File this under “funny because it’s true.”
Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, tech entrepreneurs, and nerds in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week, and here they are!
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, August 5
- cYbor Security Meetup — Movie Monday @ The Undercroft, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — ROOKIES SPORTS BAR – SPRING HILL – LIVE TEAM TRIVIA !!! @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — 3 DAUGHTERS BREWING – ST. PETERSBURG – LIVE TEAM TRIVIA @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Florida Center for Creative Photography — FREE Lightroom Class at Ross Norton Community Center — Class 1 of 8 @ Ross Norton Recreation Complex, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Cool ‘n Confident Toastmasters @ SPC – St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
- South Tampa Toastmasters @ Unity of Tampa, 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
- CreatorsBurg! – St. Pete Videography & Photography Community — St. Pete Creatives Meetup! @ Pour Taproom St. Pete, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, August 6
- Coffee & Photography Meeting @ The Portico, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking Group — Carrollwood Networking Lunch McAllisters Deli @ McAlister’s Deli, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Westshore Toastmasters @ FIVE Labs, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
- Brandon Boardgamers – Tuesday Night Gaming @ Cool Stuff Games, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Tampa Hackerspace member meeting @ Tampa Hackerspace, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
- WordPress St. Petersburg — Ask Us Anything: WordPress Support Crowdsourcing Meetup @ Suncoast Developers Guild, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Tampa Bay PHP — Understanding Laravel Collections @ Sourcetoad, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — WESTSHORE PIZZA – BELLEAIR BLUFFS – LIVE TEAM TRIVIA !!! @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- West Pasco Toastmasters @ West Pasco Board of Realtors, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
- Game Club Tampa Meetup — Tuesday Nite Roleplayers (RPGs) [Full] @ Grand Arena of Mind Expansion, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
- Clearwater Writers Meetup Group — Clearwater Writers Meet-Up @ 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults @ Flying Boat Brewing Company, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Bitcoin — Trading Tuesday! @ Tampa Bay Wave, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Suncoast Toastmasters Weekly Meeting @ Trinity Presbyterian Church, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — DAIQUIRI SHAK RAW BAR & GRILL – MADEIRA BEACH – LIVE TEAM TRIVIA @ 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Wednesday, August 7
- Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking Group — Downtown St Pete Networking @ The Hangar, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
- Open/FREE Coworking for Latino Tech Entrepreneurs @ FirstWaVE Venture Center, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- One Million Cups St. Pete — ChatFortress.com and Call A Ride @ St. Petersburg Greenhouse, 9:00 AM
- One Million Cups Tampa — Confident Me Health Care Centers and NOMADstudio @ Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, 9:00 AM
- Florida Center for Creative Photography — Shoot Inside the Historic Tampa Theatre @ Tampa Theatre, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
- Website Builders for Your Business @ Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
- Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking Group — Bernini of Ybor Lunch Networking @ Bernini (innovative italian cuisine), 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Florida Southern College Toastmasters @ Florida Southern College, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
- Brooksville writers group Meetup @ The Rising Sun Bistro, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
- Tampa Bay Business Intelligence and Data Analytics — Monthly Meeting @ AgileThought, Inc, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Scrum Masters Guild @ Tech Data Building (16202 Bay Vista Dr), 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Entrepreneur Social Club @ NOVA 535, 6:00 PM
- InfoSec N’ Brews – Tampa Bay — Hangout @ Big Storm Brewery, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Microservices Architecture Meetup — Service Mesh and Microservices @ Vigo and Alessi Cucina, 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM
- Tampa Artificial Intelligence Meetup — Topic TBD @ Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
- Learn to Code | Thinkful Tampa — Free Crash Course | HTML & CSS @ Tampa Bay Wave, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
- Crypto Investors Club (5 STAR RATED) @ Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Tampa Writers Alliance — Dive Deep into Viewpoint with Lorin Oberweger @ Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- St Pete SEO and Content Enthusiasts — Using Content for Local SEO Dominance @ The Symphony Agency, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Laser Cutter Orientation @ Tampa Hackerspace, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Women in Linux — Understanding Linux @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Carrollwood Toastmasters @ Carrollwood Toastmasters, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
