others meetup! It takes place at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Temple Terrace (at the corner of E Fowler and 56th), and it’s for anyone who:

  • Wants to show their mobile app to other locals, or
  • Wants to see mobile apps written by locals. That’s right, you don’t have to be a developer to attend!

From the meetup page:

Network with other inspired entrepreneurs/developers/app lovers about experiences whether it’s:

  1. App ideas
  2. Hiring developers
  3. Learning to code
  4. App marketing/advertising
  5. Comparing journeys
  6. Creating a team

I am personally not a developer but have an IT background and have hired app developers of my own and would love to share my experience with others.

I’ll be there with a couple of apps to show, and to see who else is doing mobile development in town. I’ll also answer any questions that people may have about mobile development.

The meetup page says that they’ll set up on the long island table in the middle of Fuzzy’s (pictured above). I’ll see you there!

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Samsung ups the version-number and number-of-cameras-on-a-phone ante, reminds me of Macromedia and Gillette

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S20 photo showing the back of the new phone

XDA Developers has released what is purportedly a leaked photo of one of the next Samsung Galaxy phones, shown above. The series is expected to go under the name “S20”, with the phone above being the Galaxy S20+.

The version number of the Galaxy phones have generally followed the iPhone’s, which is probably why they’re leaping from 10 to 20 (in case you’d forgotten, the current flagship iPhone is the 11).

While Samsung’s leap in version numbers is a big one, the concept of a version number leap is nothing new. Those of us who were working in the industry in the ’90s may remember Macromedia Freehand’s leap from version 5 to 7, completely bypassing 6, back in 1996. This was a response to Adobe Illustrator 6:

Jumping version numbers is easy compared to actual hardware changes, but Samsung are doing it anyway, with a fourth camera to counter the iPhone 11’s three. It reminds me of this Onion article which became real:

I’ll close this article with the early contender for the title of “Sticker of the Year”:

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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, January 13, 2020)

Every week, dedicated individuals and organizations in around the Tampa Bay do more than just their “day jobs”. They get involved in events where they share their knowledge, make connections and friends, and gather together to build strong tech, entrepreneur, and nerd communities. That’s why I do this every week: I put together a list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events to make sure that they can be found and you can attend them!

Here’s what’s happening in Tampa Bay this week!

This weekly list is posted as a voluntary service to the Tampa tech community. With the notable exceptions of Tampa iOS Meetup and Coders, Creatives and Craft Beer — both of which I run — most of this information comes from Meetup.com, EventBrite, and other local event announcement sites. I can’t guarantee the accuracy of the dates and times listed here; if you want to be absolutely sure that the event you’re interested in is actually taking place, please contact the organizers!

Monday, January 13

Tuesday, January 14

Wednesday, January 15

Thursday, January 16

Friday, January 17

Saturday, January 18

Sunday, January 19

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A delightful find while researching my new industry

Lately, I’ve spent lunch reading up on the industry in which in work:

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Before you say “Wait a minute — don’t you work in the software/mobile app/IT industry?”, let me make it clear. I work in the beverage alcohol industry; I just happen to do that work with software.

While flipping through the pages, looking for the Using Narrative to Win on Menus article, I stumbled across this full-page ad:

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It’s a full-page ad for Lilypad, which is the name of both the company I work for and the beverage alcohol software suite it produces, which includes the mobile app, which I work on. I’ve worked on all sorts of software before, but never for something that has its own full-page ad in an industry magazine.

This article also appears in The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century.

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Scratch To Scale – Startup Grind X Lakeland: Tonight at Catapult Lakeland, 6:00 p.m.

Food meets startups in this Startup Grind X Lakeland meetup! Moderator Alyssia Totten will lead this conversation about growing pains, taking risks, and scaling a food business. The guest will be Andy Brown, founder of Eat Pizza — “The best frozen pizza you’ve ever had” — and he’ll talk about his journey of going scratch to scale.

Some background info

Just the facts