Geek meetups aplenty tonight in Tampa Bay (Thursday, March 20, 2014)

tampa bay geek meetups

If you’re a geek in the Tampa Bay area looking for something to do tonight, there are a number of meetups tonight that might be right up your alley…

Tampa Bay Cocoaheads

apple logoI’m going to my first Tampa Bay area meetup: Tampa Bay Cocoaheads. Tonight’s topic will be Do’s and Don’ts of Adding HTML to Your Apps, and the description is as follows:

Sooner or later someone is going to ask you to put HTML in your app. Instead of holding up two fingers like a cross at a vampire or defaulting to some solution like PhoneGap it’s better to know how it works under the covers so you can tailor it to your app and preserve a good use experience.

Here we will look at how iOS apps talk to an HTML stack and vice versa and we will dive into do’s and don’ts to keep you out of the rabbit hole.

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Tampa Bay Ruby Brigade

I won’t be able to make this month’s Tampa Bay Ruby Brigade meetup, but I’m aiming to catch next month’s gathering. Tonight’s meetup is a social night and also features a talk called Words of Encouragement. Here’s the writeup:

Brian Burridge has volunteered to give a talk titled “words of encouragement”, sharing a few words with everyone about something he’s learned over 20 years in tech that has been on his mind the last few weeks.

I also have some ideas for some group programming activities we can do so I will bring the projector and screen if there is interest.


PHP as a Social Activity

Also taking place tonight: the PHP as a Social Activity meetup is having a “Meet and Greet”

PHP is a powerhouse in the programming world and so is its community.  As members of its ever growing support system and a community of PHP enthusiasts, our goals of spreading the joy of PHP and helping our fellow PHPers starts with each other.  Meet & Greet is a way of introducing ourselves to each other, asking questions big and small, getting feedback, and discussing future directions.

Startup Grind Tampa Bay

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And finally, for those of you with an entrepreneurial bent, Startup Grind Tampa Bay is having a meetup featuring LaunchTrack’s Jonathan Cordeau:

Jonathan Cordeau is the Founder & CEO of LaunchTrack (, the only ticketing solution that helps organizations build relationships by leveraging data. LaunchTrack has recently completed 500 Startups’ accelerator program ( in Silicon Valley. Jonathan founded two previous companies to successful exits. He has an extensive background in the event industry, producing over 250 national events for artists such as Maroon 5, Jessica Simpson and Queens of the Stoneage. Jonathan is eager to share what he learned about startups strategy, the lean startups methodology, fundraising and more, through his experience working with the 500 Startups team and the all powerful Sith Lord Dave McClure.

Jonathan is actively involved in supporting sports based youth enrichment programs, and charitable organizations. Jonathan lives in Tampa with his wife and two young daughters.