- Tampa Bay Blockchain Group — Bitcoin Cash @ 81Bay Brewing Company, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, August 8
- Tampa Bay Connections — MELLOW MUSHROOM THURSDAY’S NETWORKING LUNCH @ Mellow Mushroom, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Entrepreneurs & Startups – Bradenton Networking & Education — My Journey to Investor and Changing the Florida Investment Landscape @ Station 2 Innovation Center, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
- Tampa Bay Azure User Group — Cloud Application Survival on Azure @ New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
- Blockchain Meets Business: The past, present, and future of blockchain technology @ Renaissance Hotel, International Plaza, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Tampa Sisense Meetup — Sisense Customer Meetup @ 2950 Busch Lake Blvd, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Suncoast Developers Guild — Free Crash Course – Kubernetes 101 @ Suncoast Developers Guild, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Learn Cybersecurity Tampa — Beginner’s Intro to Capture The Flag @ SecureSet, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Lean Beer for All Things Agile (St Petersburg) @ Pour Tap Room, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
- Brandon and Seffner area D&D Meetup — 1st ed AD&D Barrowmaze Campaign @ 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- Masterminds Tampa — The Past, Present and Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies @ 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Front-End Design Meetup — Designed for Success: Reducing Churn with Collaborative Design Practices @ Suncoast Developers Guild, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Books, Brews, and Bags! — August – Miracle Creek @ Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- Lutz Indie Video and Film Creator’s Group — Table Read @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Stocks Options & Charts @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday, August 9
- Lean Coffee for All Things Agile (St Petersburg / Tyrone) @ Panera, 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
- Lean Coffee for All Things Agile (Waters Location) @ Panera Bread, 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
- Trinity Odessa Toastmasters @ Holiday Inn Express Trinity, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
- Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking Group — Friday Business Introductions @ 3 C’s Catering, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking Group — Friday Business Introductions JOIN us All Welcome @ Cafe Delanie, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
- Books, Brews, and Bags! — Bookclub Movie Night! The Art of Racing in the Rain @ tba, pinellas county, fl, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Young Professionals Group — Dinner and a Movie @ 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
- MARS Astronomy Club Regular Monthly Meeting @ Perkins Restaurant, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
- Young Professionals Social Meetup Tampa-St. Pete-Sarasota — Escape Room (event limit: only 8 people) @ 2830 E Bearss Ave, 10:30 PM to 11:45 PM
Saturday, August 10
- Thriller Flash Mob St. Petersburg — Learn The Thriller Dance @ Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
- Brandon Drones & Filmmaking — Open Fly @ Prov Skate Park, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- Aspiring Authors — Coffee&Writers Chat @ Panera Bread, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
- Nerd Night Out — NNO Book Club: Trail of Lightning @ Metro Diner, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- Advanced Articulators Toastmasters Club @ Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Young Professionals Group — Can You Escape? @ 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
- New Port Richey Casual Games and Fun Socializing Group! — C’mon Dine & Play Games at IHOP! US 19 near Sam’s Club @ 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
- Geekocracy! — Florida Man Board game Party @ 7:00 PM to 11:45 PM
- Kakkoii-Otaku Clan — Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – AMC Veterans @ 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM
- Geekocracy! — Korean bbq @Sa Ri one, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 11
- Dunedin Beers & Board Games — SUNDAY! Beers and Board Games at Cueni Brewing in Dunedin @ Cueni Brewing Co., 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- Sew What? (Textile Arts & Crafts) @ Tampa Hackerspace, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
…and don’t forget what’s up next week:
Meet Team Hyve!
In addition to the pitch competition that took place in clear view, there was also a behind-the-scenes game in which all the Startup Bus teams could partake. The game was made up of activities that teams would perform for points, and the bus that earned the most points would receive special mention at the finals. The activities were effectively a checklist for teams to follow as they created their startups and applications on their buses.
One of the activities was to make a team video, where team members would introduce themselves and explain why they’re participating in Startup Bus. We recorded this on Wednesday night at NC State in Raleigh.
Pitching Hyve to a stranger
Another action item in the behind-the-scenes game was to pitch our idea to a stranger in one of the towns where we stopped. We pitched the Hyve concept to the Lyft driver who took us from NC State to our hotel. Here’s how it went…
Practicing our pitch
In addition to building the business and the app on the bus, we practiced out pitches at regular intervals. Here’s Tracy practicing his pitch as the bus raced towards New Orleans:
The qualifying round
The qualifying rounds took place on Saturday, July 27th at New Orleans’ Propeller Incubator, where all the teams from all the buses — the Advancing Black Entrepreneurs, Florida, Mexico, New York, Ohio, Silicon Valley, and Washington DC teams — made their pitches.
Every member of every team had to be ready to pitch, because in the qualifying round, the judges chose two people from each team to make their pitch, one at a time. They tend to choose the least confident-looking team members, and a couple of them already knew me. We did well, though, with Rina doing the “set ’em up” pitch and Tracy doing the “finish ’em off” one:
We’d have to wait until the next day to find out who made it to the semifinals, but we were among them! Even better, we made it to the finals. We re-worked our pitch for the finals judges with the help of the Florida Bus Conductors — Akira Mitchell, Nick Price, and Shane Needham — and here’s the result:
Once all the finalists made their pitches, the judges sequestered themselves, and shortly afterwards, they made their announcements, which included Hyve!
Just the bit about Hyve
Just because I love that bit about walking the line between good and evil, here’s just the part about Hyve:
Beginning ARKit video course (RayWenderlich.com, April 2019)
Beginning ARKit is a video course offered at the premier mobile development tutorial site, RayWenderlich.com. It introduces iOS developers to building augmented reality apps for iOS with Apple’s ARKit library. In 41 bite-sized videos spanning 2 hours and 22 minutes, I take you from the AR version of Hello, World! and show you how to build:
- Happy AR Painter: A Bob Ross-themed AR painting app that lets the user “paint” in 3D space using geometric shapes that can be animated.
- Raykea: A version of the popular IKEA Place app that not only lets you place AR furniture in the room you’re in, but also draws posters on vertical surfaces.
- BaedekAR: An AR guidebook, or Baedeker, for paintings and photos in galleries, museums, or any place that displays 2D art. It does this using ARKit’s ability to recognize and detect known 2D objects.
- Into the Third Dimension: In which we take the BaedekAR app and turn it into an app that can recognize and detect known 3D objects.
Not only did I narrate the videos, but I created the script, and all the code and most of the graphics for the course.
The course is available only to RayWenderlich.com subscribers, but some excerpts have been made available for online preview. I’ve included them below:
ARKit workshop and Getting started with ARKit tutorial (RWDevCon conference, April 2018)
RWDevCon 2018 was a mobile development tutorial conference covering iOS and Android development held from April 5th through 7th, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. I was the only speaker to have two sessions:
- A four-hour pre-conference workshop on ARKit, and
- A two-hour introductory tutorial on ARKit.
These sessions were the two highest-rated ones at the conference, based on attendee feedback forms. It was this feedback that got me an offer to create the Beginning ARKit video course.
The four-hour conference is available only to RayWenderlich.com subscribers, but the two-hour tutorial was made freely available online and shown above.
Augmented Reality UX presentation (Tampa Bay UX, June 2018)
Based on the success of the ARKit sessions at RwDevCon 2018, I did a presentation at a Meetup of the combined Tampa Bay User Experience / Front-End Design Meetup with my wife, Anitra Pavka. We talked about build good user experiences for augmented reality, using both commercial applications as well as the applications I made for the RwDevCon presentations.
The slides from our presentation are below:
Tech editor on ARKit by Tutorials, first and second editions (2018 and 2019)
I was a tech editor on the first and second editions of the RayWenderlich.com book ARKit by Tutorials, and am currently tech editing the third edition, due for release this fall.
Augmented Reality in Android with Google’s Face API (July 2017)
My AR portfolio isn’t limited to just iOS — I also have an article on Android AR: Augmented Reality in Android with Google’s Face API, a tutorial in which I show readers how to build Snapchat-style filters that draw comic images over detected faces.
Would you like to know more about my augmented reality work? Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.